Posted in music | pictures on March 7, 2010

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Muse

The sheer explosion of music and technology was an assault on the senses, bringing out the best of my deeply geeky appreciation for both. Before taking the stage, there was a guest appearance by Matt Pinfield looking to get the crowd amped up while cautioning audience members to be sure not to miss the moment when they took the stage. Let me tell you, he wasn't kidding. Playing the waiting game before a show always has a bit of excitement and anxiety as you just want to see the band come out as you get swept away in the moment. As we waited for Muse to take the stage we were left looking at a stage with 3 floor-to-ceiling columns covered with a fabric scrim. Not too visually appealing in the state they were in, but you couldn't help wonder what part they would play come show time...Matt Bellamy is a rock god, and it couldn't be more fitting that once the lights dimmed, the columns turned into three buildings with staircases with the band members coming down the steps, as if from heaven. The aha moment came when the screens fell and revealed the band members on separate raised square platforms, suspended mid-arena with large columns projecting each of them on all four sides while they opened with "Uprising" from their latest album. There wasn't a bad seat in the house. [Geek Bouteek]
Silversun Pickups opened the show Friday night at Madison Square Garden. More pictures and Muse's setlist below...

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Muse @ Madison Square Garden - March 5, 2010 (SETLIST)
1. Uprising
2. Resistance
3. New Born
4. Map of the Problematique
5. Supermassive Black Hole
6. Guiding Light
7. Interlude
8. Hysteria
9. Nishe
10. United States Of Eurasia
11. Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
12. Helsinki Jam
13. Undisclosed Desires
14. MK Ultra
15. Starlight
16. Plug In Baby
17. Time Is Running Out
18. Unnatural Selection

Encore:
19. Exogenesis: Symphony, Part 1: Overture
20. Stockholm Syndrome
21. Knights of Cydonia

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Comments (42)

HA! that's practically the whole new album, which alot of Muse fans absolutely hate...myself included. Add in Supermassive Black Hole, another bad song from them that's basically their attempt at a dance song, and you have a pretty terrible setlist. I figured maybe they'd play 5 or 6 songs from that bloated piece of shit they just put out. glad i didn't go, even though I want to see Silversun Pickups really bad. What was their setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 8:55 PM

At boston SSPU's set was probably the same

Growing Old Is Getting Old
Well Thought out Twinkles
The Royal We
Future Foe Scenarios
No Secrets This Year
Substitution
Panic Switch
Lazy Eye

They kicked ass, and I don't really like their studio stuff. They put on a fun show, and were very talented. Good pump up for Muse.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 9:05 PM

Well that IS the album they're on tour supporting, dumbshit. It would make sense that they'd play most of the songs on it.

Posted by Grover Fartbox | March 7, 2010 9:05 PM

Fucking cheapskates couldn't have at least done it on ice?

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 9:17 PM

9:05, yeah i agree it makes sense, but since it's a terrible album & alot of fans don't like it, i was hoping they wouldnt do as much as of it as they are. that way the people at the show could still hear mostly good material. but instead, they played nearly the whole thing, which is a bummer.

The only good thing about seeing that setlist is that it makes me happy i decided not to buy tix once i heard the album. And believe me, i really tried to get into Resistance, but it's just garbage. Sorry guys, you're not Queen (MCR was guilty of this too a few years ago). That attempt at R&B, "Undisclosed Desires", is laughable.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 9:26 PM

Yay, poor man's Smashing Pumpkins opening up for poor man's Radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 9:27 PM

Silversun does Pumpkins better than Billy Corgan does nowadays, so i'm not complaining

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 9:33 PM

Agreed @9:33, and Muse is really nothing like Radiohead nowadays. Love both bands, but i really hate when they are compared.

Show was incredible by the way. Setlist complaints and all that are inevitable (I would loved more origin of symmetry/Absolution/Showbiz too), but when your actually at the show, it is just an absolutely breathtaking performance, and its hard not to have fun and be amazed everytime you see them live.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 9:51 PM

Muse are a very good throw away band to see if you happen to be at a festival they are playing at. I would never trek out to see them play on their own.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 11:01 PM

What a bunch of bread and circus garbage.
Who is anyone kidding anymore?

Posted by You know it deep down | March 7, 2010 11:02 PM

love both of these bands

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 11:19 PM

I'm not rally into Muse anymore, but goddamn, this show kicked ass

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 11:39 PM

Silversun Pickups were boring and uninspired. Pinfield's still a douche. Say what you will about Muse's new record, but the performance and production were fantastic. And Matthew Bellamy's voice is stunning.

Posted by Bill Bellamy | March 7, 2010 11:51 PM

Are you guys related?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 12:17 AM

the stage is pretty over the top, which is cool - but the setlist sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 1:28 AM

this bsnd is SHIT

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 7:01 AM

i've been to better Muse shows but this one was certainly one of the top three, very glad I was able to attend

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 8:57 AM

zzzzzzz who cares

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 9:03 AM

i hate both these bands cause they are too big. once a band is bigger than market hotel i can't stomach seeing them anywhere else. remember when the stones played don pedros? that was a better time for music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 10:15 AM

My first listen of The Resistance would have graded it around a D. It's grown on me to about a C+ at this point, which is actually a lot of progress, but it won't go much (any) higher than that. This band is best with faster paced, high energy songs, and unfortunately all but 3 songs on the new one are too melodic and frankly boring.

That said, I thought hearing a lot of these songs live brought them to life (especially with that stage set-up and a full house at MSG) and that the show was all in all great. Glad I went, crowd seemed generally happy/pleased with the performance and set list.

Posted by Funderburgh | March 8, 2010 12:05 PM

8;55 and 9;26, keep convincing yourself you're glad you didnt go, idiots

you missed an epic experience

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 12:11 PM

I was somewhat interested Muse before I saw them at the side stage at Randalls Island during the "Cure Festival"... lost interest after that.

This stage production and all their fancy gear (minus the oakleys) does look kinda cool though.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 12:54 PM

i liked muse better when they were a rock band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 6:38 PM

Bands write about what they experience and recent events. Bands evolve and sounds change. That's what die-hard fans are, they like to see the change a band goes through and why and how it happened and how their experiences over the years reflect in their music. Matt Bellamy is still a fucking crazy musical genius, there's absolutely no doubt. It's not like he didn't write all the stuff they put out before. I could loop their entire discography all day. And now that they're way more renowned than before with The Resistance, people can't help but talk about "the old days" and "hating their new album" just because it's mainstream now. Sure, it's a a little different sound than the other albums, but it's not that different as far as making it "a bad album". Give me a break, just because a third of their setlist is the new album that's why you didn't go? Because the new album sucked, so you missed the whole show? Yeah right.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2010 2:06 PM

@10:15
Bigger than Market Hotel? You must really hate, I don't know, every band. Yeah seeing bands in small venues is great but it's inevitable they're all going to gather a following and have it only make sense for them to play bigger venues. Unless you call that selling out.

This show was incredible, I've seen a great many shows in my day but the opening into "Uprising" when the curtains dropped and the band was INSIDE the towers? My jaw was on the floor. Crazy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2010 8:11 PM

Anyone who chose to not go to this show because they're too cool to see a band that's gotten big is a just so lame. Be a hipster, have another PBR and pull down your pork-pie hat because brother, you don't even know what a rock show is for.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 8:41 PM

I wanna go!!!! and you lame-asses complaining about the set list, seriously piss off lol every muse song is amazing in its own right... i think i am able to enjoy much more music because i dont compare songs, either i like them or not. try it sometime

Posted by mela | March 14, 2010 2:39 PM

They're touring in support of their new album. Therefore, it would ONLY make sense to perform songs from it, otherwise what's the point? So bands go on tour just for the hell of it? Out of that setlist, only 7 songs are from their new album. Which is one third of the entire setlist. So what's the problem? You don't like the album, but you planned on seeing them live anyway? What, you honestly thought that they would only be performing old songs? You guys are ridiculous. Hipsters are the WORST people to have as fans. And to the person that said Muse is trying too hard to be Queen, it's funny that you say that because I'm pretty sure if Queen were around today you'd all be trashing them too, since they don't fit the mold of "cool, minimal, indie band that plays it safe". As long as Muse do what they want to do, who cares about pleasing everyone? That's impossible to do anyway. Oh and the difference between them and MCR is that Muse has actual talent, whereas MCR is just smoke and mirrors and therefore they have to ride on someone else's coattails to have success. And no one will remember or care about them a few years from now. Muse on the other hand are solid legends.

Posted by Please | March 22, 2010 2:52 AM

MUSE is an awesome band cearly. You cant keep something great bottled up forever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 4:20 AM

I love all the MUSE albums and yes id want to hear some of my older favorites like 'space dementia' and 'dead star' but every single song of theres is amazing. Ive seen them four times most recently FT WORTH and HOUSTON. and it was the best time of my life. Any true muse fan would realize that.

Just because they got big shouldnt affect you. You hipsters and scene kids are retarded. Stop caring what 'cool'is and just enjoy it yourself. MUSE will always be amazing and being in the same place as them is and will always be an amazing experience. All i wanna do is watch muse every single day of my life.

Posted by Anonymous | March 22, 2010 4:31 AM

silver sun also did really well life IMO. nikki is hot

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2010 5:56 PM

you guys that rag on muse are a bunch of douche bags trying to be edgy, cool, and non-mainstream. muse totally rocks and isn't afraid to try some different shit. i'm not a huge fan of the new album, i think the last 2 were better, but what the fuck, they are still awesome. if you don't like them, why are you fucking wasting your time and everyone elses time on this site. go blog on the jonas brothers.

Posted by jimbo | April 13, 2010 11:56 PM

I remember this concert it was great.
Here is another post about it.

Posted by Johd | July 14, 2010 9:05 AM

thanks god bya ..

Posted by ساحات | August 5, 2010 7:23 PM

Silverspoon at MSG does it get any better?

Posted by Tony S | October 8, 2010 12:07 PM

Yessss I was at the concert toooo! GREAT!

Posted by assicurazione auto | December 14, 2010 2:47 PM

you guys that rag on muse are a bunch of douche bags trying to be edgy, cool, and non-mainstream. muse totally rocks and isn't afraid to try some different shit. i'm not a huge fan of the new album, i think the last 2 were better, but what the fuck, they are still awesome.

Posted by منتديات | January 9, 2011 2:31 AM

you guys that rag on muse are a bunch of douche bags trying to be edgy, cool, and non-mainstream. muse totally rocks and isn't afraid to try some different shit. i'm not a huge fan of the new album, i think the last 2 were better, but what the fuck, they are still awesome.

Posted by فساتين | January 9, 2011 3:55 AM

Bands write about what they experience and recent events. Bands evolve and sounds change. That's what die-hard fans are, they like to see the change a band goes through and why and how it happened and how their experiences over the years reflect in their music. Matt Bellamy is still a fucking crazy musical genius, there's absolutely no doubt. It's not like he didn't write all the stuff they put out before. I could loop their entire discography all day. And now that they're way more renowned than before with The Resistance, people can't help but talk about "the old days" and "hating their new album" just because it's mainstream now. Sure, it's a a little different sound than the other albums, but it's not that different as far as making it "a bad album". Give me a break, just because a third of their setlist is the new album that's why you didn't go? Because the new album sucked, so you missed the whole show? Yeah right.

Posted by ميك اب - مكياج | January 11, 2011 1:27 PM

Love Muse, hope they do their next concert soon

Posted by Unterwäsche Team | January 15, 2011 7:09 AM

Bands write about what they experience and recent events. Bands evolve and sounds change. That's what die-hard fans are, they like to see the change a band goes through and why and how it happened and how their experiences over the years reflect in their music. Matt Bellamy is still a fucking crazy musical genius, there's absolutely no doubt. It's not like he didn't write all the stuff they put out before. I could loop their entire discography all day. And now that they're way more renowned than before with The Resistance, people can't help but talk about "the old days" and "hating their new album" just because it's mainstream now. Sure, it's a a little different sound than the other albums, but it's not that different as far as making it "a bad album". Give me a break, just because a third of their setlist is the new album that's why you didn't go? Because the new album sucked, so you missed the whole show? Yeah right.

Posted by topics | January 19, 2011 4:34 PM

Bands write about what they experience and recent events. Bands evolve and sounds change. That's what die-hard fans are, they like to see the change a band goes through and why and how it happened and how their experiences over the years reflect in their music. Matt Bellamy is still a fucking crazy musical genius, there's absolutely no doubt. It's not like he didn't write all the stuff they put out before. I could loop their entire discography all day. And now that they're way more renowned than before with The Resistance, people can't help but talk about "the old days" and "hating their new album" just because it's mainstream now. Sure, it's a a little different sound than the other albums, but it's not that different as far as making it "a bad album". Give me a break, just because a third of their setlist is the new album that's why you didn't go? Because the new album sucked, so you missed the whole show? Yeah right.

Posted by رمزيات | January 19, 2011 4:38 PM

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