Muse played a ‘secret’ gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on Friday (September 11) to mark the announcement of the ‘Drones’ world tour next year. Check out all the action.
The gig was confirmed on the band's Twitter feed on Friday morning, revealing that tickets would be priced at £20 each and sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Electric Ballroom from 3pm. Queues formed around the block for the rare chance to see Muse perform at a small venue.
The trio – Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard – took to the stage at 8.20pm and played a 90-minute set, including encore. Theatrics and special effects were at a minimum for a straightforward, career-spanning setlist.
Latest album 'Drones' was heavily represented in the early part of the performance, with 'Reapers', 'Psycho' and 'The Handler' three of the first four songs. Only 2003's 'Hysteria' broke the flow of relatively new material.
"OK, Camden – gonna take you back here," said Bellamy as the band launched into 'Plug In Baby' and received an ecstatic reception.
'Supermassive Black Hole' followed to a similar response before the pace was drawn back for 'Dead Inside' and live jam 'Drones D&B'.
Interaction with the crowd was sparing, but Bellamy took time at the end of 'Time Is Running Out' to say, "Thanks for turning up at such short notice – it was a surprise, yeah?" The capacity crowd replied with the chant, "Knights of Cyd! Knights of Cyd!" "Yeah, but we haven't got the right bass!" laughed Bellamy.
The 'Knights Of Cydonia' fans eventually got their wish at the end of the encore that also included 'Supremacy' and 'Uprising'.
The show was a warm up to Muse's most ambitious arena tour ever in 2016. Their 'Drones' world tour, where the band will play 'in the round', visits the UK in April. O2 Priority Tickets are available on Wednesday September 16 at 10 am - 48 hours before general release. See all the information.