The Uprising

10/25/2009 - Oslo Norway

10/25/2009 - Oslo Norway

In 2007, I witnessed what may become the most revolutionary live show in music take the stage at Austin City Limits. The White Stripes had cancelled a week before, bringing much disappointment to many, as they were looking forward to Jack and Meg doing their schtick before a crowd of 70,000. The act that was to play before them (and now moved into their time-slot) was a band called MUSE. They had garnered a cult-like following in Europe where their live show was rumored to be something of an onslaught of the senses. They had already headlined the Glastonbury and Reading Rock Festivals and had been awarded ‘Best Live Band’ by multiple magazines and Reader’s Polls. I remember thinking to myself, “How had I missed hearing any music by this band?!?” 

When MUSE hit the stage, the impact of the sheer volume, lights, and energy hit me like a sledgehammer to the chest. I remember turning to my friend Brian who had accompanied me, and asking him if someone had spiked my drink? This was the only other plausible explanation for what had just happened to me. However, upon looking around, it appeared that everyone was in a transfixed hypnotic state, mouths open, eyes wide, in total awe of what they were seeing. As someone who has witnessed some amazing shows and probably logs more concert time per year than industry folk, I believe that MUSE might be the best live show I have ever seen. I do not say this lightly. 

Needless to say MUSE has just released new US tour dates including 03/06/2010 at the yet again, newly re-named ‘TD Garden’ in Boston. You can be sure I will be front row center for this band. I have it on good source that they will be headlining the Coachella Festival this April,  but this is yet unconfirmed by promoters or the band. 

So if looking for a good Christmas present, to give others (or yourself!!!) check the concert dates here: 

You will not be dissapointed! 

Check out the song Hysteria from MUSE’s Absolution album. 

Hysteria - MUSE 

… and here is the accompanying live video:

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