Be Mused

Three huge, gray buildings loomed under the ceiling of SDSU’s Viejas Arena. Standing cold and institutional in front of a sold-out stadium, they symbolized another type of “Resistance,” led by the band Muse, who played in San Diego Sept 22. Passion Pit opened, warming up the anticipating crowd with psychedelic songs like “Sleepy Head” and “Little Secrets.” They were soon followed by Muse’s grand appearance. Muse had a truly spectacular display of special effects shown on these three “buildings,” with each of the three band members playing from their own tower. Matthew Bellamy, Muse frontman, played a variety of instruments throughout the show, including several guitars, a double-neck guitar, a keytar and a grand piano. The performance started off with the band’s hit song, “Uprising.” They played through another 18 songs off a wide range of albums, even dipping into a relatively unknown B-Side. Muse awarded the hysterical crowd with an encore of another 3 songs, and ended with the epic finale that is “Knights of Cydonia.”