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A group of friends with common interest in music started a band, Muse in the mid 90s. They were, Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. These three individuals, each with their own set of talents, went on to craft the band’s sound by fusing the elements of electronica and alternative rock – blockbuster hits, Starlight, Uprising and Madness were the result. Often compared to Radiohead, the trio slowly started to draw buzz with their music and became extensively popular in the early 2000s.
Today, Muse is recognized as one of the biggest rock bands in the world. They are now setting out on tour and are scheduled to perform shows all over. If you haven’t been to their concerts before then now is your chance to do just that with these Muse tickets in hand.
Early Life & Influences
Teignmouth, England, based alternative rock outfit, Muse is influenced by famous groups, Oasis, Queen, Electric Light Orchestra, Blur, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine.
Muse came together in 1994 when Matt Bellamy auditioned for Dominic Howard’s group, Carnage Mayhem. He was selected as the band’s singer and songwriter. After that, the duo renamed the group, Gothic Plague and recruited the drummer of Fixed Penalty, Chris Wolstenholme as bassist. The trio then changed the band’s name to Rocket Baby Dolls and later, they participated in a local Battle of the Bands. The group performance in the competition stood out and they ended up winning the contest. This led to them thinking seriously about pursuing music and therefore the band’s name was changed yet again to Muse.
In the late 90s, the trio began to focus on building a fanbase and embarked on a tour as supporting acts for Skunk Anansie. They were soon spotted by the founder of Sawmill Studio, Dennis Smith, who signed Muse to his record label, Dangerous Records. After that, the group collaborated with the producer, Paul Reeve, who produced their first two extended plays, ‘Muse’ and ‘Muscle Museum’, which hit the stores in 1998 and 1999 respectively.
Muse then signed a joint record deal with Mushroom Records and Taste Media. On September 7, 1999, the trio shared their first studio album with the world titled, ‘Showbiz.’ The album brought them moderate success on the charts and peaked at the twenty ninth spot in the United Kingdom. It offered five singles but none of them could grab much attention of the alternative rock fans.
The band then took two years to release their next studio record, ‘Origin of Symmetry.’ This album became successful in Europe and was included in Q’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Albums of All-Time.’ It also made it to Kerrang!’s list of the ‘100 Best British Rock Albums’ and sold over two million copies in the U.K.
Breakthrough & Recognition
The album that elevated Muse’s status to superstardom was titled, ‘Absolution.’ It was their third studio effort which came out on September 15, 2003. The album outsold its predecessors in the United Kingdom and was awarded triple platinum certification by the BPI. Moreover, it became the band’s first album to debut at the top spot in the U.K. It also won them a Kerrang! Award for ‘Best Album.’
‘Absolution’ earned a lot of praise from the critics as well. The British publication, Q placed this record at the twenty third spot on its list of the ‘Best British Albums of All Time’ and it was also included in Rock Hard magazine’s book of ‘The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.’ The album also yielded six singles out of which, Butterflies and Hurricanes appeared on the soundtrack of the video game, ‘Need For Speed: Most Wanted.’
After conquering the European markets with their music, Muse’s popularity soon began to grow in the United States when they dropped their fourth studio record, ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ in 2006. It reached ninth spot on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The record gathered positive reviews from the American publications AllMusic, Alternative Press, E! Online and Rolling Stone.
‘Black Holes and Revelations’ also featured the group’s most successful single to date, Supermassive Black Hole. The song climbed the sixth and forth spot on the Alternative Songs and UK Singles chart respectively and was also included by NME on its list of the ‘150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.’ On top of it, the track received the Kerrang! Award nomination for ‘Best Single.’
The band then gathered ideas for their fifth studio effort. They spent three years working on the album and in 2009, they released, ‘The Resistance.’ The record won them their first Grammy Award in the category of ‘Best Rock Album’ and was influenced by the music of English rock band, Queen. It was certified platinum in the United States and went on to top the charts in New Zealand, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium and Australia.
Album Releases and Notable Work
Since 2009, Muse has gone on to release two more studio efforts – ‘The 2nd Law’ and ‘Drones’. The latter became their second album to top the charts in the United States and was called, “a truly guilty pleasure” by the Rolling Stone. Moreover, it was acknowledged as the nineteenth best-selling record of 2015 as it went on to sell over one million copies worldwide.
Muse is not only credited for releasing seven studio efforts, but they also have two live records under their belt. They are also behind five EPs and have spawned one compilation album, ‘Hullabaloo Soundtrack’ in 2002.
Muse Tour Tickets
Muse fans are in for a treat because the band is scheduled to play a couple of very exciting shows in the fall of 2017. They will first be performing a gig alongside Thirty Seconds to Mars, Queens of the Stone Age, Rise Against and Prophets of Rage at The Forum in Los Angeles. The trio will then play their second gig at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. So, if you are planning to attend their concert then get your Muse tour tickets here.