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Metro - Matt reflects on Warchild gig


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I'd be thrilled if they did smaller shows, and they could probably get away with it in some of the US... not exactly sure how anyone would be expected to get in to a show overseas, though. :LOL:

 

Well most of their small shows lately have been overseas (Casino de Paris, Cologne, Roundhouse, Shepherd's Bush), it's just a mad rush to get a ticket as far as I know.

 

I would love some smaller shows over here though. I'm always bummed about just barely missing the BH&R tour in the US since pretty much all their concerts were at SBE size venues.

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It's not so much about the size of the shows for me. I mean, if a band is really connected to their music, and really connected to their fans, stadiums can feel very small. It's about staying connected to the music, and a certain level of intimacy with the crowd. That depends on the band's attitude, and to a certain extent I think stage effects can interfere with that.

 

I would hope that what SBE taught them was that if you give to your fans, they give back. That flow of energy between band and fans is what makes gigs special, not how much money you spend on staging.

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"It really jogged us a little bit to concentrate on just playing well and just connecting with the fans."

 

This sounds very promising. It would be great to see them in a smaller venue, like the Seattle show I saw. They all seemed to really enjoy playing in a scaled back setting, and even from just watching the video of it, I could feel that the energy in the room was immense.

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This is all well and good, but i'm going to be hugely disappointed if they decide to downscale the huge production that they've promised us for the stadium gigs.

 

At the end of the day, what matters is the music. They could always throw in an extra couple of songs (old songs maybe) to compensate for a more simple stage setup.

 

I don't think, in reality, the majority of fans would care that the stage had a simple design this time (as long as it was a good design) if the music and length of concert was what they wanted.

 

Also Muse have got to realise that as much as they may want to distract people from looking at them, we do actually like watching them when they are playing. Well I do in any case. It is not as uninteresting as they may think.

 

Anyway we'll have to see. I'm easy either way.

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At the end of the day, what matters is the music. They could always throw in an extra couple of songs (old songs maybe) to compensate for a more simple stage setup.

 

I don't think, in reality, the majority of fans would care that the stage had a simple design this time (as long as it was a good design) if the music and length of concert was what they wanted.

 

Also Muse have got to realise that as much as they may want to distract people from looking at them, we do actually like watching them when they are playing. Well I do in any case. It is not as uninteresting as they may think.

 

Anyway we'll have to see. I'm easy either way.

Thats true. I heard something about Matt promising to play some oldies at the Emirates, and if thats the case i'll be happy regardless of the set. I'm just a bit of a sucker for a huge production though, and I read an interview where they said they had a bigger production planned for the stadium gigs. A different kind of show is really what made me buy tickets so soon after the O2 gigs.

(Not that the production for the arena gigs wasn't insane!)

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Thats true. I heard something about Matt promising to play some oldies at the Emirates, and if thats the case i'll be happy regardless of the set. I'm just a bit of a sucker for a huge production though, and I read an interview where they said they had a bigger production planned for the stadium gigs. A different kind of show is really what made me buy tickets so soon after the O2 gigs.

(Not that the production for the arena gigs wasn't insane!)

 

I doubt they'd scale everything back for the stadiums so late in the game. I thought they were referring to arenas.

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In an interview for MTV (can't find it, not sure if it was already posted) Dom said that they might continue the pyramid theme for the stadiums. Just bigger.

 

I wonder how similar they'll be. Both TR stages kept the idea of The Ministry but they were quite different still.

 

Also I hope someone sneaks into rehearsals and gives us a video again.

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