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2013.06.07 - Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, Spain

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Thanks! :happy:

 

Sorry to not say hi to any of you, I think I didn't recognise anyone from the boards and the queue was a nightmare :chuckle:

 

Looks like you were further round the b-stage end barrier to the right from me :) I was with the indomitable Catherine and one of the VIP competition winners along with a couple of other people...

 

definitely! :LOL: must have spent nearly 2 hours in total in the toilet queues!

 

crowd was the best i've seen on the tour so far! i love it when people sing along to everything, i'd never seen muse in spain before but i expected the atmosphere to be something similar to italy for example.

also the crowd control impressed me, letting people in little by little and generally being very strict with pushing and running, wish that happened in some other countries as well. and even if maybe ~300 people went in before us we still managed to get barrier, that was a nice surprise! :awesome:

 

i really liked barcelona in general, definitely want to go back one day!

 

hahaha yeah they need to think about portaloos or something...

 

That crowd was really something, totally up for it, singing along to *everything* and bouncy without being crush-y. And when my daughter fainted everyone was *so* nice, instant gifts of water and juice and an offer of a sandwich, we happened to have a nurse behind us and a guy who was also obviously healthcare-trained, and thankfully the security guys left us there instead of pulling her straight out so we got to enjoy the gig from our primo spots once she'd recovered :happy: The only problem I had was this one girl who had clearly decided she was standing behind my daughter even though that's where I was already, and even when she'd fainted she was still pressing in forwards.

 

The queue, on the other hand... we were happily sat by the wall nearly in the shade when we got told to move up, then we got moved up again, and then they had everyone stand up and move up the stairs into the sun again, and then when we'd been sat a while and the sun had crept round behind the stadium some more we got bunched up into the middle *again* and again and again... stressful, awkward, hot, appetite-quashing and stopped us from really drinking enough because there was no way we could get out to go to the loo after they started moving us up the stairs, which was 2.20-ish. So I reckon that's why my daughter fainted. They need lessons from Wembley.

 

Am struggling with uploading my pics & vids cos I don't have enough space on my puter atm! Working on it though...

 

ETA hi to the Canadian guy who asked me about the War Child gig, and the couple who were stranded at the bottom of the stairs when we got moved up, we had the spotty brolly, hope you got good spots in the end!

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usernameDOA thanks for sharing you videos! :happy:

 

Looks like you were further round the b-stage end barrier to the right from me :) I was with the indomitable Catherine and one of the VIP competition winners along with a couple of other people...

 

At first I was more to the right but the girl in front of me got a bit too crazy during Supremacy and nearly broke my nose :indiff: so after that I moved near a friend who was more in the middle of the second stage. Really good spot :D

 

Sorry to hear about your daughter, glad she recovered and you all were able to enjoy the gig :)

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usernameDOA thanks for sharing you videos! :happy:

 

You're very welcome Beibi, I always take vids when I see Muse, will be doing the same when I'm in Berlin next month :)

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The queue, on the other hand... we were happily sat by the wall nearly in the shade when we got told to move up, then we got moved up again, and then they had everyone stand up and move up the stairs into the sun again, and then when we'd been sat a while and the sun had crept round behind the stadium some more we got bunched up into the middle *again* and again and again... stressful, awkward, hot, appetite-quashing and stopped us from really drinking enough because there was no way we could get out to go to the loo after they started moving us up the stairs, which was 2.20-ish. So I reckon that's why my daughter fainted. They need lessons from Wembley.

 

Am struggling with uploading my pics & vids cos I don't have enough space on my puter atm! Working on it though...

 

ETA hi to the Canadian guy who asked me about the War Child gig, and the couple who were stranded at the bottom of the stairs when we got moved up, we had the spotty brolly, hope you got good spots in the end!

oh looks like you were closer to the front of the queue? i guess it must have been pretty uncomfortable there, where i was it wasn't so packed but it was on the sunny side all the time, when they moved the queue we finally managed to sneak into the shadow.

one thing i couldn't believe though was that they didn't have any water for the crowd once we were in, until maybe half way through the gig, i saw the muse security man giving water to people and only sometime after that the others joined in.

hope your daughter's okay, you were lucky to have all those nice people around you in the crowd!

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oh looks like you were closer to the front of the queue? i guess it must have been pretty uncomfortable there, where i was it wasn't so packed but it was on the sunny side all the time, when they moved the queue we finally managed to sneak into the shadow.

one thing i couldn't believe though was that they didn't have any water for the crowd once we were in, until maybe half way through the gig, i saw the muse security man giving water to people and only sometime after that the others joined in.

hope your daughter's okay, you were lucky to have all those nice people around you in the crowd!

 

urgh yes re the water, they had small bottles for themselves! and were pouring it in people's mouths rather than just having cups for people to drink from and pass back, so awkward... and the queue, we were near the front of the section that was at the bottom of the stairs, we arrived about midday.

 

ETA anyone fancy translating this? http://rollingstone.es/concerts/view/la-demencia-faraonica-de-muse-desborda-el-estadio-olimpico-de-barcelona

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here you have, even if I think you won't like it quite much :LOL:

 

sorry about my mistakes in translating!!!

 

 

Muse's pharaonic madness overwhelms the Estadi Olímpic at Barcelona

 

Nearly 35.000 people face during 2 hours the deranged and megalomaniac epicness of the british trio, in their only spanish date of the season.

 

Size matters to Muse. In fact, it is essential. In Teignmouth, Devon, you find that the bigger, the taller, the wider, everything the more, the better. And so, this giantism anxiety that a small village band has since its very intrinsic beginning is not satisfied with whatever ordinary thing. This is why Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Christopher Wolstenholme came to the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona with such a mammoth spectacle that was near the absurd, with the firm intention to brig the public to a sensitive collapse.

 

There were 35.000 in total (a lot of seats were empty) that witnessed a night, between futurist and from another planet, in front of a trio that sounds as if the gates of hell were wide opening in the last moments of the world as we know it. A trio that starts in a tremendous way with Supremacy, ignoring all the premises of rocking in a stadium, without introductions or absurd delayings. We would only miss the presence of some James Bond, Sean Connery if possible, showing forearms and landing over Dominic's drums, while the fire burned the eyebrows already yellow of the first row fanatics, and it could be felt from the opposite side aswell.

 

"Bona nit Barcelona!!!", roars Mateo before charging with a Supermassive Black Hole that is received with the willing of a goal of Iniesta, before a kilometrical screen, that can look normal at this point, even if it shouldn't, as it is a wild bet. Panic Station sounds and Obama, Rajoy, Merkel, Ban Ki-Moon and Hollande dance funky. And even Putin does, poor guy, desolated, still engaged as far as we know.

 

Bliss is a wink to the fans that have been from the very beginning, while Hysteria sends Chris and Matthew to that nice catwalk that would bring them from here to there all night long to the most needed fans (with up to 4 micro positions for Bellamy), ending with an AC/DC Back in Black, so stimulating for some, and so out of place at this point for others. Because Muse is the band of the s. XXI rock generation, and when they do a gesture to the past of this kind, they are understood by a majority that doesn't decide anything nowadays. Pure paradox.

 

The ones that were getting outside that hell called bathroom (please stop bullying the gig assistants, please), they found at this point of the gig a mass of people running the opposite direction, towards the back of the stadium. Animals is not such a bad song at all, but when the multitude choses it as the bathroom moment in such a clear way, there is nothing to do but to accept the reality which is that this song is the democratically voted intermission.

 

The show goes on, even with an actor performance on stage, with Muse cheering up to a rebellion, to fight against the established order, denouncing the finantial system deficiencies, always using the sensorial saturation, not using pamphlets or street mesianism. Matthew is not a preacher, he is a baritone alien who is capable of impossible high-pitched tones. And immediately after, he charges together with his mates with Knights of Cydonia, a song for invading. Like that, in general. To invade whatever it takes, the sooner the better. Poland or a sit at the bus. Or, in the other side, to secessionate. Because if Artur Mas (catalan politician who wants independence for Catalonia) used this song at his electoral rallies or to motivate himself in private before meeting Rajoy, maybe at this point his soberanist plans would already have arrived to his desired end by the fast track of the unappealable decree that doesn't admit an appeal.

 

Because, for meetings like that, nothing better than appearing with an hyperbolic and indisputable proposal, feeling the pleasure of the paranoid and apocalyptic knockabout that surprises by size and shape. An offer that may be near of burying you because of tediousness, not killing you only by a miracle, with songs like United States of Eurasia, Map of the Problematique or that crazy revision of Feeling Good, made famous by Nina Simone, that pleases so much the older-fashioned fans.

 

And to be honest: we are before quite a cold concert. Maybe because it happens in the top of a mountain, maybe because it happens in quite a mechanical way in a place that was far away from selling out all the tickets. For the previous leg in arenas, Bellamy compared his show with Pink Floyd's The Wall (1980-1981). For taking it to the stadiums, he himself has linked to the ZOOTV tour of U2 (1992-1993), which are some big words. He feels, as we understand, that it is his destiny to lead a new generation through the always intricated lands of the stadium rock, something not always easy, like in fact we confirmed with the night's comedown part that Follow Me or Liquid State were (when you have a vocalist such as Matthew Bellamy, are you really gonna play to tell the bassist to go singing? It makes no sense).

 

It all comes to the right path by itself thanks to Madness, those minutes so Bono that come before The House of the Rising Sun as intro to Time is Running Out, with the music opening its way in such a miracle way before a staging of this size. Everyting inside this bastard mash up that sounds like Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Queen, U2, Rage Against the Machine, like some electronic music in a pub. All of this served with some colossal and overwhelming epicness, with a band that sometimes you have to take things less seriously if you want to understand their proposal.

 

The stockholm syndrome ends the main axis of the concert before Unintended and Blackout, that we can say they are very beautiful but, it doesn't matter how many acrobats you put appearing from giant lightbulbs, they bored everybody so much. Certainly it was a quite dull moment of the concert, and the quite forgettable Guiding Light didn't actually help to make it a night to remember. There were some circus moments, with some symphonic vanity, where the middle-aged could recognize the empathy with Pink Floyd, but the majority of the people there opted to think about if their bladders were going to explode, and the price that ridiculously it costed to refill them.

 

After some minutes in which the knockabout was turning into something so pretentious that started to bother, then Undisclosed Desires arrived, who could have imagined that, to correct a concert slightly lost inside so much obsession for showing off with size. From there to the end Muse got it smooth, despite some part of the crowd booed when Matthew put a enormous spanish flag over his shoulders. The situation is unsustainable, may have thought the puny british guy meanwhile they were playing, oh surprise, Unsustainable (with a giant dancing robot incorporated, pouring smoke through his ears), to stop the thing later with the powerful Plug In Baby.

 

Then Survival arrives, and Bellamy looks like the adorned Cleopatra from the Astérix and Obelix comics, singing a melody which is a mix between Manowar and Gigatrón, with some pyrotechnics that where absolutely out of place. The rock dictator in which Mateo has mutated has no doubt in that if you don't risk you forget the sensation of failure, so at the last part of the show he laid on the table the cards that confirm that the ambition of the band knows no limits, with an asphyxiating and even exasperating megalomania.

 

But oh well, then is when Uprising appears, some minutes where you can't help thinking you are at some reunion kind of a sect, dictatorial or even satanic, in which only an hazard human sacrifice is missing to make it a wonderful night (there were a lot of offerings). But, without mortal victims, as far as we know, Muse chose to close a little more than 2 hours of intense stadium rock with the only final conclusion possible: in an isolated system, entropy can only increase. Just like Muse's ambition, condemned to improve themselves in every new step.

 

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Looks like you were further round the b-stage end barrier to the right from me :) I was with the indomitable Catherine and one of the VIP competition winners along with a couple of other people...

 

 

 

hahaha yeah they need to think about portaloos or something...

 

That crowd was really something, totally up for it, singing along to *everything* and bouncy without being crush-y. And when my daughter fainted everyone was *so* nice, instant gifts of water and juice and an offer of a sandwich, we happened to have a nurse behind us and a guy who was also obviously healthcare-trained, and thankfully the security guys left us there instead of pulling her straight out so we got to enjoy the gig from our primo spots once she'd recovered :happy: The only problem I had was this one girl who had clearly decided she was standing behind my daughter even though that's where I was already, and even when she'd fainted she was still pressing in forwards.

 

The queue, on the other hand... we were happily sat by the wall nearly in the shade when we got told to move up, then we got moved up again, and then they had everyone stand up and move up the stairs into the sun again, and then when we'd been sat a while and the sun had crept round behind the stadium some more we got bunched up into the middle *again* and again and again... stressful, awkward, hot, appetite-quashing and stopped us from really drinking enough because there was no way we could get out to go to the loo after they started moving us up the stairs, which was 2.20-ish. So I reckon that's why my daughter fainted. They need lessons from Wembley.

 

Am struggling with uploading my pics & vids cos I don't have enough space on my puter atm! Working on it though...

 

ETA hi to the Canadian guy who asked me about the War Child gig, and the couple who were stranded at the bottom of the stairs when we got moved up, we had the spotty brolly, hope you got good spots in the end!

That was me! :D

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So I know I'm late on this, I was in Europe for a month and have been adjusting back to Canadian life ever since I got home nearly two weeks ago.

 

FANTASTIC GIG! Alright, it's a shame about the attendance and seeing so many empty seats, but those who were there helped make the gig such an intensely enjoyable experience. I got to the stadium at about 1ish, and it's a shame I wasn't in Barcelona for longer because exploring more of the city would be nice, though to be fair, the stadium site is an entire city in and of itself. Got some great pics and the fountains there were amazing.

 

I'm glad I got to the stadium way early because even though I was in the seats (way high up too), the lineups were intense and looking down at from my section over the stadium walls, it would have been trouble getting in.

 

You Dont Know Me or whoever they were was fucking boring. Spanish Coldplay clone, minus the bleak charm or the uplifting ingenuity. LA were cool and they had some catchy songs. Fr a Spanish band their English pronunciation is really good and I was shocked to find out they were actually Spanish- the singer sounded American singing in English, I shit you not.

 

Anyways enough about that, that was the best 140 minutes of my life. Despite the rather late start time, which actually made the show work a lot more- we were able to experience more of the light effects as a result. The pyros were incredible and the stage is just unbelievably amazing. I'll admit I was disappointed when I checked out the stage design thread as it looked like a bit of a more stripped down HAARP stage, but seeing the stage activated with the video effects, lights and what not,mi can safely say it may be my favourite stage ever from Muse. Also note this is my first time seeing them in a stadium and my first time traveling abroad to see Muse, as well as second time seeing Muse. I'm definitely doing the next stadium tour, if it kills me even!

 

The crowd as I mentioned were blistering; they sang along with EVERYTHING and really celebrated the gig. Such a contrast to the boring Edmonton crowd in February who were so quiet you could hear crickets. The two guys to my left were probably younger than me and they probably couldn't speak a word of English, yet they were dancing, head banging, having the time of their lives and singing along to every song, hugging each other and really taking it in. I won't lie, that kinda made me teary eyed (in a good way)! It reminded me a bit of the drumstick guy during the Colombia segment of Iron Maiden: Flight 666!

 

And lastly, song highlights! I'd feel bad picking out specific songs because the gig was tight all night, but the highlights for me were Hysteria (LOVE the BIB riff jam at the end), Animals (loved the money confetti), Plug in Baby (I've never heard a crowd sing louder in my life, and I've seen Iron Maiden in Germany), United States of Eurasia (I got chills the whole time), Unintended was just beautiful and BLACKOUT!!!!!

 

Anyways, that's me done and I'll be back later with some pics!

 

Adios!

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matt's jawbone---thanks for that great recap! Was so much fun to read. Glad you had a good time! Can't wait to see your pics. :)

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Me waiting in line

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Did I mention yet the lineup was absolute insanity?

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After 6 hours in line I'm finally in the stadium!

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Ready to rock the fuck out

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People still waiting to get in

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Showtime!

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