Muse Rock New York City’s Central Park SummerStage With Benefit Concert
Clouds hovered over New York City's Central Park but that didn’t stop Muse fans from packing in for a very special SummerStage Concert Series show on Monday night (July 25) to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless.
About a half hour before Muse took the stage the rain came down and fans put on ponchos, opened umbrellas and didn’t move a muscle despite the drizzle. The set began with the new song “Dig Down,” which was released earlier this year, and everyone got a little “Psycho” when the band played that track off their Drones album.
The energy and the rain drops only amplified when the sounds of older Muse anthems “Map of the Problematique” and “Hysteria” filled the park. And the rain eased up as frontman Matt Bellamy’s falsetto shined through tracks like “Bliss” and “Super Massive Blackhole.”
A highlight of the set was their cover of The Cramps’ “New Kind of Kick” as well as their acoustic version of “Undisclosed Desires.” But nothing beats hundreds of fans singing “Our hopes and expectations / Black holes and revelations / Our hopes and expectations / Black holes and revelations” the chorus to “Starlight.” That same song was dedicated to the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park two nights before at their Jones Beach show.
After thanking the fans for being a part of the benefit concert, Muse played their encore which consisted of “Uprising” and “Knights of Cydonia.”
According to a Coalition for the Homeless Employee, Muse reached out to the organization to play the benefit concert, an event that is one of the largest for the nonprofit. All of the proceeds from the tickets and additional donations went to the Coalition for the Homeless, for more information on the organization go here.