Watch Muse debut ‘Simulation Theory’ tracks including ‘The Dark Side’ as surprise guests at Reeperbahn Festival

The band played material from their forthcoming album for the first time live

Muse appeared as surprise guests at Reeperbahn Festival last night (September 21), and performed tracks from their forthcoming album, ‘Simulation Theory’, for the first time.

Reeperbahn Festival is known for staging surprise sets from massive artists, previously welcoming Liam Gallagher in 2017 and Biffy Clyro in 2016.

Muse’s performance marked the first live outings for some ‘Simulation Theory’ tracks including one of the album’s singles, ‘The Dark Side’.

Following on from recent singles ‘Dig Down”, ‘Thought Contagion’, and ‘Something Human’, the track follows an operatic rock route more traditional of the band – albeit with an electro-pop edge.

Muse’s performance was weighted in favour of their more recent output but fans were also treated to classics including an extended play of ‘Plug In Baby’, ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Knights of Cydonia’. 

Here’s the full setlist from the show:

‘The Dark Side’

‘Thought Contagion’

‘Drill Sergeant’ (played on tape)

‘Psycho’

‘Interlude’

‘Hysteria’

(AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ riff outro)

‘Plug In Baby’

‘The 2nd Law: Unsustainable’

‘Madness’

‘Supermassive Black Hole’

‘The Handler’

‘The 2nd Law: Isolated System’

‘Dig Down’

‘Starlight’

‘Time Is Running Out’

‘Mercy’

‘Uprising’

‘Knights of Cydonia’

‘Simulation Theory’ is due for release on November 9 and will be the band’s eighth full-length.

Muse Reeperbahn festival special guests

The trio will debut new material from their forthcoming album

Check out the full tracklist for various formats below. Each song on the album will also come with an accompanying video.

Standard Album CD and Vinyl:

1. Algorithm
2. The Dark Side
3. Pressure
4. Propaganda
5. Break It To Me
6. Something Human
7. Thought Contagion
8. Get Up and Fight
9. Blockades
10. Dig Down
11. The Void

Deluxe Album CD:

1. Algorithm
2. The Dark Side
3. Pressure
4. Propaganda
5. Break It To Me
6. Something Human
7. Thought Contagion
8. Get Up and Fight
9. Blockades
10. Dig Down
11. The Void
12. Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
13. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
14. Propaganda (Acoustic)
15. Something Human (Acoustic)
16. Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)

Super Deluxe Boxset:

CD 1 and Vinyl 1

1. Algorithm
2. The Dark Side
3. Pressure
4. Propaganda
5. Break It To Me
6. Something Human
7. Thought Contagion
8. Get Up and Fight
9. Blockades
10. Dig Down
11. The Void

CD 2 and Vinyl 2

1. Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version)
2. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Version)
3. Pressure (Ft. UCLA Bruin Marching Band)
4. Propaganda (Acoustic)
5. Break It To Me (Sam de Jong remix)
6. Something Human (acoustic)
7. Thought Contagion (Live)
8. Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
9. The Void (Acoustic)
10. The Dark Side (Alternate Reality Instrumental)

The band are expected to announce 2019 tour dates shortly.