UK (London), December 19, 2004 Review

artist: Muse date: 04/11/2005 category: live concerts

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Muse: UK (London), December 19, 2004
Absolutely amazing. If you weren't there, you'll never know how beautiful it was. Even if you buy the soon to be released DVD.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
UK (London), December 19, 2004 Reviewed by: unregistered, on december 22, 2004
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Sound: The Zutons departed from the stage for around 8.45 pm and after a short but very sweet set including all the singles and their anthem 'Zuton Fever', the crowd were well up for a night of blistering entertainement courtesy of Matt Bellamy and his boys. 9.00 pm, Cue Chris and Dom. And as Matt entered the arena the crowd erupted. And Hysteria broke out, literally. They proceeded to play all the hits, past and present. Including Butterflies & Hurricanes, Bliss and Plug In Baby, as well as all four dingles from absolution. Bellamy had the smallest instrument set up I've ever seen at a gig. One single 4x12 cabinet, proving that gear isnt everything. The sound was out of this world, and every song made you want to jump out of your skin, rise above the arena and fly. // 10

Perfomance: Around the arena were three screens, as Chris and Dom took the stage a camera backstage started to walk towards the back of the arena, the man in control of the camera was Matt. Making hand gestures in front of the camera as Chris and Dom jammed he got closer and closer to the back of the stage, until finally he appeared. Dressed, quite stunningly in his usual long lab coat, but in bright red. And I tell you as a red blooded male, than man looked gorgeous. They charged through the set knocking out all the hits and as they first departed the stage there were smoke columns and black ballons falling as they finished the set with Time Is Running Out, Plug In Baby and Bliss. They came back on for an encore of Deadstar and Microcuts, and as they did a dozen huge clear balloons with smaller balloons and confettin inside, they ventually burst and showered the crowd with glory. But hang on, there going off? No way! A good minute later, as the crowd started to question their return they appeared and Bellamy hammered the intro to Apocalypse Please, nished with Stockholm Syndrome and finally the crowd were showered once more with confetti. A superb night for all. Even the security guards were moshing their tits off. Some lucky guy at the front of the arena, was even lucky enough to pick up one of Bellamy's guitars as he hurled it into the crowd after a song. Stand out track of the night - Plug In Baby. // 10

Overall Impression: Elngland, London, Earl's Court, Sunday 19th December, 2004. Absolutely amazing. And hour and a half of these guys, for me would beat an entire weekend at reading or download. If you weren't there, I'm afraid you'll never know how amazing it was. Even if you buy the soon to be released DVD. You won't get wuite the same buzz as we did. But in case you want to try and imagine. Here's a setlist: 01. Hysteria 02. Butterflies & Hurricanes 03. New Born 04. Sing For Absolution 05. New Song 06. Muscle Museum 07. Citizen Erased 08. Ruled By Secrecy Piano Interlude 09. Sunburn 10. Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist 11. The Small Print Jam inc. Led Zep's Heartbreaker riff 13. Time Is Running Out 14. Plug In Baby 15. Bliss 16. Deadstar 17. Microcuts 18. Apocalypse Please 19. Stockholm Syndrome // 10

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overall: 10
UK (London), December 19, 2004 Reviewed by: 99brownd, on december 24, 2004
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Sound: Matt Bellamy is a legend on the guitar, piano and microphone his skills will take alot of matching, Matt mainly played his cutom made guitars, Chris's bass playing was excellent especially Hysteria which they opened with, Chris mainly played his peddula rapture basses. Doms drumming didn't miss a beat either. The sound quality and balance was excellent, Matt's voice was driven out by the guitar or bass you could clearly hear HIM. I think there choice of songs was excellent mainly playing new stuff but songs like Muscle Museum were played excellent aswell. // 10

Perfomance: The crowd loved them and Muse certainly know how to put a good performance on, one special moment was when bellamy threw one of his guitars into the crowd and some lucky dude got it. I'd say the best songs played there were Plug In Baby, Hysteria, Time Is Running Out, Stockholme Syndrome. // 10

Overall Impression: The gig took place in London's Earls Court Centre an huge but great venue, the show took place on Sunday the 19th of December. They were two support bands playing first: The Secret Machines and The Zutons next which I'm not a fan of. The most unforgetable moments of the show was plug in baby and Stockholme Syndrome these two songs where played excellent and the crow just went mad. I will certaintly go to there next gig. // 10

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overall: 10
UK (London), December 19, 2004 Reviewed by: rich_sg, on february 16, 2005
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Sound: The sound was awesome, Matt's vocals were really clear and vibrant, but didnt drown out the rest of the band. The guitar was superb, he didn't fuddle up the Hysteria solo with improvising this time. Dom and Chris were brilliant, the concrete foundation on which Bellamy jumped and screamed around on. Matt was using his array of custom Mansons, notibly the black, 7-string, mirrored, and chrome. // 10

Perfomance: The perfomance was incredible, Muse are definetly one of the best live bands in the last 50 years. They performed songs from each of the albums, including a new one from the forth-coming album, which will be intresting in studio format. The most memorable songs were "New Born," "Uno," "The Small Print," "Muscle Museum," "Stockholm Syndrome" and "Time Is Running Out." The most forgettable was "Sing For Absolution" purely because its their weakest song. It was a brilliant performance of a mediocre song. And during their finale, out came giant plastic balls filled with balloons and confetti. Not something you see everyday. // 10

Overall Impression: The overall impression was utterly astounding. The performance was at Earls Court, London, England on 19th December 2004. The opening acts were The Secret Machines followed by The Zutons. I missed The Secret Machines due to merchandise buying rituals, but The Zutons were fantastic, their set was about 5 songs long. The tickets were around 25.00, and were well worth the money. The most unforgettable moments were the giant plastic balls, and Matt throwing a black guitar into the crowd. I will most definetly be attending their next gig. // 10

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overall: 10
UK (London), December 19, 2004 Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 11, 2005
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Sound: Quite simply the best range of sound you will get from an indoor gig. even the stereo effect from the ending riff of microcuts was done through the PA. When you're 10ft from Matt Bellamy you don't want to hear yourself think. The opening improv from Chris and Dom showed that the whole thing had been carefully put together. All of Matt's unique Manson guitars look and sound amazing. Inbuilt FX coupled with pedals and Diezel amp heads miced up to the PA offstage provide the clearest and most precise sounds. Matts' range with his vocals is most evident in microcuts and ruled by secrecy, 2 immensly powerful songs. // 10

Perfomance: At a Muse gig you dont get the sense of a recital of songs, you get a show, a performance which takes you to the very edge. 01. Hysteria - this songs has changed music. Every bass player wants to learn it. 02. Butterflies & Hurricanes - uplifting, a typically perfect blend of Bizarre chords on the guitar and a wonderfully improvised piano piece. 03. New Born - the perfect example of how hard Muse can rock. 04. Sing For Absolution - Matt didn't even need to sing, 16,000 people did it for HIM. 05. New Song - loved this song look forward to it on the new album "Crying Shame" maybe? 06. Muscle Museum - everyone yet again knew this from the bass riff. 07. Citizen Erased - the die hard fans knew that the 7-string signalled citizen erased. Matt loves harmonics and this song is the perfect marriage between that and elaborate fingerpicking. 08. Ruled By Secrecy - should have been played at the end piano interlude. 09. Sunburn - hasn't been played for a while, deeply underrated. 10. Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist - another underrated song, one of my favourites. 11. The Small Print - he threw his guitar into the crowd after this one. some fat ginger guy got it. But the song was amazing. 12. Heartbreaker - homage to the greatest rock band ever by their soon to be successors. 13. Time Is Running Out - again no need for vocals, Matt was outsung by an anthem. 14. Plug In Baby - my favourite song ever, one of the best riffs ever. 15. Bliss - Matt's favourite song from Origin Of Symmetery, simple and uplifting. 16. Deadstar - a double A-side which deserves far more attention, really heavy and hard-rocking riff. 17. Microcuts - a fantastic song. One of the best and yet again ignored. Extreme ranging vocals, coupled with incredibly fast fingerpicking, then yet another fantastic riff. 18. Apocalypse Please - the beginning of a second encore, the beginning of the end, the beginning of the apocalyspe? 19. Stockholm Syndrome - I crowd surfed. You had to be there. Classic Muse balloons, black balloons in nets from the ceiling, on-stage pyrotechnics, matt appearign with a camera. But the best bit for me was the Heartbreaker riff. Short and sweet. // 10

Overall Impression: England 19/12/04 Earls court. London. Zutons and Soulwax opened, very much taste bands. 34 worth every penny. Everymoment was unforrgetable. You can only hope they release a DVD so you can see how you wernt there. One of the best moments was the entire standing crowd bouncing to "Time Is Running Out." Will I go to the next one? They're touring in USA so probably not. You have to be damn fast to get tickets. This time I was one of the lucky ones. // 10

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