OK, in stark contrast, let's have a grump from me about an evening out I've just had. In no way am I comparing this diatribe of minor annoyance with the issues Parky has at the moment, so apologies if this seems ultra glib.
Anyway, the reason I'm posting right now is because, against my better judgement I accompanied Mrs_Jon to the cinema tonight to go and see a video of Muse during their Drones tour from 2 years ago and it's showing in selected cinemas worldwide at 8pm on Thursday the 12th, so hopefully I can offer a glimpse from the future and you can save the effort of wasting some time and money, had you been interested in attending this mediocre event. Hoping against hope that it wouldn't be as thunderously turd as it sounds, I was sadly correct in my preconceptions.
First of all, nothing to do with the production, rather people's regimented need to absolutely HAVE to sit in the seat they've been allocated. The seats were at best 20% occupied at the couple to my right had left a courtesy one seat gap but the nobbers who arrived late asked them to shift along one, so we could all bunch together, with 8 seats or so either side of the 6 of us. The delicious irony of us watching a film titled 'Drones'!
Then the 'film' starts and immediately the cameras pan along a crowd, 90% of whom have their phones on recording. Just enjoy the flipping live concert, they're filming it FFS!
However, having said that, yes they are filming the concert(s) (it's a medley of a few performances) but the images were shockingly bad - I mean, shot on an iphone 4 bad, at certain parts. Perfectly acceptable to be shown on Facebook but it looked awful on the big screen and then I found myself becoming transfixed and looking at faces seemingly rendered in Microsoft Paint, rather than just kicking back and enjoying the show. That said, in order to liven up the imagery, the editor felt the need to cut literally every second or so in most parts and many of them were shot close-up on the move, whilst the circular stage spun the other way, which made me start feeling ill, as my eyes darted about. Seriously, a 3 second static shot was virtually non-existent. I gave up at one point and just shut my eyes, to give them a rest. Thankfully, it's a little over 80 minutes long, so small mercies and all that.
Mrs_Jon had a great time, so definitely not an evening wasted on her part. The main issue I had was how old and crap I felt, watching a band I've seen live a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed. That said, the Drones album is a bit lame compared to earlier efforts, so it was a losing battle tbh.
In short, don't go and see it, it's bloody awful.