Muse: Knights of Cydonia – Live at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

It’s probably not in best taste to scream “you and I must fight for our lives” at a charity gig for War Child, but Matt Bellamy wouldn’t be quite the same if he didn’t. Their support for the charity at Shepherds Bush proves that they at least have some political activism behind their bombastic façade:

The word ‘epic’ is overused far too much nowadays, but I can’t think of a more apt term for Muses’ Knights of Cydonia: it is overblown, ridiculous and so close to being unashamedly camp that only a 14 year old could miss it. But these guys know how to put on a show, even without their usual pyrotechnics and satellite dishes – in fact they look and sound even better on a relatively small stage (for them). It is so easy to be drawn into their fist-pumping techno-paranoia and conspiracy theorising it is a little embarrassing. But that is what we expect from them and that is what they create: Muse make music, we do not see enough unrestrained guitar solos, neon fret boards and harmonica intros in rock music. It may not be complex, and may not be trendy, but Muse are incredible at what they do, and this just shows it.

Christopher Boyd

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