Wonderful Night with Muse


January 7, 2010 had a strange start.  Like usual, I got off from the bus and walked to my office building.  As I walk I was trying to find something from my bag.  Then a random non-Korean foreigner kinda nudged me as he walks.  Excuse me! I almost wanted to chase him and push him like he did, but since I am a classy lady, I gathered myself under control.  I think there has been some strange, not-very-pleasant incident too but I forgot about them – all thanks to Muse concert at that evening!

I like Muse, but not so much of a fan who checks their website of whatever every single day.  But I heard there live concert is an absolute blast.  Lastly (and most importantly), I just love going to the live concerts and going nuts.  When majority of kids of my age likes clubbing, drinking and hooking up and getting laid, I go concerts and go nuts instead.  If you put me in places like London or Tokyo, I’ll be bankrupt, spending pretty much all of my money to the concerts and such.  In fact, most of my expenses at Tokyo were spent to live clubs and concerts.  I tried to get some friends to go with me.  Unfortunately almost all of their working schedule was totally out of synch with mine so I went there by myself anyway.  Thanks to the rush-hour traffic, my forgetfullness to leave glasses at home and that 20-inch-snow bomb which paralyzed the entire Seoul city, I was there a bit late.  Remembering how I missed the “Rock ‘n Roll Star” of Oasis concerts (Damn traffic!) last year, I was begging Muse to not to start on time or have their first song as something I like very much.  Lucky me, they didn’t start on time.  But then, it was delayed for about 35 minutes.  If I did not have knowledge of how Matthew Bellamy can be obssesive compulsive disorder patient before each conert (causing him to suffer from bad stomach and multiple visits to bathroom on last year’s Jisan Rock Festival), I am pretty sure I’d be angry. Well, at 8:35 pm it started at Olympic Park’s main stadium with 11,000 peole.  From here, a note-taking type of my review – because I was zombified as the concert proceeds.  If you do not want to read a lot of swears and exaggerations, please skip the rest of writing, and jump to the conclusion – it was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Matthew Bellamy = he’s frigging small.  Small.  Small as grade school kid.

Dom Howard = some random college kid living your next door

Chris Wolstenholme = Bear.


Oh my

Oh my fuc*ing god

I frigging knew people say Muse live is the shit, but I did not expect this much.

It’s like I saw a frigging new world!!!!!!! This is the Space Opera Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olympic Stadium is notorious for bad sound quality, but for somehow they managed to pull out something that is very close to the CD recording.  Damn.

The background graphics were total kick-ass.  It was not a random pretty pics – they actually prepared and coordinate each graphics for each songs.  Basically the quality was like music video+CD = live.

For about 100 minutes, all they say was “thank you Seoul!” “사랑해요 Seoul! (I love Seoul)” “감사합니다 (thank you)” and other than that it was straight songs.  No voice cracking, no mistakes.  Damn, what are you guys – monsters?

Uprising and Supermassive Black Hole was placed at the beginnign of the live – I was already like “hell yeah!!!!!!!!!” Huge catharsis when everybody sang “they will not force us/they will stop degrading us/they will not control us”  I ran to the front line but a very nice and kind staff told me to back off.  Thanks and sorry lady. And I got to listen the Starlight in live.  In freaking live, doing 1-2-1-3 claps with 11,000 people around me.  People went absolutely crazy by the time Muse played Time is Running Out.  I heard the Muse manager freaked out at last year’s Muse concert in Seoul because the screaming and singing was way too loud.  Now I believe the story.

60 minuste after the concert begins, I was already the chorus slave.  90 mintes after, I was like a cult member or zombie already.

I haven’t been to a live that was this fun and energetic – you know, all becoming like one and crazy.  The ticket was worth more than every penny.  I almost felt bad because it felt like I paid something less than its actual value.  The only drawback was lack of passion (?) around my seat.  At last year’s Oasis live, everyone around my seat put our arms around on each others shoulders, danced, and sang the Supernova all together.  But yes, it made my day and I think I can go on for about a month.  For 2 days my iPod has been playing all Muse songs.


About ceberus

Have South Korean passport, looks like South Korean, speaks fluent Korean, working at South Korea yet grew up in Midwestern American and spent one year in Japan. Probably looks like Korean and speaks fluent Korean but thinks like American. Lost in translation. TCK/CCK.

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