Muse debut new music at tiny comeback show in Exeter

The trio played at the 220-capacity Cavern Club tonight (April 7)

Muse played an intimate comeback show in Devon tonight (April 7) – check out the full setlist below.

The trio took to the stage at the 220-capacity Cavern Club in Exeter, where they’d performed early live gigs back in the 1990s. It’s located approximately 16 miles north of Matt Bellamy and co’s hometown of Teignmouth. The set was part of Jim Beam’s intimate Welcome Sessions – with more shows to be announced as part of the series next month.

According to Devon Live, Muse ran through a special 45-minute set as they filmed a new promotional video – ahead of the release of their upcoming ninth studio album, ‘Will Of The People’.

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Lucky attendees had entered a limited Seetickets ballot that subsequently notified those selected as to the venue’s whereabouts. It had previously been listed as “a location in South West England”.

Pippa and Dave, the Cavern owners who first booked the band at the venue, were in attendance – as was Dennis Smith, the owner of Sawmills studios where Muse recorded a lot of their earlier material.

Sharing a photo from backstage, the band wrote on Instagram: “Thanks Exeter Cavern for having us for the 33rd time! So great to be starting the tour here where it actually all started.”

The tiny gig marked Muse’s first live concert since 2019. According to Setlist.FM, the band kicked off the evening by treating the crowd to the debut performance of their recent single ‘Won’t Stand Down’.

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Later, they played ‘Compliance’ for the very first time while also dusting off classics such as ‘Hysteria’, ‘Supermassive Black Hole’, ‘Plug In Baby’ and ‘Knights Of Cydonia’.

Muse performed ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and ‘Agitated’ for the encore, which didn’t appear on the printed setlist. Fans on Reddit are reporting that the use of phones was prohibited at the gigs, and only the above footage has emerged so far.

Muse performing at Jim Beam's Welcome Sessions gig at The Cavern Club in Exeter. Credit: Sam Grant
Muse performing at Jim Beam’s Welcome Sessions gig at The Cavern Club in Exeter. Credit: Sam Grant

Those who gained entry to the Exeter performance were required to donate £5 to War Child UK. Muse are set to perform a small gig in London next month in aid of the aforementioned charity, while a second performance in the capital will mark The Big Issue‘s 30th anniversary.

Muse played:

‘Won’t Stand Down’ (live debut)
‘Hysteria’
‘Pressure’
‘Compliance’ (live debut)
‘Supermassive Black Hole’
‘Assassin’
‘Psycho’
‘Plug In Baby’
‘Bliss’
‘Knights Of Cydonia’
‘Stockholm Syndrome’ 
‘Agitated’

‘Will Of The People’ will be released on August 26 via Warner Records, and follows on from the group’s 2018 record ‘Simulation Theory’.

Speaking about the upcoming LP – which was produced by the band and recorded between LA and London – frontman Matt Bellamy explained in a statement that it was “influenced by the increasing uncertainty and instability in the world”.

“A pandemic, new wars in Europe, massive protests and riots, an attempted insurrection, Western democracy wavering, rising authoritarianism, wildfires and natural disasters and the destabilisation of the global order all informed ‘Will Of The People’,” he said.

The band will also be returning to headline Isle Of Wight festival in June. Visit here for tickets and more information.

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