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Matthew Bellamy, Muse at Sheffield Arena

Muse (The Resistance Tour)

Venue: Sheffield Arena

Location: Sheffield

Date: Nov 04 2009

Label: Helium 3/ Warner Bros.

Rating: 4.9/5

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Muse are undoubtedly listed as one of the best live acts in the world in recent articles and equally reflected in music awards. 2006 was the last time Muse played a major UK tour; therefore it came as no surprise when standing tickets sold out within a few hours of release. The sole support throughout the tour is The Big Pink, new London based band who have recently released their debut album.

It takes something special for a new band to play in front of an audience of over 10.000, but Muse clearly knew what they were doing when they approached the duo. The Big Pink have a great on-stage presence, the vocal clarity and perfection audible on their album ‘A Brief History of Love’ is wonderfully reflected live – these are early signs of a band that have the potential to have a significant impact on UK indie rock. Perhaps if shoegazing is viewed as a negative aspect of a modern band, then this would be a weaker point, and single dissatisfaction of the performance.

An emphatic entrance always helps to liven up the mood, and the set-up was something beyond spectacular – Matt Bellamy and co revealed, stood on platforms within three separate towers, before breaking into new album opener ‘Uprising’. The lighting and Hi-Tec equipment allowed fairly ridiculous mobility, moving up and down the towers and around the stage between songs. As well as the equipment, the sound and lighting failed to disappoint, powerful laser and strobe lighting always adds something great to the atmosphere of large-scale concerts.

The set-list was well-balanced, playing a majority of tracks off newest release ‘The Resistance’ however, including most of the hit singles from previous albums (despite a lack of ‘Bliss’ and ‘Invincible’). Bellamy’s strumming is a privilege to witness, guitar extraordinaire doesn’t do this man justice. The final encore offered the jaw-dropping ‘Knights of Cydonia’, a surreal finale to a performance that could be matched by very few bands of today.

~ Article by James Murray

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