By Elliot Bouillon
Muse took the stage late Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center for their second show of their Drones Tour. They were very late. Due to technical difficulties with the band’s massive stage and light projection system, it wasn’t until 10:45 p.m. that Muse took the stage. Doors were scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. and were pushed back until the crew could figure out how to still put on the show. Even the opener, Phantogram, was unable to perform due to the delay. I quietly sat among thousands of fans tuckered out from waiting, silently hoping that the show was still able to continue.
After four hours, Muse took the stage to fans rejoicing that the band was finally playing. Matt Bellamy, the Muse front man, apologized to fans about the delay and instantly won over the crowd with his energy and showmanship. Once the lights turned down and Muse began their first song, I could see why there was a delay. This was by far the most impressive light show I have ever seen. The stage, a double-arched rotating platform that stretched across the length of the arena, was covered in massive projection screens that lit up the crowd. Muse was ready to put on a show.
Muse began their two hour set with “Psycho,” from their new album, Drones. The band had an excellent mix of their entire works from their beginnings in 1999 to their popular hits from Resistance (2009) and Black Holes and Revelations (2006). In addition, they played a Muse-twist cover of the Bublé classic, “Feeling Good.”
Drones, the seventh studio album for the band, did not take the crowd as much as their earlier work, but Bellamy made up for it through his stage presence that engaged the crowd each song. Ending with their classic “Knights of Cydonia”, the crowd left exhausted, but happy. Muse was definitely worth the wait.