Simulation Theory World Tour

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Original promo poster with tour dates



A world tour that began in February of 2019 in Houston, Texas. The European leg of the tour will begin in one week and end early Fall, followed by a couple of gigs in South America and Asia. The tour will probably be elongated even more.

Howard admitted they've gone too far with this tour.

Information

The shows are set up for stadiums, but gigs are also taking place in arenas, using the same stage set up.

The supporting band during the American leg of the Simulation Theory Tour (except for the Washington and Philadelphia gigs) was anounced the 14 January, and they are Walk the Moon. Supporting acts for some European gigs also include Tom Morello and Weezer, one of the band's main inspirations.

Before the rehearsals or the production started, Bellamy talked about two hour sets. He also mentioned playing a 15 minute-or-so "metal medley", featuring bits of heavy songs (not just riffs). He said he'd like to play that because they would like to fit in as many songs in setlists as they can without surpassing two hours too much (due to fatigue).

Propaganda and the Alternate reality version of Algorithm made their debut on the tour, and the acoustic gospel version of Dig Down made it's return after the Jools Holland performance. Algorithm's AR version has been shortened and a transitional segment into Pressure has been added to it.

Pray, a new upcoming track, written by Bellamy for Game of Thrones has also made it's debut on the tour. It includes Chris and Dom on big concert drums.

This is also the first Muse tour on which Chris is playing bass, guitar, drums and a keyboard all in one set.

The show vaguely tells a story about being caged in simulations and then battling and winning the war with the "Creator" aka "Murph" (also present in The Dark Side music video).

The performers
Murph
Arena stage setup

Production

Stage Design

The stage design is similar to The Unsustainable Tour while still having unique elements.

The stage consists of the main stage and the B-stage, with a longer catwalk connecting the two. The stage wings are positioned so that they "blend in" with the main stage. Behind the stage is a big screen and above the stage is light trussing, vaguely shaped to represent the space ship featured on the album cover.

Both the arena and the stadium stages are the same, with the stadium set up being taller and wider compared to the arena one.

Murph the Skeleton Robot

Based on the "Creator" from The Dark Side music video, and also featured through the show in visuals.

A large inflatable puppet skeleton nicknamed "Murph" is featured near the end of the show during the Metal Medley.

According to Howard, the band initially didn't want to unveil Murph and wanted to surprise fans on the first show, but once they got it going at rehearsals, they couldn't resist posting content with it on their Instagram.

Dancers

This tour features a group of 14 dancers performing during certain songs in the show (Algorithm - including the AR version, Drill Sergeant, Pressure, Propaganda, Break it to Me, Thought Contagion, Dig Down Acoustic and Starlight)

During certain songs, the performers are in charge of lighting (spotlights during Break it to Me) and special effects (handheld CO2 cannons during Propaganda)

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Enhanced Experience Package

The three VR games contained in the Enchanced Experience package

The enhanced experience packages contain access to the "Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party", which will include photo opportunities with various props and whatnot from the Simulation Theory music videos, a bar service and a station with a series of VR-based arcade machine games (which have been made and produced by Microsoft and the band).

The VR games include:

  • Simulation Striker - a motion controller based game - player enters a hallway (seen in Break It To Me video), a portal (seen in the Algorithm video) opens up infront of the player and various shapes fly out of it. The player has to punch them out in order to survive. The game is soundtracked by Algorithm.
  • Retrograde Racer - a racing based game - player races through a futuristic world filled with neon tunnels and a desert wasteland (based on the one in The Dark Side/Something Human videos). The player must dodge skeletons and various road blocks. The game is soundtracked by The Dark Side.
  • Spaceship Defender - another motion controller based game - player has to pilot a spaceship whilst being attacked by critters (seen in Pressure music video). The game is soundtracked by Pressure.

Average Setlist

Setlist

  1. Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version shortened)
  2. Pressure
  3. [Drill Sergeant] + Psycho
  4. Break It to Me
  5. Uprising (extended intro and outro)
  6. Propaganda
  7. Plug In Baby
  8. Pray
  9. The Dark Side
  10. Close Encounters intro + Supermassive Black Hole
  11. Thought Contagion
  12. Interlude + Hysteria + Back in Black outro
  13. Unsustainable
  14. Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
    STT Interstitial 1
  15. Madness
  16. Mercy
  17. Time is Running Out
  18. Houston Jam + Take a Bow
  19. Prelude + Starlight
    Encore
    STT Interstitial 2
  20. Algorithm
    Metal Medley
  21. Stockholm Syndrome (shortened)
  22. Assassin (intro) + Reapers (shortened)
  23. The Handler (shortened)
  24. New Born (shortened) + Headup riff outro
  25. Man with a Harmonica + Knights of Cydonia


Exceptions

  • Undisclosed Desires was played at some outdoor shows after Dig Down.
  • Bliss was added to some outdoor sets after Hysteria as of the London Stadium tour debut.

Stats

Gigs

Date Venue Location
2019-10-15 Hipódromo de Monterrico Lima, Peru
2019-10-13 Pista Atlética Santiago, Chile
2019-10-11 Hipódromo de Palermo Buenos Aires, Argentina
2019-10-09 Allianz Parque Sao Paulo, Brazil
2019-10-03 Foro Sol Mexico City, Mexico
2019-10-02 Foro Sol Mexico City, Mexico
2019-09-08 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019-09-08 Royal Arena Copenhagen, Denmark
2019-09-07 Telenor Arena Oslo, Norway
2019-07-26 Wanda Metropolitano Madrid, Spain
2019-07-24 Passeio Maritimo de Alges Lisbon, Portugal
2019-07-20 Olympic Stadium Rome, Italy
2019-07-16 Matmut Atlantique Bordeaux, France
2019-07-13 San Siro Stadium Milan, Italy
2019-07-12 San Siro Stadium Milan, Italy
2019-07-09 Stade Orange Velodrom Marseille, France
2019-07-06 Stade de France Paris, France
2019-07-05 Stade de France Paris, France
2019-07-03 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
2019-06-29 RheinEnergieStadion Cologne, Germany
2019-06-27 Goffertpark Nijmegen, Netherlands
2019-06-22 Tauron Arena Krakow, Poland
2019-06-18 Suvilahti Open Air Helsinki, Finland
2019-06-15 Luzhniki Stadium Moscow, Russia
2019-06-12 Arena Riga Riga, Latvia
2019-06-08 Etihad Stadium Manchester, England
2019-06-05 Ashton Gate Stadium Bristol, England
2019-06-01 London Stadium London, England
2019-05-29 Stadthalle Graz Graz, Austria
2019-05-28 Papp László Sports Arena Budapest, Hungary
2019-05-26 Letňany Airport Prague, Czech Republic
2019-04-12 United Center Chicago, IL, USA
2019-04-10 TD Garden Boston, MA, USA
2019-04-08 Madison Square Garden New York City, NY, USA
2019-04-07 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA, USA
2019-04-04 Little Caesars Arena Detroit, MI, USA
2019-04-02 Capital One Arena Washington, DC, USA
2019-03-31 Videotron Centre Québec City, Canada
2019-03-30 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada
2019-03-28 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Canada
2019-03-26 State Farm Arena Atlanta, GA, USA
2019-03-24 BB&T Center Sunrise, FL, USA
2019-03-11 The Forum Los Angeles, CA, USA
2019-03-09 Oracle Arena Oakland, CA, USA
2019-03-07 Golden 1 Center Sacramento, CA, USA
2019-03-05 Valley View Casino Center San Diego, CA, USA
2019-03-02 Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas, CA, USA
2019-02-28 Vivent Smart Home Arena Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2019-02-26 Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, AZ, USA
2019-02-24 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX, USA
2019-02-22 Toyota Center Houston, TX, USA

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