English rock band Muse to headline Sunday night
Arguably the all-around best act at Firefly this year has yet to grace the stage.
Primetime Friday, Saturday and Sunday night spots featured headlining names like Weezer, Twenty One Pilots, Bob Dylan, Kesha, The Weeknd and Thirty Seconds to Mars. There’s something to be said about all those artists, especially the legendary Bob Dylan.
However, Firefly-goers are going to want to conserve energy today. The perhaps most highly anticipated band this year plays at 9:15 p.m. tonight on the Firefly Stage, and it’s the electric, anthemic and epic tour de force that is Muse.
Muse is a trio of Englishmen: Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keys), Chris Wolstenholme (bass, keys) and Dominic Howard (percussion). The band released their first album, “Showbiz,” in 1998 and have been touring almost constantly ever since. Their most recent album, 2015’s “Drones,” as well as 2009’s “Resistance,” won the Best Rock Album award at the Grammys. Forbes Magazine named Muse the 20th-highest paid musicians in the world in 2016.
The band’s success derives from their consciousness-ripping brand of rock-and-roll that invokes adrenaline and euphoria and leaves listeners wondering how they ever did without it. Muse is decadent, à la Queen, but unmistakably modern – a pretty irresistible combination for rock fans.
On top of that, Muse’s live shows have garnered a reputation for being unforgettable. The visual effects at a Muse concert are a work of art in themselves, something you have to see to believe. Combined with powerful rock melodies and the collective energy of thousands of people, the experience can be mind-blowing.
The band’s latest single, “Dig Down,” was released in May and is not yet associated with an album. It’s the first new material to come from the band since “Drones.” Like many of Muse’s songs, “Dig Down” deals with dystopian themes and combines Bellamy’s soaring vocals with throbbing drums and bass and futuristic guitar solos.
After the Muse set, if you still have a little energy on reserve or if you’ve just had too many Red Bulls, EDM wonderboy Dillon Francis will close out the festival on the Backyard Stage.
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