@AndyShore I wanted so very badly for Muse at ACL to be a reprise of Coachella. Don’t get me wrong, it was great. They’re amazing. One of the best touring live acts on the planet. All that jazz. Maybe it’s that there is always special about your first time. I didn’t know what I was in store for going into their Coachella set. I may have built them up to an impossible standard for ACL. They still had lasers. Oh boy do they have lasers. And Matthew Bellamy. He’s worth mentioning too. They have him. Let’s break it down.
Bellamy took the stage in a suit that appeared to have been made of tin foil. The shiny stuff. None of that matte-finish non-stick biznass. Paired with LED sunglasses, Bellamy looked the part of the rock superstar front man that he has become. Maybe he always was. I just didn’t know until Coachella. Muse fans are a dedicated folk. They belt the lyrics to every single song and jump up and down with each new song.
Songs from the The Resistance were prevalent. So were all the teases. Off the top of my head, I can remember Bellamy teasing at least four songs on his guitar. The even band played along once the crowd sang the first verse of “House of the Rising Sun.” It took on a life of its own. The “Star Spangled Banner” a la Jimi proves they know their roots. Zack also recalls Led Zeppelin and I know we also heard “Power to Love.”
Muse left the stage at the end of their set, and Zack asked me what they hadn’t played yet. I thought he was joking. How do you not know that Muse would encore with ‘Knights of Cedonia.” Huge pillars of smoke blasted into the air at the songs grand finale. It was a great send off to a too-short visit to Austin for ACL 2010.