Muse recently visited DC’s Capital One Arena on its “Simulation Theory World Tour” — for a show that can best be explained as Tron meets 2019 rock, in the best cyberpunk way. The show was an arena rock spectacle for the eyes and ears–inflatable robots, laser lights, and synth-pop included.
One glance at the band’s album art for Simulation Theory is more than a slight hint at the wonder and visuals that are used on this tour. Fans are energized as brass musicians march out, adorned in lighted helmets with matching metallic armor. As the instrumentals peak, lead singer Matt Bellamy makes his debut in glasses covered in mini lights.
The band glided through hits like “Uprising,” “Hysteria” a la AC/DC, “Time is Running Out, and “Plug in Baby.” Muse left fans wanting more with a medley featuring “Stockholm Syndrome” and ending the night with “Knights of Cydonia.”