By Jared Allen
June 17, 2017
What if you had to wait 90 minutes, unsheltered, in the pouring down rain to see Muse? Would it be worth it? That was the million-dollar question Thursday night at PNC Music Pavilion. There’s no doubt that many people retreated under the conditions – torrential rain, hurricane-like winds and lightning – but most stuck it out, wet as a dog and experienced one of the most spacey and futuristic sets in recent Charlotte history.
When Muse hit the stage with their new single “Dig Down,” they immediately gave the impression that those who stuck it out, were about to get their money’s worth.
Arguably, Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds To Mars already accomplished that, opening for the electronic trio. Sharing his time as an Oscar award-winning actor and an avid rock climber, it’s been three years since his trio stopped through Charlotte. Donning a peculiar look – blue track pants, a lavish, metallic jacket and Eastbound & Down sunglasses – Leto gave Charlotte a headline worthy performance.
Between trekking through the audience, welcoming 50-plus audience members on stage for the closeout and ripping his shirt wide open, fans felt fulfilled. To the crowd’s delight, the band revealed plans for an upcoming album and announced that three years won’t pass before they visit Charlotte again.
When Muse finally emerged well after 10 p.m. following the stormy situation, many questioned the curfew and noise laws and if the set would be cut significantly short. The crowd grew nervous as 11 p.m. loomed, but with every passing minute, the audience loosened up knowing that Matt Bellamy and crew didn’t care about any rules. Muse committed to the entire set, from “Madness” to “Knights of Cydonia.”
There’s very little to compare a Muse show to, especially Thursday night’s spectacle. Sure, almost every major headlining band shows off a lavish stage setup and production, but Muse offered something undeniably unique. Throughout, the band’s moveable stage shifted and created a different appeal for each song, depicting both the dystopia world from Black Holes And Revelations and puppeteer hands that controlled each band member Bellamy rocked Snapchat Spectacles and LED lights radiated from the guitars. Combine that with the camaraderie that the flash monsoon created and you’ve got the perfect storm for a special night.
The band boasts their very own distinct style and after two decades in the scene, not a single act has been able to knock off the English natives. That’s saying something.