Updated: 02/18/2014 10:00 AM KSTP.com By: Sarina Long
If this was your first Muse show you may have left the Target Center impressed. For those who have seen them before, you know they're capable of a whole lot more. Nonetheless, this was a typical night for high energy Muse, three buddies rockin' (with the addition of an extra percussionist), cool LED visuals, and an incredible light show.
Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy is a man of few words, but he and fellow British band mates Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals, keyboard, rhythm guitar, harmonica), Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers, sampling), and touring member Morgan Nicholls (keyboard, percussion) put on an energetic and extravagant performance last night at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Fans of all ages -- around 8,000 total, shared mixed feelings with me after the show.
"Muse is awesome, no doubt. But, I was at their 2010 show and liked it a lot more," says Olivia from Edina.
"How could you not love this band? Their new album has a Metallica feel to it," says John from Hudson, WI.
Muse’s grandiose live performance Thursday night started off slow but it built and by the third song, "Supermassive Black Hole," -- which felt more like the show opener -- giant LED projections from an inverted pyramid appeared, neon lasers filled the air, and a curved storyboard behind the band popped up cameos of the crowd.
Bellamy jammed solo to “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the crowd erupted. The other significant reaction came as the first few notes of the bands hit single "Madness" started.
The stage was turned into a giant roulette table with choices of “New Born” or “Stockholm Syndrome” displayed on the monitors. As the ball rolled from monitor to monitor, it landed on “Stockholm Syndrome” as the choice for next song.
Muse has built a reputation of fusing music genres including space rock, alt rock, heavy metal, classical and electronica.
Unfortunately, their latest album "The 2nd Law" is a kind of a snoozer with the exception of their hit single, "Madness." Totally different from the previous album, "The Resistance (2009)", which was more of a futuristic rock show where the band played on top of 20-foot pillars that moved up and down but still incorporated the cool, high-tech visuals.
Hopefully this isn't the last we've seen of this talented group, resembling a modern-day Queen or Pink Floyd.
Dead Sara opened for Muse. They're a hard rock band from Los Angeles, consisting of Emily Armstrong, Sean Friday, Siouxsie Medley and Chris Null best known for their single "Weatherman" off their debut album Dead Sara.
Muse set list:
The 2nd Law: Unsustainable
Map of Problematique
Supermassive Black Hole
(Star-Spangled Banner intro)
Knights of Cydonia
Time Is Running Out
(Rage Against the Machine's Freedom outro)
Sarina Long is a columnist for KSTP.com covering the latest entertainment news. Follow her @sarinaBL.