Muse: The Resistance Tour
Acer Arena, Sydney
Scrawny and shirtless, Scotland’s Biffy Clyro took the stage in the darkened arena as entrances poured with fans, all of them in a hurry to find their spots for the main event. A little lost in the vast area, it took a few songs for Biffy to warm up, but by the time their most familiar and successful track ‘Mountain’ rang from the speakers, the audience was engaged, finally finding their voices and a little enthusiasm to sing it back.
Smoke machines worked on overtime during the change over, the thick atmosphere making Acer arena feel a little more intimate, despite the thousands other fans crammed into the venue.
Muse are a band’s band. You’d be hard pressed to find a musician anywhere that isn’t at least filled with adoration, if not, a little jealousy towards the music they create. But it’s not just the music that has cemented the British boys as one of the best live acts around. Their stage show can be called nothing less than spectacular.
Three floor-to-ceiling rectangular columns lit up with crystal clear graphics, an army of white silhouettes ascending a never ending staircase as the introduction ‘We Are The Universe’ played, anticipation growing to fever pitch as excited smiles spread across the room. As the giant structures opened, they each revealed a band member, perched ten feet above the stage on a tiny hydraulic platform as they blasted into their first song; recent hit ‘Uprising’.
Regular favourite from Muse shows ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ didn’t disappoint, Chris Wolstenholme’s bass riff shook the floor as bright green laser beams danced overhead, turning the room into a dance party.
Dressed in a pink silk lined, silver sequined suit, front man and guitarist Matthew Bellamy strutted back and forth, reflecting all the adoring energy in the room along with the spotlights and dedicating ‘Citizen Erased’ to a man he called a true Australian hero: Julian Assange (founder of wikileaks.)
Transitioning from synth-heavy rock, to gorgeous, delicate piano solos, the trio made their way through the truly epic ‘United States Of Eurasia’ the entire audience eating from the palm of their hands.
Not to be out done by Matt’s dazzling outfit, drummer Dominic Howard stepped away from his traditional damask print kit, to the front of stage wearing nothing but a clingy, black lycra one piece, playing the percussion for ‘Undisclosed Desires’ on a simple four drum set up that lit up and twinkled on every beat.
‘Plug In Baby’ became a deafening sing along during which beach ball sized eyeballs fell on the crowd, exploding and showering the people below in black and silver glitter, sending the band off stage to thunderous applause. Obliging the dedicated masses with a three song encore, their final track for the evening “Knights Of Cydonia’ showcased their diversity further as it opened with a lone harmonica and ended with a crashing mosh pit.
The fact that night to night, Muse change their entire show structure and set list is not only a treat for multiple show attendees, but it is a compliment to the band themselves for not falling into the easy trap of routine and a testament to the quality of their crew members who put the show together seamlessly. every member going above and beyond to make sure people adore the entire experience of the show.
It’s rare to find a show as visually entertaining as it is musically complex but Muse exceed all expectations, setting the bar ridiculously high for everyone else in the game. The time is definitely right to join the resistance.