Madison Square Garden Arena (New York, NY)
Concert Date: August 6th, 2007
Set and Lighting Design (SLD)
MOODY MUSE CONFUSE
By DAN AQUILANTE
August 8, 2007 -- AT Muse's Madison Square
Garden debut Monday, the dark, moody Brit trio were the Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde of contemporary rock.
When lead singer Matthew Bellamy was strapped into his electric six-string
guitar, Muse was a hard-rock giant. The music was heavy, infused with
arena power that made heads bang and devil fingers poke the air. During
the amped-up electric tunes, they could have renamed the group Rage
Against the Universe.
But when he plopped down at the piano (or strummed an acoustic guitar),
Muse seemed like a slightly more muscular Coldplay or a brainless
Radiohead passing off pretentious noodling for deep musical thought.
The Garden gig was at its best when Muse leaned on an extremely heavy
four-horsemen attack where the thunder of the music dovetailed with the
lyrics about Orwellian government manipulation and end-of-the-world
The band knows its strength is brute force. They came on strong (and left
stronger) with magnificent hard rock played at make-your-ears-bleed volume
- you felt your clothing and hair vibrate. In between, the center was
still loud but made soft by the piano and acoustic guitars, which
accentuated the whiny quality in Bellamy's voice that comes off like a
near-miss Freddy Mercury impression.