Happy Birthday Johnny Depp and Matthew Bellamy of Muse

Posted by The G on June 9, 2013 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

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Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Happy 50th birthday to Johnny Depp, who celebrates the half century mark on June 9, 2013!

Matthew Bellamy of Muse

Matthew Bellamy of Muse

It’s also Muse lead singer Matthew Bellamy’s birthday today as well!  If you don’t know the Muse song “Uprising,” I recommend that you memorize the lyrics and vote for that song to become the national anthem of the world.  “THEY WILL NOT FORCE US!  THEY WILL STOP DEGRADING US!  THEY WILL NOT CONTROL US!  WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS!  SO COME ON!!!!!”

Happy birthday Johnny and Matthew!

10 Reasons Why Muse is one of the Best Bands Ever

Posted by The G on April 17, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Muse

Muse

I’ve seen Muse in concert many times before and they never disappoint.  On their second of 2 sold out nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden, despite feeling very under the weather, Muse did their jobs as rockstars and for two hours catapulted me into another time and space!   Here are 10 reasons Muse are one of the best band ever.

1. Non-stop stage action for two solid hours.  This came in the form of great visuals, flashing lights and lead singer Matt Bellamy running all over the stage.

2. Great songs that rock.  I mean, holy shit!  Their songs rock.  To see a stadium of people singing in unison to a Muse song instead of your typical stadium fare is awesome!  People play it safe too often.  Way too often.

3. They change the setlist up.  Seeing them two nights in a row, I think I had more fun the second night!  The energy was so much better and people were really getting loose.  Speaking of setlist, they have good pacing too.  They have so many songs that could be the encore because they are so epic, but they are peppered in throughout the set because they have so many great tracks to choose from.

Matthew Bellamy of Muse

Matthew Bellamy of Muse

4.  Ticket prices were not horribly expensive (considering).  I understand that so many rockers need to build another wing on their mansion, but why make the fans pay for it?!   The cost of tickets to both nights was cheaper than 1 night of Fleetwood Mac!  I blame Stevie for that!

5.  Matthew Bellamy is a guitar god.  On his knees, he performed the Star Spangled Banner on guitar!  And rocked the shit out of it!

6. Their lyrics have something to say but are not overtly preachy.  I like a band who may make you investigate something you may not previously thought of.  I’ve said this a lot before, and I will say it again, their song “Uprising” should be the world’s national anthem!  I used to enjoy that so much with Prince, because his lyrics made you curious to investigate spirituality, unfortunately, now his lyrics are like a sermon of why you are going to hell.  Ugh!

Muse

Muse

7. Great use of covers.  They did a snatch of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” and on the second night, they did their cover of “Feeling Good,” which definitely adds something to the original – some rock and roll!  Plus, what great lyrics to hear a room of 20,000 people sing.  It’s a new dawn/It’s a new day/and I’m feeling good!

8. Great stage set up.  I briefly touched on it above, but it’s worth repeating.  Every song found the stage transforming into something different and the lights and visuals were super cool.  I think if you were a non-Muse fan and just watched the visuals, you’d be hard pressed not to be very impressed.

9. The band is nice to fans.  A lot of people most likely have not met them, and maybe they don’t find it important.  But I do.  If a person preaches love and peace and then behind the scenes they are a prick (like Madonna, Prince just to name two brief examples), that taints my experience.  I’ve met the band on several occasions and they have no problem being cool to fans.

Matthew Bellamy of Muse and Geoffrey Dicker

Matthew Bellamy of Muse and Geoffrey Dicker

10. If you walked into the Muse show with zero knowledge of their music and you witnessed the things I’ve mentioned above, unless you are just a bitter and angry person, you would have found at least one of these qualities rocking your world and these days, that’s all you can ask for!

Muse

Muse

The set list on April 15, 2013 was: The 2nd Law: Isolated System / Supremacy / Map of the Problematique / Supermassive Black Hole / Resistance / Star Spangled Banner (on guitar) / Panic Station / Knights of Cydonia / Monty Jam / Explorers / Follow Me / United States of Eurasia / Liquid State / Madness / Time Is Running Out / Undisclosed Desires / Stockholm Syndrome / The 2nd Law: Unsustainable / Uprising.  Encore: Starlight / Survival

The setlist on April 16, 2013 was: The 2nd Law: Isolated System / Supremacy /Panic Station / Supermassive Black Hole / Plug In Baby / Resistance / Star Spangled Banner (on guitar) /Hysteria / Knights of Cydonia / Feeling Good / Follow Me / Sunburn / Liquid State / Madness / Time Is Running Out (with “House of the Rising Sun” intro) / Undisclosed Desires / Dead Star /  The 2nd Law: Unsustainable / Uprising.  Encore: Starlight / Survival

The New National Anthem, According2g

Posted by The G on July 4, 2010 under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

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Muse.

Since we are on the topic of Independence Day and we are all celebrating a lot less freedom than we had last year, I would like to nominate “Uprising” by Muse as the new global national anthem.  Sing these lyrics over and over and over until the words sink in and maybe then, people globally will finally get off their asses, throw their I-phones in the gutter, unplug from all these distractions that are made to keep us numb and wake up!  This world has enough abundance for everyone. Not just the 1% of the population that are currently controlling it.  If you are a teacher, please teach these words to your kids!  That bullshit about dawn’s early light and pledging allegiance is archaic.  It’s 2010.  Come to the light!  Rise up!!!!

Uprising by Muse.

Lyrics by Matthew Bellamy.

Paranoia is in bloom,
The PR transmissions will resume
They’ll try to push drugs that keep us all dumbed down
And hope that we will never see the truth around
(So come on)

Another promise, another seed
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
(So come on)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

Interchanging mind control
Come let the revolution takes its toll
If you could flick the switch and open your third eye
You’d see that we should never be afraid to die
(So come on)

Rise up and take the power back
It’s time the fat cats had a heart attack
They know that their time’s coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend
(So come on)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

Muse – Live at Giants Stadium

Posted by The G on September 25, 2009 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Matthew Bellamy of Muse.

Matthew Bellamy of Muse.

On September 24, 2009 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, Muse and U2 played a double bill for a night of exhilarating entertainment.  While Muse is still trying to make it big in the United States, they are massively successful worldwide.  In fact, their latest album “The Resistance,” was just released on September 14, 2009 and has already gone to number one in 16 countries.  I saw people wearing “Who cares about U2, I came to see Muse” T-shirts at the show and when they came on stage, they were electric.  Lead singer Matthew Bellamy plays guitar that a Jimi Hendrix fan would appreciate and sings like a lesser-depressed version of Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

See more pictures of Muse and the set list after the jump.

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