When I saw Muse on their Drones tour back in 2016, I didn´t think they could outdo it and especially not after I got to see the concert film of Drones World Tour Live last summer. That was a monumental document of a band that has become titans in the world of rockmusic, is it even possible to get bigger than they are?
So when they left out Sweden on the European leg of the Simulation Theory Tour, you can either stay at home or catch them in another city and for me it became Prague, Czeck Republic. After a month´s break after the North American Tour, Muse picked the first date in Europe at the Letnany Airport in Prague on May 26th and it was a warm and beautiful summer night.
It was a strange feeling to be there on a big field in the middle of nowhere just outside the city but it all made sense when I saw the stage and gigantic screen behind the stage, a perfect place to have a concert. The pre-show music was carefully selected by the band with 80´s inspired synthmusic, mostly retrowave but also some well-known classics like Escape From New York by John Carpenter and The Thing by Ennio Morricone. All set up to get the audience in the right mood for the concept of the show.
When the band entered the stage, magic came alive and in seconds, we were all a part of the simulation. You could follow the making of a Terminator-like robot on the screen or just watch the band in their futuristic costumes on stage, not to mention the amazing lasershow that brought me back to the 80´s and something from a Pink Floyd concert.
The setlist is based on their latest and awesome album "Simulation Theory" but also fan-favorites such as "Hysteria", "Time is running out", "Plug in baby", "Starlight", "Knight of Cydonia", "Madness", "Psycho", "Mercy" and "Black holes and revelations". I was very happy to see the return of "Stockholm Syndrome" in their set, this is the song that introduced me to Muse 15 years ago.
And as a special treat, the band included "Undisclosed desires" as a tour debut. Quite a surprise since the Americans never got to hear it. Other highlights during the show were "Algorithm", "Pray" (Matt Bellamy´s solo song written especially For The Throne), "The 2nd Law : Unsustainable" and an acoustic version of "Dig down".
A night to remember for a long time and an even more spectacular show than the last time.