UK (Nottingham), November 28, 2003
board_inferno, on july 20, 2004 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: When Muse walked out on-stage its as if God himself walked out as the crowd went mental! Me and a friend went (captain cake - UG user) and we had the side seats so we could see the crowd and the performance through a whole eye full! Then all went dark as Matt Bellamy let out his awesome guitar solo with ease while singing at the same time! I was blown away and on fire from the solid gold sound I heard! To me it looked like Matt was using Ibanez guitars throughout the show (4 in total I think!) And they where obviously custom designs as they where mainly metallic and weird shapes with lights in the fret board and switch panels, the drum kit was obviously Zudjan and I'm not sure about the bass being used. The sound quality was immense, topping over the sounds heard through albums and adding bonus licks to the riffs such as added solo's at the beginning and end to each song. // 10
Perfomance: The crowd was going crazy as the opener was "Apocalypse Please", where the drums came in with strobe lights flashing at the pace of each symbol, then came "Sing For Absolution" and it was so amazing how Muse was just Matt Bellamy and a rhythm section without ever needing any other guitarists. And the crazy thing is how the voice the piano and and guitar is just from 1 person. They had great visual effects while performing where it showed an early recording of Matt playing the piano and he played it in sequence to the film.
The greatest highlight songs where "Muscle Museum", "Hysteria" and "Bliss" as close to the closing sequence of the final songs Massive white balloons flew out onto the crowd which where pitched along (then popped by the Townie's) and sprayed out white confetti, great!
The only let down was an over performance of piano play where it seemed obvios that guitar in its place would sound so much better (if you have heard the albums you'll no why!) as "Sunburn" and "Endlessly" could of approached the more aggressive side instead of aiming for a more mellow direction. At the play of "Butterflies And Hurricanes" had Dom Holland lost in the music, beating is drums as Matt Bellamy solo's on his knees in a beam of light! // 8
Overall Impression: The show was played at Nottingham ICE arena on the 28/11/03, it was so good that that very same gig (even though they played more than 20 in sequence) got reviewed by Kerrang! magazine. The openers where a band called "Elbow" which I thought was too Dramatic and kind of made me loose the passion for a while and then a band called "Yourcodenameis:milo" which where really good, which was like a punk-style garage band. The tickets cost about 7.50 (I think) and it was well worth it, even an hour after the gig was over I could still hear "stockholme Syndrome" ringing in my ears. I will definently go to there next gig although Matt Should Favor the guitar more than the piano. // 10