Muse, Silversun Pickups

Wednesday, March 17, at Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth

The last time Muse played in Dallas-Fort Worth, the band came dangerously close to doing the impossible—upstaging U2. I'm not sure what would happen in that situation, but I bet people's heads would explode.

At their shared concert at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, it wasn't hard to see that Muse had all the things that U2 struggled to maintain that night—energy, freshness and, most of all, passion. As Bono and company worked their way through the motions, much of the audience was still reeling from the beginning riffs from Muse's performance of "Uprising," the first single off the British three-piece's latest record, The Resistance.

For many in the crowd of 90,000-plus at the Death Star, it was their first introduction to Muse. But Muse has been around for a long time—nearly two decades, in fact—and The Resistance is the band's fifth studio album. And though the musicianship of this band is less of what you'd find in a rock venue and more of what you'd find in a symphony hall, Muse has managed to fuse these two sounds together with its set of emotionally charged, post-apocalyptic sing-alongs.

It's no wonder that Muse gave U2 a run for their money with such ease: It just might be the next U2.

Joining Muse on this bill is the Los Angeles alt-rock heroes in Silversun Pickups.

 
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