JFK (live)

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This page contains a list of all known performances of JFK.

Analysis and Explanation

It is played as an intro before songs. Technically the oldest song on the album, the band played JFK live on the 2007 tour as an intro to the concert/encore, usually before Knights of Cydonia or Take a Bow. Fans hated JFK on the 2007 tour as it was much longer than the later album version, often lasting well over a minute before Muse would take/return to the stage.

Some variation occasionally took place. For example, at Rock A Field 2015, two extra notes were hit before the Defector synths came on. The summer 2015 performances differ from later performances, being more synth-oriented. The most radically different version was performed at Lollapalooza, which featured a combo of the synth version and the album version. After AB Brussels the album-esque version was performed live, except for some dates where just the speech was read with no backing instrumentation, such as the second Mexico City 2015 gig.

Due to the fact that the song is mostly a spacer between songs, there exists less footage of this song than most others off of Drones. Most of the concerts during the Drones Festivals Tour, Uprising was played after JFK. It was then played before Defector's only performance yet on September 16th, 2015. After 2 months, JFK made its return for The Drones World Tour 2015/16. It was used as an intro to a variety of songs during the tour including Revolt, Reapers, Interlude + Hysteria, Assassin (once) and Defector though Defector was not played until much later in the tour.

Since the ending of the Drones World Tour, JFK has been played only once so far, before Interlude + Hysteria, at Glastonbury 2016. It has made no further appearances and it's unlikely it will return.

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Drones era

2016

# Date Venue Location Intro of Link
67 2016-06-24 Worthy Farm (Glastonbury Festival) Pilton, UK Interlude + Hysteria
66 2016-06-21 Olimpiski Moscow, Russia Stockholm Syndrome Watch here
65 2016-06-17 Žalgirio Arena Kaunas, Lithuania Interlude + Hysteria
64 2016-06-16 Riga Arena Riga, Latvia
63 2016-06-14 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
62 2016-06-12 Telenor Arena Oslo, Norway Defector
61 2016-06-11 Ericsson Dome Stockholm, Sweden
60 2016-06-09 Forum Copenhagen, Denmark
59 2016-06-08 Forum Copenhagen, Denmark Stockholm Syndrome
58 2016-06-06 Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, Germany Interlude + Hysteria
57 2016-06-04 O2 Arena Prague, Czech Republic Revolt
56 2016-06-03 Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin, Germany Defector
55 2016-05-21 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy
54 2016-05-20 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy Interlude + Hysteria
53 2016-05-18 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy Revolt
52 2016-05-17 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy Defector
51 2016-05-15 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy Stockholm Syndrome
50 2016-05-14 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy Defector
49 2016-05-12 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland Watch here
48 2016-05-11 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland Revolt
47 2016-05-09 Wiener Stadthalle Vienna, Austria Interlude + Hysteria
46 2016-05-06 Barclaycard Center Madrid, Spain Stockholm Syndrome
45 2016-05-05 Barclaycard Center Madrid, Spain Interlude + Hysteria
44 2016-05-03 MEO Arena Lisbon, Portugal Stockholm Syndrome
43 2016-05-02 MEO Arena Lisbon, Portugal Interlude + Hysteria
42 2016-04-30 Ischgl Ski Resort (Top Of The Mountain) Ischgl, Austria Uprising
41 2016-04-18 SSE Hydro Glasgow, Scotland Interlude + Hysteria
40 2016-04-17 SSE Hydro Glasgow, Scotland Stockholm Syndrome
39 2016-04-15 O2 Arena London, England
38 2016-04-14 O2 Arena London, England Assassin
37 2016-04-12 O2 Arena London, England Interlude + Hysteria
36 2016-04-11 O2 Arena London, England
35 2016-04-09 Manchester Arena Manchester, England Revolt
34 2016-04-08 Manchester Arena Manchester, England Interlude + Hysteria
33 2016-04-06 The SSE Arena Belfast, Northern Ireland Stockholm Syndrome
32 2016-04-05 3Arena Dublin, Ireland Interlude + Hysteria
31 2016-04-03 O2 Arena London, England
30 2016-04-02 Barclayard Arena Birmingham, England Stockholm Syndrome
29 2016-03-31 Olympiahalle Munich, Germany
28 2016-03-16 Palais 12 Brussels, Belgium Interlude + Hysteria Watch here
27 2016-03-15 Palais 12 Brussels, Belgium Watch here
26 2016-03-13 Palais 12 Brussels, Belgium Reapers Watch here
25 2016-03-12 Palais 12 Brussels, Belgium Revolt Watch here
24 2016-03-10 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands Reapers Watch here
23 2016-03-09 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands Stockholm Syndrome Watch here
22 2016-03-07 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands Revolt Watch here
21 2016-03-06 Lanxess Arena Cologne, Germany Reapers Watch here
20 2016-03-04 Bercy Arena Paris, France Watch here
19 2016-03-03 Bercy Arena Paris, France Revolt Watch here
18 2016-03-01 Bercy Arena Paris, France Reapers Watch here
17 2016-02-29 Bercy Arena Paris, France Watch here
16 2016-02-27 Bercy Arena Paris, France Revolt Watch here
15 2016-02-26 Bercy Arena Paris, France Reapers Watch here
14 2016-02-01 Verizon Center Washington, DC, USA
13 2016-01-31 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA, USA Watch here
12 2016-01-29 Prudential Center Newark, NJ, USA Watch here
11 2016-01-27 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY, USA Watch here
10 2016-01-25 TD Garden Boston, MA, USA Watch here
9 2016-01-23 Centre Vidéotron Quebec City, QC, Canada
8 2016-01-21 Centre Bell Montréal, QC, Canada Revolt
7 2016-01-20 Centre Bell Montréal, QC, Canada Reapers Watch here
6 2016-01-18 Centre Vidéotron Québec City, QC, Canada Watch here
5 2016-01-16 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON, Canada Watch here
4 2016-01-14 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI, USA Watch here
3 2016-01-13 United Center Chicago, IL, USA Watch here
2 2016-01-09 Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV, USA Watch here
1 2016-01-07 Valley View Casino Center San Diego, CA, USA Watch here

2015

# Date Venue Location Intro of Link
31 2015-12-19 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA, USA Reapers Watch here
30 2015-12-18 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA, USA Revolt Watch here
29 2015-12-15 Oracle Arena Oakland, CA, USA Watch here
28 2015-12-13 Moda Center Portland, OR, USA Listen here
27 2015-12-12 KeyArena Seattle, WA, USA Watch here
26 2015-12-10 Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC, Canada
25 2015-12-05 Gila River Arena Phoenix, AZ, USA Watch here
24 2015-12-02 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX, USA Watch here
23 2015-12-01 Toyota Center Houston, TX, USA Watch here
22 2015-11-21 Corona Capital Festival Mexico City, Mexico
21 2015-11-20 Palacio de los Deportes Mexico City, Mexico Watch here
20 2015-11-18 Palacio de los Deportes Mexico City, Mexico Watch here
19 2015-11-17 Palacio de los Deportes Mexico City, Mexico Watch here
18 2015-09-16 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium Defector Watch here
17 2015-09-13 Lollapalooza Berlin Berlin, Germany Uprising Watch here
16 2015-07-13 Musilac Music Festival Aix-les-Bains, France Watch here
15 2015-07-11 Bilbao BBK Live Bilbao, Spain Watch here
14 2015-07-09 NOS Alive! Festival Lisbon, Portugal Watch here
13 2015-07-05 Rock-A-Field Roeser, Luxembourg Watch here
12 2015-07-04 Main Square Festival Arras, France Watch here
11 2015-07-02 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark Watch here
10 2015-06-28 Rock Werchter Festival Werchter, Belgium Watch here
9 2015-06-26 Bravalla Festival Norrköping, Sweden
8 2015-06-24 Provinssirock Festival Seinäjoki, Finland
7 2015-06-14 Orange Festival Warsaw, Poland Watch here
6 2015-06-13 Download Festival Derby, England Watch here
5 2015-06-12 Pinkpop Festival Landgraaf, Netherlands Watch here
4 2015-06-06 Sonisphere Biel, Switzerland Watch here
3 2015-06-05 Rock in Vienna Festival Vienna, Austria Watch here
2 2015-05-30 Rock im Revier Festival Gelsenkirchen, Germany Watch here
1 2015-05-29 Rockavaria Festival Munich, Germany Watch here

Black Holes and Revelations era

2007

# Date Venue Location Intro of Link
14 2007-09-22 Coors Amphitheatre (Street Scene) Chula Vista, CA, USA Take a Bow
13 2007-09-21 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, CA, USA Watch here
12 2007-09-20 Mesa Amphitheatre Mesa, AZ, USA Watch here
11 2007-09-18 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO, USA
10 2007-09-16 Nokia Theater Grand Prairie, TX, USA Watch here
9 2007-09-15 Zilker Metropolitan Park (City Limits) Austin, TX, USA Watch here
8 2007-09-12 McKay Events Center Orem, UT, USA
7 2007-09-10 Rose Garden Portland, OR, USA Watch here
6 2007-09-09 KeyArena Seattle, WA, USA Watch here
5 2007-08-11 Agganis Arena Boston, MA, USA Knights of Cydonia Watch here
4 2007-08-10 Festival Pier Philadelphia, PA, USA Watch here
3 2007-08-09 The Patriot Center Fairfax, VA, USA Watch here
2 2007-08-06 Madison Square Garden New York City, NY, USA Watch here
1 2007-08-04 Chicago Grant Park (Lollapalooza) Chicago, IL, USA Take a Bow Watch here

Summary

Summary of JFK as an intro for each song. Songs highlighted have strings played during JFK.

Song Title Plays Appearance
Take a Bow 10 August 4th, 2007, September 9th, 2007 - September 22nd, 2007
Knights of Cydonia 4 August 6th, 2007 - August 11th, 2007
Uprising 18 May 29th, 2015 - September 13th, 2015, April 30th, 2016
Defector 9 September 16th, 2015, May 12th, 2016 - June 12th, 2016
Revolt 21 November 17th, 2015 - December 18th, 2015, January 21st, 2016, February 27th, 2016 - June 4th, 2016
Reapers 20 December 19th, 2015 - March 13th, 2016
Stockholm Syndrome 11 March 9th, 2016 - June 21st, 2016
Interlude + Hysteria 17 March 15th, 2016 - June 24th, 2016
Assassin 1 April 14th, 2016

Last update: July 9th, 2016

Note: Revolt, Reapers, Stockholm Syndrome, Interlude + Hysteria, Assassin and Defector were in rotation during the European leg of the Drones World Tour. Reapers left the rotation when it became a permanent song in the setlist starting March 15th, 2016, on the 3rd night in Brussels.

See also

This is a table of Drones-era live performances.

Note: white indicates performed at 75-100% of known setlists.

Gainsboro indicates performed at 50-75% of known setlists.

Silver indicates performed at 25-50% of known setlists.

Dark gray indicates performed at 0-25% of known setlists.

Black indicates no known performance that year.

Aqua indicates a performance in the current tour and year for which the final amount of performances is unknown.

Last updated: October 16, 2019.

Song Title Release 2007 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 #
Dead Inside Drones 0 58 81 23 0 0 162
Drill Sergeant Drones 0 43 23 34 12 61 173
Psycho Drones 0 66 82 34 14 61 257
Mercy Drones 0 57 82 33 8 59 239
Reapers Drones 0 60 60 0 2 57 179
The Handler Drones 0 41 79 11 5 57 192
JFK * Drones 14 31 67 0 0 0 112
Defector Drones 0 1 8 0 0 0 9
Revolt Drones 0 12 10 0 0 0 22
Aftermath Drones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
The Globalist Drones 0 13 80 17 0 0 110
Drones ** Drones 0 25 143 17 0 0 185

* JFK was played at a small amount of gigs in 2007 as intro music.

** Drones was played twice at every performance from its debut with three exceptions as of the last update. The actual total of gigs is highly inflated in comparison with other songs as a result. It has not been performed twice at festival dates, however, since the end of the 360 Tour in 2016.

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