Crowds descend on Wembley Stadium for the second of Muse’s two dates at the London venue (September 11).
The band’s short UK stadium tour saw them bring their giant UFO prop to Britain for the first time.
The enormous UFO appeared during ‘The Resistance’ track ‘Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1: Overture’, flying over the stadium before an acrobat spun around dropping silver glitter over the crowd. Watch video footage at NME.COM.
The prop was part of a spectacular show which saw the space rockers open their set with a marching troupe waving flags and banners across the stage while a separate group held up a flag bearing the slogan, ‘They Will Not Control Us’ from their hit single ‘Uprising’.
Muse, who were making their return to Wembley stadium after a two-night residency in 2007, then launched into the track before moving into 2006 single ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ and early hit ‘New Born’.
The band kept chat to a minimum during their two-hour set with frontman Matt Bellamy, who was wearing a glittery silver suit, declaring early on: “How’s it going Wembley? It’s good to see you guys again. It’s an absolute pleasure.”
The show continued in spectacular fashion when bassist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard jammed on a hexagonal platform before they were joined by Bellamy on keytar, which saw the prop rise above the crowd as they performed ‘Undisclosed Desires’.
Later on they enjoyed an interlude, playing a short instrumental version of folk song ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’, famously a UK chart-topper for in 1964.
Towards the end of their set, Howard urged the crowd to “take your lighters and mobile phones out and swing them round in the air for the next song” as the band launched into ‘Soldier’s Poem’ against a sea of lights.
Muse rounded off their show with Bellamy donning a flashing red suit and silver shades as he rose up above the crowd for ‘Take A Bow’ before giant bouncing balloons were launched into the throng for ‘Plug In Baby’.
The band ended their set with ‘Knights of Cydonia’ as Bellamy signed off with a short thank you to the crowd. “Wembley thank you so much we’ll see you next time,” he added.
Head to NME.COM/video to read the fans’ verdict on Muse’s Wembley shows.
Earlier in the evening, support act Lily Allen told the crowd she’d long been a fan of the headliners, saying: “Thank you Muse, if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t be here.”