HAARP (album)

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HAARP
Live album and Video by Muse
Released 17 March 2008
Recorded 16 June 2007 (CD) and 17 June 2007 (DVD) at Wembley Stadium, London
Genre Alternative rock, new prog, progressive metal, space rock
Length 71:48 (CD); 99:23 (DVD)
Label Warner Bros., Helium-3
Producer Muse
Muse chronology
Black Holes and Revelations
(2006)
HAARP
(2008)
The Resistance
(2009)

HAARP is a live album and video by English alternative rock band Muse, released on 17 March 2008 in the United Kingdom[1] and 1 April 2008 in the United States.[2] The CD documents the band's performance at London's Wembley Stadium on 16 June 2007, while the DVD contains 20 tracks from the performance on 17 June. The total number of audiences watching the band's shows on 16 and 17 June 2007 was 180,000 (150,000 seated and 30,000 standing). It was named the 40th greatest live album of all time by NME in 2010.[3]

Set design[edit]

For their performances at Wembley, Muse had the stadium decked out with massive props to dress it as the HAARP, a US government-funded ionospheric research program in Gakona, Alaska which supposedly uses high frequency radio waves to cause changes in the ionosphere. Muse frontman Matt Bellamy is well known as a "conspiracy theorist",[4][5] and stated in a 2006 interview "Some people think it's designed to tap into the ionosphere to control the weather. Others think it's there to diffuse UFO beams, or to send out microwaves to control our thoughts".[6] In 2008 he explained to Virgin Radio "All these sort of antennas, cables, screens and stuff are based on the same sort of layout as the HAARP layout".[7]

Release and promotion[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net 90% [8]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [9]
Melodic 5/5 stars [10]
NME 8/10 [11]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10 [12]
Q 5/5 stars [13]

In the build-up to the release of the recordings, the band released a number of web-format clips from the DVD. The full performance of "Unintended" was added to the band's official website on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2007,[14] dubbed as a "little taste of things to come".[15] On 11 January 2008, a microsite at www.he-3.mu was announced,[16] featuring a grid of six boxes representing thumbnails of short clips from the DVD. As of 17 March, all six clips have been filled, featuring short clips from "Knights of Cydonia", "Supermassive Black Hole", "Feeling Good", "New Born", "Blackout" and the outro riffs of "Stockholm Syndrome". "Feeling Good" was also released in full to radio and television stations shortly afterwards, although it was not advertised on the official website.[17] Vue cinemas held special screenings of the concert in high definition on 11 March 2008 at select cinemas.[18]

A special edition of HAARP was released in addition to the regular CD/DVD, which features additional backstage footage and bonus postcards showing pictures of the three band members.[19] The HAARP microsite is available for visitors to download iPod- and iPod Touch-/iPhone-formatted videos and mp3s of "Knights of Cydonia", "Supermassive Black Hole", "Unintended" and "Plug In Baby" featured on the DVD for free. Included is a bonus video of "Micro Cuts" and an mp3 of "City of Delusion" from the performance on 16 June.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Matthew Bellamy, except where otherwise noted.

CD (HEL3007CD)
No. Title Length
1. "Intro" ("Dance of the Knights", written by Sergei Prokofiev) 1:44
2. "Knights of Cydonia[1]"   6:37
3. "Hysteria"   4:19
4. "Supermassive Black Hole"   4:01
5. "Map of the Problematique[2]"   5:22
6. "Butterflies and Hurricanes"   5:56
7. "Invincible"   6:15
8. "Starlight"   4:13
9. "Time Is Running Out"   4:23
10. "New Born[3]"   8:16
11. "Unintended"   4:36
12. "Micro Cuts"   3:47
13. "Stockholm Syndrome"   7:37
14. "Take a Bow"   4:42
Total length:
71:48
DVD (HEL3007DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   1:50
2. "Knights of Cydonia"   6:29
3. "Hysteria"   4:11
4. "Supermassive Black Hole"   4:12
5. "Map of the Problematique"   5:08
6. "Butterflies and Hurricanes"   6:13
7. "Hoodoo"   3:32
8. "Apocalypse Please"   4:45
9. "Feeling Good" (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) 3:46
10. "Invincible"   5:49
11. "Starlight"   4:14
12. "Improv."   0:52
13. "Time Is Running Out"   4:30
14. "New Born"   9:16
15. "Soldier's Poem"   2:19
16. "Unintended"   4:42
17. "Blackout"   5:02
18. "Plug In Baby"   4:27
19. "Stockholm Syndrome"   8:06
20. "Take a Bow"   5:24
21. "Closing credits" ("Blackout" instrumental) 4:36
Total length:
99:23
Notes
1. ^ "Knights of Cydonia" incorporates elements of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", written by John Williams
2. ^ "Map of the Problematique" incorporates elements of "Maggie's Farm" as performed by Rage Against the Machine, originally written and performed by Bob Dylan
3. ^ "New Born" incorporates elements of "Microphone Fiend" as performed by Rage Against the Machine, originally written and performed by Eric B. & Rakim and containing elements of "School Boy Crush", written by Hamish Stuart, Steve Ferrone, Alan Gorrie, Roger Ball, Molly Duncan and Onnie McIntyre and originally performed by the Average White Band
4. ^ "Stockholm Syndrome" incorporates elements of "Township Rebellion" originally written and performed by Rage Against the Machine and "Endless, Nameless" written and performed by Nirvana
5. ^ An easter egg features on the DVD. If the 'Gallery' screen is displayed, the left button on the remote control can be clicked to highlight Dominic Howard's trousers. If the enter button is pressed whilst the trousers are highlighted, a screen will come up advertising the band's website.[20]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "H.A.A.R.P - CD/DVD - Out March 17th!". Muse. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "H.A.A.R.P CD/DVD Release for U.S". Muse. 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "The 50 greatest live albums of all time". NME (United Kingdom: IPC Media). 40 - Muse - 'Haarp'. 9 Mar 2011. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bellamy's Hysteria Over Conspiracy Theories". contactmusic.com. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Diver, Mike (13 October 2006). "Muse's Matt Bellamy: 'September 11 is clearly an inside job'". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Q 2006-11 – Best Live Act". MuseWiki. 6 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Virgin Radio 2008-02-18 – Most Wanted with Ben Jones". MuseWiki. 6 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Djamoos, Anton (4 April 2008). "Muse - H.A.A.R.P.". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Muse: H.A.A.R.P. Live from Wembley > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  10. ^ "Muse - HAARP". Melodic. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Muse: HAARP". NME (United Kingdom: IPC Media). 20 March 2008. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Cohen, Ian (16 April 2008). "Muse: H.A.A.R.P.". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Q (United Kingdom: Bauer Media Group): 156. May 2008. ISSN 0955-4955. 
  14. ^ "A Christmas Present From Muse...". Muselive.com. 24 December 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  15. ^ "Unintended From Wembley In Downloads Section!". Muse. 10 January 2008. Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  16. ^ "A taste of things to come!". Muse. 11 January 2008. Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  17. ^ "Extended Teaser Online!". Muselive.com. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  18. ^ "Wembley Stadium in HD at Vue Cinemas". Muselive.com. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008. 
  19. ^ "Play.com (UK): Muse - H.A.A.R.P: Live At Wembley 2007 (Special Edition CD & DVD): CD - Free Delivery". Play.com. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  20. ^ "HAARP Easter Eggs". eeggs.com. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  21. ^ "Certificaciones –" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  22. ^ "Norwegian video certifications – Muse – HAARP" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  23. ^ "British video certifications – Muse – HAARP". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter HAARP in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select DVD in the field By Format. Click Go
  24. ^ "American video certifications – Muse – HAARP". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH

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