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Muse Performs at University of Virginia


Entertainment Editor

On Oct. 27, 2010 British rock band Muse performed at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. The show was the second to last performance of the band’s “The Resistance” tour. 

 Muse formed in Teignmouth, Devon in England in 1994, although their first album, “Showbiz,” wasn’t released until 1999. The band consists of singer/songwriter/pianist Matt Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard. They are probably best known for their singles “Supermassive Black Hole,” “Time Is Running Out,” “Uprising,” and “Starlight.” The band’s last album, “The Resistance,” was released in September 2009.

 The security was very intense, which could be explained by the fact that the show was being hosted by a college. Lines were divided by gender so that girls could be frisked separately from the boys.

 “Girls, do not bring a purse to a concert,” said Emily Waskiewicz ’13, who attended the concert. “It will be the biggest mistake of the night.”

 Also, audience members who were viewing the concert from the floor had to wear blue wristbands to separate themselves from other concert-goers.

 Muse is known for being very energetic on stage and having great live performances; and they certainly kept up that tradition with this concert. Bellamy frequently ran back and forth between two separate ends of the stage, and Wolstenholme seemed to migrate from the left side of the stage to the front of the drum set.

 Visual effects were used to the point that a person suffering from epilepsy should refrain from attending the show. Green lasers flashed from the back of the stage to the front, reflecting off shiny surfaces like cymbals and guitars. On stage there were three rectangular platforms, which rose and spun around in circles at times, where the members occasionally played. At the top of each platform was a screen that projected images like flashing stripes when the band played “Time Is Running Out,” and lyrics for the songs “Uprising” and “Knights of Cydonia”.

 Various instruments were used when performing various songs. During “United States of Eurasia,” Bellamy played a grand piano that had been brought up onto the platform. The open lid of the piano would light up whenever he hit a certain key. When playing “Undisclosed Desires,” Howard played a drum set that lit up whenever it was hit and Bellamy played his infamous keytar.

 The band as a whole performed a variety of songs from various albums. The concert started with “Uprising,” the opening track from their latest album. “Supermassive Black Hole” and “Starlight” were received very well by fans and “Plug in Baby” has been considered a crowd favorite for years.

 All in all, it was an excellent show. The special effects made the great music sound even more amazing.