The Muse Drones Tour Photos Are Awesome

What a killer show and incredible stage...

December 14, 2015
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With the previous two world tours, Muse set the bar higher than the states of CO and WA combined on a summer Saturday. The first tour featured giant pillars elevating the band to be eye to eye with the 200 level seats, each tower covered in LED screens broadcasting the live action through a kaleidoscope of sweet video filters. The next tour featured a stage shined up to reflect the lights of the bowl of screens they created only to be landed on by an LED screen pyramid. 

Here's the deal, no matter what they did, they weren't going to beat that. I think their approach for the Drones tour perfectly handled not being able to one-up themselves: the 360-circular stage.

Muse Drones Tour

Leading up to the album, we got to speak with Dom (drummer, Muse), and he told us they were working on the logistics to having drones flying around at their shows. I could only imagine the type of drones that make too much noise and ruin a nice time at the beach, the type of drones that get the coolest GoPro footage of events and nature. What Muse brought was of course very different.

The stage not only featured rotation and motion sickness ;), but also two long runners/risers for band members to perform in front of the crowd on both ends - at some point during the show, someone would be performing for your section - one guy air guitared all the parts when Matt or Chris came over - he was the best!

 Muse Drones Tour   

It takes a huge team of people BENEATH those extra areas to run everything - Aaron from their management quipped "with a stage this large, how do you think he controls his guitar pedals?" Dang! I assumed Matt is indeed a drone himself, or that some space wizard on Mars was controlling everything, but instead a team of guitar techs (possibly friendly ogres?) lives under their stomping ground and only comes out when the lights were down to hand off guitars/basses and keep the show moving!

I can't imagine the challenges of staying together and performing when your pal is 50 yards away on another riser! I'm sure they take moments like this, where they can see each other directly, super seriously!

Muse Drones Tour

After a couple songs of fun (and after the photographers left the photo pit), the band parked their drones and dropped long, sheer curtains from the rafters and fired up the projectors. If you're playing in the round like this, how do you have the (non) trademarked Muse video show? Curtains!

Muse Drones Tour

Here are some of Mat Hayward's other glorious shots from the weekend!

Muse Drones Tour

Muse Drones Tour

Muse Drones Tour

Muse Drones Tour

REST OF PHOTOS

At the end of the night, right before finishing (no encores), they fired off some confetti canons with paper drones from the album cover floating to the stands. They do NOT taste good - much like a combo of used fireworks and salt lick.

Muse Drones Tour

Muse tore through a great set-list with all the hits where you'd want them and finished on their best live song - this however felt a little like the obligatory song, one they sorta just do in auto-pilot. I missed hearing him shred through the lead parts. Matt instead sqeeled some cool sounds, but it just lacked that enthusiasm I've been used to seeing over the years. This show was not the best performance from the guys I've seen, but it's unfair to compare them to anyone. By their own previously set standards, I've attended some mind blowing shows, but when no one comes even close to the level on incredible audio and visual scale, it's important to remember what a time it is to see live acts like Muse.

Setlist:

Drones Choir
Psycho
Reapers
Dead Inside
Interlude
Citizen Erased
The 2nd Law
The Handler
Hysteria
Supermassive Black Hole
Prelude
Starlight
Feeling Good
Munich Jam
Madness
Undisclosed Desires
Revolt
Time Is Running Out
Uprising
The Globalist
Drones Choir Reprise
Mercy
Knights of Cydonia