How often does someone get to say that they have seen their top 3 bucket list bands in one calendar year, wait, the last 6 months of said year? Not very. I was incredibly fortunate these last 6 months to be able to say that. Imagine Dragons was my number 2 and I have seen them now three times (and have every intention of seeing them whenever they are in the Seattle area). Breaking Benjamin was my number 3 and I was positive I’d never see them live when they took an indefinite hiatus in 2010. My number 1 band was Muse and I finally got to see them live in Seattle.
In return for me taking him to see Evanescence in November, Vice President, Aaron Mannari, got tickets to see Muse. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to join me but I made sure he was updated through Snapchat as any good friend should! A good friend of the magazine, Danielle, joined me in my adventure to not only see the band that graced the top of my concert bucket list but also in my first experience driving into downtown Seattle (don’t worry, we clearly both survived). I was so excited I was beyond words and I might have not really had a voice due to a nasty cold but that’s irrelevant.
Opening for Muse was Phantogram. To say that they were lackluster would be paying them a compliment. The duo came out and simply started playing without introducing themselves. To be completely honest, I wasn’t even positive it was them until they finally spoke up a few songs into their set. The most crowd reaction they got that evening was in response to the fact that guitarist, Josh Carter, was wearing a Seahawks hat. Once they were finished and the hype man came out and shouted, “Give it up for Phantogram! Weren’t they badass?!” Danielle responded perfectly with “Eh, they were more like okay tush.” That statement sums up Phantogram’s performance to a tee.
Phantogram was off the stage and now the stage crew swarmed to prep the arena-long stage for Muse. Watching all the projects they were attending to – walking along the scaffolding to ensure screens and drones were operating properly, checking lights, sounds, and more – was almost a show within itself. Seeing each new thing only helped build the excitement for our British rockers.
After an agonizing 30 minute wait, the time had come. The lights went out, the plastic balls that turned out to be drones lit up, the boys broke into the title and closing track of their latest album, Drones. From that moment on it was 2 hours of non-stop energy and excitement. They covered the big songs from their latest albums as well as their hits from previous albums such as “Hysteria,” “Undisclosed Desires,” and “Madness.” Lights were everywhere. Screens were projecting video that enhanced whatever song was happening in that moment. The stage was in the round so everyone got perfect views. One of the coolest aspects of the show was during “The Handler” when the screens projected a robot controlling marionette strings that went down to Bellamy and Wolstenholme as puppets. All the thought and programming that went into this show is fantastic and I would watch it 100 times over.
If you get a chance to see Muse live, especially on the Drones Tour, I highly recommend it. This was the best show I have ever been to and am so thankful that I was able to experience it live.
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