Anyone who was unsure about seeing Muse live was certainly set straight. From the moment you walked into the Air Canada Centre, you knew you were in for something amazing.
The stage was sort of shaped like a spaceship (a TIE Interceptor, for the Star Wars fans), which meant guitarist/vocalist Matt Bellamy and bassist Chris Wolstenholme had a ton of room to run around. There were eight microphones across the stage, so Matt could stop anywhere to sing for that area of the audience. Drummer Dominic Howard, and touring keyboard player Morgan Nicholls were set up in the middle of the stage, which rotated to give the entire crowd a head-on view.
The show was full of crazy special effects. There were flying orbs, screens that would drop down, a grand piano which seemingly appeared out of nowhere, giant black balloons filled with confetti, flying drones, and special video appearances from JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., a drill sergeant, robots, army men and more. There were also enough lights to light a small city. Every song seemed bigger than the last. The audio was super clear and the band played every note of their space rock/metal/electronic fused genre perfectly.
The setlist was heavier on songs from their latest album Drones, but they included a fantastic range across their albums released over the past fifteen years. The band also managed to jam out a few songs and include teases of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Voodoo Child”, AC/DC‘s “Back In Black”, and just for Toronto, Rush‘s “YYZ”.
Words cannot properly describe how amazing a Muse concert is. You may think you’ve seen some really great shows in your time, but unless you’ve seen Muse, you’re missing out.
– Dylan Hall