On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 I met perfection at a concert in the Energy Solution Arena in Salt Lake City. The British rock band Muse performed live. And, it was a treat!
To think that I acquired those tickets for free for just a few minutes of work was wonderful. I felt so blessed. As I made my way up the elevator to the crappiest seat ever I encountered another coincidence. I showed an older gentleman (He was the usher) my ticket. He asked: “Are you alone?” I shrugged and said: “Yes”. He then told the other usher: “Just give her the extra ticket”.
What a treat! I was sent back and I walked all the way downstairs and I was seated right above the stage next to a couple who was blessed by the same usher. Thank you to whoever you are!
This concert was perfect. Muse showed everyone how it’s done. They couldn’t have done anything better. There was no room for improvement.
I am not a follower of Muse. Hence, that I was waiting for the opportunity to go to this concert for free. This is what made this even better.
When you meet perfection you have got to admit it. And, I did! Here are the things I liked especially at the Muse Concert.
1. Muse did not beg for applause in any form whatsoever. They didn’t talk much. They didn’t tell pointless stories. They didn’t flirt with the female fans. They didn’t take of their shirts. They didn’t pause for applause between songs. They didn’t glorify alcohol. Nor did they tell unfunny, rehearsed and uncomfortable jokes. Muse performed. They showed up to do their job. There was such a healthy self- confidence and trust in their performance that it made it so easy to watch. Muse did not wait for us to lift them up. Instead of, they focused on performing for us. Such confidence and professionalism raised my excitement. I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering where they take me next.
2. Muse commanded the stage with a lot of ease. The primary focus was put on all the band members not just the singer. I watched the drummer, the bass player and the electric guitar player. They were in harmony with each other. Every member of this performance seemed to know exactly what the other one was doing. Having to say this, I believe everything was done right. The sound was great. The beat was electrifying and the singer was in tune. No one seemed to overshadow each other and this performance was a team effort.
3. Muse used a lot of special effect (lights, videos) to enhance the show. When I moved to the States I used to laugh that artists referred to their concerts as shows. For me a concert is a concert. I could use the word event, but very rarely have I used the word show for any of the bands I have seen in my life. But with Muse I have no problem to call it like it is. I was in a fact at a show. The effects they used showcased their performance beautifully. It wasn’t overdone. It was just right. You can only catch a glimmer of the absolute perfection in the “you tube” videos of the Salt Lake City Concert or in these beautiful pictures from the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013. They performed there a day later.
4. Muse has the perfect songs for Live Performance. Who doesn’t like the wonderful tunes of “Uprising”, “Starlight”, “Hysteria”, “Neutron Star Collision” sang by Matthew Bellamy. I also thought that the spirit of theStar Spangled Banner was caught beautiful by his guitar. I could listen to this all the time. In the end Muse just didn’t prove themselves as super talented, but also as hard- working musicians who take their music and performances seriously.
Muse will satisfy any acquired taste.