Review | Photos | Muse | Boston

Words and Images by: Andrew Bruss

Muse :: 04.12.13 :: TD Garden :: Boston, MA

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From the foot of the stage to the back of the balcony, Muse rocked Boston's TD Garden to the core. The Black Keys are not to be missed, Roger Waters puts on a helluva production and Phish is still creating inventive jams on a nightly basis but no arena-scale act on the road today shocks and awes like Muse.

The stage schematic featured an LED pyramid that rose and fell, a rotating riser and catwalks that allowed the group to perform on each wing of the stage, and extending into the crowd. But for as top shelf as the production values were, Muse didn't need it. Singer/guitarist/pianist/frontman Matthew Bellamy practically excretes charisma and his ability to casually strut across the stage while pulling off a truly virtuosic guitar solo is enough to make even the most technically proficient of his peers blush.

Matthew Bellamy

Plenty of artists ranging from Madonna to Mick Jagger work the stage like an art form unto itself, but none of them do it while spitting out power leads. Bellamy's ability to simultaneously encourage a crowd, work the neck of his customized effects heavy guitars and belt out vocals with a range that surpasses three octaves really puts him in a category of his own.

His voice regularly, and rightfully, brings to mind Freddie Mercury. Muse's sound often draws parallels to acts ranging from Radiohead to Led Zeppelin, and recently, they've (unfortunately) begun experimenting with dub step. They're a band you instantly recognize within seconds of hearing a song. While this is due to group compositions and a musical style that takes three to tango, Bellamy's voice is unmistakable.

Christopher Wolstenholme rocked a few different basses with glowing LED's built into the frets, and while his backing vocals and low end playing were up to par, you could tell that as a performer, he was really following Bellamy's lead.

The trio from across the pond came out of the gate with "Supremacy," the lead track off their latest release, 2012's The 2nd Law. From there they flowed into "Math of the Problematique, off 2006's Black Holes and Revelations. Over half of Revelations was performed and the proper set ended with a performance of "Stockholm Syndrome" that closed with an extended tease on the outro of Rage Against The Machine's "Freedom."


The encore featured a performance of "Starlight," and the show ended with "Survival" a tune off The 2nd Law that was released earlier as the anthem to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Less than 72 hours after the close of the set, the city of Boston was rocked by a tragedy that will leave a scar on this city that will never heal. While everyone in attendance is surely devastated by the senseless loss of life that took place in Copley Sq, they can all look back to their previous Friday night and take solace in the fact that in a world with plenty to fear, thousands of strangers can still come together and rage to some edgy synth-pop prog rock tunes.

In loving memory of those we lost at the finish line

[Published on: 4/16/13]

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