Photos: Muse at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Muse (photo: Estefany Gonzalez) English rock band Muse has come a long way since the release of the trio's first album Showbiz, yet nothing screams show business quite like the light show Muse brought to the Shoreline Amphitheatre during the group's 2017 fall tour. Whether you were in the front row or the back row of the band's sold out concert, there were no bad seats in the arena. Lazer lights, giant inflatable balloons full of confetti and moving background projectors that look like something out of a time machine from the future, were just a few of the notable props which [...]

By |September 21, 2017|Tags: |

Roman Gokhman’s favorite concerts of 2015

Welcome to my annual countdown of the most entertaining music experiences of the year. I only went to 41 concerts. Life commitments and a family took a higher priority. But then again, I enjoy profiling an artist over critiquing the music. I put more thought into the concerts I attended, so I think this compilation is still “deserving,” whatever that means. Still, some iconic and talented performers didn’t make my top 10: No Elton John or AC/DC, Royal Blood or Kacey Musgraves (who both came close), no Mumford and Sons or Duran Duran. Those of you who have read my previous [...]

Muse bolster reputation as arena powerhouse in Oakland

While English trio Muse was making terrific prog-rock records in the early 2000s, Americans largely ignored them. The Bay Area and other large metropolises notwithstanding, Muse didn’t break out until 2009’s The Resistance, the first of three sub-par efforts (from an originality and songwriting standpoint) that has turned them into arena headliners in this country. But Muse have always been more than musicians. They are performers and artists. Singer-guitarist Matt Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard are constantly striving to up their complete performance. And on that level, they truly are one of the best bands today. Tuesday, [...]

By |December 16, 2015|Tags: |
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