Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has hinted that the British band might ponder doing an “all-request” tour that would hit clubs instead of stadiums and arenas. According to NME, Bellamy made the suggestion in response to a fan on Twitter, who said she was unhappy with the trio’s latest hits-laden set lists. Bellamy asked, “How can I make it up?” before suggesting that “99 percent” of the audience didn’t know the “deep cuts.” But then he said, “We’ll do a rarities tour maybe?” adding that he thought a “club setting” would work best.
He explained that “certain rarities” tended to “fall flat” at big shows, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, but nevertheless continued, “I like this idea, just need to work out how best to do it.”
- Muse played a show full of classics and popular numbers at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival earlier this month, but followed that up with a gig at the Montreaux Jazz Festival where they filled the set with a number of more obscure tunes.
- The band also pulled out a lot of rarities on a U.K. club run last year before the release of their current album Drones.
- Drummer Dominic Howard told us after Drones was released that putting together a set list was becoming difficult: [“Every album you do, the set list is getting harder and harder and harder to pick the tracks because we’ve got too many (laughs). So it’s quite difficult now to get a set list with everything that you want to play. And because we want to play all of this album in its entirety pretty much, it makes it really difficult to chuck in the old tracks. So it’s getting harder and harder.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . harder and harder.)
- Muse has been touring since last year in support of Drones, its seventh studio effort and first to debut at Number One in the U.S. when it came out in June 2015.
- The album has spawned the rock radio hits “Dead Inside,” “Mercy” and “Reapers.”
- The group will be hitting festivals throughout Europe for the rest of the summer.
- What do you want to hear more at a concert — hits and classics or deep cuts and rarities?
- Do you think that big shows like arena gigs should feature songs known by the widest amount of people possible? Should artists save the obscure tracks for smaller tours or club shows?
- Have you ever been to see a band and were just sick of hearing the same old songs? Who was it?
CHECK IT OUT: A petition launched by a fan to get Muse to play an all-request tour can be found here
Read some of Bellamy’s tweets on the matter: