Black Holes and Revelations Tour

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Black Holes and Revelations Tour
Promotional tour by Muse
Muse Wembley Stage.jpg
Associated album Black Holes and Revelations
Start date 13 May 2006
End date 17 August 2008
Legs 14
No. of shows 195
Muse concert chronology

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.


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 Benicàssim 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.


Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support Tickets Sold
First leg: Festivals + warm-up shows I
13 May 2006 Dundee United Kingdom Radio 1's Big Weekend Various
7 June 2006 Milan Italy Milan's Rolling Stone None
24 June 2006 Neuhausen ob Eck Germany Southside Festival Various 40000
28 June 2006 London United Kingdom Shepherd's Bush Empire None
30 June 2006 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter Various 80000
1 July 2006 Arras France Main Square Festival
2 July 2006 Belfort Eurockéennes 32000
8 July 2006 Kristiansand Norway Quart Festival
Second leg: North America I
18 July 2006 San Francisco United States Music Concourse The Cloud Room
19 July 2006 Los Angeles Greek Theatre 5700
21 July 2006 San Diego Soma San Diego 2400
22 July 2006 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre 2651
24 July 2006 Denver Fillmore Auditorium
26 July 2006 Minneapolis State Theatre
27 July 2006 Chicago Aragon Ballroom 4500
28 July 2006 Detroit The Fillmore Detroit
30 July 2006 Toronto Canada The Docks Concert Theatre 3230
31 July 2006 Montreal Jacques Cartier Pier
2 August 2006 Boston United States Bank of America Pavilion
3 August 2006 New York City Hammerstein Ballroom
4 August 2006 Philadelphia Electric Factory
6 August 2006 Atlanta The Tabernacle
Third leg: Festivals and warm-up shows II
East Asia
12 August 2006 Osaka Japan Summer Sonic Festival Various 20000
13 August 2006 Chiba 30000
17 August 2006 Salzburg Austria Frequency Festival Various 70000
18 August 2006 Gampel Switzerland Gampel Open Air Festival
20 August 2006 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands Festival 30000
22 August 2006 St Austell United Kingdom Eden Project Hey Molly, Nixon and the Burn 6000
24 August 2006 Edinburgh Meadowbank Stadium My Chemical Romance 16500
26 August 2006 Reading The Carling Weekend Various 80000
27 August 2006 Leeds
2 September 2006 Istanbul Turkey Rock'n Coke 10000
Fourth leg: North America II
9 September 2006 Toronto Canada Virgin Festival Various
10 September 2006 Cleveland United States Agora Theatre The Like
11 September 2006 Columbus Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
13 September 2006 Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
14 September 2006 St. Louis The Pageant
15 September 2006 Kansas City Uptown Theatre
17 September 2006 Austin Austin City Limits Music Festival Various
18 September 2006 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater The Like
19 September 2006 Grand Prairie Nokia Theater
21 September 2006 Paradise The Joint
23 September 2006 Devore Inland Invasion Various
24 September 2006 Tucson KFMA Fall Ball Music Festival
26 September 2006 Salt Lake City Saltair Pavilion The Like
28 September 2006 Davis ARC Pavilion
30 September 2006 Mountain View Download Festival Various
3 October 2006 Portland Roseland Theater The Like
4 October 2006 Seattle Paramount Theatre
Fifth Leg: Europe I
24 October 2006 Bilbao Spain Bizkaia Arena Poet in Process 6000
26 October 2006 Lisbon Portugal Campo Pequeno 6869
27 October 2006 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes 16000
28 October 2006 Barcelona Palau Municipal d'Esports de Badalona 12500
30 October 2006 Toulouse France Le Zénith 9000
27 October 2006 Bordeaux Patinoire Mériadeck
3 November 2006 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre Noisettes
4 November 2006 Belfast United Kingdom Odyssey Arena 10000
6 November 2006 Aberdeen AECC
7 November 2006 Glasgow SECC 10000
10 November 2006 Manchester Evening News Arena 19000
11 November 2006 19000
12 November 2006 Cardiff Cardiff International Arena 7500
14 November 2006 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre 12000
15 November 2006 12000
17 November 2006 Nottingham National Ice Centre 10000
18 November 2006 Sheffield Hallam FM Arena 12500
19 November 2006 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 11000
21 November 2006 London Wembley Arena 12300
22 November 2006 12300
23 November 2006 12300
25 November 2006 Berlin Germany Treptow Arena The Noisettes 7500
26 November 2006 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle 7000
28 November 2006 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands Brabanthallen 14500
29 November 2006 Böblingen Germany Sporthalle 6500
1 December 2006 Rome Italy PalaLottomatica 11200
2 December 2006 Bologna PalaMalaguti 8278
4 December 2006 Milan DatchForum 13000
5 December 2006 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena 9500
6 December 2006 Winterthur Eishalle Deutweg
8 December 2006 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle 12200
9 December 2006 Munich Germany Zenith
11 December 2006 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier 13000
13 December 2006 Düsseldorf Germany Philipshalle 7500
14 December 2006 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Razorlight 17000
15 December 2006 17000
17 December 2006 Nantes Le Zénith 8500
18 December 2006 Lille Zenith de Lille 7000
19 December 2006 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis 21000
Sixth leg: Asia/ Australasia
16 January 2007 Singapore Singapore Fort Canning Park None 6500
19 January 2007 Auckland New Zealand Big Day Out Various 45000
21 January 2007 Gold Coast Australia 50000
23 January 2007 Sydney Hordern Pavilion Ground Components 4200
24 January 2007 4200
25 January 2007 Big Day Out Various 55000
28 January 2007 Melbourne
30 January 2007 Festival Hall Ground Components 5700
31 January 2007 5700
2 February 2007 Adelaide Big Day Out Various
4 February 2007 Perth
23 February 2007 Jakarta Indonesia Istora Senayan None 7000
25 February 2007 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Stadium Negara 10000
28 February 2007 Taipei Taiwan Spirit of Taiwan Various
3 March 2007 Hong Kong Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Expo None 6000
7 March 2007 Seoul South Korea Jamsil Arena
10 March 2007 Tokyo Japan Shinkiba Studio Coast
11 March 2007
12 March 2007 Tokyo International Forum 5012
14 March 2007 Osaka Zepp 2180
15 March 2007 2180
16 March 2007 Fukuoka 2000
18 March 2007 Sendai 2000
19 March 2007 Nagoya
Seventh leg: North America III
9 April 2007 San Francisco United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Immigrant 7000
10 April 2007 Inglewood 18000 Inglewood Forum
12 April 2007 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes None 22000
15 April 2007 Frisco United States Edgefest Various 28000
5 May 2007 East Rutherford The Bamboozle
Eighth leg: Europe II
26 May 2007 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal Montevideo
27 May 2007 Landgraaf Netherlands Pinkpop Festival Various 60000
30 May 2007 Florence Italy Piazzale Michelangelo Juliette and the Licks 9800
1 June 2007 Nürburg Germany Rock am Ring Various 60000
2 June 2007 Nuremberg Rock im Park 82000 sold out
9 June 2007 Newport United Kingdom Isle of Wight Festival 60000
16 June 2007 London Wembley Stadium The Streets, Dirty Pretty Things, Rodrigo y Gabriela 90000
17 June 2007 My Chemical Romance, Biffy Clyro, Shy Child 90000
23 June 2007 Paris France Parc des Princes Biffy Clyro, We Are Scientists, Archive 60527
28 June 2007 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter Various 80000
30 June 2007 Gdynia Poland Open'er Festival
2 July 2007 Riga Latvia Arena Riga None 10000
7 July 2007 Punchestown Republic of Ireland Oxegen Various
8 July 2007 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival 110000
7 July 2007 Monaco Monaco Stade Louis II Kaiser Chiefs, Second Sex 18000
13 July 2007 Aix-les-Bains France Musilac Festival Various
14 July 2007 Locarno Switzerland Moon and Stars Festival
16 July 2007 Verona Italy Verona Arena None 22000
18 July 2007 Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes 16300
20 July 2007 Angoulême Festival Garden Nef Party Various
23 July 2007 Benicàssim Spain Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 35000
23 July 2007 Nyon Switzerland Paléo Festival
East Asia
27 July 2007 Naeba Ski Resort Japan Fuji Rock Festival Various 40000
29 July 2007 Incheon South Korea Pentaport Rock Festival
Ninth leg: North America IV
1 August 2007 Mississauga Canada Arrow Hall Cold War Kids
2 August 2007 Sterling Heights United States CIMX-FM Annual Birthday Bash Various
4 August 2007 Chicago Lollapalooza
6 August 2007 New York City Madison Square Garden Cold War Kids
9 August 2007 Fairfax Patriot Center
10 August 2007 Philadelphia Philadelphia Festival Pier
11 August 2007 Boston Agganis Arena
9 September 2007 Seattle KeyArena Juliette and the Licks
10 September 2007 Portland Rose Garden
11 September 2007 Orem David O. McKay Events Center
15 September 2007 Austin Austin City Limits Music Festival Various
16 September 2007 Grand Prairie Nokia Theater Juliette and the Licks, Immigrant
18 September 2007 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
20 September 2007 Mesa Mesa Amphitheatre
21 September 2007 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
22 September 2007 Chula Vista Street Scene Various
Tenth leg: Europe III
4 October 2007 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park None
6 October 2007 Bucharest Romania Stadionul Arcul de Triumf Brett Anderson
7 October 2007 Belgrade Serbia Belgrade Arena None
9 October 2007 Zagreb Croatia Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall
10 October 2007 Budapest Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena 30Y
13 October 2007 Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports None
15 October 2007 Moscow Russia Luzhniki Palace of Sports
17 October 2007 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall Manboy
19 October 2007 Saint Petersburg Russia Ice Palace None
20 October 2007 Trondheim Norway Dødens Dal Inglow
21 October 2007 Stockholm Sweden Hovet Stalingrad Cowgirls
23 October 2007 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
24 October 2007 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen Dúné
Eleventh leg: North America
28 October 2007 Las Vegas United States Vegoose Various
Twelfth leg: Australasia
10 November 2007 Perth Australia Supreme Court Gardens The Checks
14 November 2007 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
15 November 2007 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
17 November 2007 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
21 November 2007 Brisbane Riverstage
23 November 2007 Auckland New Zealand Trusts Stadium
25 November 2007 Christchurch Westpac Arena
Thirteenth leg: North America
9 December 2007 Los Angeles United States KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Various
Fourteenth leg: Festivals + Charity event
3 March 2008 Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai Desert Rock Festival Various
21 March 2008 Johannesburg South Africa My Coke Fest Various
24 March 2008 Cape Town
12 April 2008 London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall The Futureheads
6 June 2008 Lisbon Portugal Rock in Rio Various
Fifteenth leg: Latin America
16 July 2008 Monterrey Mexico Monterrey Arena Sexy Marvin
18 July 2008 Zapopan Telmex Auditorium None
20 July 2008 Bogotá Colombia Palacio de los Deportes The Hall Effect
23 July 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Teatro Gran Rex None
24 July 2008
26 July 2008 Santiago Chile Teatro Caupolicán
30 July 2008 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Vivo Rio
31 July 2008 São Paulo HSBC Arena
2 August 2008 Brasília Porão do Rock Various
Sixteenth leg:UK/ Ireland
13 August 2008 Dublin Republic of Ireland Marlay Park Kasabian, Glasvegas
16 August 2008 Chelmsford United Kingdom V Festival Various
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 as they had been struck down with food poisoning, 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
"Showbiz" 11
"Unintended" 15
Unintended (2000) "Nishe" 1
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
Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002) "Forced In" 71
"Dead Star" 10
Absolution (2003) "Apocalypse Please" 64
"Time is Running Out" 207
"Sing for Absolution" 19
"Stockholm Syndrome" 208
"Hysteria" 204
"Blackout" 4
"Butterflies & Hurricanes" 176
"Fury" 11
"Ruled by Secrecy" 6
Absolution Tour (2005) "The Groove" 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


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