Concert Review


Since Muse has entered the upper echelon of performing bands, they have made use of their budget to entertain the masses by not only providing killer music but the use of lights and screens to maximum effect.  Last night at Key Bank Pavillion was no different.  Muse came out swinging immediately with new tune “Dig Down”, “Psycho”, and “Interlude” while the rotating banks of LCD lighting projected wild images and using live feed of the band.  Although we have all seen live feed for years, the filters, effects, and technology used to make all of this into eye candy a la U2 proportion.

Even though Muse gets lumped into a more electronic alternative rock, make no mistake, Matt Bellamy (lead singer/lead guitar) can be very aggressive on his ax and has the chops to be considered a guitar god.  What makes Muse head and shoulders over other power trios is that each musician is highly talented and bring out the best of each other.  Their sound is reminiscent of tinges of Rush, Queen, and Radiohead all blended into one.  Since “Knights of Cydonia” put them on the map, they have continued to evolve as a band, never repeating the exact flavor of their last release while staying true to themselves and their audience.

Seeing the band live not only puts Bellamy’s influences (there were short bits of Led Zep, Stevie Ray Vaughn, RATM, and Eddie Van Halen licks here and there thrown in) and guitar prowess but the great voice and backbone of the bass rhythm riffs of Chris Wolstenholme, as well as the backbeat and (sometimes) the background vocal stylings of drummer Dominic Howard.  Throw in some massive confetti filled balls, falling paper men blown out of multiple canons, and Matt going into the back of the covered seating to sing and you have quite a bit to talk about.  The sound was amazing, the performance flawless, and the audience left feeling like they truly witnessed something special.  Other than Bellamy taking frequent breaks in the beginning, and even one song being “mailed in” by Matt on video while the rest of the band played, it was a beyond solid performance.

Jared Leto‘s band 30 Seconds To Mars opened the evening off with a very upbeat performance as well.  Leto came out looking every bit of homeless Hollywood star as possible with a trucker hat, Nascar shirt, jogger pants, and silk kimono.  His voice sounded great and his interplay with his brother Shannon on drums and guitarist Tomo Miličević was spot on.  Leto involved the crowd quite a bit by bringing many people onstage and talking a lot for an opening set.  He even brought a kid up onto the stage to teach him what to say when he gets bullied, with the kid yelling “Fuck You!” to the utter delight of the crowd.  The acoustic “The Kill”, frequent sing alongs, and some Metallica and Pantera riffage while Jared played with the crowd made for quite an interactive experience.

All photos © 2017 AWeldingphoto

Muse setlist: 

  1. [Drill Sergeant]
  2. (AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ riff outro)
  3. (extended outro)
  4. (‘Reapers’ intro riff + RATM’s… more )
  5. (‘Close Encounters’ riff intro)
  6. (The Cramps cover)
  7. (‘Who Knows Who’ riff intro and outro)
  8. (riff intro, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Heartbreaker’ outro)
  9. Drones
    (Loop ending)
  10. Encore:
  11. (extended outro)
  12. (Ennio Morricone’s ‘Man With A Harmonica’ intro)

30 Seconds To Mars setlist:

  1. (2017 Intro)
  2. (Chant Intro)
  3. (Ext. Sing-a-long Intro; Ext.… more )
  4. (Acoustic; Short Ending; Jared in crowd)
  5. (Sing-a-long Intro)
  6. (Unknown)
    (Audience was recorded singing… more )
  7. (2017 Sing-a-long Intro)
  8. (Ext. Intro, Ext. Outro; fans onstage)