Black Holes and Revelations Tour

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Black Holes and Revelations Tour
Muse Wembley Stage.jpg
Promotional tour by Muse
Associated album Black Holes and Revelations
Start date 13 May 2006
End date 17 August 2008
Legs 14
Shows 195
Muse concert chronology
US Campus Invasion Tour 2005
(2005)
Black Holes and Revelations Tour
(2006–2008)
A Seaside Rendezvous
(2009)

The Black Holes and Revelations Tour was a worldwide concert tour by English alternative rock band Muse in support of their fourth studio album Black Holes and Revelations.[1] Lasting at over 2 years, this was the band's longest tour to date.

Overview[edit]

In July 2006 the band announced that they would be going on their "biggest ever tour" in support of the album.[2]

The tour opened with a slot at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Dundee, Scotland, Muse's first concert since the Live 8 concerts in July 2005. During the summer of 2006 the band played their first series of shows, including a headline appearance at the Leeds and Reading Carling Weekend festivals. Following that was a tour that visited most of the world's major continents.[2] The tour saw them travelling over most of the world, including countries such as the UK, most of Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, China and Korea.[3] This tour also included the band's maiden visits to South-East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, and Latin and South America.

The band's shows throughout the Black Holes and Revelations Tour became noted for their increasing usage of special effects. For their Carling Weekend shows the band used a display with neon tubes that had 10 smaller video screens in front, with 5 on the ground and 5 moving behind them. Smaller versions were used for other concerts on the 2006 European Festival circuit, plus on the first two US legs, the first Australian tour and the band's South-East Asian tour.

For the band's main European autumn/winter arena tour, Muse were originally intending to use the same set but changed their set design to a design based upon the H.A.A.R.P. installation in Alaska. The new design included a pod-style drum-riser over the top of drummer Dom Howard's drum kit on stage right while above the stage a pair of pylons carrying light-up tubes occupied the roof space and a giant video screen occupied the back wall. Originally the band wished for the pylon to extend into the audience but lack of money meant this wasn't possible. This show was modified for the 2007 European festival circuit with the drum-riser and kit moved into centre-stage and a new video screen above the riser, with 4 video 'strips' on stage with 2 either side of the drums. The riser was removed from this production at the end of the European festival shows.

Between the European arena and festival/stadium tours, the band embarked on a tour to Australia and the Far East. The band were 2nd on the bill at the 2007 Big Day Out Festival, behind headliners Tool. The band also played sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne before embarking on concerts in South East Asia, Muse's debut concerts. The South East Asia tour led to the band's biggest tour of Japan and a debut Muse show in South Korea. The band then moved to America, playing their biggest North American headline concerts at the time at the Inglewood Forum and the Palacio de los Deportes arena in Mexico City.

The biggest concert of the tour was the two nights that they played in the new Wembley Stadium on 16 and 17 June 2007. They were the first band to play at and sell out the newly rebuilt stadium.[4] The show incorporated much more extensive special effects than other concerts, which included huge satellite dishes, "futuristic" antennas, giant white balls and thousands of lights.[4] The encore featured two acrobats that floated high above the crowd suspended on floating white balloons during the performance of "Blackout", an album track from previous record Absolution.[4] Footage of the latter concert was released on DVD whilst a live CD album contained a selection of recorded tracks from the two nights. Both discs were released as a joint package under the title HAARP.

Muse playing Starlight at Leeds Festival 2006.

After Wembley the tour continued with Muse playing many gigs on the European festival circuits including headline appearances at Rock Werchter and the Benicassim Festival. The tour then progressed to Muse's biggest North American tour at that point, including appearances at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Morrison's Red Rocks Amphitheatre and a headline appearance at Lollapalooza 2007.

Following that the band then did a tour of Eastern Europe in October before heading for an arena tour of Australia in November, finally ending 2007 at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. The following year saw Muse have a much more relaxed schedule, but still saw Muse make play their first ever gigs in Dubai and South Africa at festivals, before making their gig debuts in South America on a 3 week arena tour.

In April 2008, the band also played a show for the Teenage Cancer Trust at London's Royal Albert Hall, which saw the band perform a much more stripped down show than usual but was also said by the band to be one of their favourite gigs of the tour. The band also performed "Megalomania", the final song from 2nd album Origin of Symmetry, for the first time since 2002, with Matt Bellamy playing the Albert Hall's famous organ.

The tour finished on 17 August 2008 when the band performed a headline slot at the Stafford leg of the British V Festival. For this show plus V's sister show in Chelmsford and a show a few days earlier at Marlay Park in Dublin, the band converted their Wembley satellite dishes into multiple video screens and also used a huge extensive light show.

Personnel[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Number Date City Country Venue Support
First Leg: Festivals + Warm Up Shows I
1 13 May 2006 Dundee United Kingdom Radio 1's Big Weekend Various
2 7 June 2006 Milan Italy Milan's Rolling Stone None
3 24 June 2006 Neuhausen ob Eck Germany Southside Festival Various
4 28 June 2006 London United Kingdom Shepherds Bush Empire None
5 30 June 2006 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter Various
6 1 July 2006 Arras France Main Square Festival
7 2 July 2006 Belfort Eurockéennes
8 8 July 2006 Kristiansand Norway Quart Festival
Second Leg: North America I
9 18 July 2006 San Francisco United States The Concourse The Cloud Room
10 19 July 2006 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
11 21 July 2006 San Diego Soma San Diego
12 22 July 2006 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre
13 24 July 2006 Denver Fillmore Auditorium
14 26 July 2006 Minneapolis State Theatre
15 27 July 2006 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
16 28 July 2006 Detroit The Fillmore Detroit
17 30 July 2006 Toronto Canada The Docks Concert Theatre
18 31 July 2006 Montreal Jacques Cartier Pier
19 2 August 2006 Boston United States Bank of America Pavilion
20 3 August 2006 New York City Hammerstein Ballroom
21 4 August 2006 Philadelphia Electric Factory
22 6 August 2006 Atlanta The Tabernacle
Third Leg: Festivals and Warm Up Shows II
East Asia
23 12 August 2006 Osaka Japan Summer Sonic Festival Various
24 13 August 2006 Chiba
Europe
25 17 August 2006 Salzburg Austria Frequency Festival Various
26 18 August 2006 Gampel Switzerland Gampel Open Air Festival
27 20 August 2006 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands Festival
28 22 August 2006 St Austell United Kingdom Eden Project Hey Molly, Nixon and the Burn
29 24 August 2006 Edinburgh Meadowbank Stadium My Chemical Romance
30 26 August 2006 Reading The Carling Weekend Various
31 27 August 2006 Leeds
32 2 September 2006 Istanbul Turkey Rock'n Coke
Fourth Leg: North America II
33 9 September 2006 Toronto Canada Virgin Festival Various
34 10 September 2006 Cleveland United States Agora Theatre The Like
35 11 September 2006 Columbus Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
36 13 September 2006 Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
37 14 September 2006 St. Louis The Pageant
38 15 September 2006 Kansas City Uptown Theatre
39 17 September 2006 Austin Austin City Limits Music Festival Various
40 18 September 2006 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater The Like
41 19 September 2006 Grand Prairie Nokia Theater
42 21 September 2006 Paradise The Joint
43 23 September 2006 Devore Inland Invasion Various
44 24 September 2006 Tucson KFMA Fall Ball Music Festival
45 26 September 2006 Salt Lake City Saltair Pavilion The Like
46 28 September 2006 Davis ARC Pavilion
47 30 September 2006 Mountain View Download Festival Various
48 3 October 2006 Portland Roseland Theater The Like
49 4 October 2006 Seattle Paramount Theatre
Fifth Leg: Europe I
50 24 October 2006 Bilbao Spain Bizkaia Arena Poet in Process
51 26 October 2006 Lisbon Portugal Campo Pequeno
52 27 October 2006 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
53 28 October 2006 Barcelona Palau Municipal d'Esports de Badalona
54 30 October 2006 Toulouse France Le Zenith
55 27 October 2006 Bordeaux Patinoire Mériadeck
56 3 November 2006 Dublin Republic of Ireland Point Theatre The Noisettes
57 4 November 2006 Belfast United Kingdom Odyssey Arena
58 6 November 2006 Aberdeen AECC
59 7 November 2006 Glasgow SECC
60 10 November 2006 Manchester Evening News Arena
61 11 November 2006
62 12 November 2006 Cardiff Cardiff International Arena
63 14 November 2006 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
64 15 November 2006
65 17 November 2006 Nottingham National Ice Centre
66 18 November 2006 Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
67 19 November 2006 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
68 21 November 2006 London Wembley Arena
69 22 November 2006
70 23 November 2006
71 25 November 2006 Berlin Germany Treptow Arena The Noisettes
72 26 November 2006 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
73 28 November 2006 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands Brabanthallen
74 29 November 2006 Böblingen Germany Sporthalle
75 1 December 2006 Rome Italy PalaLottomatica
76 2 December 2006 Bologna PalaMalaguti
77 4 December 2006 Milan DatchForum
78 5 December 2006 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
79 6 December 2006 Winterthur Eishalle Deutweg
80 8 December 2006 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
81 9 December 2006 Munich Germany Zenith
82 11 December 2006 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
83 13 December 2006 Düsseldorf Germany Philipshalle
84 14 December 2006 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Razorlight
85 15 December 2006
86 17 December 2006 Nantes Le Zenith
87 18 December 2006 Lille Le Zenith
88 19 December 2006 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
Sixth Leg: Asia/ Australasia
89 16 January 2007 Singapore Singapore Fort Canning Park None
90 19 January 2007 Auckland New Zealand Big Day Out Various
91 21 January 2007 Gold Coast Australia
92 23 January 2007 Sydney Hordern Pavilion Ground Components
93 24 January 2007
94 25 January 2007 Big Day Out Various
95 28 January 2007 Melbourne
96 30 January 2007 Festival Hall Ground Components
97 31 January 2007
98 2 February 2007 Adelaide Big Day Out Various
99 4 February 2007 Perth
100 23 February 2007 Jakarta Indonesia Istora Senayan None
101 25 February 2007 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Stadium Negara
102 28 February 2007 Taipei Taiwan Spirit of Taiwan Various
103 3 March 2007 Hong Kong Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo None
104 7 March 2007 Seoul South Korea Jamsil Arena
105 10 March 2007 Tokyo Japan Shinkiba Studio Coast
106 11 March 2007
107 12 March 2007 Tokyo International Forum
108 14 March 2007 Osaka Zepp
109 15 March 2007
110 16 March 2007 Fukuoka
111 18 March 2007 Sendai
112 19 March 2007 Nagoya
Seventh Leg: North America III
113 9 April 2007 San Francisco United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Immigrant
114 10 April 2007 Inglewood Inglewood Forum
115 12 April 2007 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes None
116 15 April 2007 Frisco United States Edgefest Various
117 5 May 2007 East Rutherford The Bamboozle
Eighth Leg: Europe II
Europe
118 26 May 2007 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal Montevideo
119 27 May 2007 Landgraaf Netherlands Pinkpop Festival Various
120 30 May 2007 Florence Italy Piazzale Michelangelo Juliette and the Licks
121 1 June 2007 Nürburg Germany Rock am Ring Various
122 2 June 2007 Nuremberg Rock im Park
123 9 June 2007 Newport United Kingdom Isle of Wight Festival
124 16 June 2007 London Wembley Stadium The Streets, Dirty Pretty Things, Rodrigo y Gabriela
125 17 June 2007 My Chemical Romance, Biffy Clyro, Shy Child
126 23 June 2007 Paris France Parc des Princes Biffy Clyro, We Are Scientists, Archive
127 28 June 2007 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter Various
128 30 June 2007 Gdynia Poland Open'er Festival
129 2 July 2007 Riga Latvia Riga Arena None
130 7 July 2007 Punchestown Republic of Ireland Oxegen Various
131 8 July 2007 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
132 7 July 2007 Monaco Monaco Stade Louis II Kaiser Chiefs, Second Sex
133 13 July 2007 Aix-les-Bains France Musilac Festival Various
134 14 July 2007 Locarno Switzerland Moon and Stars Festival
135 16 July 2007 Verona Italy Verona Arena None
135 18 July 2007 Nimes France Arena of Nîmes
136 20 July 2007 Angoulême Festival Garden Nef Party Various
137 23 July 2007 Benicasim Spain Festival Internacional de Benicàssim
138 23 July 2007 Nyon Switzerland Paléo Festival
East Asia
139 27 July 2007 Naeba Ski Resort Japan Fuji Rock Festival Various
140 29 July 2007 Incheon South Korea Pentaport Rock Festival
Ninth Leg: North America IV
141 1 August 2007 Mississauga Canada Arrow Hall Cold War Kids
142 2 August 2007 Sterling Heights United States CIMX-FM Annual Birthday Bash Various
143 4 August 2007 Chicago Lollapalooza
144 6 August 2007 New York Madison Square Garden Cold War Kids
145 9 August 2007 Fairfax Patriot Center
146 10 August 2007 Philadelphia Philadelphia Festival Pier
147 11 August 2007 Boston Agganis Arena
148 9 September 2007 Seattle KeyArena Juliette and the Licks
149 10 September 2007 Portland Rose Garden
150 11 September 2007 Orem David O. McKay Events Center
151 15 September 2007 Austin Austin City Limits Music Festival Various
152 16 September 2007 Grand Prairie Nokia Theater Juliette and the Licks, Immigrant
153 18 September 2007 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
154 20 September 2007 Mesa Mesa Amphitheatre
155 21 September 2007 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
156 22 September 2007 Chula Vista Street Scene Various
Tenth Leg: Europe III
157 4 October 2007 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park None
158 6 October 2007 Bucharest Romania Arcul de Triumf Stadium Brett Anderson
159 7 October 2007 Belgrade Serbia Belgrade Arena None
160 9 October 2007 Zagreb Croatia Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall
161 10 October 2007 Budapest Hungary Sports Arena 30Y
162 13 October 2007 Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports None
163 15 October 2007 Moscow Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports
164 17 October 2007 Helsinki Finland Ice Hall Manboy
165 19 October 2007 Saint Petersburg Russia Ice Palace None
166 20 October 2007 Trondheim Norway Dødens Dal Inglow
167 21 October 2007 Stockholm Sweden Hovet Stalingrad Cowgirls
168 23 October 2007 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
169 24 October 2007 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen Dúné
Eleventh Leg: North Amreica
170 28 October 2007 Las Vegas United States Vegoose Various
Twelfth Leg: Australasia
171 10 November 2007 Perth Australia Supreme Court Gardens The Checks
172 14 November 2007 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
173 15 November 2007 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
174 17 November 2007 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
175 21 November 2007 Brisbane Riverstage
176 23 November 2007 Auckland New Zealand Trusts Stadium
177 25 November 2007 Christchurch Westpac Arena
Thirteenth Leg: North America
178 9 December 2007 Los Angeles United States KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Various
Fourteenth Leg: Festivals + Chartity Event
179 3 March 2008 Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai Desert Rock Festival Various
180 21 March 2008 Johannesburg South Africa My Coke Fest Various
181 24 March 2008 Cape Town
182 12 April 2008 London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall The Futureheads
183 6 June 2008 Lisbon Portugal Rock in Rio Various
Fifteenth Leg: Latin America
184 16 July 2008 Monterrey Mexico Monterrey Arena Sexy Marvin
185 18 July 2008 Zapopan Auditorio Telmex None
186 20 July 2008 Bogotá Colombia Palacio de los Deportes The Hall Effect
187 23 July 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Teatro Gran Rex None
188 24 July 2008
189 26 July 2008 Santiago Chile Teatro Caupolicán
190 30 July 2008 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Vivo Rio
191 31 July 2008 São Paulo HSBC Arena
192 2 August 2008 Brasília Porão do Rock Various
Sixteenth Leg:UK/ Ireland
193 13 August 2008 Dublin Republic of Ireland Marlay Park Kasabian, Glasvegas
194 16 August 2008 Chelmsford United Kingdom V Festival Various
195 17 August 2008 Weston-under-Lizard

Support shows[edit]

Muse performed slots for Depeche Mode in Sweden and My Chemical Romance in the United States. Muse were also due to support My Chemical Romance for another seven dates in the United States, however due to the illness of both bands these gigs were canceled.

Date City Country Venue
Touring the Angel
7 July 2006 Stockholm Sweden Olympic Stadium
The Black Parade World Tour
14 April 2007 Houston United States Reliant Arena
16 April 2007 San Antonio AT&T Center
18 April 2007 Pensacola Civic Center
19 April 2007 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
22 April 2007 Fort Lauderdale BankAtlantic Center
24 April 2007 Duluth Gwinnett Arena
25 April 2007 Nashville Municipal Auditorium
26 April 2007 Charlotte Cricket Arena
27 April 2007 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
28 April 2007 Williamsburg The College of William and Mary

Below is a list of songs played on the Black Holes and Revelations tour:

Album Song Times
Showbiz (1999) "Sunburn" 82
"Muscle Museum" 19
"Unintended" 15
Origin of Symmetry (2001) "New Born" 191
"Bliss" 100
"Space Dementia" 6
"Plug in Baby" 196
"Citizen Erased" 44
"Micro Cuts" 12
"Feeling Good" 128
"Megalomania" 1
Absolution (2003) "Apocalypse Please" 64
"Time is Running Out" 207
"Sing for Absolution" 19
"Stockholm Syndrome" 208
"Hysteria" 204
"Blackout" 4
"Butterflies & Hurricanes" 176
"Ruled by Secrecy" 6
Black Holes and Revelations (2006) "Take a Bow" 176
"Starlight" 208
"Supermassive Black Hole" 204
"Map of the Problematique" 202
"Soldier's Poem" 96
"Invincible" 169
"Assassin" 54
"Exo-Politics" 7
"City of Delusion" 51
"Hoodoo" 63
"Knights of Cydonia" 209

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://muse.mu/tour-dates/archive/
  2. ^ a b "Muse announce their biggest ever tour". NME. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Muse Tour Dates 2007". microcuts.net. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b c "Muse play Wembley Stadium mega gig". NME. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-26.