Over the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2007 MUSE took to the stage at the new Wembley Stadium for two unprecedented sold out shows that are increasingly recognised as amongst the definitive live moments of the year. Muse were the first band to take the stage at the stadium since its redevelopment: now those who were amongst the 150,000 lucky ones and those who couldn’t get tickets can relive these events with the release of a brand new CD and DVD of the shows.
The concerts once again demonstrated the raw power and unquenchable ambition of one of the UK’s most successful long term bands and one of, if not the, greatest, most ambitious live act in the world at the present time. With a long list of awards to their name including recent additions the EMA Awards for ‘Best UK and Irish Act’ and ‘Best Headliner’ at the continent’s premier awards ceremony. These awards add to a long list of plaudits for the act in 2007 including Awards for Best Live act at the BRITs, NME Awards, Kerrang!s, the Vodafone Awards and Q Awards.
MUSE have elevated their shows to events of a quite spectacular nature – and no doubt the major awards will keep coming in 2008. Little wonder that Kerrang described the Saturday night show simply: “What a gig. What a night. What a band”, clearly left breathless by the power and invention they had just witnessed. The Guardian were moved to suggest that “few are more suited than MUSE to take on what Pele described as the cathedral of football” in a rare 5/5 review.
The footage on the HAARP DVD is taken from the show on Sunday 17th June with the live CD featuring their first date at the stadium, Saturday 16th. Both DVD & CD feature the huge hits from 2006’s global hit album, ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ including show stopper ‘Knights Of Cydonia’, Starlight’ and ‘Supermassive Black Hole’. As you would expect, HAARP also features Muse classics including ‘Plug In Baby’, ‘Time Is Running Out’, ‘Muscle Museum’, ‘Sunburn’, ‘New Born’ and a host of others.