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Muse (formed 1992): is an English rock band renowned for their spectacular live arena shows.
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.
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.
The Muse frontman is prepared for anything when the band headline the Pyramid stage tonight (June 24).
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy is preparing for his band to headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage tonight, for the third time in their career. Bellamy says the band are ready for anything, including something going wrong on the night, saying Muse has learnt to “embrace the chaos” of huge live gigs.
Muse’s Matt Bellamy.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Bellamy said: "Really, the stage is not yours. There are so many components that are unpredictable and out of your control, so there is no one to blame if anything goes wrong, which it will.
Continue reading: Muse's Matt Bellamy: "Something Will Go Wrong During Glastonbury Set"
With a reputation as one of the world's premier live acts, it is always cause for excitement when the Teignmouth trio that comprise Muse hit the road. Much like the ever-growing anticipation for how they will push themselves sonically on each album, they have a reputation for innovative stage productions. As a bona-fide stadium outfit, the decision to play indoors only adds to the intrigue and expectation.
At this point, let's put a SPOILER ALERT in for anyone who will be attending this tour - ignorance is bliss and all that. That in itself is the first spoiler - the revival of Bliss to the live set, but let's starts at the beginning. Playing in the round is not massively unusual, but in this case the stage also has arrows at either end and this isn't just to bring the band closer to the audience or giving everyone a good view. At various times during the set, drapes will lower across the elongated stage and act as a huge video wall - this is most impressive during 'The Handler', when Matt Bellamy and Chris Wolstenholme appear to be on puppet strings. It's a stunning effect. By this point we have already been introduced to the drones that sit on a rig high above the stage when resting, but when in use the orbs containing lights move around the stage and above the audience in synchronised fashion. Breath-taking to say the least, it's a fine visual accompaniment to 'Psycho', while Bellamy's guitar playing on 'Reapers' is highly impressive.
The middle of the set mainly consists of older favourites that clearly continue to age well - the reactions to 'Supermassive Black Hole', 'Starlight' and 'Hysteria' are nothing short of, well, hysteria and the trio find a way to make the rocking latter even more enjoyable, by tagging on the outro of 'Back In Black' to it. As more recent work - 'Uprising' and 'The Globalist' - returns to the set, those drapes return and also surround the circular centre stage. The resulting holographic space odyssey again has the audience hooked on spectacular imagery, before the band move into a closing section including 'Mercy' and an epic 'Knights Of Cydonia'.
Continue reading: Muse - Manchester Arena Friday 8th April 2016 Live Review
Chloe Dobinson recaps her favourite albums of 2015
10. Drake - If You're Reading This Then You're Too Late
Making an impromptu release of his 4th studio album Drake made a return proving why he is one of the most in demand rappers. Highlights of the album include opening track Legend -which features a long instrumental introduction with background vocals giving a harmonic feel to the track. Track Energy sees keys help make the track come alive with the Canadian rapper pushing himself as an artist and pushing the boundaries in the rap industry.
9. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
Released in September The Libertines marked a return to the music scene following their 2004 self-titled album. A decade on the band proves their songwriting skills never went away with tracks such Gunga Din a racous, fun indie track making fans of The Libertines feels as if they never went away. Athems for Doomed Youth is a softer album from a band who is constanlty in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Heart of the Matter is a highlight of the album catchy, light and will become a firm favorite when the band play summer festival next year.
Continue reading: Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015
Ten months after their separation, Kate Hudson has opened up about her relationship with Matthew Bellamy.
Kate Hudson has revealed the reason why she separated from her ex-fiancé, Matthew Bellamy. The 36-year-old Good People actor and Fabletics co-founder discussed her relationship with Bellamy in a recent interview in Allure.
Kate Hudson at the 9th Annual God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards in New York, October 2015.
Nick Jonas was spotted with Kate Hudson over the week but he’s not willing to answer questions about their relationship just yet.
Not a week goes by without some new rumour about Nick Jonas’ love life springing up online. This week it’s been his possible budding relationship with Kate Hudson. However, although the internet may be crying out for confirmation of their romantic involvement, Jonas wasn’t prepared to give anything away during a recent radio interview.
Nick Jonas at WE Day celebrations in Toronto in October 2015.
Following a select handful of smaller dates earlier this year, Muse will be playing the big UK arenas in April 2016.
Following the transatlantic chart success of their latest album Drones, rock titans Muse have announced an extensive world tour to support the record, including a handful of massive concerts in Britain in April 2016.
The three-piece will perform their first ever gigs “in the round”, meaning they’ll be playing on a circular stage in the middle of the arena in order to give fans a full 360 degree experience. Lead singer Matt Bellamy also promised fans “lots of flying things and real military drones” as part of the live set.
Muse have announced five UK and Ireland dates for their latest world tour
Continue reading: Muse Announce UK Dates On 'Drones' World Tour
One of Europe's best rock and metal festivals returned to its home at Donnington Park last weekend and it's safe to say, once again, that Download smashed it. With a range of bands from Kiss, Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, We Are Harlot and more all booked to play, there was something for everyone at the festival, and that was one of the most noticeable highlights.
Despite the torrential rain pouring down during Slipknot's set, they pulled off one of the best shows to date on Friday and set an extremely high standard for the rest of the headliners. Playing hits like 'Psychosocial', 'Devil In I', 'Spit It Out' and 'Custer', and attempting to break the Download record for the most amount of people all jumping up at the same time they certainly went all out.
Muse were considered to be a controversial band to have booked, but all concerns were quickly dashed as soon as they hit the stage on Saturday. Matt Bellamy's vocal abilities were on top form as the band belted out tracks from their newly released album 'Drones' as well as well-known hits like 'Supermassive Black Hole' and 'Plug In Baby'. Even those who were indifferent or somewhat disliked Muse couldn't deny that they put on the show of a lifetime complete with dancing lights, pyrotechnics, confetti and inflatable balls.
Continue reading: Download Festival - 2015 Live Review
The British three-piece have gone back to basics (or as basic as you can get with Muse) on their new seventh album 'Drones'.
Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme has revealed the reason behind the recent musical reversion in the group’s new album Drones: the electronic-based music they had been making beforehand was “becoming more and more difficult to play live.”
In a new interview with Spotify, the 36 year old musician admitted that the question of how to translate the group’s records into the live setting – where Muse are unbelievably powerful – was one of the key factors that stopped them going further down the path of electronic experimentalism that had defined their two previous albums The Resistance (2009) and The 2nd Law (2012).
Chris Wolstenholme (l) admitted that their recent electronic-based music was getting too difficult to replicate live
The new album has also hit the top spot in the US.
Muse have flown to number one yet again with their seventh album 'Drones', which has managed to rake in a glorious 73,000 sales. With epic singles like US Alternative Chart topper 'Dead Inside', we can hardly say we're surprised with the news.
Muse go straight to number one in the UK
The ultra-atmospheric trio have earned themselves their fifth UK number one album in a row, knocking Florence + The Machine's newest release 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' to number two after only one week on top. And not only that, 'Drones' marks Muse's very first chart topping album in the US, so champagne is definitely in order.
Continue reading: Muse Land Their Fifth Consecutive Number One With 'Drones'
Whilst they remain undoubtedly one of rock's premier outfits, for some Muse hit something of a plateau with 'The 2nd Law', their sixth record released in 2012. There has been talk of a back to basics approach for album seven, 'Drones', which will see the trio kick off with many dates on the festival circuit before presumably returning to their own brilliantly ambitious headline shows.
Instead of opening with an in-your-face number, 'Dead Inside' is actually a brooding number built around the rhythm section of the band, with Matt Bellamy sounding as impassioned as he ever has.'Psycho' moves from grinding riffs into howling guitar work, and is sure to please those who enjoy a big chorus, while the endearing 'Mercy' is how you would expect Coldplay to sound if they went into heavier territory. For those who enjoy imitating Bellamy's guitar playing, 'Reapers' will surely find favour with some nimble work both in the hook and solo, while 'The Handler' is brutally crushing alt-rock. 'Defector' falls along similar lines while utilising a group vocal style that Queen were so brilliant at, while 'Revolt' blasts our power chords before completely changing tempo with a chorus that actually has a great deal of pop to it. No strangers to orchestral sounds, the trio turn to this on 'Aftermath', a beautiful track, before unleashing 'The Globalist'. A ten minute progressive monster, it wonderfully encompasses the different sides to Muse and for any other band would be a career-defining magnum opus.
What has been described as a concept album - the journey of a lost human being recruited and controlled - should probably end at this point, but the finale is a serene a cappella piece. Whilst the narrative is clear, particularly in the first part of the record, there are also times where the emotion is more personal - think of someone describing the situation of a friend, when it is clear they are talking of themselves. Sonically there is much more focus on guitars and the rhythm section, though of course synthesised components are not done away with altogether, but this record will dispel any suspicion that the Teignmouth outfit have lost their mojo. Instead it is an undeniable reinforcement that these are three of the most talented musicians in popular music and that, it would seem, they can make brilliant music at will.
Continue reading: Muse - Drones Album Review
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