Londonist Review Royal Albert Hall


Having proved last summer that their fusion of imaginative rock and up-to-the-minute visual pyrotechnics can light up a sold-out Wembley Stadium, Muse last night reminded everyone that they are equally compelling in the raw as they harnessed the unique surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall to deliver a bravura, twenty-first century answer to the Last Night of the Proms.

The packed crowd bounced along to rousing grooves like Supermassive Black Hole and Time Is Running Out, with frontman Matt Bellamy, rarely a man to keep still himself, providing virtuouso flourishes and whirling showmanship of which Paganini would have been proud. In the more operatic numbers he became leader of the community singing with afficionados from the Muselive fan site in particularly fine voice from the Choir seats behind the stage. Their hero made sure to acknowledge them regularly during solos and jam riffs while the whole auditorium got involved in some now traditional crowd volleyball during Bliss with the customary balloons laden with confetti launched spectacularly over the heads of the audience through the arches of the gallery way up in the Gods, Bellamy despatching the last one himself at the final note with a well-aimed headstock....


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