Muse took the fans at Seattle’s Key Arena on a hallucinating trip Saturday night. There were floating glass balls, giant inflatable balloons, a space ship and President John F. Kennedy! No, it wasn’t 1961 it was December 12, 2015 and the show was a MASTERPIECE.

The Drones Tour is visually stunning mixed in with a strong performance by Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. The fourth member of the band is always the stage at a Muse concert. The group is known for big productions and the Drone tour is no exception. Instead of giant monitors, screens were dropped from the ceiling to the floor. The screens were almost transparent and giant images of Matt, Chris and Dominic were projected on to them. It sort of looked like a hologram from the haunted mansion at Disneyland. Images of cross hairs of a gun sight were projected over the guys faces and missiles being fired were also projected on various monitors on the stage. These projections and the size of the stage that was rotating, made every seat in the Arena a good one. As a matter of fact, it is safe to say that even the seats in the back of the Arena were good. Maybe even better than right next to the stage. Every song was notable (it is Muse) and everyone was singing with Matt at some point in the show. One exceptional song was Matt Bellamy’s cover of Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley’s, “Feeling Good’. This is a show not to be missed.

Setlist:

Drones
Psycho
Reapers
Dead Inside
Interlude
Hysteria
(AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ riff outro)
Citizen Erased
The 2nd Law: Isolated System
(Shortened)
The Handler
Supermassive Black Hole
(The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Voodoo Child’ intro)
Prelude
Starlight
Feeling Good
(Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
Munich Jam
Madness
Undisclosed Desires
[JFK]
Revolt
Time Is Running Out
Uprising
(Extended outro)
The Globalist
Drones
(Reprise)
Mercy
Knights of Cydonia
(Ennio Morricone’s ‘Man With a Harmonica’ intro)

Photos by: MARY GRACE MCKERNAN

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