Muse, Download Festival, Donington Park, 13/06/15.
My 11th Muse gig. Yup. That is one for each year since I first saw them back in 2004, in my defence.
This was definitely one of the the best. They promised a special ‘heavy’ set for Download – and they delivered.
Muse, Brighton Dome, 23/03/15. Support from Marmozets.
I don’t usually write a lot about all the gigs I go to if I’m not actually reviewing them, but I’ll make an exception in this case.
This was my tenth Muse gig. Yes, I know. I first saw them back in 2004, a couple of years after I got into them in a big way. I’ve seen them at the Royal Albert Hall, at the Eden Project, at Wembley Stadium, at Reading Festival, in Teignmouth, and so on, but never in such a small venue as I did on Monday night. And it was magnificent in every respect.
Long have Muse had their heads in the clouds (or up their arses, each to their own) so when they announced their stripped back seventh album Drones and incendiary lead release Psycho, it seemed only right for them to go back to the roots and revisit a few of the dinkier venues where they made their name as the best live band around. Last night felt very much like a celebration of that journey.