While the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards party was raging just a few blocks to the east, Muse played for a packed house at New York City's Walter Kerr Theater. The intimate surroundings and crowd of die-hard fans offered the perfect platform for the popular British rock trio's debut performance on American television.
After bringing so much beautiful noise to an empty house during Saturday's rehearsal that dust was shaken loose from the walls, the band was in perfect form as they played "Uprising," the first single off of The Resistance, the band's fifth studio album, which hits store shelves Monday. Bathed in red and blue lights, Muse drove through their hard-driving new song while screens behind them cycled through New York City scenes and, inexplicably, teddy bears.
The highlight of the performance came when lead singer Matthew Bellamy went running out the stage door, guitar in hand, to the delight of the crowds gathered on the street outside. It would be tough to one-up Kanye West's outburst during Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech, but Muse's high-energy American TV debut was damn close.
Word emerged Saturday that the band will speak with "New Moon" director Chris Weitz while they're in the States about the possibility of being added to the soundtrack of his upcoming "Twilight" sequel. It would be a repeat performance for the trio, as their "Supermassive Black Hole," off the 2006 album, Black Holes & Revelations, was featured on the previous film's soundtrack.
With the new album almost here and a potential repeat association with what is arguably the biggest phenomenon in the world of entertainment right now, Muse members Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard are certainly on track to reach new heights of success in 2010.
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