British arena rockers Muse unapologetically kicked off their summer North American tour at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., with the brand-new song “Dig Down,” a track that explores the group’s perennial obsession with oppression and liberation. It was ballsy to launch the tour with something brand-new, and like everything Muse does on the stage, it was riveting and effective.
While “Dig Down” obliquely references Trump and other global ills in its lyrics (“When hope and love has been lost / When God decides to look the other way and a clown takes the throne / Dig down and find faith”), in the end the social imagery and references -- and yes, there are plenty in Muse’s songs -- took second place to a show of crunching, precise hard rock, brilliantly performed.
Traversing the whole of Muse’s discography (including some five tracks from their new album), this tour didn’t feature the drones or 360 stage of the 2015 world tour. But the stunning set design and some astounding animations playing on its movable stacks of LED screens (more below), plus the continuously impressive musicianship of Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, once again cements Muse’s standing as today’s great arena rock band.