Brilliant idiosyncracy in pairing of Muse Chemical Romance

A not bad review of the Muse/MCR pairing:

Brilliant idiosyncracy in pairing of Muse, Chemical Romance

Apr 18 2007

The beat was relentless. The crowd was ecstatic -- make that hysterical. And the rock occasionally lapsed into Liberace-esque madness. It had to be Muse.
Opening with its U2-inspired "Map of the Problematique," this dramatic U.K. modern rock trio charged with the task of opening for doubly dramatic My Chemical Romance at AT&T Center on Monday created frenzy on the floor from its grandiose, feedback-laden first notes.
It seemed apropos that Muse followed with "Hysteria," marrying metallic, round-wound electric guitar string-noise-chaos and triggered symphonic swirls to soaring messianic falsetto vocals.
"Your time has come," guitarist Matthew Bellamy sang on "Butterflies & Hurricanes," a minor-key, hard-rock anthem warning of hard times ahead. Its military marching beat modernized Bob Dylan's ominous clarion for a new generation - on this memorable night nearly 7,500 people strong.
Bellamy, who is prone to Prince-style guitar histrionics, indulged himself plenty - from whammy bar play to clean jazzy runs.
"Starlight," the hot hit single off Muse's latest album, "Black Holes and Revelations," hypnotized from its opening drum stomp, glam-rock groove and '80s keyboard hook.
Muse's closing number, "Knights of Cydonia" recalled the Tornados' 1962 instrumental hit "Telstar," but with a "Phantom of the Opera" and spaghetti western touch.
Headliners My Chemical Romance is an ambitious, hardworking buzz band, too. And there is a feeling of late that there is next-big-thing payoff just around the corner for the theatrical rock band promoting its platinum album, "The Black Parade," follow-up to the 2004 breakout "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge."
He-of-goth-eyeliner-and-makeup lead singer Gerard Way has always had the vision thing and Bette Midler flair (he started the show from a hospital gurney in a white gown). But his dark, therapy-session lyrics are married to upbeat melodic entrails of post-punk and power pop.
Opening with "The End," the high-energy band immediately enthralled with its Queen, 10cc and Green Day pastiche. Of course, it's all about Way - and the occasional fireball pyrotechnic and fun gimmick.
"The Sharpest Lives" asks for a kiss to "take all the pain away."
"Welcome to the Black Parade" took Way back to a childhood question posed by his father: "Will you be the savior of the broken?" He and his fans probably believe he is.
But who else but Way could inspire a glow stick wave to a ballad titled "Cancer"? Or call four mariachis onstage to help sing "Happy Birthday" to a longtime roadie?
No one. And that's what separates him from every other emo sad sack. As did this near-flawless pairing of two brilliant, if idiosyncratic, young bands.