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Andrew Trendell

09:11 18th October 2013

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Muse have spoken out about their upcoming concert movie, Live At Rome Olympic Stadium - sayin that it was largely inspired by U2.

The 'ultra-HD' concert movie was shot during their 2013 tour, and last week they announced that it will go on general release in cinemas on 6 November, 2013.
In a new interview with Billboard, frontman Matt Bellamy said that they were inspired by the pioneering use of technology in U2's 2008 concert movie 'U2HD' - encouraging them to 'up their game' with their already insanely high production values.  

"There's weird things like hair and stuff that you probably would never pay attention to," Bellamy said. "It's so much more noticeably sharper that it's almost unsettling at first."

He continued: "You see the sort of big panning (shot) across the audience and your eyes are drawn to the details of so many people's heads and what they're wearing,"

Announcing the film, the band said on Facebook: "We are very pleased to confirm the release of a brand new film: Muse - Live At Rome Olympic Stadium. The first ever concert film shot in 4K Ultra High Definition. On 5th November 20 cinemas in 20 cities will host special advance screenings exclusively in 4K and you can be there! Tickets are on-sale now."

Speaking of the film in a statement, the band say: "This is the biggest tour we’ve done in terms of scale and production value and it’s definitely the show we’re most proud of so we’re really excited to be able to release it as the first ever ultra high definition concert film. It captures an extraordinary amount of detail and not just everything we’re doing - the fans, even those at the back, the set, the actors and the incredible atmosphere on a very special night in Rome.

"We can promise our fans, whether they managed to come to the live shows or not, an entirely new Muse concert experience"

Watch the trailer below:

Tickets are on sale now. Visit the Muse website for details of your nearest screening.

Below: a year in the life of Muse - from The BRIT Awards to their concert movie

  • February, 2013: Muse attended the BRIT Awards, but they weren't there just to look good on the red carpet...

  • February, 2013: Muse were also one of the highlights of the show, performing an epic live version of their track 'Supremacy' (with a little help from their string-playing friends)

  • April, 2013: There's more to life than Muse, you know. Matt Bellamy attended the Tribeca Film Festival with partner Kate Hudson ahead of the band's huge summer tour

  • May, 2013: Muse grabbed some extra attention for themselves ahead of their summer tour, releasing an eye-poppingly insane video for their single, 'Panic Station' from 2012 album, The 2nd Law

  • June 2013: And then the madness began. Muse toured the world during the summer, including a massive show at Manchester's Etihad stadium and the Emirates in London.

  • June, 2013: And how many other bands showered their audiences with their own currency this year? That's right - none

  • June, 2013: But the Muse money was only small part of what made their 2013 tour so special. Only a truly spectacular show packed full of incredible visuals and a giant robot could match the band's flawless performances

  • June, 2013: Yep, Muse at the Etihad stadium were pretty damn special

  • June, 2013: What else happened to Muse in 2013? Oh yeah, they hung out with Brad Pitt at the London premiere of World War Z (Pitt not pictured, sadly...)

  • June, 2013: Muse also performed a special show in London's Hyde Park for fans to mark the UK premiere of WWZ

  • June, 2013: Their support bands weren't to be sniffed at either. Biffy Clyro joined Muse at their Amsterdam gig this summer (perhaps the year's best double live act?)

  • June, 2013: But brilliant as Biffy are, they couldn't quite top Muse's at their gig at the Amsterdam Arena

  • June, 2013: Moving on to France, for a massive gig at Paris' Stade De France, they were joined by US rockers Paramore. Frontwoman Hayley Williams said she had 'never experienced' anything like supporting Muse

  • June, 2013: And of course, Muse rocked Paris just as hard as they did everywhere else they performed in 2013

  • September, 2013: After an epic summer of live shows, the band also performed at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas - and of course, took to the red carpet

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