25.05.2013 Muse - Emirates Stadium, London

Just one of those bands who I think I don't really like that much but who turn out to be a lot better than I expected. I'm sure my mind is constantly actively fighting about seeing supergroups in superstadiums, especially one as repugnant to the senses as Arsenal's. (It's actually a very good stadium, I just do NOT like going there).

They were supported by Dizzee Rascal and Bastille. I didn't really want to get there early to see Bastille, who I am indifferent about, and I've seen DR before and he was shite. Judging by the boo that his name got when Matt Bellamy namechecked him, it doesn't sound like he's got any better.

As usual we were up in the stratosphere and so my photos and videos didn't come out as well as they could. But hey ho, this site's free! (Note to self: change all that one day)

The setlist was:

  • Supremacy (Extended Intro)
  • Supermassive Black Hole
  • Panic Station
  • Map of the Problematique (Who Knows Who outro)
  • Interlude
  • Hysteria (AC/DC's Back in Black outro)
  • Animals (with Muse money confetti)
  • Knights of Cydonia (Man with a Harmonica intro)
  • Dracula Mountain (Lightning Bolt cover) (Drum and bass jam)
  • Sunburn (Matt with piano on B-Stage)
  • Butterflies & Hurricanes (First time live since 2011)
  • Monty Jam
  • Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
  • Follow Me
  • Liquid State
  • Madness
  • Time Is Running Out (House of the Rising Sun intro)
  • Stockholm Syndrome (Rage Against the Machine's Freedom outro)
  • Unintended
  • Blackout (with a ballerina, carried by a lightbulb, floating over the audience)
  • Guiding Light
  • Undisclosed Desires
  • The 2nd Law: Unsustainable (with Charles, the Robot)
  • Plug In Baby (Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child o' Mine outro)
  • Survival
  • The 2nd Law: Isolated System
  • Uprising (Extended outro)
  • Starlight

This was how the gig appeared in the Sun, which I suppose describes the gig accurately albeit in a stupid tabloidy way:

MUSE were feeling generous at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night - and not just with the fireworks.

The band handed out fake euro notes, complete with their faces printed on as they played a brilliant gig.

Banks in north London will be on the lookout for the dodgy currency. (If they're as stupid as your readers)

The trio barely put a foot wrong at the massive gig - until MATT BELLAMY brought up football.

Boos rang out when he shouted "Arsenal!" to fans at the first of two gigs at the stadium. (to be fair, it wasn't exactly "Arsenal!" It was more a meek "Arsenal?")

Luckily the high production values and the bandís stage presence had the 40,000-strong crowd bouncing for favourites Plug In Baby and Time Is Running Out.

Cartoons of dancing world leaders flashed on screen during new track Panic Station.

And the crowd went insane when Matt hopped down from the podium into the audience during their track Undisclosed Desires.

Other highlights included a huge red-eyed robot on stage during a drum íní bass-style interlude, a cover of THE ANIMALSí House Of The Rising Sun and a giant floating lightbulb with acrobat in tow during New Born.

Those going to the Etihad Stadium later this week are in for a treat - though Matt had best avoid talk of City.

Jesus.

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Last updated 24 September 2013 16:55

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