No Rain Just Shine with Muse and 30 Seconds To Mars
The lots at Lakewood Amphitheater have changed since the first time I set foot on the grounds over a decade ago. It used to take well over an hour just to park. Before shows, cars full of tailgaters would be in a bumper to bumper gridlock off of the 75/85 Langford exit. That wasn’t the case this night or any night since they banned tailgating.
The lots are now kept in a quiet orderly fashion with a huge sign clearly highlighting the "no tailgating" and "no open containers policy." My how times have changed since the days where school buses were turned into campers, solo cups flooded the grounds, and a bunch of kids was dancing on rooftops. Who remembers the debauchery from the 311 concerts? Tailgating was part of the main event and the closer you walked toward the entrance, the louder and wilder it got. Those days are long gone. I parked quickly on the gravel lot and eased my way into my spot just as PVRIS took to the stage around 7 pm. My sister had a friend inside who was keeping us up-to-date because we didn’t want to miss any of 30 Seconds To Mars.
It was our first time seeing them. We walked in just as they started to play “This Is War.” The crowd joined Jared Leto’s chant with raised fists and arms in the air screaming “Fight! Fight! Fight!” Leto was almost unrecognizable with his full facial hair and dressed in a purple priest looking robe with white framed glasses with yellow lenses. My sister and I cocked our heads side to side trying to make sense of who we were watching. Where was the blonde headed fighter from Fight Club we had engrained in our minds?
The Georgia heat finally got to him and he disrobed before singing “Kings and Queens.” He ran into the crowd shortly after, jumped on a platform with his guitar, and played “The Kill.” One of my favorites for sure and a great start to an evening that I had been anticipating for some time.
The last time I saw Muse was at the Gwinnett Arena in 2010 for their Resistance Tour. I was gifted pit tickets and took my brother even though I was hella sick. But sickness wasn’t going to stop this girl from seeing a kick ass rock band and neither would a little rain. It had been stormy in Atlanta the past several days leading up to the show and it was expected to rain that night. Rain boots and jackets filled the amphitheater in preparation.
I was super excited to see them again and this time I took my little sister for her first Muse show. My boss was also there for his first show too. There is a twenty-two age difference between those two, but their taste in music remained constant. This was a common pattern seen in the crowd. Both young and seasoned alike. My sister and I found our spot on the lawn and spread out our rain jackets to have something to sit on as my boss gleefully walked to VIP. Other concertgoers opted to purchase the green “Rental” beach chairs to stay dry. The most I’ve seen at a concert here, but then again, I haven’t been to many concerts at Lakewood in the rain.
Muse warmed us up with their current single “Dig Down” followed by the classic crowd starter “Psycho.” Impeccable quality as they sounded exactly like their recorded album. In some cases, live and recorded tracks and performances sound completely differently, but not with Muse. The perfection in their performance was consistent with the sound that they have continued to put out with every album.
Their smooth vocals and crisp guitar riffs continued to feed my soul throughout the night. “Supermassive Black Hole” was a heavy hitter sing-along that had everyone rocking out to. Lucky for us it only rained balloons, confetti, and streamers. This was our cue to make a quick bathroom run and stop by the merch booth before the encore. A beer and two shirts later we were ending our night to “Uprising” and “Knights Of Cydonia.”
Missed the show? Here’s a playlist of their setlist and a photo gallery for your viewing. Enjoy!
Photos by Megan Friddle for Bullet Music