Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon. Since their inception, the band has been composed of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums and percussion). Muse are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances and their fusion of many music genres, including progressive rock, classical music, hard rock and electronica.
Muse have released five studio albums / Showbiz Showbiz (album) (1999); Origin of Symmetry (2001); Absolution Absolution (album) (2003); Black Holes and Revelations (2006); and The Resistance The Resistance (album) (2009) / one live album, HAARP HAARP (album) (2008), and a compilation, Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002). Black Holes and Revelations earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for 2006.
Muse have won many other music awards List of awards and nominations received by Muse throughout their career, including five MTV Europe Music Awards, five Q Awards, eight NME Awards, two BRIT awards and four Kerrang! Awards.
Formation and early years (1992–1997)
The members of Muse played in separate bands during their stay at Teignmouth Community College in the early 1990s, but soon the formation of Muse began when Bellamy successfully auditioned for the part of guitarist in Dominic Howard's band. They asked Chris Wolstenholme, who played drums at the time, to learn to play bass guitar for the band. Wolstenholme agreed and took up lessons.
In 1994 the band used the name Rocket Baby Dolls with a goth/glam image to compete in a local battle of the bands. The band won the contest, smashing their equipment in the process. The band's main touring itinerary started with a tour of North America from late July to early August 2006. After the last of the summer festivals, a tour of Europe began, including a large arena tour of the UK. Black Holes and Revelations was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize, but lost to Arctic Monkeys. The album did, however, earn a Platinum Europe Award after selling one million copies in the continent. They earned a headline spot on the second night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on 15 September 2007, after The White Stripes canceled their performance. Not long after, they also performed at the October 2007 Vegoose in Las Vegas alongside bands like Rage Against the Machine, Daft Punk, and Queens of the Stone Age. On 12 April they played a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The band also performed at a new gig in Marlay Park, Dublin on 13 August and were set to play at a gig in Belfast on 14 August. However, the Belfast date was dismissed according to The Belfast Telegraph. Kasabian and Glasvegas supported Muse on their Irish date.
A few days later, they were the headline act at V Festival 2008, playing in Chelmsford on Saturday 16 August and Staffordshire on Sunday 17 August.
They also hinted at the possibility of a future stadium tour or concerts in South America.
On 25 September 2008, Bellamy, Howard and Wolstenholme all received a Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth for their contributions to music.
The Resistance (2009-present)
, Birmingham on 10 November 2009.
The band's fifth studio album The Resistance The Resistance (album) was released in 2009. It is the first Muse album to have been produced by the band itself. The album was mixed by Mark Stent. On its release, it topped the album charts in 19 countries and reached number 3 on the American album chart. Critics were mostly positive about the album, with much of the praise directed towards its ambition, classical music influences and the thirteen-minute, three-part "Exogenesis: Symphony". It also beat its predecessor Black Holes and Revelations in relative album sales in its debut week in the UK with approximately 148,000 copies sold. The first single "Uprising Uprising (song) " was released seven days earlier.
The Resistance Tour started at Hartwall Arena, Finland in October 2009 and will include headlining Coachella Festival in April 2010 and two gigs at Wembley Stadium in September 2010. The band also supported U2 for their U2 360° Tour. In the "Breakfast with Muse Concert" KROQ held, Muse was asked how long they would be on tour. They commented saying in a paraphrase, "We will probably be touring until the end of next year. We will be doing this U2 and European tour and ship off to Australia and Asia and return for an extensive US tour. It will actually be our longest US tour to date. Starting at about the end of February or March."
As of the 15th January 2010, Muse started playing the Big Day Out festival at its various venues in Australia and New Zealand starting with Auckland and eventually ending with Perth Perth, Western Australia .
Muse will be headlining the Glastonbury Festival 2010 along with Stevie Wonder. The group will also headline the 2010 Hovefestivalen,asas well as T in the Park 2010 and Oxegen alongside Eminem and Kasabian.Muse's primary genres are progressive rock, glam rock, hard rock, metal Heavy metal music
Muse have cited Queen Queen (band) as an influence. Queen guitarist Brian May has praised Muse's work, calling the band "extraordinary musicians" who "let their madness show through, always a good thing in an artist." In particular, Dominic Howard noted the influence of Queen on "United States of Eurasia."
On the band's association with progressive rock, Dominic Howard has said: "I associate it with 10-minute guitar solos, but I guess we kind of come into the category. A lot of bands are quite ambitious with their music, mixing lots of different styles — and when I see that I think it's great. I've noticed that kind of thing becoming a bit more mainstream."* Showbiz Showbiz (album) (1999)
* Origin of Symmetry (2001)
* Absolution Absolution (album) (2003)
* Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
* The Resistance The Resistance (album) (2009)
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