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Muse @ Brisbane EntertainmentCentre (5/12/2010)

The venue is well and truly at capacity with the house lights still beaming and a steady mix of generic tunes accompanying the crowd’s waiting game. There’s little to do now but study the stage before us and try to decipher how this simple looking structure could possibly turn into the mesmerising machine we’re expecting.

Three giant square structures reach to the ceiling draped with prints of skyscrapers. Apart from these colourless pillars, the stage is quite plain; there’s no visible drum kit apart from 3 large ceremonial-looking skins to the rear and each stage-end sports a gogo-like podium with solitary microphone. Roadies appear intermittently, each appearance accompanied by a premature roar from the crowd.

When the house lights finally dim, an industrial drone builds to an electronic throb. Initially an epileptic flickering of imagery is spewed across each of the buildings’ four walls, and when this ceases the towers come to life, literally. Glowing human silhouettes now march in unison right to left across each level of the buildings before turning away and disappearing down a flight of stairs to the next. A murmur envelopes the entertainment centre before the crowd suddenly erupts in collective realisation – roughly two-thirds of the way up each of the towers, three familiar silhouettes begin to take shape as the open strains of Uprising begin to ring out.

As the track hits full stride our mysterious music makers are finally unveiled. Each sky scraper’s cloak drops to the floor exposing the real Muse – each member atop a three story high rectangular prism. Matt Bellamy, the guitar wielding leader of this futuristic British invasion, is on tower one to the left and dressed head-to-toe in a genuine mirror ball suit; Christopher Wolstenhome adorns the right hand tower in his relatively low key red and black striped suit; which leaves Dominic Howard, the band’s intergalactic skinsman in the centre. With the three towers now forming six prisms made entirely of giant LED screens we are in for a night of non-stop imagery, dramatics and effects.

A couple of tracks in, and the towers begin to sink. What just a few seconds ago was five meters high has now disappeared into the floor, leaving the boys free to roam the glossy black stage. Each gigantic track is treated to a mind boggling solo, and not just from Bellamy. Although they don’t have the material sparkle of the band’s little big man, Wolsternholme and Howard both more than hold their own with instrumental wizardry.

Crowd pleasers come thick and fast. Undisclosed Desires, Starlight, Super Massive Black Hole and the best cover version of all time, Nina Simone’s Feeling Good, are knocked out at such a pace, it feels like this decade’s ‘Kings Of Big Finishes’ may have forgotten to save something. It doesn’t matter though; everything about the show is awesome in the true sense of the word. Even the heavily criticised United States Of Eurasia, with it’s Queen-esque grandeur, soaring and operatic vocals and dramatics, feels like one of their greatest and most organic achievements. Plug In Baby predictably tears the roof off (along with the very few remaining bums on chairs).

As a band Muse have always been tight, but they seem to be more relaxed than ever. It’s as if they’ve truly become comfortable with the tag of ‘World’s Biggest Band’ and become more comfortable and confident with consistently producing the world’s biggest sound.

The break wedged between the main set and encore is about as un-indulgent as you can imagine and in less than a minute, Muse are back rocking while giant inflatable eyeballs are raining from above. Knights Of Cydonia is the set closer. The track was an instant classic upon release and shows no sign of wearing thin. It sends the crowd buckling into a Wayne’s World/Bohemian Rhapsody moment for several minutes.

Bombastic is a word used to describe Muse by both fans and critics alike. But tonight Muse proved that bombastic isn’t a dirty word.

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redeyesandtears

redeyesandtears said on the 7th Dec, 2010

great review! this was probably the best gig ive ever been to in my life.

FeedbackPhoto

FeedbackPhoto said on the 7th Dec, 2010

I'm still rather peeved that Showbiz is completely forgotten nowadays. Even the 2007 show had Muscle Museum, now it's just...nothing. Fuck this Guiding Light shit, bring back Sunburn.

Victim

Victim said on the 7th Dec, 2010



you might want to have a look at last night's setlist then....

brisbane - monday 6/12/10
exogenesis: symphony, part 1: overture
uprising
knights of cydonia
resistance
supermassive black hole
mk ultra
butterflies & hurricanes
nishe
united states of eurasia
sunburn
helsinki jam
undisclosed desires
time is running out
(riff intro)
hysteria
(interlude intro)
starlight
bliss
(extended w/balloons)

encore:
citizen erased
plug in baby
take a bow


compared to


brisbane - sunday 5/12/10
uprising
map of the problematique
(+ heartbreaker riff)
new born
supermassive black hole
resistance
hysteria
(interlude intro and back in black outro)
guiding light
nishe
united states of eurasia
feeling good
(leslie bricusse & anthony newley cover)
helsinki jam
undisclosed desires
time is running out
(house of the rising sun intro)
starlight
(killing in the name riff)
plug in baby

encore:
exogenesis: symphony, part 1: overture
stockholm syndrome
knights of cydonia
(man with a harmonica intro)


courtesty of [url="http://www.setlist.fm/search?query=artist:%28muse%29+date:%5b2010-01-01+to+2010-12-31%5d"]setlist.fm


i wonder whether they'll be doing that for every 2nd show. i'm seeing the 2nd show in sydney, so i'm hopeful for that, but happy either way as there's a few they didn't play in the second show i want to see also (ie. map of the problematique, feeling good, stockholm syndrome).

here was their setlist from the melbourne bdo this year also if wanting something else to compare to:

uprising
supermassive black hole
new born
(headup riff)
undisclosed desires
hysteria
(interlude intro)
nishe
united states of eurasia
helsinki jam
mk ultra
starlight
time is running out
unnatural selection

encore:
back in black
(ac/dc cover) (with nic cester)
plug in baby
knights of cydonia
(man with a harmonica intro)

FeedbackPhoto

FeedbackPhoto said on the 7th Dec, 2010

that has made me irrationally angry. Sunburn, Bliss AND Citizen Erased? motherfucking cunthole fucking fuckstains cuntbashing shiteating fuckholes.

FeedbackPhoto

FeedbackPhoto said on the 7th Dec, 2010

Seriously? Citizen Erased? Why Didnt I See That Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnghaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh

Snutty

Snutty said on the 7th Dec, 2010

damn, i'm excited for next tuesday.it's worth noting, though that there is no muse song called black holes and revelations. not to be too picky, but when you're writing a review it's handy to get the titles correct.

Daft Punks Lip Sweat

Daft Punks Lip Sweat said on the 7th Dec, 2010

Monday fucking shreds the Sunday IMO.

andy_chalmers_102

andy_chalmers_102 said on the 7th Dec, 2010

I would be very fucking pissed off if I went to a Muse gig and didn't get to hear Stockholm Syndrome though.

Yaki

Yaki said on the 7th Dec, 2010

Thanks for the advice Nutty - I was in the shower last night when I realised I'd ommitted the song name as I'd intended to write "Super Massive Black Hole from Black Holes and Revelations" - the site would be lost without at least a few 'condemn a typo' contributors like yourself, so thanks again and keep up the good work.

Victim

Victim said on the 8th Dec, 2010

matt & dom are on triple j at the moment, and matt just mentioned the different setlists for bris and that they "might mix it up for sydney" ... so not sure whether that means they might do the second setlist first up this time, or mix both up a bit. oh well, good to see a band tour and not do exactly the same everytime either way!

Victim

Victim said on the 9th Dec, 2010

setlist from the first show in sydney tonight courtesy of setlist.fm, similar to their second brisbane show, but still a bit different..

1.uprising
2.resistance
3.new born
4.map of the problematique
5.supermassive black hole
6.hysteria
7.nishe
8.citizen erased
9.united states of eurasia
10.sunburn
11.helsinki jam
12.undisclosed desires
13.time is running out (house of the rising sun intro)
14.starlight
15.plug in baby

encore:
16.exogenesis: symphony, part 1: overture
17.stockholm syndrome
18.knights of cydonia (man with a harmonica intro)

chico21

chico21 said on the 9th Dec, 2010

I was absolutely blown away last night. I've seen Muse a fair few times, but I never get over how awesome they are live. I have also developed a crush on Matt Bellamy.

It was one of the best concerts, if not the best, I've been to.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 9th Dec, 2010

Saw U2 and The Claw last night. Still only second behind Muse @ Glastonbury for the 'biggest' show I've seen this year. A packed out MCG with The Claw might come close, but U2 don't have a closing song like 'Knights of Cydonia'.*

I'm a very neutral fan of both bands, with a slight lean towards Muse.

*I'm not comparing the music of the bands, just their ability to move a mass of people. Muse wins.

chico21

chico21 said on the 9th Dec, 2010

I've seen both. and Muse will always win because I love their music so much, and man do they work a crowd. the suspense they would build throughout the concert. i could go on and on, and I will. The AV is incredible.

U2 are fantastic also. But their music isn't as special or as layered to me as Muse. Also you can't escape the fact that U2 is an older band, Muse are current and young and this is their prime.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 10th Dec, 2010

*Shameless gloat alert*

Did I mention that when i saw Muse, The Edge came on for the first song of their encore and they covered 'Where The Streets Have No Name'?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 10th Dec, 2010

Random question. Did you go to the first day of the Ashes test and do you stil have your Glastonbury wristband on?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 10th Dec, 2010

I thought the likelihood it was you was too good to be true.

Clearly you weren't the only Brisvegan at Glastonbury this year.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 10th Dec, 2010

Indeed. I'm also not the type of person who continues to wear wristbands after a festival / event.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 10th Dec, 2010



Good. I always think those people are a bit weird.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 10th Dec, 2010

Billboard Boxscore figures

Muse, Dead Letter Circus
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Dec. 5-6, 2010
Gross Revenue - $2,306,030
Sold - 18,810
Available - 27,370
Number of Show - 2
$128.94, $109.09

shazie

shazie said on the 10th Dec, 2010

Went to both nights for sydney, second night setlist was great as well! Similar except they played Bliss( THANK GOD!), butterflies & hurricanes and Feeling Good.


Uprising
Resistance
New Born
Supermassive Black Hole Play Video
Bliss
Hysteria
Nishe
Butterflies & Hurricanes
United States Of Eurasia
Feeling Good
Helsinki Jam
Undisclosed Desires
Time Is Running Out
Starlight
Plug In Baby

Encore:
Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1: Overture
Stockholm Syndrome
Knights of Cydonia


Both nights were insane and the best concerts I've been to in my life, but lord help I'm jealous of the 2nd brisbane show's setlist ;)