30 Facts About the British Rock Band Muse

30 facts about the British rock band Muse

Muse, the rock band hailing from Devon, England, has carved a niche in the music industry with their blend of rock, electronic, and classical influences, and their visually impressive live performances. Here are 30 facts that trace the journey of this acclaimed trio – Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard.

Muse Facts

1- Muse was formed in 1994 in Teignmouth, a small town in Devon, England.

2- The band consists of three members: Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums).

3- Before settling on the name Muse, the band went through a series of name changes, including Gothic Plague, Fixed Penalty, and Rocket Baby Dolls.

4- Muse has won numerous awards over the years, including two Grammy Awards.

5- The band members met at Teignmouth Community School, where they started playing music together.

6- Muse’s music incorporates elements from a wide range of genres, including space rock, progressive rock, electronic music, and classical music.

7- The first album, “Showbiz,” was released in 1999.

8- Their breakthrough came with their third album, “Absolution,” which spawned hits like “Time Is Running Out” and “Hysteria.”

9- “Knights of Cydonia,” one of their most popular songs, was inspired by a region on Mars named Cydonia, which is known for the “face on Mars.”

10- Muse’s lyrics often touch on political and dystopian themes.

11- “Supermassive Black Hole” was Muse’s first Top 10 hit in the UK.

12- “Uprising,” the lead single from the album “The Resistance,” spent 17 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

13- Muse’s live performances are known for their spectacle, often featuring elaborate stage designs, light shows, and special effects.

14- The album “Drones,” released in 2015, is a concept album about a person’s journey from abandonment to defiance in a dystopian world.

15- Chris Wolstenholme, the band’s bassist, struggled with alcoholism and wrote two songs about his experience on the album “The 2nd Law.”

16- Muse recorded part of their album “The Resistance” in Lake Como, Italy, in a studio they built themselves.

17- Matt Bellamy holds a Guinness World Record for the most guitars smashed on a tour (140 during the “Absolution” tour).

18- The band’s music has frequently been used in TV, film, and video games, including the “Twilight” saga and the game “Guitar Hero.”

19- Muse has cited various influences on their music, including Queen, Radiohead, and classical composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

20- As of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, Muse has released eight studio albums, with their latest, “Simulation Theory,” released in 2018.

21- Muse’s “Black Holes and Revelations” was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2006, an annual award given to the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

22- Their song “Survival” was chosen as the official song of the 2012 London Olympics.

23- Matt Bellamy is known for his wide vocal range and is often praised for his ability to sing both high falsetto and deep baritone.

24- Muse’s song “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” was part of the soundtrack for the movie “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

25- Matt Bellamy’s father, George Bellamy, was a member of the 1960s band The Tornados, who were the first British band to have a U.S. number one single.

26- In their early years, Muse was often compared to the band Radiohead, a comparison they have both embraced and sought to distance themselves from.

27- Dominic Howard, Muse’s drummer, is left-handed but plays a right-handed drum kit.

28- Chris Wolstenholme was originally a drummer but switched to bass when he joined Muse. He had to learn to play the instrument from scratch.

29- Muse has frequently used special effects in their music videos, such as the use of thermographic cameras in the video for “Supermassive Black Hole.”

30- The band is also known for its activism, and has performed at charity concerts and fundraisers for organizations like Oxfam and War Child.

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