I haven’t been blogging much these last couple of months. Have been completely immersed in chapters 21 and 22. Seem to be living a double life. I have this strange connection with Luke Joseph. During daylight hours I’m him. I know exactly what he’s feeling or thinking. It’s like he’s my twin.
I’ve also been ill. Is it the strain of being Luke? His life is pretty intense. I’m as bruised and as beaten as a Dodgem Car. Fortunately, it didn’t prevent me from going to Muse’s Resistance tour! It would have taken nothing short of a hurricane to keep me at home.
The stage was their most elaborate so far. It had apparently taken eighty crew members to build, evidenced by the huge mass of trucks outside the arena! Three huge towers dominated the stage, with Escher like figures going up and down staircases and as they started to play, curtains fell to reveal the three band members playing in the middle of each of them. Mr. F. reckoned it was their best set so far. Personally I thought their sound was a bit wobbly at first – on top of those 3 columns. Do they secretly suffer from vertigo?
They didn’t take off really until the towers lowered them to the ground. During “New Born,” the place was chock full of lazers which bounced off the seats at the back like thousands of stars. I was completely awed. The set and lights might have been pretty crazy but Matt didn’t seem as mad as usual. He did his usual twists and turns and knees slides but there was no trashing of guitars here, jumping off of podiums or flinging a guitar into the audience. Even his clothes were relatively subdued. But I suppose that’s one of the things I love about Muse – they shuffle on stage, ordinary as your mates down in the pub, saying little more than “hi” or “good to see you”. Then they rev up and you’re blown away by the most jaw dropping, mind blowing music around.
Yep, their music was as astonishing as usual! There were beefed up versions songs and various interludes – heavy rock, jazz that cool little b-side, “Nishe.” ”There were a few disappointments too – there was no string orchestra for the uber amazing “Exogenesis Symphony” and they only played the first part. And what happened to the Chopin at the end of “United States?”
My mates reckoned the best part was when Chris and Dom jammed together, standing on a column than span round. It was so LOUD – difficult to believe it was just two people! But for me the songs of the night were: “Exogenesis 1” (my favourite track from “The Resistance”) and I liked the way the towers seemed to swim underwater, the rocking, ear-splitting, “Unnatural Selection.” United States” was incredibly moving. But the super best track for me was “Stockholm Syndrome.” The very foundations of the arena were quaking, not to mention our bones!
I can’t wait to see what happens to the tour by the time it gets to Wembley. Do you think though Matt, we can have the whole of Exogenesis Symphony with a string orchestra?