Spectacular Concert

Earlier this summer, I attended one of the most stunning concerts I have ever been present at. It was the British band Muse during their Simulation Theory World Tour. The concert was like a firework of music, lights and showmanship. As a matter of fact, I never seen a stage show anything close to this. Spectacular is the only word I can conceive of that even closely covers what happened up on the stage.

Besides the show, the music itself set everyone on fire from the first song. It was loud. It was intense. It was brilliant. It was catching. I guess the music of Muse is not necessarily for everyone. That said, for a long time I have been a big fan. The concert certainly didn’t change that.

Muse is one of the biggest bands in the world, presently. I watched them play in Lisbon. The Simulation Theory World Tour took place on a main stage, two stage wings and a long catwalk that the band members enjoyed venturing out on, in particular Matt Bellamy, the lead vocal and guitar player.

Behind the stage there was a large LED screen displaying captivating and explosive visuals. Towards the end of the show, a large inflatable puppet skeleton, similar to ones seen in the music video for “The Dark Side”, appeared towering over the stage. The show also featured 14 dancers performing in spectacular outfits and doing amazing acrobatics.

These are but a few of the photos from the concert.

63 thoughts on “Spectacular Concert

  1. great photos of what looks like a rocking concert (and so much music today doe snot have drums or guitar and it has become so digital – so it is nice to see a band!!)

  2. I have never seen such a stage set-up with video screen such as this. My favourite, oddly enough, is the crowd scene, with the confetti and arms in the air. It exudes energy and excitement.

  3. I recently had a friend on smule post a live video of on of the bands at this event. what a coincidence to see your photos. And beautiful. Thank you for posting.

  4. Brilliant photos of the event, Otto. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much colour captured so well before. The open-air concerts I saw in the late 1970s pale in comparison.

      1. Yes, except once you’ve seen them you definitely want a second time! Whilst their big shows look spectacular, I was lucky to see them in a much smaller venue near our home town. It was so good!

  5. I’d never heard of Muse, so of course I had to check them out. The first video I watched was “Uprising,” and I was surprised by how much I liked it. Even in that relatively old video, the special effects were quite something; they clearly were building on a long tradition of visual excellence when they produced the concert you attended.

    Beyond that, I was surprised by the quality of their music: a great lead vocalist, complex, musically sophisticated arrangements, and a bass player who really fills up the spaces. I’d never go to a concert like that — it’s just not my kind of scene. But I found I like much of their music — thanks for the introduction.

  6. Somehow I missed knowing anything about this band, so I did the obvious and Googled them. Listened to a few tracks–and I can see how a concert would be quite an event in both visual and auditory senses. However, their sound is bit too “techno” for this ancient lady, so I’ll let the young folks rave about it! Photos are marvelous though💗

  7. I have been interested in Muse for a long time now, which seems to surprise many of my friends. I have very broad tastes in music, and I’d have enjoyed this concert very much. Your photos are amazing, Otto. I have never taken a decent photo at any of the concerts I’ve attended. The lighting and pyrotechnics are so often a hindrance. Your technical skill really shows in these fabulous photos. What a great concert!

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