NME Review MEN 10th

Muse unleash spectacular space show
There's marching robots, giant balloons and space domes

Muse kicked off the English leg of their UK tour tonight (November 10) with a spectacular space stage show.

The three-piece treated the crowd to a bombastic 95 minute set at the MEN which borrowed heavily from recent album 'Black Holes & Revelations' as the band performed the likes of 'Take A Bow', 'Invincible' plus hit singles 'Supermassive Black Hole', 'Starlight' and old favorites 'Plug In Baby' and 'New Born'.
The gig also gave fans the chance to experience the band's new outlandish set which saw Dominic Howard take up stick duties under a giant space dome.

Throughout the show the audience were subjected to a host of projections on giant TV screens including giant marching robots and images of deep space. As the the band launched into 'Bliss', huge white balloons filled with red glitter were also unleashed over the crowd.

As previously reported on NME.COM, front man Matt Bellamy, who tonight was dressed in a black soldier's outfit, revealed that the outlandish set was based on artwork from their album which focuses on a secret base that the authorities used to influence the behavior of the world's population.

Towards the end of the show, the trio drew a mass sing-a-along when they performed Absolution hit 'Time Is Running Out'.

The band also performed their usual Nina Simone cover 'Feeling Good' before rounding the night off with a blistering rendition of forthcoming single 'Knights Of Cydonia'.

Muse played:

'Take A Bow'
'Map Of The Problematique'
'Plug In Baby'
'Muscle Museum'
'Forced In'
'Feeling Good'
'Supermassive Black Hole'
'Time Is Running Out''
'Stockholm Syndrome'
'New Born'
'Knights Of Cydonia'

Their band will play a second night in Manchester tomorrow (November 11) and the following dates:

Cardiff International Arena (November 12)
Birmingham NEC (14, 17)
Nottingham Arena (17)
Sheffield Arena (18)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (19)
London Wembley Arena (21, 22, 23)

Muse release their new single 'Knights Of Cydonia' on November 27.