London Earls Court Exhibition Centre 2004 - 19th (gig)

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Promotional poster
Citizen Erased solo
Hand-held camera during Dracula Mountain
Muse show
Venue Earls Court Exhibition Centre[1][2]
Date 19th December 2004[1][2]
Location London[source?]
Country United Kingdom
Songs 19[2]
Support Soulwax,[3] The Zutons[1][4][source?]
Start (UTC) 20:00[source?], 18:00[note 1] (doors)
Capacity 19,000[source?]
Price (GBP) 25.00[note 1]
Sold out? Yes[source?]

The concert was announced on the 18th October 2004.[1] Pre-sale was from 09:00 on the 20th October through Seetickets,[1] while general sale started on the 23th October at 09:00.[1] Further tickets were put on sale on the 19th of November at 09:00 through[5]

This was the 'red jacket' gig, with the Mexican wave. This was their first gig back home after a long USA tour.

Dominic Howard and Christopher Wolstenholme opened up the gig, while Matthew Bellamy ran around backstage with a camera which was linked to the big screens on stage.[source?] He ran up to (and embarrassed) security guards and made 'rock' gestures with his hand in front of the lens.[source?] Finally, he ran in front of the audience, many of whom had their faces on the big screens, before handing the camera to a stage-hand and starting Hysteria.[source?]

After The Small Print ended, Bellamy threw around his guitar, picked it up, walked to the stage's edge in front of audience, and threw his guitar into the audience, a video of this can be found. The Micro Cuts ending slowed down to an almost complete stop.[source?] Crying Shame was performed live for the first time, and for the only time in the UK.[source?] Bellamy commented in the XFM interview preceding the next day's concert that the new song went down "like a tonne of bricks".[source?]

Thomas Kirk commented that the new songs, Crying Shame included along with Dead Star and Micro Cuts, were his favourite moments at the Earls Court gigs.[6]


After Hysteria Bellamy "Thanks very much! It's good to be home!"
Before Stockholm Syndrome "Thank you very much for coming today! We're home, this is our home, it's great to be back. We're called Muse by the way. And er, what can I say? Merry Christmas!"


A video recording of Hysteria [watch], made by Thomas Kirk was made available to the fans via the website as a 'Christmas Present from Muse' in December 2005. Dead Star was broadcast instead of Glorious on XFM the following night. An audience audio recording can be found on MuseBootlegs here.

Bellamy and Howard
Balloons, CO2 and lighting



  1. a b Assumed from next day's tickets.


  1. a b c d e f London gig announced (2004-10-19). MicroCuts. Retrieved 2007-11-26 from
  2. a b c Earl's Court setlist (2004-12-20). MicroCuts. Retrieved 2007-11-24 from
  3. Tom Wilson. (2004-11-02). Soulwax to support Muse on the 19th!. Retrieved 2007-11-24 from
  4. [Promotional poster]. Retrieved 2007-01-07. [verify]
  5. More Muse tickets on sale from Friday (2004-11-17). MicroCuts. Retrieved 2007-11-26 from
  6. Thomas Kirk. (2005-03-02). Tom Kirk Live Webcast. Muselive. Retrieved 2007-03-07 from [verify]

See also

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