By Kelli Gustafson
Muse is coming to Rogers Arena on Thursday, December 10th for their much anticipated Drones World Tour.
Breaking into the music scene in 1994, Muse built their fan base through local gigs in England. After releasing their first studio album, Showbiz, in 1999, Muse began to capture international attention through their fiery alternative rock sound. Today, the band has sold over 17 million albums worldwide. Muse’s lead vocalist, Matt Bellamy, is recognized for his distinct electro-funk sound, and is often noted by critics for his compelling lyrics and passionate delivery.
Their seventh studio album released earlier this year, Drones, climbed to the top of charts in 23 countries. Recorded in Vancouver, at The Warehouse Studio (owned by Bryan Adams), the album is said to be politically inspired by the use of drones in modern warfare. In an interview with Radio 1, Bellamy describes the album as “the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors”. The album is a metaphor for the dehumanization of modern warfare.
These politically inspired lyrics are powerfully executed on-stage, with a 360-degree audio and visual experience. Critics have described the show as “thunderous and visually dazzling” (The Guardian), and “an endless buildup, heading for one peak after another” (THE NEW YORK TIMES).
Opening for Muse will be Phantogram. This electronic rock duo formed in 2007, and has since released two studio albums. Phantogram is no stranger to the music festival scene, and has performed for major festivals including Coachella, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, and Summerfest. Their single, “Lights”, was featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, in 2013. One of their most popular singles—Black Out Days—has received over 3 million views on YouTube:
Get Tickets See Muse on Dec. 10th at Rogers Arena.