Muse’s San Diego-bound ‘Simulation Theory Tour’ boasts giant inflatable cyborg with lasers


On its previous concert tours, Muse has used drones that flew above the audience, airborne acrobats and hydraulic lifts that raised each band member about 30 feet into the air as they performed.

So what will this hard-rocking English trio feature in its just-launched “Simulation Theory” world tour, which stops here Tuesday for a show at Pechanga Arena San Diego?

A giant inflatable cyborg that shoots lasers out of its head, apparently, along with some “choreographed theatrics” by a troupe of LED-equipped dancers and an edgy vibe inspired in part by such classic films as “Blade Runner” and “Back to the Future II,” if not “This is Spinal Tap.” (At one show during Muse’s aforementioned “Drones” world tour, a drone crashed and landed — mid-song — on the head of bassist Chris Wolstenholme.)

Despite the massive new production for its “Simulation Theory” tour, Muse singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy recently predicted the production for the band’s new concert trek will be somewhat stripped down.

He also cited David Byrne’s game-raising 2018 “American Utopia” tour as a key inspiration. Unlike Bellamy, it should be noted, Byrne does not use LED-equipped glasses on stage to project the lyrics of any of his songs. Nor does Byrne use an inflatable, laser-equipped, giant cyborg, which Muse first featured in its “The Dark Side” video.

Fans who want to splurge can opt for the $399 Enhanced Experience VIP package for Muse’s San Diego show. It includes some extra high-tech options.

Specifically: “The ‘Simulation Theory’ World Tour will feature an exciting new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party, powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from ‘Simulation Theory’. Additional Enhanced Experience perks include a premium concert ticket, show specific poster, interactive photo experience with props and memorabilia from the band’s latest videos and more.”

A drone that crashes on your head? That might cost extra.

Muse, with Walk The Moon: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Pechanga Arena San Diego (formerly Valley View Casino Center), 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. $43.50-$98.99; $399 (Enhanced Experience VIP package); $229 (Premium Ticket Bundle). (619) 224-4171.

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