Band kick off their world tour in Mexico City on Tuesday (November 17)
Muse have previewed their ambitious live show ahead of the start of their ‘Drones’ world tour, which kicks off in Mexico this week.
The band begin their tour with a concert in Mexico City on Tuesday (November 17) and have uploaded a video to Instagram giving fans a taster of what to expect from their new live show.
The band recently compared their new live set-up to Pink Floyd’s famous ‘The Wall’ Tour. “It’s our version of ‘The Wall’, basically,” frontman Matt Bellamy told BBC Radio 2. There will also be “a whole swarm of drones” and a stage “like a double- headed arrow”.
Along with their preview video, the band wrote on Instagram that the band will “perform for the first time ‘in the round’ from the middle of the arena. This stage design and configuration will give fans a true 360 degree audio/visual sensory experience.”
Watch the clip below.
In an exclusive interview with NME, the creative team behind the new stadium show discussed their plans. Production designer Oli Metcalfe and tour director Glen Rowe expanded on Bellamy’s claims that there would be drones, promising “a whole swarm of drones” and a stage “like a double-headed arrow”.
“We’ve been able to work with a company in the Netherlands that have written a piece of software that can control a whole swarm of drones,” Metcalfe revealed. “So we’re programming them in a different way. They’re not manned vehicles as in somebody with a controller. They’re controlled by a computer system and tracking system.”
The pair also explained that the “double-headed arrow” shaped stage would allow the band to get closer to fans.
“It spans the length of the arena,” said Metcalfe of the design. “It’s quite narrow but more importantly for the audience it’s low, so the band will be playing in an intimate space, and have a good relationship in terms of distance from their audience.”
Glen Rowe went on to explain that the design had been inspired by boxing rings.
“When a boxing match is staged in an arena you think it’s tiny – a little postage stamp in the middle of this huge arena. So we thought, let’s make a tiny stage in the middle of the arena so it’s a small circle with two runways with what you call a hammerhead at each end, where things can pop up and we can make technology work. The whole circle moves one revolution per hour. The idea is Matt starts there and an hour later he comes back, so in the show everyone sees him [up close] twice.”
The Drones World Tour includes UK gigs in Manchester, Glasgow and two nights in London. Dates in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Czech Republic have also been announced with more to follow.
Muse will play:
Manchester, Arena (April 8, 9)
London, O2 Arena (April 11, 12, 14, 15)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (April 17, 18)
Muse, meanwhile, recently said that they would like to headline Glastonbury in 2016.
The band, who headlined the festival for the first time in 2004 and then a second time six years later, confirmed that they would be interested in topping the bill again next year as they tour ‘Drones’ around the world.
Bassist Christopher Wolstenholme told Q: “I think we would play Glasto every year if we could. It’s probably the best festival in the world. We’re all hoping we get to do it on this album. It’s been a while.”
Next year’s Glastonbury will take place at Worthy Farm over the weekend of June 22-26.