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Preview: Muse

The stadium giants to bring the noise to Manchester Academy

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Wembley Stadium, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds… Manchester Academy—all in that order. A band who have been at the top of their game for the past 10 years, Muse are unlike any of their peers; unafraid of intimacy, thirsty for crazy.

Playing an exclusive yet explosive tour through truly unique venues across the UK, the band have returned with a tour that has new fans as well as die-hards drooling, proving there’s just as much vigour as there ever was. The set lists have even seen the return of many a rarity and fan favourite, as well as the huge ‘Psycho’ from upcoming album Drones.

“To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behaviour with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. This album explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors” says Bellamy on the new album, reminding us that the affinity for grandness is still very much present.

Unlike many of their stadium/festival headlining peers, Muse have always balanced spectacle and incredible music whilst staying true to their fans—the culmination of this being their relatively intimate show at Manchester Academy this Sunday on the 22nd. The event is set to be a spectacle unlike any the venue has seen, that is, since their appearance way back in 2001.

If anything, this tour is a sign of the times, a confirmation that, at the end of their path to world domination, Muse’s title as ‘best live band in the world today’ is to be firmly maintained.

The first single from the album, ‘Dead Inside’, will debut the week of March 23rd and on June 8th Muse will release their new album Drones.