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
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
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