It was a short but sweet run of UK gigs for MUSE, who ended their third and final Will Of The People show on a high note.
The group, led by frontman Matt Bellamy, got off to a great start with the electrifying Interlude and Hysteria.
As the flames rose, Matt was in his element, listening to the screams of the 18,000 fans in the O2 Arena.
After smashing two guitars on stage, he handed them to the audience and grinned with delight at the reaction to cult hits “Time Is Running Out” and “We Are F***ing F***ed.”
Then Plug In Baby blew me away, along with Super Massive Black Hole, Uprising and Starlight.
But watching the audience, it seemed not everyone was impressed with the stop-and-start nature of the performance, with the band taking breaks that slowed the flow of conversation.
It was a great evening – but I wanted more.
SZA’s dark time at the Grammys
IT is one of the most important evenings in the music calendar.
But SZA says she found America’s Grammy Awards less than welcoming, branding the prestigious ceremony a “thirsty, dark room.”
The singer, who won Best Duo with Doja Cat for the hit “Kiss Me More,” said: “The Grammy room is one of the strangest rooms ever. There’s so much missing from it.
“Want to be noticed, to be recognized, to win. . . want to feel valuable or validated. It’s like a thirsty, dark room.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, the singer added: “It means something, even if it’s not everything. It’s somehow important that I’m here. It’s kind of important.”
SZA released her second album SOS last December, which reached second place here.
In the USA it reached the top spot.
The album ended up at number 1 there for ten weeks, the longest time for an album by a female artist in seven years.
She said of the impressive achievement: “I didn’t think I would be number 1 at all, I thought Taylor Swift would win me (with Midnights).”
Matty feels miserable during a gig in the USA
MATTY HEALY has apologized for his “hurtful” behavior after a series of controversies to fans.
This year, the 1975 frontman was accused of performing a Nazi salute on stage, bad-mouthing rapper Ice Spice and simulating a sex act on camera during a performance.
During a show at the Hollywood Bowl in California, he said: “Some of my actions have hurt people, so I apologize to those people and promise to do better.”
“But as an artist, I want to create an environment for my performances where everything I do isn’t taken literally.”
He added: “I have performed exaggerated versions of myself on other stages, such as in print and on podcasts, in an often misguided attempt to fill the character role of the 21st century rock star.”
Take the crown, Jools
TAKE That will be played later on the TV show. . . This month with Jools Holland for the first time in her long career.
Recorded at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre, the BBC Two set on October 21 will see Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald perform a range of tracks from their upcoming ninth album This Life.
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Gary teased: “What a great evening of fun and music. We have the full live band performing our new songs in such a beautiful venue.”
Why haven’t they been on the show before?