With all of the excitement of a little kid at Christmas time, here I was taking my 20-something year old kids to my first Muse concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. We arrived early to ensure that we could get decent parking, without having to drive to the top of the parking garage. The only bad thing about arriving too early is that you have a much longer wait time until you see the band you most want to see. Of course, that meant we spent more money on drinks and food.
Dead Sarah was the opening band, and they did a fairly decent job in getting those of us that were already there rocking in our seats. The arena had not even filled to a quarter of the capacity that it could hold, so we wondered if scalpers had jacked the ticket prices up too high for the ‘normal folks’ to be able to afford to see one of the greatest bands ever; however, as Dead Sarah played and before Muse took the stage, more people came in and filled up the seats to an almost full level. Great job Dead Sarah, although their hard rock style was not to everyone in my groups liking.
And then there was Muse
So here comes the fog machines, down go the lights and out come the laser lights. A pyramid of flat screens drops from the ceiling with pictures flashing on every screen while the music starts. As the beat takes us over, the lasers are going crazy and everyone is really getting in the mood to see something really unique. The monitors lift back up and you see the band, Muse, in all of their glory. Matthew Bellamy was amazing, as I knew he would be. At one point, Matt sang our National Anthem. This was a real crowd pleaser, since Texas is a very patriotic state. The band members proceeded to pass around the cowboy hat that Bellamy had been wearing, until every member had worn it, then tossed it into the crowd. I wish I had been close enough to grab it!
Who Else Can Sing
Bassist Christopher Wolstenholme sang, doing an excellent job, while Bellamy hung out and danced around drummer Dominic Howards elevated stage area. As the group left the stage amongst much applause, woots and whistles, we eagerly awaited their return. We all know they always return for at least one song. We were not to be disappointed, as Muse returned for not just one, but THREE more songs. It was a perfect ending to a perfect night! I can tell you that this mother of 20-somethings felt like a teenager again while I sang Muse songs all the way home.