Muse triumphed during their headline slots at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals. The trio appeared on stage both nights behind a giant curtain as silhouettes, before kicking off the show with ‘Newborn’ against a huge screen featuring giant flying saucers.
The band went on to run through the whole of their second album, 2001’s ‘Origin Of Symmetry’, in its entirity. Read a full report from the shows online.
As they played out the rest of the album the band launched giant bouncing balloons emblazoned with eyeballs across the crowd as well as shooting fire and green lasers from the Main Stage.
Introducing ‘Citizen Erased’, drummer Dominic Howard told the crowd: “We are celebrating 10 years of ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ so we fancied playing the whole fucking thing. We’ve never done that before”.
The second half of the show saw the band play hits from their last three albums ‘The Resistance’, ‘Black Holes And Revelations’ and ‘Absolution’.
Muse finished their set with a triumvirate of hits: ‘Starlight’, ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and ‘Knights Of Cydonia’. Matt’s full gurn was in evidence throughout.
As previously reported, Muse fans were mostly pleased with the set, and many picked ‘Plug In Baby’ as their highlight from the shows.
Muse’s Matt Bellamy on stage in Leeds. For an in-depth documentary on the band, check out our video section.
Muse are currently top of our online poll on who ruled the weekend. The Strokes and MCR aren’t far behind.
Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us he thought Muse fans were the most dedicated in the world.
Chris also talked about their classic album ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ and what they have planned for the future. Watch the full video interview online now.
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Muse mark the close of their indendiary headline set with some typcially understated pyrotechnics.