Muse/My Chemical Romance
This article is from 2006.
Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Thu 24 Aug
The second big gig out at Meadowbank this week. My Chemical Romance perhaps didn't make the splash they wanted with their opening volley with two new tracks from forthcoming album The Black Parade. Then they threw away their greatest tune 'I'm not Okay (I Promise)' (a better pop punk track than Green Day have ever produced) as their third track. But frontman Gerard Way is the consummate professional, an enthralling instigator, chatting easily with the crowd and throwing himself fully into every screamed chorus. And when they chuck in crunchy nuggets like the Slayer goes pop thrash of ‘Thank You For the Venom’ or a soaring ‘Helena’ they easily redeem any early mistakes. Far heavier than any of their emo brethren they marry metal, pop and punk with a delicious flair for the theatrical. With a couple more albums behind them they'll easily be headlining gigs of this size themselves in a few years.
However, Muse know how to make an entrance, kicking off with their most insane track ever, 'Knights of Cydonia', a prog rock western of truly epic scope, then thundering through most of new album Blackholes and Revelations, the new tracks taking flight and heading for the stratosphere at break neck pace. It’s a blitzkrieg of guitar theatrics and overwrought vocals of intergalactic travel and the forthcoming apocalypse. Of course there are classics like 'New Born', 'Plug in Baby' and 'Sing for Absolution' proving why they so rightly deserved the 'Best Live Band' Kerrang! Award they picked up this week. New tracks 'Super Massive Blackhole' and 'Starlight' flex their live muscles, strengthening their evolution as a classic British rock band. Though perhaps a victim of their own success, they now have so many great tracks across their four albums there would always be some notable by their absence, 'Muscle Museum' in particular. But even with these omissions this was a truly phenomenal marriage of riffs and operatics. (Henry Northmore)