With the beginning of its Simulation Theory World Tour some six weeks away, Muse drummer Dominic Howard guarantees the British trio is "gonna try to try to do one thing fairly totally different to something we've accomplished earlier than" -- which anybody who's adopted the group's live performance historical past is aware of will likely be a tall order.
This is, in any case, a band recognized for its opulent staging. Last outing, for its 2015-16 Drones World Tour, Muse even had small craft buzzing by the arenas it performed. But when the trek selling Muse's new album Simulation Theory launches Feb. 22 in Houston, the main focus will likely be a bit extra flesh and blood.
"There are going to be extra folks on stage with us," Howard tells Billboard. "We need to attempt to make the present have extra humanity with it slightly than purely know-how. The Drones Tour it was all so tech with the drones flying round and stuff like that, which is cool however we need to attempt to transfer away barely from the large display with a bunch of visuals within the background, which each single artist does -- and we've clearly been doing for years as nicely.
"But this time we need to attempt to have extra humanity within the present, incorporating extra performers but in addition efficiency art-type stuff. It's virtually like dwell artwork on stage, so there'll be folks enjoying with us and doing different issues."
But singer-guitarist Matt Bellamy provides that visuals will certainly play an element within the present, constructing on the movies Muse is rolling out for Simulation Theory. "It's essentially the most movies we've ever made for an album," Bellamy notes, "and we've created this visible world for this album. They movies are very steady -- that's the place the idea could be seen extra so than within the music. So we're going to take that visible world and attempt to translate it into the dwell present, with the opposite performers who will likely be on stage with us."
Howard provides that the present -- which is being designed by the band with Jesse Lee Sout and lighting director Sooner Routhier -- will likely be "so much brighter and extra colourful. The final tour had such a darkish undertone and theme; It was all very ominous, with the drones monitoring everybody and flying round. The imagery was fairly darkish, so this one's gonna really feel a bit extra colourful and have extra humanity to it."
And since Simulation Theory, which debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 throughout November and was Muse's sixth consecutive No. 1 within the U.Okay., was partly impressed by gaming and VR, Bellamy his hoping to include a few of these parts into the present as nicely. "Obviously it's laborious to get digital actuality headsets to the entire viewers," he says, "however we'll have part of the venue that will likely be accessible for folks to get digital actuality variations of among the movies we made and different issues. And if that goes nicely we would even launch one thing that's accessible for folks to purchase and use of their houses, on their very own VR methods. We'll need to see."
In addition to the North American leg, Muse has a European tour launching May 26 in Prague and also will carry out on the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept. 21 and Rock In Rio on Oct. 6 in Brazil.