H.A.A.R.P.: Live At Wembley [DVD] review by Muse

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  • Released: Mar 17, 2008
  • Sound: 9
  • Content: 8
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (311 votes)
Muse: H.A.A.R.P.: Live At Wembley [DVD]

Sound — 9
HAARP, the latest offering from the Devon Prog trio, captures the band during their 2-day stint at Wembley Stadium, on a tour supporting their last studio release 'Black Holes & Revelations'. Muse are famed for their live performances, and if you vindication was ever needed for this hype, then it's right here on these 2 discs! From the grandiose classical intro to the stunning guitar prowess of Matthew Bellamy, through to the immense atmosphere and amazing visual features, this shows a band at the top of their game, as unoriginal as that sounds. Over the top? Maybe. Absolutely brilliant? You bet!

Content — 8
As far as the setlist goes, it couldn't be that much better. Nearly all the fan favourites and Muse classics are in there, with some small suprises too. I was a little dissapointed that "Plug In Baby" wasn't featured in the CD, but its no biggy really. 01. Intro 02. Knights Of Cydonia 03. Hysteria 04. Supermassive Black Hole 05. Map Of The Problematique 06. Butterflies And Hurricanes 07. Hoodoo 08. Apocalypse Please 09. Feeling Good 10. Invincible 11. Starlight 12. Improvisation 13. Time Is Running Out 14. New Born 15. Soldier's Poem 16. Unintended 17. Blackout 18. Plug In Baby 19. Stockholm Syndrome 20. Take A Bow The DVD also contains a photo gallery of stills from the two Wembley dates. The special addition has backstage footage, extra photos and band member pictures. Aside from a full-on documentary, the content for this set is superb.

Production Quality — 9
The sound was mixed by Rich Costey (Audioslave, Nine Inch Nails, The Mars Volta), so obviously it is a very high standard. The camera angles are also very impressive, because not only do they capture the band's performance, but they manage to show the fans and the spectacular visuals to their full extent. Some highlights include the overhead view of blazing Wembley Stadium, and the acrobatics of a pair of trapeze artists suspended from balloons.

Overall Impression — 9
Muse have been climbing higher and higher on their quest for world domination, and this set surely shows them at their pinnacle. The only way you could better this experience is to catch them live the next time they tour. After watching this as a relative newbie to Muse material, I'm now fully convinced of their genius and will be making sure I buy tickets when they tour next! A must have for Muse fans and noobs like me alike.

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    ^ something weird to do with technology and space or something. Was this guy at both concerts? If not why the bashing of the 2nd? it sounds like he was just annoyed that they didn't use the concert he was at for the dvd.
    Great live, great atmosphere... But I agree with some of you, I think the live of the 16th of June was better. Anyway, Bellamy's improvs are still awesome. Does someone but me think Haarp is better than Absolution Tour ?
    High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program - HAARP good ol' wikipedia
    AEnima18 wrote: High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program - HAARP good ol' wikipedia
    ...where's the F?
    jason white
    did i get the wrong copy or something? mine doesnt have any extras :S did you guys get the one in the cd packing?
    good point Phoenix_24Leas, but hey thats wikipedia for you! nothing's ever right. but i know its something like that anyway. It said in kerrang.
    the cd case on its own just has the cd and dvd with both the concerts no extras still great though, i may do a review soon... but why no plug in baby on the cd?
    is it me or on two songs rite at the end the break out into RATM?
    jason white
    Phoenix_24Leas wrote: AEnima18 wrote: High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program - HAARP good ol' wikipedia ...where's the F?
    isnt that like asking wheres the o in united states of america? ....i duno i just kinda assumed that it was the same kinda deal :S