Birmingham National Indoor Arena 2009 (gig)

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Muse show
Venue National Indoor Arena[1][2][3]
Date 10th November 2009[1][2][3]
Location Birmingham[1][2][3]
Country United Kingdom
Songs 20[source?]
Support The Big Pink[4]
Start (UTC) 19:30[2][3], 19:00[3] (doors)
Capacity 13,000[source?]
Price (GBP) 41.25[3]
Sold out? Yes[3]

This concert was part of the European leg of "The Resistance" tour, announced on the 1st of June.[1] Fan pre-sale information and links were announced on the 3rd of June.[5] Pre-sale took place on the 4th[5] and general sale started the following day.[1] Both pre-sale and general sale sold out, the latter in its first day.[source?]

On playing songs from "The Resistance" live, Dominic Howard stated that learning to do so "should take a while!"[6] and Rehearsals started on the 19th of July.[7] On the 22nd, musewire readers were told to "expect an 8" stone 'enge" for The Resistance tour's stage design.[8]

"MK ULTRA" was played for the first time, and it was played a half-step down from the album version. At the end of "Stockholm Syndrome" + Riffs, Matt threw his Red Glitter Manson Guitar, neck first, through the top of one of Dom's Timpani. The balloons were released during "Plug In Baby".

Before "MK ULTRA", Bellamy said "we're going to play a song we've never played before" and before "Map Of The Problematique" Dom said (after a long pause) "Ok, now we're going to play the song".

After Stockholm Syndrome, Matt smashed his Red Glitter Manson into Dom's tympani, breaking the skin of the drums, though the guitar was not damaged.


An audience recording is located here[registration needed]

Set list



  1. a b c d e THE RESISTANCE TOUR (2009-06-01). Muse website. Retrieved 2009-06-01 from
  2. a b c d (2009-06-02). [Ticket sale information, "MUSE COMING SOON"]. Gigsandtours. Retrieved 2009-06-02 from[dead link].
  3. a b c d e f g MUSE tickets. Buy tickets for MUSE at National Indoor Arena, Birmingham (2009-06-0?). Seetickets. Retrieved 2009-06-24 from
  4. Biffy Clyro and The Big Pink to support Muse! (2009-09-15). Muse website. Retrieved 2009-09-15 from
  5. a b THE RESISTANCE TOUR (2009-06-03). Muse E-mail. Retrieved 2009-06-03. [verify]
  6. Dominic Howard. (2009-06-11). Finished.. Possibly... MySpace. Retrieved 2009-06-11 from
  7. Christopher Wolstenholme. (2009-07-19). First day of rehearsals an .... musewire/Twitter. Retrieved 2009-07-22 from
  8. Muse. (2009-07-22). w .... musewire/Twitter. Retrieved 2009-07-22 from

See also

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