Muse at Royal Albert Hall (12.04.2008)

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16 avr. 2008, 13h29m

By NADIA MENDOZA

Published: 14 Apr 2008


On form ... Matt Bellamy

IT’S rare a band will take your breath away, but Muse managed to suck out all the oxygen from the Royal Albert Hall and fill it with wonder.


The spectacular trio left fans in awe with their incredible and compelling set, reminding people why they are one of the best live bands in Britain.


The Who legend Roger Daltrey introduced the threesome for their charity gig in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.


They came onstage to rapturous applause in a venue deserving of their stature.


Immediately everyone who had a seated ticket stood up, with a full-to-the-brim crowd of over 5,000 standing for the duration of the gig in their honour.


Frontman Matthew Bellamy burst into life with opening track Take a Bow, belting out hits as though his life depended on it.


The grandeur of their anthemic sound vibrated through the floor as they roared through New Born, Hysteria and Starlight.


Matt, possessed of an enchanting strangeness, was mesmerising throughout.


His flair during Bliss – helped by the massive white balloons full of confetti that appeared from the gods – make you wonder if he came out the womb with a guitar.


He couldn’t have timed it better than when the final one landed onstage and he popped it with his guitar at the end of the song.


Drummer Dominic Howard bashed away as fans bled their throats dry singing along.


Feeling Good proved their mass appeal, straying from the overpowering operatic rock crescendos.


The real treat came during the encore when Matt appeared like a man in the sky on the Royal Albert Hall organ to play Megalomania.


During Plug in Baby, the frontman pirouetted around, smiling to bassist Chris Wolstenholme with a ‘it doesn’t get much better than this’ grin.


Even the usually burly-faced security guards were smiling, as uniformed staff danced around in their red blazers.


Eleven out of ten.




Muse at Royal Albert Hall

Set List:

Take a Bow
Map of the Problematique
Supermassive Black Hole
New Born + riff
Butterflies & Hurricanes
Fury
Feeling Good
Invincible
Hysteria
Starlight
Bliss (extended)+ Bombtrack Riff
Whole Lotta Love jam + Bombtrack riff + Heartbreaker riff
Time Is Running Out
Stockholm Syndrome + riff

Encore
Megalomania + Drum and Bass
Plug in Baby
Close Encounters riff +
Knights of Cydonia

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