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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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Muse will rock your socks off @ msg
Venue/Date: Madison Square Garden Arena (New York, NY)
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August 6th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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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 scenarios.

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.
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