Muse will release Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, a CD-DVD and Blu-ray package, on December 2nd. The trio played a 20-song concert for an audience of more than 60,000 in the Eternal City in July and captured it in ultra-high definition for these releases. The band posted a trailer for the film edition two weeks ago.
“Over the summer, we played this massive gig in Rome Olympic Stadium, that was probably the best gig of the year,” frontman Matt Bellamy told Rolling Stone in September. “It’s gonna come out in 4K, which is the highest resolution concert ever shot. It’s four times more powerful than HD, so it’s like ridiculous detail. When you see the concert being filmed, you can see all the crowd, you can see their faces being filmed.”
The film will get theatrical screenings in 20 cities worldwide, including New York and Los Angeles, on November 5th. The next day, the movie will be screened in 40 other territories for one night only. Because not all theaters can support 4K resolution, some screenings will be in 2K.
“We’re really excited to be able to release [Live at Rome Olympic Stadium] as the first ever ultra-high definition concert film,” the band said in a statement. “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.”
As for the band’s future plans, Bellamy told Rolling Stone that they’re planning on 2014 being a relatively quiet year for them in terms of touring. “Next year, we may do one festival or two,” he said, “but we’re probably going to concentrate on getting into a new album.”