Muse

Muse

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Muse's Matt Bellamy: "Something Will Go Wrong During Glastonbury Set"


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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.

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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.

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Matt Bellamy: 'Rock Bands Are A Dying Breed'


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The Absolution rockers, who will be headlining the iconic Pyramid Stage at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (24Jun16), have been one of Britain's most popular bands for more than a decade, with their latest record Drones topping the U.K. album chart upon its release last year (15).

However Matt believes that up-and-coming bands will struggle to emulate their success as traditional rock and roll is a dying genre.

"In the traditional mid-20th-century sense, I think we are probably among the last of the rock bands," Bellamy tells British newspaper The Telegraph. "But the term rock star is used very loosely these days. You could carry a laptop rather than a guitar."

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Muse Drone Downed At London Gig


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The British rockers world tour, titled Drones, sees the band perform alongside a number of remote controlled drone aircrafts which fly over the audience.

At a concert at the British capital's O2 Arena, a technical problem caused a plane shaped inflatable to fall out of the air leading to a scramble by stagehands to prevent it crashing into fans.

According to editors at Britain's NME magazine, drone operators attempted to fly the craft on a circuit of the arena but audience members were forced to take evasive action after it began falling into the crowd during a performance of the group's song The Globalist.

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Muse Invite Adele To Join Them On Glastonbury Stage To Help Calm Her Nerves


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Muse have invited their fellow Glastonbury headliner Adele to join them onstage during their Friday night slot, in a bid to help her overcome her nerves. Adele will headline the festival for the first time on the Saturday evening and has previously said she was scared of performing in front of the huge crowds.

AdeleMuse have invited Adele to join them on stage at Glastonbury to help overcome her nerves.

Speaking on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show on Wednesday morning (April 13th), Muse frontman Matt Bellamy said: "The best thing for her to do would be to come the night before, watch us and come on and sing a song with us.”

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Muse - Manchester Arena Friday 8th April 2016 Live Review


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.

Muse - Manchester Arena Friday 8th April 2016 Live Review

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'.  

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Glastonbury Festival Reveals First Line-Up Poster


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Glastonbury has unveiled its first line-up poster for the annual festival, which will take place this year from June 22nd to 26th at Worthy Farm. The newly confirmed acts will join already announced headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, with a further 800 acts to be announced on a second poster in the coming weeks. 

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Hello Glastonbury! Adele Is Your Final 2016 Headliner


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Adele has been confirmed as the final headlining act for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, taking the Saturday night slot on the Pyramid Stage. The singer made the announcement during her sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena on Friday night, with the news later being confirmed by festival organisers.

AdeleAdele is the final headlining act for this year’s Glastonbury festival.

The Sun reports that Adele told the sold-out crowd: "Who's going to Glastonbury this year? See you there. I'll be there. I'll be headlining on the Saturday night this year.” Rumours had been swirling for weeks that Adele could be the final headliner, but the singer had previously said she was too scared of the big festival crowds.

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Matt Bellamy Calls For More Female Leaders To Save Planet


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The British rocker is extremely concerned about the state of the environment and worries humans are heading towards extinction.

"Organisms that take more than they require from nature go extinct and that's where we are," the Absolution musician tells Britain's Q magazine. "That's just the bottom line. I think everybody knows it but nobody's doing anything about it."

Matt believes installing more women in positions of political leadership would be a simple solution to the issue.

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Matt Bellamy Invests In Drone Racing League - Report


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The Drone Racing League (DRL) CEO Nick Horbaczewski claims the British rocker is among a number of well-off businessmen, including Miami Dolphins football team owner Stephen Ross, to show real interest in taking drone racing to the public and turning it into a success.

According to qz.com, the first DRL event will take place behind closed doors at the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium in Florida, with fans able to watch highlights from each race on YouTube.com.

Bellamy has yet to comment on the news, but he has made his fascination with unmanned aerial vehicles known after naming Muse's latest album Drones, while the stars are currently on the road on the Drones World Tour.

Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015


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Drake, The Libertines, The Weeknd

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.

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Ty Hunter's Emoji App - Launch Party

Mike Muse - Intro Media, Remy Martin and Ty Hunter celebrate the launch of Ty Hunter's Emoji App held at Gallery 287 - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 7th December 2015

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Muse and Ty Hunter

Muse Performing Live

Muse and Matt Bellamy - Muse performing live at the Bravalla Festival at Bravalla Festival - Norrkoping, Sweden - Friday 26th June 2015

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Muse and Matt Bellamy
Muse and Matt Bellamy
Muse and Matt Bellamy
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Muse and Matt Bellamy

IHeartRadio Music Festival

Matt Bellamy and Muse - IHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Friday 20th September 2013

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'World War Z' Uk Premiere

Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Muse - UK film premiere of 'World War Z' held at Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 2nd June 2013

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Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Muse
Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Muse
Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Muse
Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Muse

Muse Performs Live On Their 'The 2nd Law World Tour' At Etihad Stadium

Dominic Howard and Muse - Muse performs live on their 'The 2nd Law World Tour' at Etihad Stadium - Manchester, England, United Kingdom - Saturday 1st June 2013

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Dominic Howard and Muse
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