Posted in music | tour dates on October 5, 2012

by Bill Pearis

More is more rockers (and Glenn Beck's favorite band) Muse released their sixth album, The 2nd Law, this week which brings us more over-the-top arrangements, histronic singing, pomp, circumstance and cheeky humor that we've come to expect from Matt Bellamy and company, with a soupçon of dubstep to remind you what year it is. You can stream it at Spotify if so desired.

Muse are in NYC this weekend to play SNL (Daniel Craig hosts) and will be back bringing their live spectacle to North American arenas in 2013, and the initial dates announced include two NYC-area shows: Madison Square Garden on April 15 and the IZOD Center on April 19. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday, October 12. MSG at 9 AM and IZOD is still TBA. No ticket links yet but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.

If you missed the whole Glen Beck thing, in an interview with the Guardian, singer Matt Bellamy criticized conservative politicians in America for requesting to play their hit song "Uprising." Glenn Beck, a Muse superfan, posted an open letter to Muse in response, which is below in full.

Also below is the list of all Muse tour dates, the video for "Madness" (their "dubstep" song) as well as the video for their 2006 single "Knights of Cydonia" just because it's kind of amazing.

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Glenn Beck's open letter to Muse:

Dear Matthew,

I read your comments in the Guardian via Rolling Stone last week and feel like with a little work we could better understand each other.

As uncomfortable as it might be for you, I will still play your songs loudly. To me your songs are anthems that beg for choruses of unity and pose the fundamental question facing the world today - can man rule himself?

In the Venn Diagram of American politics, where the circles of crimson and blue overlap, there's a place where you and I meet. It's a place where guys who cling to their religion, rights, and guns, connect with godless, clinched-fist-tattoo, guys.

You seem to have a pretty good grasp of comparative U.S. and European politics, but maybe there's a pattern that you're underestimating. Throughout history, leaders have used music to lull young people into a sense of security and euphoria. They've used artists to create the illusion that they can run a country that keeps all the good and wipes out all the bad. Think Zurich 1916. Think artists getting behind guys like Lenin and Trotsky. Think of pop culture's role in the Arab Spring. The youth rises up, power structures crumble, and worse leaders are inserted.

America, on the other hand, does not rely on leaders -- we rely on the individual. Our country was built on the principles of mercy, justice, and charity -- we ultimately believe that man left alone is good. That is a primary reason I disagree with Chomsky and others that you've touted.

American Libertarians understand that smaller government gives people freedom -- the freedom to earn or lose, eat or starve, own or sell. The potential for wild success and happiness is tempered by an equal chance of failure. And it is all up to the individual to take control of their destiny.

This has been a debate since the founding of America, one that has often gotten confused. Even during the revolution -- a period filled with the greatest minds to ever discuss the idea of freedom -- there were the divisions that continue today. Robespierre or George Washington. OWS or the TEA Party.

Thomas Paine didn't see the difference at first either -- sometimes the difference is too subtle.

Yet the question is an easy one: Do you believe man can rule himself? Or does he need someone ruling over him to force him to be good and charitable?

That is the fundamental divide and everything else follows. Even though faith was important to our American patriots none of them forced Paine to believe. He chose his course and in the end is remembered as a critical patriot in establishing man's first real freedom.

They understood that we don't all have to be in the same boat. But rather, focused on the star chart: Are you headed toward freedom or despotism?

The power that American Libertarians like me want to pull down is power that limits the individuals right to roam and create.

Matthew, I realize that converts are pretty hard to come by when the stakes are so high and the spotlight so bright, but I thank you for singing words that resonate with man in his struggle to be free.

I wish I could leave well enough alone and just be quiet...

...but I've had recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am and missed the opportunity to be a better man.

Good luck on the new record.

Glenn


Muse - "Madness"

Muse - "Knights of Cydonia"

Muse -- 2013 Tour Dates
FEB 3rd Edmonton, AB Rexall
FEB 4th Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
FEB 6th Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
MAR 2nd Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
APR 9th Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
APR 15th New York, NY Madison Square Garden
APR 19th E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
APR 23rd Montreal, Quebec Bell Centre
APR 26th Quebec City, Quebec Colisée Pepsi

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Comments (37)

new album sucks

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 10:58 AM

Hey, remember when Muse used to be kinda cool like 12 years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 10:59 AM

The worst

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:00 AM

LOL

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:07 AM

Muse > Radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:08 AM

new album not great, but this band still is great live
that letter, totally crazy

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:14 AM

I am not A"Muse"d!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:17 AM

Attention soccer moms: Remember when you all loved Kings of Leon?! Not getting enough attention at home? Muse can replace those empty feelings! Please come see us when we tour!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:27 AM

"Hey, remember when Muse used to be kinda cool like 12 years ago?"


Remember when every band under the sun, like, used to be cool, like, even, like, before they, like, existed? Yeah, I mean like, for shurrrrrah! Californiyaaaaahhhhh!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:37 AM

In town to play SNL this weekend. No other random show while they're here?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:41 AM

Anecdotally, everyone I've ever personally encountered who liked Muse a lot was a huge moron.

So, the Glen Beck thing pretty much checks out, there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:44 AM

I saw Muse open for the Foo Fighters in 2000. They were terrible

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:46 AM

I only listen to music if it's only enjoyed by card-carrying Greens.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:47 AM

Muse = Radiohead for the cellphone generation.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:54 AM

utter Wankers!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:54 AM

they should play Bowery Ballroom again, that show was amazing when they released Absolution

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:54 AM

just lol Glen Beck liking Muse
that's news to me

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:55 AM

11:44: Isn't it a little early to be sipping red wine with your pinky out to all your fellow non-existent faux-intellectual buddies about how any band that isn't Radiohead (your precious!) or has an iota of mainstream success is only enjoyed by people of clearly inferior sophistication and intelligence?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:04 PM

radiohead!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:28 PM

This band fucking sucks, and they don't even have one halfway listenable record.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:44 PM

Yah for crooning!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:44 PM

I really don't like this band.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:52 PM

Origin of Symmetry was an awesome record. Over-the-top but not quite like how they are now. Everyone I played it for 10 years ago thought it was amazing (though Muse were basically completely unknown here at the time). And generally speaking, all people with pretty good taste.
Not trying to play the "cooler 10 years ago" card, but they had some damn fine music once upon a time.

Posted by john | October 5, 2012 4:44 PM

every band you listen to won't be cool twelve years from now. come on, this is brooklynvegan.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 4:55 PM

they're just like coldplay where every song sounds the same. although i don't know who is worse.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 5:40 PM

Muse sounds like an ogre playing hopscotch.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 6:29 PM

Clear Channel's Raidohead, after Raidohead never wrote another "Creep".

You're 100% responsible for this continuing feculent garbage, Generation Cell Phone (because that's the only thing that defines you).

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 10:49 PM

iPods

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2012 2:24 AM

Maybe if you tried, but I would not bother.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2012 5:41 AM

Muse has great sound. At least they sound great live unlike most out these days!

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2012 1:51 AM

Just a bunch of hating bitchez keep typing out your asses proves you don't know shit

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2012 1:56 AM

Fuh Q

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2012 2:01 AM

1:56 works construction.

:-(

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2012 10:47 PM

i will understand the popularity of this band, i find them unlistenable

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 9:10 AM

will _never_ understand, duh

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 9:10 AM

Your ideas was totally easy to get. Happy to find that there’s an person online that gets it precise what its is talking about.

Posted by Marital life | November 23, 2012 6:34 PM

understand what?

Posted by mike | July 13, 2013 5:31 PM

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