Muse (formed 1992)

Muse is an English rock band renowned for their spectacular live arena shows.

Muse: The Formation

The members of Muse formed the band when they were studying at Teignmouth Community College. Aged 14, Matthew Bellamy auditioned for the role of guitarist in Dominic Howard's band. They then asked Chris Wostenholme to hang up his drumsticks and learn to play bass for the band.

Originally the band was named Rocket Baby Dolls. In 1994, they won a local battle of the bands. According to Bellamy, it was this surprise win that made the band take themselves seriously. They chose to pursue the band, rather than university placements and moved away from Teignmouth; changing the band's name to Muse in the process.

Their first demo was recorded at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall. The studio's in-house label, Dangerous, released Muse's eponymous debut EP. A second EP, Muscle Museum reached number three in the indie singles chart. Both the BBC Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq and the music paper NME latched on to the band and helped their ascent to fame.

Muse: Debut album onwards

Showbiz, Muse's debut album, was produced by John Leckie (famous for his work with The Stone Roses). The album's release was followed by support slots in America with Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Muse's second album, Origin of Symmetry featured an expanded range of instruments, including a Mellotron and a church organ. In 2003, Muse sued Nescafé for using their version of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's 'Feeling Good' in an advert without the band's permission. Muse won the case, as well as £500,000 compensation, which they donated to Oxfam. The band also rejected a $50,000 offer from Celine Dion to allow her to use the name Muse for her Las Vegas show.

Hullabaloo, the live DVD, featured footage from Paris, as well as footage documenting the band on tour. An accompanying CD release, Hullabaloo Soundtrack was a compilation of B-sides, live tracks and new songs.

Absolution, Muse's third studio album, spawned the hit singles, 'Hysteria' and 'Time Is Running Out'. The band undertook a huge worldwide arena tour, which ran for almost a year. In June 2004, the band played one of their best gigs to date at Glastonbury Festival. Dominic Howard's father had been at the festival to watch the band but sadly died of a heart attack just an hour after their performance.

In July 2005, Muse performed at the Paris leg of the Live 8 concert, playing 'Plug In Baby', 'Time Is Running Out', 'Hysteria' and 'Bliss'.

The Absolution Tour DVD featured Glastonbury footage as well as previously unseen live footage from Wembley Arena.

Muse's fourth studio album, Black Holes & Revelations debuted at number one in the UK and was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize (which was won by Artic Monkeys). The album spawned the singles 'Supermassive Black Hole', 'Starlight' and 'Knights of Cydonia'. In August 2006, the band recorded the Live from Abbey Road sessions.

On June 16th and 17th 2007, Muse performed again at Wembley Arena. The concerts were recorded for a DVD and CD release entitled H.A.A.R.P.

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Deliah's picture


They are to good for this world

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I just saw them in san francisco last night and am still reeling from the concert. It was like a 2 hour long non-stop back arching, toe curling orgasm for my ears! Hearing them live was more beautiful than I ever thought possible! 2 hours just wasn't enough. I wish I could quit my job and follow them around the world.

8 years 6 months ago
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having followed the bands progress since i listened to dom playing away on his drums in a small hall below my daughters flat its great to see them where they should be at the top and there live performances well never has there ever in the history of live music has there been such an electrafying spectical (the best bit for me is not having to que when we're on the guest list lol) not really they really are a breath of fresh air. the fact that the words to the music are Matt's deepest thoughts and all are so meaningful. MUSE are among the worlds greatest bands. better then most of the greatest one in the past presant and future.

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I love muse! i actually do..cant wait till i see them in august in The Eden Project! tis gonna be awesoooommmeee!!!! xD

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Barbara Wells

I have listened and watched the Muse ,and i have to say i have never heard such a talented trio ,as i have reach the old age of 68 ,that is quite a statment !!!! I think they are fantastic !!!! more symphonies please,

3 years 6 months ago
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I was recently introduced to this band and I really like their song 'Supermassive Black Hole'!!! I am now a FAN.

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