A three piece rock band the likes of Muse are rare to come across, let alone a group that assembles everything from fist pounding, adrenaline rock anthems to lengthy and ambient psychedelic compositions.
Put that sonic landscape into the setting of a sold out amphitheater filled to the brim with Tampa’s finest live music advocates and you’ve got yourself a hell of a show, not to mention the evening’s support from alternative rockers 30 Seconds to Mars and rising newcomers PVRIS.
Arena rock groups utilizing the latest in digital technology to add energy to their live performances is nothing new, yet the dancing animations ablaze on towering digital canvas brought a wealth of strength to the motivating set opener “Dig Down,” as well as the politically charged “Drill Sargent/ Psycho” off one of this writer’s personal favorite Muse records, 2015’s ‘Drones.’
The crowd surged as Muse tore across such seasoned favorites as “Supermassive Black Hole” and the tour debut of “Stockholm Syndrome” off of 2003’s ‘Absolution’; a similar wave of attentive fan devotion followed when the first electronic sample to “Madness” echoed out above the tens of thousands of fans in Tampa’s Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater.
As a choice approach to moving between songs during the set, guitarist/vocalist Matt Bellamy would often throw out a dash of classic rock with the main riffs to AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child,” as well as the rambunctious cover of “New Kind of Kick” by The Cramps.
Just as the last notes to “Drones” rang out into the night, the members of Muse returned onstage for a fierce encore of “Uprising” and “Knights of Cydonia,” setting the audience back to an energetic frenzy. Muse ultimately reasserted themselves as one of the driving forces in modern prog rock with one of this summer’s strongest shows thus far.
Muse Setlist, Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater, Tampa, FL 5.21.17
Drill Sergeant/ Psycho
Hysteria (AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ outro)
Plug In Baby
The 2nd Law: Isolated System
Supermassive Black Hole (Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Voodoo Child’ intro)
New Kind of Kick
Time Is Running Out
The Globalist/ Drones
Knights of Cydonia