Muse - Reading Festival 2011 review

'Muse have stolen the show with this and close the festival with fireworks.'


Muse - Reading Festival 2011 review

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Matt Miles | 28 August 2011

The word gets bandied around and used carelessly sullying it's true meaning but the only word in the dictionary capable of encapsulating Muse's phenomenal set is 'awesome'. Truly awesome.

Marking the 10th anniversary of 'Origin of Symmetery' the band treat fans to the whole album, which they play start to finish. They pepper this performance with pyrotechnics, huge smoke machines and giant inflatable eyeballs that are sent out into the crowd, all of this is set against an incredible stage design depicting the album art from 'Origin of Symmetry' visualized with giant telephone mast like monuments.

The trio sound incredible, ripping through first their anniversary album before moving onto more recent hits. The crowd echo 'Feeling Good' and 'Plug in Baby' back to them in a booming chorus whilst the rest of 'Origin of Symmetery' is taken in with awe, headbobbing and respect.

Their greatest hits finale is met with fierce appreciation, the whole crowd erupting with renewed passion at the start of each modern rock classic. They are on stage for the better part of two hours and show no sign of fatigue, in fact they exude energy and power throughout the set. This is an epic performance, definately one of the finest of the weekend. The showmanship, musical aptitude, technicality and love of the art make this a stand out and historic set.

Covering Led Zepplin, Rage Against The Machine and Nirvana in places, they can make a genuine claim on the historical magnificence and legacy of the latters Reading 1992 performance. The band leave in the only manner they know how, with a flood of fireworks in the nights sky, but they're the star dust high in the atmosphere tonight.


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