Muse @ Hammerstein: 08-03-06

Though others will disagree, citing the worn and tired indie mantra "It would have been better in a smaller club - they're not as good since they've blown up," I would counter with my own tried and true mantra: "Shut the F@#$ up before I stomp you, you pretentious indie puss! Now go fetch me a beer!" Uh, that and "That was the best damn show I've seen all year! Muse rocks!"

Although the show opened with the awesome "Take a Bow" the surly security and "no cameras" printed on the ticket kept me from taking pictures until song #3, "Supermassive Black Hole."

A little "New Born" for y'all. I was worried that the focus would be totally on the new album and Absolution (admittedly not a bad thing), but they broke out 3 songs from Origin of Symmetry as well. Huzzah!

"Sockholm Syndrome" rocks so hard it's ridiculous. The end would make Metallica weep. Muse sound insane live, and unlike many other bands that supposedly come from the same genre, they don't mind changing the arrangements a bit. You know, if I wanted to hear everything played like the album I would have just sat at home where it was cooler! Thanks for the expanding some of the songs, Muse!

Encore #1 - "Map of the Problematique"

Encore #2 - "Time is Running Out"

Encore #3 - "Knights of Cydonia"

Frikkin' awesome show. Any doubts I had of the new album were blown away after Muse left the stage. For the record, here's the setlist for the evening:

1. Take a Bow
2. Hysteria
3. Supermassive Black Hole
4. Butterflies & Hurricanes
5. Starlight
6. Forced In
7. Bliss
8. Feeling Good
9. Soldier's Poem
10. Invincible
11. Plug In Baby
12. New Born
13. Stockholm Syndrome
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14. Map of the Problematique
15. Time is Running Out
16. Knights of Cydonia