Man, what a concert!
Muse: I was initially more pumped to see Muse than I was to see U2 (given how No Line on the Horizon left me completely underwhelmed), especially considering how eagerly I was anticipating hearing some stuff from The Resistance.
Their set was awesome...but too short! That being said, I was completely psyched when they started playing Plug In Baby! I had not expected them to play this at all. Still, despite playing a short set, Muse were fucking awesome. Other than the already mentioned surprise, other highlights included excellent versions of Map of the Problematique and Hysteria.
I'm still bitter that they played Undisclosed Desires instead of, say, Unnatural Selection, but seeing Muse live at last was still great. They were in top form.
I was expecting stale, tired arena rock and pretentious Bonoisms. Instead, I got treated to a excellent set list (four tracks from Achtung Baby?!), and a mind-blowing light show. Even though I was sitting in the nosebleed section (section 625, to be exact), I still got a great view of the stage (and oh, what a stage it was!)
Highlights included an epic rendition of No Line on the Horizon, the particularly stunning light shows for The Unforgettable Fire (swirling digital flames + expanded screen = awesome) and Ultra Violet (Light My Way) (that fiber optic suit!), and using footage from the Iranian protests earlier this year as a backdrop for Sunday Bloody Sunday.
The political stuff wasn't intrusive and felt quite appropriate: a dedication to Aung San Suu Kyi that had the whole stadium screaming their lungs out, and a pre-recorded video for the ONE Campaign featuring Desmond Tutu, played right before (what else?) One.
They even played Until the End of the World! That was probably my favorite moment of all, because I was not at all expecting to hear this.
This concert reminded me why I like U2 so much in the first place. All the old stuff sounded as great as always, and the newer stuff sounded huge and intense. If you've been on the fence about the 360° Tour, you should definitely look into checking it out. You'll have one hell of a time.