I got tickets to see Muse only the day before the show. When a listener didn't pick up tickets by Friday at 5pm, guess what happened to them. [Hint: we didn't throw them away.] So free tickets for me!
Since it was a last-minute ticket get, my friends had other plans for the night. So I asked my sister, Julie, if she wanted to go. She did!
I was a little surprised only because we don't really share my taste in music. Sure, there's some overlap, but she lives on mostly a Billy Joel/Elton John planet, whereas I come from a planet with a Tom Waits/Radiohead-colored sky.
At the same time, I wasn't surprised at all. My sister is pretty cool, and is up for the occasional adventure.
[she also may have been returning the favor for me taking her to see Richard Marx many years earlier (story to come)]
It turned out to be not so bad. Muse took the whole arena into consideration when planning this show. There were lasers and video screens and moving platforms and all sorts of things we may not have appreciated had we been too close.
I was a little late to the game. Muse was also part of the Twilight movie soundtrack around the same time, and they were exploding into the public's consciousness.
In the middle of the show, all of a sudden my sister said "Why do I know this song?" It was a song I wasn't familiar with, and I was totally baffled. She was singing along, and knew all the words. It was odd.
Doing research later, I discovered that song was "Feeling Good", a song that has been recorded by at least 25 different artists, including Nina Simone. My sister knew the version by Michael Bublé. I wasn't yet familiar with Muse's version. I am now!
Remember at the beginning of the post, when I said how modern media will help with some of these reviews? Well, here's exactly what happened at the show:
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