Muse (Band)

Muse is a British, Grammy -winning rock band that was founded in 1994, Teignmouth, Devon. The band consists of Matthew Bellamy (vocals, guitar, piano and synthesizer ), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals) and Dominic Howard ( drums and percussion ). Muse combines stylistic alternative, hard and progressive rock and electronica with elements of classical music and is the subgenre associated with New Prog.

  • 3.1 Studio albums
  • 3.2 Single - chart positions


Founding and early years (1992 to 1997)

The individual members of Muse were in the early 1990s, initially members in different bands, while they visited the Teignmouth Community College. Under the name Rocket Baby Dolls they took part together in 1994 at a local Battle of The Bands and won. Shortly afterwards, the band members to renounce their university plans to terminate their jobs, to change the name to Muse and move away from Teignmouth decided.

First EPs and Showbiz ( Muse and Muscle Museum, 1998-1999 )

At this time the band was mainly influenced by the rock music of the early nineties, mostly from America. The band was influenced by grunge and wanted to offer an alternative to the highly popular Britpop. After a series of concerts in London and Manchester, where the band was looking for a market for their music, the band met Dennis Smith, who owned a recording studio called Sawmills in Cornwall, England. This meeting led to the first real studio recording, which was released under the name Muse as an EP on the label belonging to Sawmills Dangerous. With their second EP called Muscle Museum they gained the attention of the British journalist Steve Lamacq and the weekly British music publication NME. Following the publication of EP Dennis Smith co-founded the music producer Taste Media, which brought out the first three albums by muse.

The second EP scored Muse a small success. While the British major record companies still reluctant to offer Muse a contract ( the sound of the band was too close to Radiohead ), the Americans beat faster: The record company Maverick Records granted Muse concerts a few appearances, in order to finally end of 1998 under contract to take. After her return from America organized Taste Media contracts with different record companies in Europe and Australia.

They turned to John Leckie, producer of Radiohead 's influential album The Bends, so that it helps in the recording of their first album Showbiz.

Following the publication of Muse played as the opening act for Savage Garden in the United States. In the years 1999 and 2000, Muse played at several festivals in Europe and gave concerts in Japan and Australia. It established a fan base in Western Europe, especially in France.

Rise ( Origin of Symmetry, from 2001 to 2002)

The band began to pressure from the record company to write on their second album Origin of Symmetry. Muse also experimented with musical instruments such as the church organ. There have been increasingly used high tones as well as Bellamy's piano skills.

Origin of Symmetry not reached the time being, the American record stores. The record company Maverick had doubts about Bellamy's voice ( as it was not considered compatible radio ) and asked Muse if they would rewrite a few of their songs before their sale in the United States. The band rejected the claim and then separated by Maverick ( the album was in 2005 but then released on the U.S. market, however, Warner ).

Creative Pause ( Hullabaloo 2002)

In 2002, Muse took a double CD called hullaballoo with 11 unreleased tracks and a live recording of two concerts on two consecutive days at Le Zenith de Paris. It also includes a documentary that was especially taken by the manager, Tom Kirk. The song Shrinking Universe was used in the trailer of the film 28 Weeks Later.

Praise and Criticism ( absolution, 2003-2004 )

2003 their third studio album was released absolution. Rich Costey, the producer who had previously worked with Rage Against the Machine, was responsible for the plate this time. The song Time is running out was used in the trailer for Running Scared.

The single Stockholm Syndrome was only offered for sale as a digital file on the Internet and consisted of the song itself, a plate cover for print as well as a music video for the single. Through this channel, the single did not appear in official charts, according to the record company 's sales figures would have meant that in several countries to place in the top ten. The New Musical Express listed the guitar solo at number 19 of the "50 best guitar solos. "

The band embarked on their first international concert tour, which brought them within one year from Australia, Europe and the USA. Meanwhile, Muse also brought five singles in the stores. After the concert at the Glastonbury Festival 2004 ( Bellamy said after the concert that it was the best of her life ) died the father of drummer Dominic Howard, who was present at the concert in the evening of a heart attack.

Back on stage (2005 to 2007)

End of 2004, Bellamy gave an interview to MTV, in which he said that the next Muse album will be " positive ". While the albums Absolution and Origin of Symmetry can be rather characterized by dramatic melancholy or apocalyptic texts, the next album will " act with optimism and hope." Bellamy explained this by saying that after the tragic death of drummer Dominic Howard's father, the band went through difficult times and they want this strength provide the fans.

2005 brought Vitamin Records The String Quartet Tribute To Muse on the market.

The band moved the bulk of its planned for summer 2006 performances until further notice. However, they were headlining the Southside, the Hurricane and the Frequency Festival. The appearance at the Hurricane Festival had to be canceled due to a severe storm.

The album Black Holes and Revelations was released in Germany on 30 June 2006. Singles from it were Supermassive Black Hole, Starlight, Knights Of Cydonia, Map Of The Problematique Invincible and.

On June 16, 2007 Muse played the first band in the newly built Wembley Stadium ( after George Michael had been there the first solo artist a concert ). Due to high demand, there was another appearance on 17 June 2007. On 17 March 2008 appeared a live DVD plus CD of the two Wembley concerts titled HAARP. On the CD are part of the concert on 16 June on hear the DVD on the other hand contains the concert of 17 June and miscellaneous bonus material.

The Resistance (2009 to 2010)

On 22 May 2009, the title of the new album, The Resistance, published on the Twitter account of the band. On August 3, 2009, the first single was presented with the title Uprising in the British radio station BBC Radio 1. The album The Resistance was released on 11 September 2009 in Germany and reached yet on the release date No. 1 on the German iTunes album charts. A week after the release to put Muse in the UK, Germany and some other countries in the top of the official album charts.

In October 2009, their nearly sold-out world tour began. In Germany they stopped in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and Munich. During the performance of Exogenesis, a trilogy from the album The Resistance, appeared in the stage show of some concerts UFOs, from which also rose aliens.

At Rock am Ring 2010 Rock im Park 2010 Muse appeared as headliners. On June 11th and 12th 2010, the band played at the Stade de France and on 26 June they headlined the Glastonbury Festival, where muse for the U2 song "Where the Streets Have No Name " along with U2's The Edge played.

The 2nd Law

In June 2012, the band announced on their website the release of sixth studio album in September 2012 under the name The 2nd Law known. Following is initially a European tour planned. On 27 June 2012, the first song of the album was released with survival, the title was chosen as the official song of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The first official single Madness, had on 20 August 2012 at 20:30 CET in the British BBC1 Radio Zane Lowe show in their first airplay. The 2nd Law appeared after several times shifted release date finally on 28 September, 2012.

Seventh studio album and Anniversary Tour

In interviews and on Twitter Matthew Bellamy pointed to possible concerts in 2014, in respect of which the 20-year anniversary band and songs should be played that are less known or could no longer be heard live in a long time. As things stand - Bellamy responded in April 2014, to demands from fans - the concerts will not take place because the band after the performance at the Coachella Festival on April 19 this year will dedicate the work on a new studio album.

On the successor album The 2nd Law Bellamy wants to go away from the last albums are strongly represented orchestral recordings and the use of electronic instruments again to record an album that does especially with the classic rock instruments, drums, bass and guitar.


2004 Muse won two MTV Europe Music Awards, including Best Alternative Act, and a Q Award for Best Live Act.

At the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 Muse for Best Alternative, Best Album and Best UK & Ireland were nominated. Ultimately, they won the award for Best Alternative.

In February 2007, Muse won at the BRIT Awards the award for best live act. They were also nominated for the Best Prices album and Best Group. In November 2007, she won two MTV Europe Music Awards in the categories headliner for the best live show and Best UK & Ireland Act.

In February 2009, Muse won in the categories Best Live Act and Best Album Artwork at the NME Awards. In October 2009, Muse won the Q Award for Best Act in the World Today.

In September 2010, Muse won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects category for the music video for Uprising.

At the Grammy Awards 2011 in February 2011, they won the award in the category Best Rock Album for their album The Resistance.


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Studio albums

Single chart positions