Thursday, December 17, 2009

But How Popular Are Muse, Really?

Posted by on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 2:33 PM

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Look, I don't walk around this world pretending to be some kind of genius about music. I'm not Chuck Klosterman. But most days I feel like I have a pretty decent grip on good vs. bad, popular vs. unpopular. Not today! Today all I can think about is the weird truth that Muse is going to play at the Sommet Center next March.

Am I only person confused about this? John Mayer and the Black Eyed Peas playing the Sommet Center, I get. Those acts are so famous, even my mother knows what a will.i.am is. But Muse? Really?

Out of befuddled curiosity, I called up 102.9 The Buzz to see if this guitar-based band gets any love from our local active-rock listeners. The lady said yes, yes they do. This confuses me even more. I have listened to The Buzz. I have listened to Muse. Muse is not Buzzworthy. Trust.

Now, I don't think that there's anything wrong or bad about Muse. They're not in my music collection (it's all vaudeville), but I have been known to listen to them on purpose. But are they so successful they could sell well at an arena in Nashville? Am I underestimating the rat-faced hotness of their singer? Are the Twilight fans clamoring for a group that's like Radiohead, if Radiohead were a band of alcoholics who time-traveled to the '70s and only wrote songs when they needed more money for blow?

I think it's great they're playing in Nashville, really I do, because no on else does. I'm just wondering...are you a fan? Are you going to attend? Am I totally off base in my bewilderment that a band I was sure peaked in Britain 10 years ago can have a successful show at the biggest venue in Nashville?

ANYWAY.

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