I’m sure when Muse fans heard about this they started seething in anger.
Naya Rivera, one of the stars of Glee (she portrays Santana Lopez), has covered Muse’s smash hit “Supermassive Black Hole.”
As far as I can tell, it’s the first single she’s released away from Glee since joining the show. It’s not a solo effort though. She cut the track with the Croatians phenomenon, 2CELLOS. The ditty will be on the cellists’ upcoming LP, Intuition.
Rivera has a recording contract, but it doesn’t appear she has an album in the works. One has to think that this single is a test. If it sells well (and that’s a big “if”) it could launch the actress’s career as a pop star.
In her version, the cellos do the bulk of the heavy lifting. That may sound interesting but the song is still like any cover you might hear while watching Glee (that’s not a compliment). Rivera sounds fine, and she sings all the right notes, but her rendition has no soul.
I’ll give the threesome credit for trying something new. Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole” is a legitimate rock song from a legitimate rock band. Selecting the track is much better idea than redoing some tired old pop song.
Even if the cover had been a revelation fans and rock snobs would have still found fault with Rivera and 2CELLOS aping the precious and sagacious Muse.
Having a Glee cast member cover your song is one step above having an American Idol contestant cover your song.
However, the 100 or so people who will download the single have probably never even heard of Muse. Rivera’s edition might serve as an introduction and earn the band a few new fans.
The original track appears on Muse’s fourth album, Black Holes and Revelations, which dropped in 2006.
Of course, Muse’s studio offerings always fail to capture the power and energy of their live shows. If you really want to experience Muse you need to see them in concert.
Fortunately, fans in North America will have ample opportunity to catch Muse in their element during the first half of 2013. The trio begins an epic tour of the continent on Jan. 21 in San Diego. That gig is followed by three Muse concerts at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The pinnacle of their trek is two Muse concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 15 and 17.
Other big time performances on their itinerary include Muse in Vancouver, B.C. on Feb. 6; Toronto welcoming Muse to the Air Canada Centre on April 9 and 10; Muse performing at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 19; and Muse at the Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec on April 23 and 24.
The band’s final date in North America is set for April 26 in Quebec City. After that, they return to Europe for a series of shows spanning June and July.
Muse is touring to support their sixth studio offering, The 2nd Law. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and its artwork was recently selected as the best of the year by the readers of Gigwise.
Muse consists of Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard, and Christopher Wolstenholme. They formed in 1994 and released their debut album in 1999. They’re known as the premiere progressive rock band of their generation and one of the world’s best live acts.