Ryan and I went to see Muse in the Patriot Center – I got the ticket due to my sacrifice of my spot at the 9.30 club for the Smashing Pumpkins – Ryan is a far bigger fan of them than I am so I gave up my ticket to him. It was my first time seeing Muse, and my first trip to the Patriot Center which is bigger than I thought. The size of the arena caused problems for their opening band – Cold War Kids – I think they under played the venue a touch but they had a couple of interesting tracks were generally well received for an opener.
As for Muse, I was very impressed, they put on a good show and have convinced me to buy some of their music – something I would not have done previously based on limited radio exposure. They certainly did not under play the arena and their opening number in particular (from their new album too) was very good, got the crowd going early.
Ryan, who was still coming down from his high as a result of seeing Calla in the Black Cat on Tuesday without only 30 other people and buying a t-shirt directly from the lead singer (posted here) had seen Muse on 2 previous occasions and thought this was the least impressive performance due in part to some potential lip sync and pre-recorded pieces that he spotted.
Not being as familiar with them, I was oblivious to the problems and enjoyed the show. Afterward we headed back to Arlington to catch the second half of One Ton Wonton’s set in Ragtime and had a few beers to wind down. All in all a good night.
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