British rock band Muse has found great success in the U.S. since the release of 2009's “The Resistance.” Since then they released their sixth album “The 2nd Law” and have been touring in support of it non-stop. Their dramatic and intense show stopped by Chicago last night and blew the roof off the place. The concert was a great mix of live performance and laser light show. There's so much to take in from what the band are doing onstage to the elaborate set up of the stage. The giant pyramid filled with screens that often flash designs and clips of the band is breath taking as it descends the ceiling and gets closer to the band until it engulfs them at the end.
It was obvious that the guys were having a great time as they blasted through stuff from their latest album along with old fan favorites. They opened with the electronic inspired track “Unsustainable” then launched into their latest single “Supremacy,” which is even better in a live setting. In fact, it sounds like this song was written just to be played on stage. With it's raging, booming guitar opening and the marching drums, it really gets your energy going and it gets you excited for the rest of the show. The super sexy and super sleek “Supermassive Black Hole” was next and got the entire arena dancing and singing along.
The crowd went wild during “Madness,” where singer Matt Bellamy donned his electronic glasses that displayed the lyrics to the song and during “Follow Me,” where the stage erupted in a mass of lasers pointing in every direction. Seeing the whole thing happen before your eyes is stunning. And ever the true front man, Bellamy encouraged crowd sing-a-longs during “Knights of Cydonia,” “Time Is Running Out,” and “Starlight.” He even seemed to stop in awe as how many people knew the lyrics to his songs. They even had visuals set up like a roulette table to randomly decide which song they were going to play next. Bellamy did his best to reach everyone in the stadium by moving around the entire stage and even acknowledge the people in the nosebleed seats. By the time Muse left, everyone was sad to see them go and kept cheering to bring them back on stage just one more time.
Credit also has to be given to the opening band Dead Sara, who did an amazing job pumping up the crowd with their blend of hard and garage rock. Singer Emily Armstrong had just as much energy as the Muse singer as she thrashed around, fell to the floor, and even jumped off the stack of amps. It was easy to rock out with them as her powerful, throaty vocals filled the arena. They even stuck around after the show to meet fans, take pictures, and to hand out posters. This is one band that is on their way and one that you definitely need to know. Even though we're only in the third month of 2013, it's safe to say that this is one of the best tours of the year.
If you missed out on Muse in Chicago you're still in luck. The band are still touring North America. To find out where they'll be next and to purchase their latest album “The 2nd Law,” visit their official website. And if you want to learn more about Dead Sara or check out some of their music, visit them at their website. Don't forget to follow them on Twitter.