As a photographer, it’s my job to capture the essence of a performance in a single image—doing so within the timeframe of the first three songs. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, as is the case with Muse. The British rock band eludes photographic summarization because their lyrics and supplemental visual components are designed to take fans on a theatrical journey. And, on this night, they did. The arena lights went dark and giant pyramidal LED display descended from above to completely cover the center of the stage. I was mesmerized by the ensuing theatrical light display preceding the opening song, “Supremacy.” As the band began to play, the pyramid raised, the crowd roared and the energy was intense—aided by the visual esthetic. As Muse moved into “Map of the Problematic,” the drum set rotated 180° toward the audience on the opposite side of the stage, and lead vocalist Matthew Bellamy made his way around the stage, fully utilizing the 360° platform. All the while, striking visuals enhanced an already dramatic stage presence. My Muse concert came to an end after “Super Massive Black Hole” but I can easily classify it as one of the best concerts I’ve ever partially attended. ★★★★☆
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.