Simulation Theory Tour
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A world tour that began in February of 2019 in Houston, Texas. The European leg of the tour will end in July of the same year in Madrid, Spain, but the Simulation Theory World Tour itself will be probably elonged, with some gigs in Asia and South America. At the moment two dates were added in Mexico City in October.
The shows are set up for stadiums, but some gigs will also take place in arenas, using the same stage set up.
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.
A new upcoming orchestral song, written by Bellamy for a known TV show has also made it's debut on the tour. The song's titled Pray and includes Chris and Dom on big concert drums.
This is also the first Muse tour on which Chris is playing bass and guitar, drumming and also playing a keyboard all in one set.
Production-wise, the tour still includes a big LED screen with visuals, a big light show and lasers, but this time around, the band have also included dancers/performers.
The performers are wearing various costumes, raging from light-up hazmat suits to LED jackets, coats and LED glasses.
During certain songs, the performers are also in charge of lighting (spotlights during Break it to Me) and special effects (handheld CO2 cannons during Propaganda)
A large extraterrestrial skeleton puppet nicknamed "Murph" is also present. The puppet is an inflatable with internal structure and is held up by two cables, one attached to it's right arm and another one attached to the head. The arm cable is connected at the ceiling to a rail truss located above the lighting structure, which allows the operator to move it's arm up or down, forward or backward. It can also open it's mouth, which houses a spot light that illuminates the crowd and the stage during New Born. It rises up behind the stage 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 Murph going at rehearsals, they couldn't resist posting content with Murph on their Instagram.
The stage design is very similar to The Unsustainable Tour
The light trussing above the stage is vaguely shaped like the spaceship featured in the album cover of Simulation Theory.
Enhanced 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.
- Algorithm (Alternate Reality Version shortened)
- [Drill Sergeant] + Psycho
- Break It to Me
- Uprising (extended intro and outro)
- Plug In Baby
- The Dark Side
- Close Encounters intro + Supermassive Black Hole
- Thought Contagion
- Interlude + Hysteria + Back in Black outro
- Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
STT Interstitial 1
- Time is Running Out
- Houston Jam + Take a Bow
- Prelude + Starlight
EncoreSTT Interstitial 2
- Stockholm Syndrome (shortened)
- Assassin (intro) + Reapers (shortened)
- The Handler (shortened)
- New Born (shortened) + Headup riff outro
- Man with a Harmonica + Knights of Cydonia
|2019-10-03||Foro Sol||Mexico City, Mexico|
|2019-10-02||Foro Sol||Mexico City, Mexico|
|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|
|2019-06-22||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|