Muse are a band that needs little introduction. Since their formation in 1994, the Devon trio have released seven albums, won their fair share of awards and gained notoriety for being an amazing live act with an impressive stage show. Their current tour, in support of their most recent album, “Drones, took them to Dublin’s 3Arena last night and they definitely brought their A game.
The opening band were a group called Nothing But Thieves. Their hard rock sound made them a good fit for the bill, they had a good mix melodic vocals and heavy riffs though I definitely think they’d be better suited to a smaller venue, for the time being at least.
For the beginning of their set, Muse had several drones fly down from the ceiling while the track “Drones” played over the PA. While the crowd was distracted by this, the band came out swinging, launching into Psycho, the lead single from the new album. The band played a healthy dose of material from throughout their career, including plenty of the newest album as well as fan favourites like Supermassive Black Hole, Hysteria, Time Is Running Out and Starlight. They were also ridiculously energetic, with frontman Matt Bellamy and bassist Chris Wolstenholme constantly moving around the stage. Drummer Dom Howard wasn’t shy either, laying down hard on the drums all night.
They also put a lot of effort into the stage production; as well as the flying drones they had several screens that at times interacted with the band as they moved onstage, as well as huge balloons and streamers that shot out over the audience. The band also had a round stage that rotated at certain points in the show and while I can imagine this would be great in stadium venues, it was a bit out of place in the 3Arena, where half of the stage was facing the back wall.
At the end of their main set, the band came back on for a three-song encore, finishing with a rousing rendition of Knights of Cydonia. The track was a suitably epic way to end the night. There are a lot of bands that are better suited to smaller venues, but Muse are the polar opposite of this. This is a band that was born to play to huge crowds, there are very few bands putting on a show this entertaining.