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Photos + Review: Muse, Thirty Seconds To Mars @ Budweiser Stage

Photos by: Adam Harrison –

Review by: Curtis Sindrey –

Muse performs at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on July 18, 2017. (Photo: Adam Harrison/Aesthetic Magazine)

Muse performs at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on July 18, 2017. (Photo: Adam Harrison/Aesthetic Magazine)

When the trio of Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard stepped into the spotlight last night at Budweiser Stage in Toronto, they transported fans to another dimension.

With an elaborate production consisting of 10 three-paneled LED video screens, glowing sneakers, and guitars, along with light-up shutter shades, it was a tech geek’s wet dream.

Opening with “Dig Down”, and throughout the nearly two-hour set, the masters of intergalactic rock showcased much of their catalogue with earlier work like 2001’s “Plug In Baby”, to some of their most iconic hits like “Time Is Running Out”, “Knights of Cydonia”, and “Uprising”.

During the show, Bellamy and co. also showcased some of their musical influences in the form of breaking out the guitar riffs of Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker”, Hendrix “Voodoo Child”, and Rage Against The Machine “Maggie’s Farm”, and “Township Rebellion” during the outros of songs like “Map of the Problematique”, “Stockholm Syndrome”, etc.

As we landed back on Earth during the closing moments of the show with Black Holes and Revelations single “Knights of Cydonia”, fans couldn’t help but thank the Grammy Award-winning trio for showing us what the future sounds like.

Openers 30 Seconds To Mars played an all-too-brief 10-song set. And with an outfit that can be best described as “a poncho made from fine silk and a Persian carpet”, or more concisely “Gucci Jesus”, Jared Leto and co.’s performance focused heavily on older material like “Kings and Queens” and “The Kill”.

Contrastingly, Leto also treated fans to hear the as-of-yet-untitled new single from their forthcoming album. In what Leto said was “the first time anyone has ever heard this”, he had the capacity crowd sing vocals in what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Leto also revealed that they’re currently working on their new album, their first since 2013’s Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams, which Leto jokingly described the new album as an “acid jazz, polka thing”.

“I want you to sing so loudly that the motherfuckers on Queen St. wished they were in this show”, Leto said before launching into hit single “The Kill” acoustically from the crowd, which resulted in a crowd-wide singalong.

As he masterfully led a congregation of rock and roll faithful, Leto said, “I’m going to make you completely exhausted, and you’ll have to call in sick”, and with his high-energy, fun performance, it’s likely many fans did just that.

Muse Set-List
1. Dig Down
2. Psycho
3. Interlude
4. Hysteria (AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ riff outro)
5. Map of the Problematique (Rage Against The Machine’s ‘ Maggie’s Farm’ riff outro, Dedicated to fan Jonathan Elmaleh)
6. Plug In Baby (Extended outro)
7. The 2nd Law: Isolated System (Shortened)
8, Stockholm Syndrome (‘Reapers’ intro; ‘Reapers’ + Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Township Rebellion’ outro)
9. Supermassive Black Hole (The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Voodoo Child’ intro)
10. New Kind of Kick (The Cramps cover) (with playback vocals)
11. Madness
12. Dead Inside (‘Who Knows Who’ riff intro)
13. Munich Jam
14. Starlight (Matt Bellamy in the crowd; w/ confetti hullaballoons)
15. Time Is Running Out (Led Zeppellin’s ‘Heartbreaker’ riff intro)
16. Mercy (‘Hyper Music’ riff outro in response to fan signs)
17. The Globalist
18. Uprising (Extended outro)
19. Knights of Cydonia (Ennio Morricone’s ‘Man With a Harmonica’ intro)

Thirty Seconds To Mars Set-List
1. Up In The Air (2017 intro)
2. Conquistador
3. This Is War (Chant intro)
4. Kings and Queens (Extended sing-a-long intro; extended bridge; short ending; disabled fan onstage; Jared Leto in crowd)
5. The Kill (Bury Me) (Acoustic; short ending; Jared Leto in crowd)
6. City of Angels
7. (Unknown) (Audience was recorded singing part of the new single)
8. Do or Die (2017 sing-a-long intro; two fans onstage for intro)
9. The Ocean (Led Zeppelin cover) (Instrumental jam as fans came onstage)
10. Closer to the Edge (Extended intro, extended outro; fans onstage)

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