By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Muse)
The British Rock band Muse’s latest album Drones captured the feeling of the 21st century, a time of mass surveillance, profiling and suspicion. When your privacy is traded for the national good, it seems as though shades of the book “1984” are moving into the mainstream today. Back in 1948, when George Orwell wrote “1984”, the date of the title was too soon.
Muse appeared at the Mandalay Bay Resort Events Center, Sunday, December 6, as one of the stops on their Drone world tour. Muse’s enormous popularity is based on their ability to “tell it how it is” with their music.
Muse creates a fantastic show that shocks and inspires their audience. They build and keep building the music to a crescendo for each song instead of just at the finale.
Everything is happening at once in an almost non-stop kaleidoscope of singing, music and videos.
The band’s musical protests make their voices heard.
I especially enjoyed the song Mercy because its imagery and symbolism updates “Brave New World” and “1984” reminding the public to be aware of what is happening in the today’s world.
“Mercy”, the third song in the Drones album video, centers on Mercy, a beautiful young woman caught in the system. It is not a love story, Mercy realizes something is missing in her life. As the song’s first line says, “Help me I’ve fallen on the inside.”
Her dissatisfaction became noticed by the authorities as Big Brother watched everyone on their large screens. The song identifies Mercy’s uncertainty, “Show me mercy, from the powers that be.
Show me mercy, from the gutless and mean. Show me mercy, from the killing machines. Show me mercy, can someone rescue me.”
One day she saw a woman who looked exactly like her and followed her to a glass enclosed showcase, inside were many women looking exactly alike and realized she was a drone.
Drones is an appropriately named album after a mindless machine without a conscious.
Some of the other numbers in the Drone album include “Drill Sergeant”, “Psycho”, “Reapers”, “The Handler”, (JFK), “Defector”, “Revolt”, “Aftermath”, “Aftermath”, “The Globalist” and “Drones”.
The members of Muse formed the band when they were studying at Teignmouth Community College. Aged 14, Matthew Bellamy auditioned for the role of guitarist in Dominic Howard’s band. They then asked Chris Wostenholme to hang up his drumsticks and learn to play bass for the band.
Their extensive tour begins in the United States and moves to 13 countries- Canada, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and Finland until June 16, in 2016.
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