Muse issues a concert album and Blu-ray/DVD both titledMuse — Live At Rome Olympic Stadium on Tuesday (December 3rd). The film and album were shot and recorded in front of a sold-out audience of more than 60,000 fans in the Italian city, with the video version using state-of-the-art high-definition 4K cameras with four times the resolution of standard motion picture images.
Frontman Matt Bellamy told Rolling Stone, “We’d never played a venue in Rome bigger than a large theater before, so we were very excited to have all these fans from the south of Italy and all these places come out to see us . . . We didn’t do a concert album for the last two albums, so we wanted this album and film to capture the best moments from those albums, but also capture some of the extremes of what we’ve been doing since we want to go in a different direction in the future.”
Bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us a while back that Muse is all about making its live show as big as possible: “You know, I’ve always felt from past experiences of going to watch bands that, you know, the bigger the venues you go to, it needs to become a different experience because you lose all the intimacy that you have when you play in a small venue, and you have to replace that with something else, you know. And I think you kind of replace with with electricity, you know what I mean? This kind of tension that you can create by using visuals and, you know, just having a stage set that people will walk away from and see when they close their eyes at bedtime, you know.”
Bellamy told Rolling Stone about performing in stadiums, “Playing to a stadium is not for everyone because you are essentially gambling, big-time. You have to go all in on production. You can’t hold back. We built this big stage that was supposed to be a big industrial nuclear power station. It was all custom-made, and you have to do that before you sell any tickets.”
Muse may play one or two shows in 2014, but plans to concentrate on making its seventh studio album.
Bellamy said that the writing for the follow-up to last year’s The 2nd Law began the day after the Rome gig, explaining, “I have this strong feeling that the next album should be something that really does strip away the additional things that we’ve experimented with on the last two albums, which is electronics, symphonics and orchestral work and all that kind of stuff. I kind of feel like it will be nice to reconnect and remind ourselves of just the basics of who we are.”
Next year also marks the 20th anniversary of Muse’s formation, with Bellamy adding, “It kind of feels right that next year will be when we start making a new album.”