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Muse closed the 2011 Reading Festival Sunday night by playing 2001’s Origin of Symmetry in its entirety on a stage decorated with giant pitchforks seen on the album art.
The band went through album track-by-track at Friday night’s performance at the Leeds Festival as well. NME reports that drummer Dominic Howard told the crowd that night, “We are celebrating 10 years of Origin of Symmetry so we fancied playing the whole f**king thing. We’ve never done that before.”
Origin of Symmetry was the trio’s second studio album. Because of dispute with Maverick Records, it was not released in the U.S. until 2005.
The group’s two-hour performance earned raves from audience members. “muse tonight were easily the best headline set I’ve ever seen at Reading. And I saw nirvana,” wrote Mark Beaumont.
“Oh Muse. Fantastic as usual,” wrote PlanetaryPsycho. “Awesome from Muse so far. Really hope it’s not the last time they play stuff from Origin live. It’s such a bloody great album,” said fritromanov.
“Supermassive Black Hole” from Black Holes and Revelations, “Stockholm Syndrome” from Absolution and “Resistance” from The Resistance were also included on the Reading set list, according to setlist.fm. Elbow, Interpol and Friendly Fires also played Reading on Sunday.
Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Howard make up the trio, which won the Grammy for best rock album earlier this year.
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