“The Greatest Show On Earth”, a big claim in the tagline…….
But when it’s British rockers, Muse, making that claim, you can take that to the bank. And to prove that it’s not the wildest of boasts, the band released their Drones World Tour film on July 12th. And what a film it is.
Filmed in Amsterdam, Milan and Berlin, the trio of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard, treat you to a hundred minutes of pure entertainment, visually and musically.
The film footage starts with gig opener, Drones, before Psycho, also from the Drones album, kicks in and Matt Bellamy is in fine voice, as he sets to work getting the crowd involved almost immediately. Reapers is the second one in, again from the Drones album, before they go back in time with Hysteria, a song that brings out Wolstenholme’s heavy bass and Howard’s heavy drumming. After a brief interlude, it’s back to the new stuff with Dead Inside, and it gives Matt Bellamy the opportunity to go on a wander and have a high 5 or two with his adoring public, before he pops back onto the stage to perform, The Handler.
Supermassive Black Hole is the next number, and this song really does show how valuable Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard are to the dynamics of the band, with the percussion pair making their vocal mark throughout the song. Another song from the Black Holes & Revelations album is Starlight, and that gets an equally warm reception. Madness, from the 2nd Law album, gets a welcome run out as does Time Is Running Out, straight after.
A guitarless starting soon blasts into Uprising then The Globalist follows that, with the level of loudness still running high. After a reprise of Drones, another offering from Black Holes & Revelations comes in the form of Take A Bow. Mercy is the penultimate song of the film, before Wolstenholme goes all Ennio Morricone with the harmonica, and the excellent Knights Of Cydonia ends the concert and the film on a huge high.
This is an incredible film, musically and visually, and should you get to see this at the cinema, or you want to wait for the DVD, it’s a live experience you’ll want to go and see in a venue for yourself. Brilliant entertainment.
A big thanks to @UKMuseFans on Twitter, for providing the full track list. A massive help!