Last night was filled with excitement, sympathy and disappointment. First off, I left my apartment around 4:30 to get to Walter Kerr by 5:15, expecting a line already formed; I did not expect the amount of people already lined up. Knowing the capacity of the venue, I was fairly certain that I would get in; sheer numbers. What I didn't know was that the original capacity wasn't being used and that half of the altered capacity was promised to VIP's. As they were finishing handing out wristbands, I was one of the last ten or so to receive one...so the drama begins. There were nearly another 1,000+ fans waiting to get in; not a good sight. I was sure that I was getting in regardless of the circumstances since I had wristband, not the case for some. I was the fourth to last person let in, leaving about six to eight people who received wristbands being turned away. Lame, I know. This is where the sympathy and disappointment come in.
Now the for excitement part; Muse played a FULL set. I was afraid that a 'full set' by MTV's terms was a handful of songs. It was also awesome in how small the venue was; despite being in the back corner, they were no more than forty or fifty feet away. But with the size of the venue, they could not provide their usual over-the-top production but with the energy they perform with, it didn't matter. The set was as so:
Map of the Problematique
Interlude + Hysteria
United States of Eurasia
Time Is Running Out|
Uprising (TV Edit + Riff)
Supermassive Black Hole
Plug In Baby
Knights of Cydonia (Man With Harmonica Intro)
Though not as full as their previous paid gigs, I was more than satisfied since it was a free show. MTV recorded the entire set and will release it sometime in the future. For my US comrades, you can watch three songs from The Resistance from last night's gig below (including "Resistance", "Uprising" and "United States of Eurasia"); for my international comrades, you can download the videos for "Resistance" and "United States of Eurasia" here.
Muse @ Walter Kerr Theatre Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 12:44:00 PM Rating: