Roskilde Festival: Day 3 Review: Muse

By on Friday, 16th July 2010 at 2:00 pm

Muse. What can I say about the Devon rockers that has not been said on this blog by editor Phil and my DC partner in crime Mary Beth. It seems like no stage can contain them. I knew I didn’t have a chance at getting into the pit for their set Saturday night because that would have required queueing for hours in the sun not seeing anyone else, and I didn’t want to miss Vampire Weekend, Bad Lieutenant, or even half of Pendulum’s set over at Arena.

So just when the sky started to slightly darken, I escaped the total craziness of the Pendulum fans and headed over and chose a relatively clear spot further back stage left where I could see a jumbotron and witness Muse as an American at a European music festival. It’s a little weird to be by yourself at a music festival, because everyone else shown up with their many friends, or their girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband, or in some cases, their extended family. Several couples in the vicinity let me hang with them and made sure I could see, which I thought was very sweet.

I felt slightly blinded the first time when I saw Muse with Mary Beth back home in March, but I knew this was going to be a thousand times bigger, and I was right. Coloured squares of lights flashed brilliantly onstage for ‘Supermassive Black Hole’, green lasers projected across the fields for ‘Undisclosed Desires’ and all the while, banners and flags waved in unison to the music. I had to pinch myself from time to time to remind myself, this is really happening! I’m seeing Muse at Roskilde!

The best moment of the night had to be when the chorus of ‘Plug in Baby’ started up and everyone – I mean everyone – started jumping up and down, fists pumping in the air. It’s one of my favourite songs of theirs, so of course I joined in the revelry. To be honest, I think the crowd reaction for this was far and away much more manic than for the song that followed it, the set closer ‘Knights of Cydonia’. Maybe because it has less words, so therefore less audience participation is possible? No matter. It was all sheer epicness. I’m not really sure what’s left for Muse to conquer. Surely they’ve already conquered the world. Maybe a broadcast from the moon to the other intelligent life forms in the universe?

After the cut: set list.

Muse Set List:
Supermassive Black Hole
Map of the Problematique
Hysteria (prefaced by guitar solo homage to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Heartbreaker’)
Stockholm Syndrome
United States of Eurasia
Feeling Good (Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse cover)
Undisclosed Desires
The Resistance
Time is Running Out (prefaced by a singalong to the Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’)
Unnatural Selection
Plug In Baby
Knights of Cydonia

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