Muse (w/Dead Sara) - BB&T Center (Fort Lauderdale) - 02/22/13 - 8/10
I remember running across "Sunburn" in 2000 and loving it, thinking to myself "This is like Radiohead...but intelligible and good!" Thus began a year long love affair with the band based off a few tracks I found on Napster (or Kazaa...not sure if Napster had folded by then). I may have gotten a track or two off of "Origin of Symmetry" but to be honest I never bothered to follow up with the band after that point.
Flash forward to "Black Holes and Revelations." I finally caught up with the band and fell in love with that album....about one month after they had come here in support. Tis my luck with bands sometimes, and in the next few years I would have to deal with constantly kicking myself for not having kept up with the band and seen them live. Youtube provided me with a glimpse of the amazing live shows that I had been missing, and the fervent need to experience the insanity that was a Muse live show grew.
|The resolution of the screens was ridiculous!|
|Creepy use of the pyramid screens|
Even this week, leading up to the show I was not that excited for it. The last two Muse albums...meh. Some good stuff, particularly on The Resistance, but overall poor efforts compared to Black Holes and other previous offerings. As such, I never really got into the albums that much and am not as familiar with the songs. I was much more excited for the Coheed and Cambria concert in two weeks, and The Postal Service concert in July.
Cue last night...the show. I got there around 6 and got in line and waited for Carlos. The show had "paperless tickets" for the GA floor, supposedly to cut down on scalping. The procedure was this: show up, get in line, doors open, ticket takers scan credit card, print out a sticker, redeem sticker for a wristband. Took a quick last minute pee break, and headed to the floor. We were able to get pretty close to the stage on the left side.
Opening act was Dead Sara....meh. The band performed very well and were great musicians, but it was just such horrendous music. Very boring and just...no. Just no. The guitar player had a really sweet semi hollow LP Custom though, and the bassist was using an Epiphone Jack Cassidy bass.
|From top left: magically appearing light up piano, EVOLVE!, the screen doing tricks, some pyramid screen graphics|
|Pyramid screen falling on top of the band, hiding them before the first encore.|
Overall I'd give the show 8/10. The stage setup and lighting design was phenomenal. Incredible. Amazing. THE BEST I have seen from anyone, even topping the NIN show I saw at the Miami Arena in the early 2000s. Performance wise, the band hit it's high point at about halfway through the set...the first half was very strongly focused on the newer music, and it didn't seem like they were as into it as the older stuff (or the better new music). For me, when you have so many samples and electronic bs going on that you can't tell where the guitar/bass end and the digital begins, I start questioning the validity of what the band is playing and if they are actually playing it.
|The "don't make fishing jokes" camera pole|
|Mr. Bellamy himself|
|Matt cueing up the smoke pillars|