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Muse @ The Wells Fargo Center.

February 5, 2016

JUMP_16131_Muse_BriannaSpause-6Text and images by Brianna Spause.

“You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge,” boomed from the sound system as the lights went down on the Wells Fargo Center last weekend. An uncensored version of NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” opened the show as line of drones sporting foreboding blue eyes took post around the stage.

British rock band Muse spared no expense on their theatrical performance as they stopped through Philadelphia on their Drones world tour. Spotlights scanned the audience and large glass drones floated closely overhead while a dynamic light show danced about the stage.

From start to finish, the band pulled in outside influences to complement their set. The opening guitar riff of their single “Psycho” was mixed with a recording of President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 “Sphere of Influence” speech, warning everyone of the dangers of conspiracy.

The show continued in grandeur as riffs from Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker” and AC/DC’s “Back in Black” were looped into “Hysteria,” one of the band’s signature hits. Front man, Matt Bellamy, exhibited a feat of incredible energy as he ran from one end of the 360 degree stage to the other all night. It was a rare moment to catch him standing still.

And because it never hurts to go out with a bang, Muse ended their two-song encore like any mainstream rock band might – with vast confetti explosion. Thin, white, paper drones continued to rain from above as the subdued crowd left the venue in a mass exodus.

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