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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
Here's a preview of what to expect from Download 2015.
Download Festival sponsored by Zippo is now approaching its twelfth year and it keeps on going from strength to strength, and this year is looking to be the biggest and best to date. The festival will return to Donnington Park (its home since 2003) between 12th and 14th June with a line-up that covers everything on the rock, punk and metal spectrum.
Rock royalty are headlining this year's festival, with Slipknot and Judas Priest rocking the Friday, Muse and Faith No More on the Saturday and Kiss and Motley Crue on the Sunday; it's looking to be a jam packed weekend.
Continue reading: Slipknot Set To Raise The Proverbial Roof At Download Festival 2015
Muse take their last European date of the year to Lollapalooza.
The final line-up announcements have been made for Lollapalooza 2015 in Berlin, with festival regulars Muse topping the bill and marking their fourth appearance at the legendary festival which takes place in September this year.
This year sees Lollapalooza hit Europe for the very first time, having previously only ever opened in the Americas - Chicago; Santiago, Chile; São Paulo, Brazil; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. And with its Germany premiere at the former Tempelhof Airport on September 12th - 13th, the line-up will also include a DJ set from the event's founder Perry Farrell, formerly the frontman of Jane's Addiction.
Continue reading: Muse Lead Lollapalooza 2015 Line-Up For The Berlin Premiere
The bands are among the latest new announcements for the free event.
Muse and Foo Fighters have been announced as headliners for upcoming free festival Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich. Tickets are already sold out but a whole bunch of stellar new acts have been added to the line-ups on all three stages.
Muse to co-headline Radio 1's Big Weekend
Standing in for Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw (who was at home vocally challenged), Scott Mills announced the new acts that would join the already confirmed Taylor Swift, Florence + the Machine and Years & Years. Muse and Foo Fighters, both of whom are exceptionally busy over festival season, are expected to headline this year's Weekend edition. They will also re-unite at Pinkpop in June and Belgium's Rock Werchter.
Continue reading: Muse Tops The Bill For Radio 1's Big Weekend 2015 With Foo Fighters
The band's new single 'Dead Inside', the first to be taken from seventh album 'Drones', was given its first radio play on BBC Radio 1 on Monday night.
Muse have revealed a few more details about their new album Drones, including the meaning behind the title and the themes of the record.
The group’s new single ‘Dead Inside’ made its worldwide radio debut on Monday night (March 23rd) on BBC Radio 1, and frontman Matt Bellamy spoke to the station’s Annie Mac ahead of the launch. He explained that the title Drones was a “modern metaphor for what it is to lose empathy”.
Muse rendered as Lego figures - for a bit light relief!
The English rock band have announced that their 7th studio album, which is 12-tracks long, will be released this coming June.
English rockers Muse have sent their fans into a frenzy after announcing details surrounding the release of their seventh studio album 'Drones,' as well as several upcoming dates for the band's 'Psycho' tour.
Muse have announced the release date of their upcoming album 'Drones'
Muse's upcoming album, which will be their first full-length since 2012's 'The 2nd Law', is scheduled to be available for purchase from June 8th. Co-produced by the band and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, 'Drones' features 12 new tracks.
Continue reading: Muse Unveil Release Date For New Album 'Drones'
The oldest and longest running pop and rock festival has some new headliners
What do Muse, the Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams and Robbie Williams all have in common? They are four out of the nine massive headliners at this year’s Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands.
Festival season hots up with more acts announced at Pinkpop in the Netherlands
Along with Sam Smith, Elbow, The Script, Anouk and Avicii, this line up of pop superstars will be playing on the weekend of Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 15 in Holland.
Continue reading: Dutch Pinkpop Festival Announces More Acts
A day by day recommendation of this year's festival favourites.
Coachella Festival is nearly here, bringing with it one hell of a weekend chock full of great food, exciting entertainment and, most importantly, amazing music.
Arguably California's most eagerly anticipated event of the year, Coachella settles at the Empire Polo Club in Indio once again for the fifteenth year running between April 11th and 13th on the first weekend and April 18th and 20th on the second. It's not unheard of that a music festival was so good they had to hold it twice, but as of 2012 it has become a no-brainer for Coachella. In a nutshell, it is basically a big playground for grown-ups - though of course it is a family friendly event - featuring activities such as the 3 Legged Race, the Beauty Bar, the art studios, dodgeball and the almighty Pie Eating Contest, all while you're munching on a variety of cuisine from around the state and rocking out to some of the best bands you will ever hear.
Continue reading: It's Almost Here! 25 Must See Acts For Coachella 2014
What, someone made The Smiths and The Beatles as Lego?
Is there no end to what can be achieved with Lego? It doesn't seem so, as the latest ingenious Lego creation is, well all of our favorite bands!
Foo Fighters as Lego!
Adly Syairi Ramly loves Lego and he also has pretty good taste in music too. After collecting Lego since 2011 he came up with the fantastic idea of combining his two major passions as the results are pretty epic. Nothing else was used to create the models, it’s just simple Lego figures given a rock and roll makeover. The pictures were taken on an iPhone 5 with no desktop editing. Pretty impressive indeed.
Continue reading: Radiohead, The Smiths, Pixies: Your Favorite Bands As Lego!
Coachella is litterally the hottest festival of the year, so if you're off to soak in the sun, here's 10 acts you really can't afford to miss.
The Coachella festival always manages to bring out the big names for its annual two weekend spectacular in April. This year, organizers have outdone themselves with a feast of big name acts that will take to Coachella’s sun soaked stage. From the relatively new wave makers like Lorde and Bastille to heavyweights such as Muse and of course the reunited Outkast there is something for everyone in the Californian sun. In order to really whet your appetite, we’re running down the 10 acts you simply cannot afford to miss at this year’s Coachella Festival.
Beck will be preforming at this year's Coachella festival
Continue reading: Coachella Festival 2014: Your Guide To This Year's Lineup
The Radio 1 DJ slams one of the UK's most successful soloists.
Singer Robbie Williams has been left reeling after BBC Radio 1 personality Nick Grimshaw said that he and his music were "not relevant" to the stations target audience and failed to put the pop star's number one single 'Candy' on its playlist last year.
Robbie Williams Hit With An Almighty Snub From The UK's Biggest Radio Station.
The quiffy-haired DJ said that he didn't "know if [Williams is] now for a Radio 1 audience." "I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore," he told Five news, as reported by BBC News.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Gutted After Being Branded Irrelevant By Nick Grimshaw
What can we expect from another double weekend at Austin City Limits Festival?
Austin City Limits Music Festival is set to hit Texas for its twelfth year, bringing with it two weekends of fabulous live music and family fun.
The festival organisers first decided to spread the fun out over two weekends last year, in a bid to welcome yet more people into this unique world, and it appears that they haven't gone back on their word as they are set to return to Zilker Park on October 4th - 6th and 11th - 13th. This year sees some impressive headline acts including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse and Kings Of Leon - and if that wasn't exciting enough, Atoms For Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco are also high up on this year's bill! Some of the other acts scattered around are just as jaw-droppingly impressive, not to mention extremely diverse. We have Californian rockers Queens Of The Stone Age, country star Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, LA sisters Haim, alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Nottingham singer Jake Bugg and legendary 'Gay Bar' hitmakers Electric Six.
Devon band Muse performed their track 'Isolated System' live at Horse guards Parade in London on June 2nd 2013 following the world premiere of 'World War Z'. The track is taken from their chart-topping sixth album 'The 2nd Law' which came out in 2012.
'Isolated System' was used as the main soundtrack to book-to-film zombie flick 'World War Z' and the live recording was used with a new trailer-type montage featuring clips from the movie. The video features an ominous digital countdown, brief glimpses of panic and chaos in different parts of the globe and clips of protagonist Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family looking contented as they prepare for a day out, before disaster strikes while they are stuck in a traffic jam in New York as hoards of people run for their lives in the opposite direction. The song is a completely instrumental chiming echo with a gradual, crescendo-like layering of various instruments. As they had no doubt intended, it evokes such feelings of ill-omens and hopelessness that it is only fitting to be attached to an end-of-the-world situation.
As Brad Pitt revealed at the 'World War Z' premiere, the movie's producers had in fact been searching for a track reminiscent of Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' which is most famous for becoming the theme to 'The Exorcist'. Coincidentally, Matthew Bellamy of Muse had in fact been reading the 2006 Max Brooks novel of 'World War Z' during the recording of the album.
Brad Pitt helped Angelina celebrate her 38th birthday with some special gifts.
Brad Pitt really knows how to treat his missus Angelina Jolie doesn't he? The World War Z star snapped up $3,000 worth of Agent Provocateur underwear for her 38th birthday this week. According to The Sun newspaper, Brad handed over the gifts while the couple were in Paris for the premiere of his new action-horror movie.
"Since Angie has recovered from the surgery her and Brad have been acting like a couple of lovestruck teenagers. They can't keep their hands off each other," said a source close to the couple, "It was her birthday on Tuesday and as well as the underwear, Brad arranged for the French fashion designer Heidi Slimane, from Saint Laurent in Paris, to sort her out with a whole wardrobe full of new clothes." The insider said Angelina "teared up" after unwrapping the gifts and "can't wait" to marry the Hollywood actor. The couple are expected to tie the knot at some point this summer.
It's been a rough couple of months for Angelina, who underwent a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. After the successful surgery, Angie now has just a 5% chance of breast cancer.
The premiere also saw Angelina Jolie make her first public appearance since her double mastectomy as well as a live performance from Muse themselves.
Brad Pitt was on the red carpet for the premiere of his newest film, World War Z, where he discussed at length his pride in the project, the intricacies of the plot and Muse being chosen to take on the soundtrack for the film; something that was practically destined to happen.
The rockers will turn the premiere of the upcoming Brad Pitt film into a live concert next Sunday (June 2)
The premiere of the long-awaited end of the world action-drama World War Z is due to take place in London next Sunday (June 2), but this wont be your average movie premiere though, as rocker Muse are set to turn the shindig into a full-blown concert for the expected 15,000 spectators.
The Brad Pitt-staring zombie epic, in which Pitt stars as a former UN investigator attempting to save the world from a strange pandemic that threatens to wipe out the human race, will premiere in London’s Leicester Square next week before movie to Horse Guards Parade Ground in St James' Park for Muse's performance. Paramount Pictures' President of Motion Picture Music Randy Spendlove (great name) also revealed that the studio are planning to fly US chat-show host Jimmy Kimmel to the U.K. to host the whole thing, which will be filmed and made available to the public.
Why Muse you may be asking; well the British band feature heavily in the movie's soundtrack, with the track 'Isolated System' being used a various points throughout the movie. Spendlove told Billboard, "It made the movie feel and sound really cool. After we layered in the music, we reached out to their management in the US and the UK to see how we could reach beyond the movie. We wanted it to be bigger than that."
Continue reading: Muse Set To Turn World War Z Premiere Into Full-Blown Concert
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