UK (London), June 17, 2007 Review

artist: Muse date: 06/25/2007 category: live concerts

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Muse: UK (London), June 17, 2007
Despite the stadium being huge, the sound was full on, yet very clear and the acoustics sounded great.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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UK (London), June 17, 2007 Reviewed by: skarface, on june 25, 2007
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Sound: Having announced these two historic Wembley gigs six months previously, Muse were inevitably going to put on two of the best shows of their lives and without doubt Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard, Chris Wolstenholme and Morgan Nicholls achieved what can only be described as two utterly breathtaking nights. Despite the stadium being huge, the sound was full on, yet very clear and the acoustics sounded great. Chris' bass riff of Hysteria encapsulates this point perfectly. Muse's Live sound has changed over the years and the inclusion of Morgan hasn't been to everybody's taste. However, it has given Muse the opportunity to match the sound of their albums, Black Holes And Revelations in particular. There may be fans Who prefer the stripped down sound of the Hullabaloo days, but with songs such as Take A Bow, the use of an extra member now feels imperative. Matt's voice has an incredibly wide range and he was on top form, his falsettos towards the end of Bliss were awe-inspiring and the crowd simply had no choice but to listen and give the vocal cords a temporary rest. Matt remained on the guitar for most of the night, but his turns on the piano provided a nice change, Hoodoo and Sunburn were particularly impressive. As always however, it was Butterflies And Hurricanes that stole the show with the sweeping Rachmaninov-esque broken chords shimmering with beauty and extravagance. // 10

Perfomance: I must confess that I am a huge fan of Muse, but it was impossible not to be drawn in by such a staggering performance. With a stage adorned by satellite dishes, waterfalls of sparks during Starlight's choruses, flames during the climax of Take A Bow, acrobats suspended from balloons during Blackout and some of the most dazzling visuals I have ever seen, it was simply a phenomenal gig. Matt was clearly loving the attention and really played up to the crowd including a section devoted entirely to their Live riffs which he played on either side of the stage, clearly keen to involve every single spectator. The setlist had a great blend of old (Sunburn) and new (Map Of The Problematique), quiet (Soldier's Poem) and loud (Stockholm Syndrome), band driven (Forced In) and simply anthemic (Time Is Running Out). Not only were the songs great but they performed with such energy and imagination even by Muse's standards. // 10

Overall Impression: Muse's Wembley Stadium gig on the 17th June 2007 will be forever etched in my mind. With a support bill of Shy Child, Biffy Clyro and My Chemical Romance, Muse simply provided the icing on the cake, but it was icing of Biblical proportions! With a cost of 37.50, the day was an utter bargain and I can't wait for the return leg. It was a truly special performance from a truly special band and although we all know Muse can rock, it was the quieter moments of the night which will remain in my mind. Indeed it was Matt's request for camera phones to be held aloft during Soldier's Poem that gave a simply beautiful sight of an entire stadium glistening dwarfing the gentle fingerpicking of a lone man with an acoustic guitar. To put it simply, perfection. // 10

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