FEQ50: Muse Stunned and Dazzled for the Conclusion of the Festival’s 50th

FEQ50: Muse Stunned and Dazzled for the Conclusion of the Festival’s 50th

Review by Nathalie Peron

Québec City (Québec) July 16th, 2017, Festival d’été de Québec, scène Bell – It was the Festival’s closing show Sunday night on the Plains with Muse and it went out with a bang. Known for their visually complex displays, Muse proposed a more toned down show that was far from stingy.

Not promoting any new album, the band could play nothing but hits, each song generating an immediate reaction from the crowd.

Even the opening song, their single Dig Down released last May, got the crowd dancing and singing along. And besides their own tracks, they also punctuated the concert with hints of covers; Hysteria was followed by a bit of AC/DC’s Back in Black and Supermassive Black Hole was preceded by a bit of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child.

The music was pristine, the sound was well balanced and the stage performances were more than energetic.

Nothing more could have been asked for. But the entertainment did not end there. Giant balloons, confetti and streamers were cued during the show and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like confetti and streamers?

During the show, singer Matt Bellamy went out for a run to high-five the people in the front rows and alongside the walk-way. Some of the more lucky ones got treated to an autograph (made live!) or even to a selfie taken while Bellamy was singing. Between the neon glowing glasses, the guitar throwing and the non-stop display of the “rock attitude”, Muse hit Québec City, again, like a ton of bricks.

Opening for Muse was Mondo Cozmo, aka Josh Ostrander. His brand of indie rock was a great set up for the main event and was a pleasant surprise for many of the fans present. He surprised with a cover of The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony and played as well the three singles, Hold on to Me, Shine and Automatic, from his one album Plastic Soul. A great discovery left at the last day for the fans.

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About Author

Nathalie Peron

Naturalized Quebec City citizen, Nathalie has studied in literature and as a paralegal, the latter stemming a career she has strived in for the past 10 years, notably in workers’ compensation cases. Artistically inclined, she has acted in amateur theatre for 25 years and has lately added singing to her amateur CV. She now stretches her professional wings to writing, both corporate and creative texts, hoping to meld both her artistic and legal personalities.

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