I only found out the day before the show that Phantogram was opening forMuse at the San Diego Sports Arena the next night. Since I enjoyed their 2014 album, Voices, I made sure I arrived early to catch their full set.
I believe that I usually have a pretty good feel for how big a band is, but I have to admit to completely underestimating Muse. I figured the group was huge in Europe but had a somewhat lesser appeal and following here in the states. Apparently I was wrong. Very wrong! The English trio (along with a touring keyboardist/guitarist) played to a sold out, rapturous audience at one of San Diego’s biggest venues and absolutely killed it! The crowd was on their feet, jumping, screaming, and singing along to nearly every song. This was the first time I have seen a show “in the round,” with the band placed in the center of the arena, and it makes me wonder why more artists don’t do this. The setup really engaged the fans on the floor and made it so that there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.