Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, lead guitar, piano, keyboards, keytar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass guitar, vocals, keyboards) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers). They are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances.
Muse have released six studio albums: Showbiz (1999), Origin of Symmetry (2001), Absolution (2003), Black Holes and Revelations (2006), The Resistance (2009) and The 2nd Law (2012), with one upcoming studio album, Drones (2015). They have also issued four live albums: Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002), which is also a compilation of B-sides, Absolution Tour (2005), which documents several of the band’s performances such as Glastonbury Festival 2004, HAARP (2008), which documents the band’s performances at Wembley Stadium in 2007, and Live at Rome Olympic Stadium (2013), shot in 4k and taken from the band’s Rome show during The 2nd Law World Tour.
Black Holes and Revelations earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and was named the third best album of 2006 by the NME Albums of the Year. Muse have also won numerous music awards including five MTV Europe Music Awards, six Q Awards, eight NME Awards, two Brit Awards—winning “Best British Live Act” twice, an MTV Video Music Award, four Kerrang! Awards and an American Music Award. They were also nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album for The Resistance. As of June 2012, Muse had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide
The members of Muse played in separate school bands during their stay at Teignmouth Community College in the early 1990s, but the formation of Muse began when Bellamy successfully auditioned for the part of guitarist in Dominic Howard’s band, Carnage Mayhem. They asked Chris Wolstenholme – who played the drums at the time – to learn to play bass guitar for the band, Wolstenholme agreed and took up lessons, while Bellamy had to become singer and songwriter for the band.
Pitchfork described Muse’s music in 2001 as “firmly ol’ skool at heart: proggy hard rock that forgoes any pretensions to restraint. What Muse lack in chophouse showmanship on the prog side of the equation they attempt to make up for in volume– their songs use full-stacked guitars and thunderous drums to evoke god’s footsteps.” AllMusic described their sound as a “fusion of progressive rock, glam, electronica, and Radiohead-influenced experimentation.” The band’s style has been also labeled as “space rock.”
Their music currently mixes sounds from genres such as electronic music, experimental rock, classical music, rock opera and many others. The band was described as a “trashy three-piece” by Matthew Bellamy on the BBC during 2002.On the band’s association with progressive rock, Dominic Howard has said: “I associate it [progressive rock] with 10-minute guitar solos, but I guess we kind of come into the category.
Queen’s 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.
Matthew Bellamy – vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, keytar (1994–present)
Christopher Wolstenholme – bass, backing vocals, keyboards, harmonica (1994–present)
Dominic Howard – drums, percussion, synthesizers (1994–present)
Current touring musicians
Morgan Nicholls – keyboards, samples, percussion, guitar, backing vocals (2004, 2006–present)
Former touring musicians
Dan “The Trumpet Man” Newell – trumpet (2006–2008)
Alessandro Cortini – keyboards, synthesizers (2009, substitute)
Main articles: Muse discography and List of songs recorded by Muse
Origin of Symmetry (2001)
Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
The Resistance (2009)
The 2nd Law (2012)
Black Holes and Revelations Tour (2006–08)
The Resistance Tour (2009–11)
The 2nd Law World Tour (2012–14)
The Unsustainable Tour (Summer 2013)