Muse tour director Glen Rowe has reflected on his time working with the band after announcing he’ll be leaving the role.
Rowe has worked with the band for 18 years but will be leaving the position to launch his own charity. Now in a new interview, Rowe has revealed his favourite aspects of working with the three-piece.
“It’s cheesy to say this but it has been an absolute honour, because the thought process from inception to completion within those three boys is amazing,” he told Music Week. “They are such lateral thinkers and they never want anything but a challenge – it’s the fuel that fires their rocket ship. They are innovators and they will never stop innovating and pushing the boundaries. They are people who never want to slow down or be normal.”
Rowe added that the band will continue to be a top touring act as ‘they’ve got hunger’. “That’s what keeps them at the top of their game,” he said. “They are futurists in its purest sense.”
Speaking of his all-time favourite Muse gig, Rowe said: “War Child, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, that was magical.
“It was the first time they played Dead Star in a long time, so it was cute seeing grown men cry when they heard the band playing a song they thought they would never play. There were no video screens or pyrotechnics, it was three guys turned up to 11 and just showing everyone they don’t need anything else.
“All the other things they’ve done are to enhance [the performance], but the three boys on the stage is another level of emotion and they hadn’t done that in a long time,” he continued. “The Glastonburys have all been amazing, Rome was incredible when we did the DVD for The 2nd Law, because we had actors. People say Muse are theatrical so we said, ‘Let’s put theatre into it’. Then on the Drones tour we created something technically brilliant and terrifying, so I think that will be my proudest memory.”
Rowe’s new charity Neko Trust aims to open five small venues across the country in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Edinburgh, with hopes to reignite the opportunities for up-and-coming bands.