Muse takes stadium rock to a new level

British rockers Muse brought their larger-than-life show to a sold-out crowd at Quebec City’s Colisee Pepsi in October – the only Canadian stop on their 14-show North American tour.

There has not been this much excitement in “the house that Béliveau built” since the Quebec Remparts brawl in 2008 when Jonathan Roy was suspended for beating up Chicoutimi Sagueneens goalie Bobby Nadeau like a rented mule.

Theatrical lights, huge sound, orchestral harmonies and falsetto vocals: Muse has cracked open the playbook of stadium rock bands like Queen and Led Zeppelin and given it revamped, futuristic sound.

Playing songs off of all five of their studio albums, much to the delight of many Muse faithfuls in attendance, they had the rare ability to sound better live. From the quality of the sound, the sharpness of the vocals and the co-ordination of the visual effects, their live show is a tribute to their art.

Lead singer Matthew Bellamy impressed the most. His charisma and musical talent is unmatched by any other frontman today. His ability to improvise and layer new sounds on his already complex guitar riffs is astonishing. Bellamy added mind-blowing sound to his guitar solos with the ease of an Emirate Sultan adding a new wing to his palace.

The band’s commitment to perfection during performances is amazing. Never a note out of place, never an awkward pause – the mastery with which the British trio plays instruments reaches virtuoso status.

Not bad for three guys from Teignmouth, England.

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