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name Muse| background = group_or_band| image = Muse Promo 2017.tif| alt =| image_size = 240px| landscape = yes| caption = Muse in May 2017. From left to right: Chris Wolstenholme, Matt Bellamy, and Dominic Howard

Teignmouth>Teignmouth, Devon, England
  • art rock
  • space rock
  • electronica
  • {edih}| years_active = 1994–present
    {edih}| associated_acts =}}| current_members = }}Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums).Muse signed to Maverick Records and released their debut album, Showbiz, in 1999, showcasing Bellamy's falsetto and a melancholic alternative rock style. Their second album, Origin of Symmetry (2001), incorporated wider instrumentation and romantic classical influences, and earned them a reputation for energetic live performances.WEB,weblink Muse biography,, 21 July 2018, Absolution (2003) saw further classical influence, with orchestra on tracks such as "Butterflies and Hurricanes", and became the first of five consecutive UK number-one albums.Black Holes and Revelations (2006) incorporated electronic and pop elements, displayed in singles such as "Supermassive Black Hole". The album brought Muse wider international success. The Resistance (2009) and The 2nd Law (2012) explored themes of government oppression and civil uprising and cemented Muse as one of the world's major stadium acts. Their seventh album, Drones (2015), was a concept album about drone warfare and returned to a harder rock sound. Their eighth album, Simulation Theory (2018), prominently featured synthesisers and was influenced by science fiction and the simulation hypothesis.Muse have won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards and eight NME Awards. In 2012 they received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. {{As of|2016|06}}, they have sold over 20 million albums worldwide.WEB,weblink Muse, Glastonbury, review: they are, at heart, an old fashioned heavy rock band who can really really play, 25 June 2016,, 27 June 2016,


    1994–98: Formation and early years

    The members of Muse played in separate school bands during their stay at Teignmouth Community College in the early 1990s. Guitarist Matt Bellamy successfully auditioned for drummer Dominic Howard's band, Carnage Mayhem, becoming its singer and songwriter. They renamed the band Gothic Plague. They asked Chris Wolstenholme–at that time the drummer for Fixed Penalty–to join as bassist; he agreed and took up bass lessons.BOOK, The Rough Guide to Rock, Buckley, Peter, 17 November 2003, Rough Guides, 1843531054, International who's who in popular music, Volume 4 p.37. Routledge, 2002 The band was renamed Rocket Baby Dolls and adopted a goth-glam image. Around this time the band received a £150 grant from The Prince's Trust for equipment, leading to supporting the Trust through a gig at the Albert Hall on 3 December 2018.Jools Holland interview, 10 October 2018In 1994, Rocket Baby Dolls won a local battle of the bands, smashing their equipment in the process.WEB,weblink Watch "Rocket Baby Dolls" Later Known As Muse Win Battle of the Bands 1994, feelnumb, 22 January 2016, 27 May 2018, Bellamy said, "It was supposed to be a protest, a statement, so, when we actually won, it was a real shock, a massive shock. After that, we started taking ourselves seriously." The band quit their jobs, changed their name to Muse, and moved away from Teignmouth.WEB,weblink Muse Biography, Artists, Taste Music,weblink" title="">weblink 8 December 2002, The name "Muse" was supposedly inspired by Matthew Bellamy's art teacher Samuel Theoun. The band liked that it was short and thought that it looked good on a poster.WEB,weblink Muse: Profile of the Band, The Telegraph,weblink" title="">weblink 3 March 2016, 17 June 2015, According to journalist Mark Beaumont, the band wanted the name to reflect "the sense Matt had that he had somehow 'summoned up' this band, the way mediums could summon up inspirational spirits at times of emotional need".Mark Beaumont (2010). "Out of This World: The Story of Muse". Omnibus Press, 2010

    1998–2000: First EPs and Showbiz

    After a few years building a fanbase, Muse played their first gigs in London and Manchester supporting Skunk Anansie on tour. They had a significant meeting with Dennis Smith, the owner of Sawmills Studio, situated in a converted water mill in Cornwall. He had seen the three boys grow up as he knew their parents, and had a production company with their future manager Safta Jaffery, with whom he had recently started the record label Taste Media.WEB,weblink Interview with Safta Jaffery, manager for Muse, HitQuarters, 3 September 2010, The meeting led to their first serious recordings and the release of the Muse EP on 11 May 1998 on Sawmills' in-house Dangerous label, produced by Paul Reeve.Ben Myers (2007). "Muse: Inside the Muscle Museum". p. 58. Random House, Their second EP, the Muscle Museum EP, also produced by Reeve, was released on 11 January 1999. It reached number 3 in the indie singles chart and attracted the attention of British radio broadcaster Steve Lamacq and the weekly British music publication NME.{{citation needed|date=May 2018}} Later in 1999, Muse performed on the Emerging Artist's stage at Woodstock '99 and signed with Smith and Jaffery. File:Muse logo.svg|thumb|right|200px|The Muse logo, incorporated chiefly since the release of Muse EP in 1998]]Despite the success of their second EP, British record companies were reluctant to sign Muse. After a trip to New York's CMJ Festival, Nanci Walker, then Sr. Director of A&R at Columbia Records, flew Muse to the US to showcase for Columbia Records' then-Senior Vice-President of A&R, Tim Devine, as well as for American Recording's Rick Rubin. During this trip, on 24 December 1998, Muse signed a deal with American record label Maverick Records.WEB,weblink Muse biography, Ticketmaster,weblink" title="">weblink 20 April 2008, yes, 2 May 2008, Upon their return from America, Taste Media arranged deals for Muse with various record labels in Europe and Australia, allowing them control over their career in individual countries.BOOK,weblink Billboard 28 August ust 1999,, 28 September 2014, John Leckie was brought in alongside Reeve to produce the band's first album, Showbiz (1999). The album showcased Muse's aggressive yet melancholic musical style, with lyrics about relationships and their difficulties trying to establish themselves in their hometown.Showbiz. Kerrang Review, 1999

    2001–02: Origin of Symmetry and Hullabaloo

    File:Muse at Roskilde Festival 2000.jpg|thumb|right|Muse performing at Roskilde FestivalRoskilde FestivalDuring the production of their second album, Origin of Symmetry (2001), Muse experimented with instrumentation such as a church organ, Mellotron, animal bones, and an expanded drum kit. There was more of Bellamy's falsetto, arpeggiated guitar, and piano playing. Bellamy cites guitar influences such as Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine), the latter evident in the more riff-based songs in Origin of Symmetry and in Bellamy's use of guitar pitch-shifting effects.WEB,weblink Muse's Matt Bellamy Talks, 25 December 2003, (possibly reprinted from Total Guitar (UK Magazine)), 17 September 2009, {{Not in refs|date=October 2017}} The album features a cover of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's "Feeling Good",NEWS,weblink NME article, NME, 19 January 2008, June 2003, voted in various polls one of the greatest cover versions of all time.MAGAZINE,weblink TG's Best Covers EVER!, 23 June 2008, Total Guitar, 16 October 2008, WEB,weblink Muse beat The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash to win best cover song of all time,weblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2016, NME, 22 September 2010, NEWS,weblink Pet Shop Boys' Always On My Mind tops cover version vote, 27 October 2014, BBC News, 28 October 2014, It was released as a double A-side single, "Hyper Music/Feeling Good".Origin of Symmetry received positive reviews by critics; NME gave the album 9/10 and wrote: "It's amazing for such a young band to load up with a heritage that includes the darker visions of Cobain and Kafka, Mahler and The Tiger Lillies, Cronenberg and Schoenberg, and make a sexy, populist album."WEB,weblink Origin of Symmetry – Review, Morton, Roger, NME, 4 May 2008, Maverick, Muse's American label, did not consider Bellamy's vocals "radio-friendly" and asked Muse to rerecord the song for the US release. The band refused and left Maverick; the album was not released in the US until September 2005, after Muse signed to Warner Bros.MAGAZINE,weblink Pomp and Circumstance, SPIN, September 2009, 28 September 2014, MAGAZINE,weblink Dark Matter, CMJ, New Music Monthly, 123/124, 28 September 2014, Origin of Symmetry has made appearances on lists of the greatest rock albums of the 2000s, both poll-based and on publication lists. In 2006, it placed at number 74 on Q magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of All-Time,WEB,weblink's/2006Qreaders.html, Q Greatest Albums of All Time, 12 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink's/2006Qreaders.html, 20 October 2011, while in February 2008, the album placed at number 28 on a list of the Best British Albums of All Time determined by the magazine's readers. Kerrang! placed the album at number 20 in its 100 Best British Rock Albums Ever! List and at number 13 on its 50 Best Albums of the 21st Century list.MAGAZINE, Muse Message Board Lists, Kerrang!,weblink 2012-09-29,weblink" title="">weblink 29 March 2012, yes, Acclaimed Music ranks Origin of Symmetry as the 1,247th greatest album of all time.WEB, Muse, Acclaimed Music, 2009-12-14,weblink 12 May 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 6 September 2011, yes, In 2002, Muse released the first live DVD, Hullabaloo, featuring footage recorded during Muse's two gigs at Le Zenith in Paris in 2001, and a documentary film of the band on tour. A double album, Hullabaloo Soundtrack, was released at the same time, containing a compilation of B-sides and a disc of recordings of songs from the Le Zenith performances. A double-A side single was also released featuring the new songs "In Your World" and "Dead Star".In 2002, Muse threatened Celine Dion with legal action when she planned to name her Las Vegas show "Muse", as Muse have worldwide performing rights to the name. Dion offered Muse $50,000 for the rights, but they turned it down and Dion backed down. Bellamy said: "We don't want to turn up there with people thinking we're Celine Dion's backing band."NEWS,weblink Band muses on Dion name victory, 18 October 2002, 19 January 2008, BBC News,

    2003–05: Absolution

    File:MuseToronto2004-1.JPG|thumb|upright|right|Chris Wolstenholme of Muse performing at the Mod Club TheatreMod Club TheatreMuse's third album, Absolution, produced by Rich Costey, Paul Reeve and John Cornfield was released on 15 September 2003. It debuted at number one in the UKWEB,weblink Lily Allen, Muse Soar To No. 1 On U.K. Charts, 10 July 2006, Billboard, 28 September 2014, and produced Muse's first top-ten hit, "Time Is Running Out", and three top-twenty hits: "Hysteria", "Sing for Absolution" and "Butterflies and Hurricanes". Absolution was eventually certified gold in the US.WEB,weblink Gold & Platinum Search Results, RIAA, 27 May 2018, Muse undertook a year-long international tour in support of the album, visiting Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and France. On the 2004 US leg of the tour, Bellamy injured himself onstage during the opening show in Atlanta;NEWS,weblink Muse singer hurt during US show, 14 April 2004, 27 January 2008, BBC News, the tour resumed after Bellamy received stitches.WEB,weblink 'We take a juicer on tour', Telegraph,weblink" title="">weblink 27 March 2016, yes, 17 June 2015, In June 2004, Muse headlined the Glastonbury Festival, which they later described as "the best gig of our lives".WEB,weblink Artist of the week, June 2004, MTV,weblink" title="">weblink 15 December 2007, WEB,weblink Muse: Road To Wembley Part 4 – Glastonbury, triumph and tragedy, 14 June 2007, NME, UK, 27 January 2008, Howard's father, William Howard, who attended the festival to watch the band, died from a heart attack shortly after the performance. Bellamy said: "It was the biggest feeling of achievement we've ever had after coming offstage. It was almost surreal that an hour later his dad died. It was almost not believable. We spent about a week sort of just with Dom trying to support him. I think he was happy that at least his dad got to see him at probably what was the finest moment so far of the band's life."WEB,weblink muse: biography,, 4 August 2007, Muse won two MTV Europe awards, including "Best Alternative Act", and a Q Award for "Best Live Act",Billboard, 4 December 2004' and received an award for "Best British Live Act" at the Brit Awards.International Who's Who in Popular Music 2008 p.561 Taylor and Francis, 2008 On 2 July 2005, they participated in the Live 8 concert in Paris.WEB,weblink LIVE 8 Concerts – Live 8, 2 July 2005,,weblink" title="">weblink 1 April 2010, yes, 3 September 2010, In 2003, the band successfully sued Nestlé for using their cover "Feeling Good" for a Nescafé advertisement without permission and donated the money won from the lawsuit to Oxfam.WEB,weblink Muse call $3.5 million lawsuit complete nonsense, Gigwise,weblink" title="">weblink 29 January 2016, no, 17 June 2015, An unofficial DVD biography, Manic Depression, was released in April 2005.WEB,weblink Manic depression, Amazon (company), Amazon, 2 April 2008, Muse released another live DVD on 12 December 2005, Absolution Tour, containing edited and remastered highlights from their Glastonbury performance unseen footage from their performances at London Earls Court, Wembley Arena, and the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. During the 2004 Absolution tour, Bellamy smashed 140 guitars, a world record for the most guitars smashed in a tour.NEWS,weblink Muse interview: 'We are a dying breed', 2018-12-03, BBC News, 2018-12-04, en-GB,

    2006–08: Black Holes and Revelations and HAARP

    {{see also|Black Holes and Revelations Tour}}File:Muse playing Starlight at Leeds Festival 2006.jpg|thumb|left|225px|Muse playing "Starlight" at Reading and Leeds FestivalsReading and Leeds FestivalsIn 2006, Muse released their fourth album, Black Holes and Revelations, co-produced once again with Rich Costey. The album's title and themes reflect the band's interest in science fiction.WEB,weblink 'Kate Moss? We briefly met once', Popworld,weblink" title="">weblink 24 December 2007, WEB,weblink Muse: Black Holes & Revelations, Raper, Dan, 18 July 2006, Pop Matters, 24 January 2008, The album charted at number one in the UK, much of Europe, and Australia.WEB,weblink Black Holes and Revelations by Muse, αCharts, 27 January 2008, BOOK, Roberts, David, 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums, London, Guinness World Records Limited, BOOK, Kent, David, David Kent (historian), 1993, Kent Music Report, Australian Chart Book 1970–1992, Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W., In the US, it reached number nine on the Billboard 200.Before the release of the new album, Muse made several promotional TV appearances starting on 13 May 2006 at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. The Black Holes and Revelations Tour started before the release of their album and initially consisted mostly of festival appearances, including a headline slot at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2006.WEB,weblink Tour Dates Archive: 2006, Muse, 28 May 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 28 May 2018, yes, 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.WEB,weblink Arctic Monkeys win 2006 Mercury Music Prize, 5 September 2006, NME, 27 May 2018, It earned a Platinum Europe Award after selling one million copies in Europe.WEB,weblink 2006 IFPI Platinum Europe Awards, 2006, IFPI, 27 May 2018, The first single from the album, "Supermassive Black Hole", was released as a download in May 2006. In August 2006, Muse recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios for the Live from Abbey Road television show. The second single, "Starlight", was released in September 2006. "Knights of Cydonia" was released in the US as a radio-only single in June 2006 and in the UK in November 2006. The fourth single, "Invincible", was released in April 2007.WEB,weblink Muse confirm new single, 26 July 2007, Another single, "Map of the Problematique", was released for download only in June 2007, following the band's performance at Wembley Stadium.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Map Of The Problematique - Digital Single, 9 June 2007, Muse, 27 May 2018, File:Muse rip.jpg|thumb|right|Muse at the Rock im ParkRock im ParkMuse spent November and much of December 2006 touring Europe with British band Noisettes as the supporting act. The tour continued in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia in early 2007 before returning to England for the summer.WEB,weblink Tour Dates Archive: 2007, Muse, 27 May 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 28 May 2018, yes, At the 2007 Brit Awards in February, Muse received their second award for Best British Live Act.WEB,weblink The BRITs: 2007, BRIT Awards, 27 May 2018, They performed two gigs at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium on 16 and 17 June 2007, where they became the first band to sell out the venue.NEWS,weblink Muse wow Wembley, Wood, Emily, 18 June 2007, BBC, Both concerts were recorded for a DVD/CD, HAARP, released in early 2008.WEB,weblink HAARP - CD/DVD - Out March 17th!, 2 February 2008, Muse, 3 February 2008, It was named the 40th greatest live album of all time by NME.WEB, 17 March 2015, The 50 Greatest Live Albums Ever,weblink 27 May 2018, NME, The tour continued across Europe in July 2007 before returning to the US in August, where Muse played to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, New York City.WEB,weblink Muse headlining Madison Square Garden, 4 May 2007, The Rock Radio,weblink" title="">weblink 27 September 2007, yes, 12 May 2007, WEB,weblink Terrance, Pryor, Muse are bringing their mesmerizing performance to your town, AXS, 15 August 2014, 27 May 2018, They headlined the second night of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on 15 September 2007, and performed at the October 2007 Vegoose in Las Vegas with bands including Rage Against the Machine, Daft Punk and Queens of the Stone Age. Muse continued touring in Eastern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand in 2007 before going to South Africa, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ireland, and the UK in 2008.WEB,weblink Tour Dates Archive: 2008, Muse, 27 May 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 28 May 2018, yes, On 12 April, they played a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.WEB, Royal Albert Hall 2008, 23 February 2008, 18 February 2008, Teenage Cancer Trust,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 27 May 2007, Muse performed at Rock in Rio Lisboa on 6 June 2008, alongside bands including Kaiser Chiefs, The Offspring and Linkin Park.WEB, Rock in Rio Lisboa: Muse ao vivo [texto+fotos], 6 June 2008, Blitz Portugal,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink 7 June 2008, dmy-all, They also performed in Marlay Park, Dublin, on 13 August.WEB, Fans not a-Mused as top band to leave out Belfast, 17 April 2008, 14 April 2008, The Belfast Telegraph,weblink A few days later, Muse headlined the 2008 V Festival, playing in Chelmsford on Saturday 16 August and Staffordshire on Sunday 17 August.WEB, V Festival Announcement!, 23 February 2008, 12 February 2008,,weblink On 25 September 2008, Bellamy, Howard and Wolstenholme all received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth for their contributions to music.WEB, Muse Receive Honorary Degrees, 6 August 2009, 28 September 2008,,weblink WEB, Muse receive honorary degrees, 6 August 2009, 29 September 2008, NME, UK,weblink

    2009–11: The Resistance

    File:MuseNIA.JPG|thumb|right|Muse performing "Resistance" at the National Indoor ArenaNational Indoor ArenaDuring the recording of Muse's fifth studio album The Resistance, Wolstenholme checked into rehab to deal with his alcoholism, which was threatening the band's future. Howard said: "I've always believed in band integrity and sticking together. There's something about the fact we all grew up together. We've been together for 18 years now, which is over half our lives."WEB, Muse: 'We like pushing it as far as we can',weblink the Guardian, 8 October 2015, Dorian, Lynskey, The Resistance was released in September 2009, the first Muse album produced by the band,NEWS,weblink Muse slate producer Rick Rubin at awards ceremony, Lindvall, Helienne, 12 February 2010, The Guardian, 22 April 2010, London, with engineering by Adrian Bushby and mixing by Mark Stent.WEB, Muse – The Resistance Album Review,weblink, It topped album charts in 19 countries, became the band's third number one album in the UK,NEWS,weblink Muse Score Third UK. No. 1 Album, Sexton, Paul, 21 September 2009, Billboard, 24 April 2010, and reached number three on the Billboard 200.NEWS,weblink Muse, Silversun Pickups: Big music, built for KeyArena, Horowitz, Joanna, 1 April 2010, The Seattle Times, 22 April 2010, Reviews were mostly positive, with praise for its ambition, classical influences and the thirteen-minute, three-part "(Exogenesis: Symphony)".BOOK,weblink Billboard 3 October 2009,, 28 September 2014, "Exogenesis: Part I" was used by director Guy Ritchie in the Jude Law advert for Dior Homme, "A Rendezvous".Video: Jude Law for Dior Homme -Directed By Guy Ritchie-Music By Muse {{webarchive |url= |date=9 September 2010 }} Hollywood Retrieved 8 December 2010 The Resistance beat its predecessor Black Holes and Revelations in album sales in its debut week in the UK with approximately 148,000 copies sold.WEB,weblink NME website, NME, UK, 3 September 2010, The first single, "Uprising", was released seven days earlier.WEB,weblink First Single = Uprising!, On 13 September, Muse performed "Uprising" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.WEB,weblink Muse Hit The Street For VMA Performance, MTV News, 28 September 2014, File:Flickr - moses namkung - Muse-2.jpg|thumb|left|Bellamy performing at the Oracle Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaOakland, CaliforniaThe Resistance Tour began with A Seaside Rendezvous in Muse's hometown of Teignmouth, Devon, in September 2009. It included headline slots the following year at festivals including Coachella,WEB,weblink Muse Bring Big Rock Back to Coachella – Spinner UK, 18 April 2010,,weblink" title="">weblink 28 July 2011, yes, 3 September 2010, Glastonbury,WEB,weblink Muse and Stevie Wonder set to headline Glastonbury 2010, 2 February 2010, NME, UK, 3 September 2010, Oxegen,NEWS,weblink Oxegen 2010 Set To Start With Eminem, Muse, Arcade Fire, 9 July 2010, Gigwise, 3 September 2010, Hovefestivalen,WEB,weblink Hovefestivalen, Hovefestivalen, 12 July 2016, {{dead link|date=September 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} T in the Park, Austin City Limits and the Australian Big Day Out.WEB,weblink BIG DAY OUT 2010 – Music Festival – Auckland, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth,,weblink" title="">weblink 11 January 2010, yes, 15 April 2010, Between September and November, Muse toured North America.NEWS,weblink Muse announces fall shows in North America, 21 April 2010, The Independent, 22 April 2010, London, Muse provided the lead single for the film (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)", released on 17 May 2010.WEB,weblink Muse's Neutron Star Collision to Be First Single from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack,, 3 September 2010, In June, Muse headlined Glastonbury Festival for the second time; after U2 canceled their headline slot following singer Bono's back injury, U2 guitarist the Edge joined Muse to play the U2 track "Where the Streets Have No Name".Beaumont, Mark (Sunday 27 June 2010) Muse at Glastonbury 2010 {{webarchive |url= |date=18 June 2012 }} The GuardianFile:Muse at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 03.jpg|thumb|right|235px|Muse on stage at Outside Lands Music and Arts FestivalOutside Lands Music and Arts FestivalFor their live performances, Muse received the O2 Silver Clef Award in London on 2 July 2010,NEWS,weblink Muse to receive prestigious O2 Silver Clef Award, The Independent, 28 September 2014, presented by Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen; Taylor described the trio as "probably the greatest live act in the world today".WEB,weblink Muse Honored at O2 Silver Clef Awards, 14 September 2009, Billboard, 3 September 2010, On 12 September 2010, Muse won an MTV Video Music Award in the category of Best Special Effects, for the "Uprising" video.WEB,weblink Lady Gaga, Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars Triumph At 2010 VMA Awards,, 28 September 2014, On 21 November, Muse took home an American Music Award for Favorite Artist in the Alternative Rock Music Category.WEB,weblink Muse Wins American Music Award for Favorite Artist in the Alternative Rock Music Category, Market Wired, 12 July 2016, On 2 December, Muse were nominated for three awards for the 53rd Grammy Awards on 13 February 2011, for which they won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for The Resistance.WEB,weblink Muse Bask In First Grammy Win, Make Plans For Kid-Friendly Album, MTV News, 28 September 2014, Based on having the largest airplay and sales in the US, Muse were named the Billboard Alternative Songs and Rock Songs artist for 2010 with "Uprising", "Resistance" and "Undisclosed Desires" achieving 1st, 6th and 49th on the year end Alternative Song chart respectively.WEB,weblink Best of 2010, Alternative Songs, 31 December 2010, Billboard, 28 September 2014, WEB,weblink Archived copy, 7 February 2016, no,weblink" title="">weblink 21 January 2013, Billboard Retrieved 19 December 2010 On 30 July 2011, Muse supported Rage Against the Machine at their only 2011 gig at the L.A. Rising festival. On 13 August, Muse headlined the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco.WEB,weblink Muse, Arcade Fire, Phish To Headline Outside Lands Festival, MTV News, 28 September 2014, Muse headlined the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2011.WEB,weblink Feeling Good! Muse leave fans raving as they close Reading Festival after 'most successful year yet', Mail Online, 28 September 2014, To celebrate the tenth anniversary of their second studio album Origin of Symmetry (2001), the band performed all eleven tracks.WEB,weblink Muse to play 'Origin of Symmetry' in full at Reading And Leeds Festivals, NME, UK, Muse also headlined Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park in August 2011.WEB,weblink Eminem, Muse, Foo Fighters to Headline Lollapalooza 2011, 9 February 2011, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 September 2014,

    2012–13: The 2nd Law and Live at Rome Olympic Stadium

    File:Muse at Air Canada Centre.jpg|thumb|right|235px|Muse performing at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto on 10 April 2013 during The 2nd Law World TourThe 2nd Law World TourIn an April 2012 interview, Bellamy said Muse's next album would include influences from acts such as French house duo Justice and UK electronic rock group Does It Offend You, Yeah?.weblink {{webarchive|url=|date=19 July 2012}} On 6 June 2012, Muse released a trailer for their next album, The 2nd Law, with a countdown on the band's website. The trailer, which included dubstep elements, was met with mixed reactions.WEB, Fans react to Muse's dubstep-tinged trailer for new album 'The 2nd Law', NME, 6 June 2012,weblink 6 June 2012, WEB, Montgomery, James, Muse Move Toward Dubstep in Apocalyptic The 2nd Law Trailer, MTV, 6 June 2012,weblink 6 June 2012, On 7 June, Muse announced a European Arena tour, the first leg of The 2nd Law Tour. The leg included dates in France, Spain and the UK.WEB,weblink MUSE: NEWS – UK & European Tour Announced,, 7 June 2012, 1 October 2012, The first single from the album, "Survival", was the official song of the London 2012 Summer Olympics,WEB,weblink Muse unveil official Olympic song, BBC News, 28 September 2014, and Muse performed it at the Olympics closing ceremony.WEB,weblink Going out in a blaze of golden glory: Awe-inspiring shots from the fantastic fireworks show which closed London's 2012 Olympics, Mail Online, 28 September 2014, File:Muse - Supremacy - Roma.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Muse performing "Supremacy" at Stadio Olimpico, Rome on 6 July 2013 during The Unsustainable Tour ]]Muse revealed the 2nd Law tracklist on 13 July 2012.WEB, The 2nd Law Tracklisting Unveiled, Muse, 13 July 2012,weblink 13 July 2012, WEB, Muse reveal The 2nd Law tracklisting, Rekwired, 13 July 2012,weblink 13 July 2012, The second single, "Madness", was released on 20 August 2012, with a music video on 5 September. Muse played at the Roundhouse on 30 September as part of the iTunes Festival. The 2nd Law was released worldwide on 1 October, and on 2 October 2012 in the US; it reached number one in the UK Albums Chart, and number two on the US Billboard 200.WEB,weblink Muse beat Mumford & Sons to claim UK Number One album slot, 7 October 2012, NME.COM, 28 September 2014, WEB,weblink Mumford & Sons keep Muse from topping Billboard chart, Reuters, 28 September 2014, The song "Madness" earned a nomination in the Best Rock Song category and the album itself was nominated for the Best Rock Album at the 55th Grammy Awards, 2013. The band performed the album's opening song, "Supremacy", with an orchestra at the 2013 Brit Awards on 20 February 2013.WEB,weblink Muse to perform 'Supremacy' with full orchestra and choir at Brit Awards, 26 January 2013, NME.COM, 28 September 2014, The album was a nominee for Best Rock Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. The song "Madness" was also nominated for Best Rock Song.WEB,weblink 55th Annual Grammy Awards: Complete List of Nominees, E!, 5 December 2012, 9 July 2015, Nessif, Bruna, The album listed at number 46 on Rolling Stone{{'}}s list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying "In an era of diminished expectations, Muse make stadium-crushing songs that mix the legacies of Queen, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead while making almost every other current band seem tiny."WEB,weblink Muse, 'The 2nd Law' – 50 Best Albums of 2012, Rolling Stone, 5 December 2012, 9 July 2015, Muse released their fourth live album, Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, on 29 November 2013 on CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray formats. In November 2013, the film had theatrical screenings in 20 cities worldwide. The album contains the band's performance at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on 6 July 2013, in front of over 60,000 people; it was the first concert filmed in 4K format.WEB,weblink Muse Singer Matt Bellamy: Live DVD Completes an 'Upside-Down Journey',weblink" title="">weblink 16 October 2016, Rolling Stone, 3 December 2014, The concert was a part of the Unsustainable Tour, Muse's mid-2013 tour of Europe.

    2014–16: Drones

    File:Phil Guest - 25957169210.jpg|thumb|right|Muse on stage at the O2 Arena in London in April 2016 as part of the Drones World TourDrones World TourMuse began writing their seventh album soon after the Rome concert. The band felt that the electronic side of their music was becoming too dominant, and wanted to return to a simpler rock sound.WEB,weblink Muse Singer Matt Bellamy: Live DVD Completes an 'Upside-Down Journey', Greene, Andy, 2 December 2013, Rolling Stone, 7 February 2015, WEB,weblink Chris Wolstenholme and Muse Return to Their Hard Rock Roots,, 8 April 2016, After self-producing their previous two albums, the band hired producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange so they could focus on performance and spend less time mixing and reviewing takes. Recording took place in the Vancouver Warehouse Studio from October 2014 to April 2015.WEB,weblink Dom Howard Instagram, 1 April 2015, Instagram, 6 April 2015, WEB,weblink Rich Costey Instagram, 1 April 2015, Instagram, 6 April 2015, Muse announced their seventh album, Drones, on 11 March 2015. The following day, they released a lyric video for "Psycho" on their YouTube channel,WEB,weblink Muse - Psycho [Official Lyric Video], 12 March 2015, YouTube, 12 March 2015, and made the song available for instant download with the album pre-order. Another single, "Dead Inside", was released on 23 March.WEB,weblink Muse announce new album 'Drones' for June and confirm live dates beginning Sunday, Britton, Luke Morgan, 11 March 2015, NME, 13 March 2015, From 15 March to 16 May, Muse embarked on a short tour in small venues throughout the UK and the US, the Psycho Tour. Live performances of new songs from these concerts are included on the DVD accompanying the album along with bonus studio footage.WEB,weblink Drones CD & DVD, 12 March 2015,, Warner Music, 16 March 2015, On 18 May 2015, Muse released a lyric video for "Mercy" on their YouTube channel, and made the song available for instant download with the album pre-order.WEB,weblink Muse: Stream New Single ‘Mercy’ Taken From Seventh Studio Album ‘Drones’, 18 May 2015, Inveterate, 18 May 2015, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 20 May 2015, Drones was released on 8 June 2015. A concept album about the dehumanisation of modern warfare,NEWS,weblink Muse appear to confirm Drones as new album title with cryptic photos, Davidson, Amy, 5 February 2015, Gigwise, 5 February 2015, it returned to a simpler rock sound with less elaborate production and genre experimentation.WEB,weblink Muse Drones Album Interview And Review By Jane Gazzo, 5 June 2015, Triple M, 10 June 2015, WEB,weblink Muse: Drones review – the band's most focused work in a decade, Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 10 June 2015, It topped the album charts in the UK, the US, Australia and most major markets."Muse land fifth UK number one album" {{webarchive |url= |date=19 September 2016 }}. BBC. Retrieved 17 June 2015NEWS, Keith, Caulfield, Muse Earns Its First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart,weblink Billboard, 17 June 2015, 17 June 2015, "ARIA Album charts: Muse album debuts at No. 1" {{webarchive |url= |date=7 November 2016 }}. Noise 11. Retrieved 17 June 2015Muse headlined Lollapalooza Berlin on 13 September 2015.NEWS, Muse to headline Lollapalooza Berlin,weblink 2 June 2015, Never Enough Notes, Never Enough Notes, 2 June 2015, Never Enough Notes, On 15 February 2016, Drones won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.WEB,weblink,, 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees, 15 February 2016, On 24 June, Muse headlined the Glastonbury Festival for a third time, becoming the first act to have headlined each day of the festival (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).WEB,weblink Muse play bombastic Glastonbury set, Mark, Savage, 25 June 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 7 September 2016, no, 25 June 2016, On 30 November 2016, Muse were announced to headline Reading and Leeds 2017.WEB,weblink MUSE ARE YOUR FIRST #RANDL17 HEADLINERS!, Reading festival, 17 December 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 20 December 2016, yes,

    2017–present: Simulation Theory

    File:MuseReading270817-42.jpg|thumb|Performance of the song "Mercy" at Reading Festival 2017]](File:Muse in Sydney.jpg|thumb|220px|Muse performing in Sydney, Australia in December 2017.)In 2017, Muse toured North America supported by Thirty Seconds to Mars and PVRIS.WEB,weblink Muse to tour with 30 Seconds to Mars,, 27 February 2017, 14 May 2018, {{Dead link|date=January 2019 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} Howard confirmed in February that the band were back in the studio.WEB,weblink Dom Howard Instagram, 11 February 2017, Instagram, 5 September 2017, On 18 May, Muse released "Dig Down", the first single from their eighth album.WEB,weblink Muse announce new single 'Dig Down', Trendell, Andrew, 11 May 2017, 11 May 2017, NME, In November, they performed at the BlizzCon festival.WEB,weblink Muse Live at BlizzCon 2017!, 5 October 2017, "Thought Contagion", the second single, was released on 15 February 2018,WEB,weblink Matt Bellamy on Muse's Rousing, Political New Song 'Thought Contagion', 15 February 2018, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2018, accompanied by an 1980s-styled music video.NEWS,weblink Muse release neon-tinged video for new single Thought Contagionwork=Prog, Munro, Scott, 16 February 2018, 29 May 2018, NEWS,weblink Muse Share Infectious New Song & Video 'Thought Contagion', Braca, Nina, 15 February 2018, Billboard (magazine), Billboard, 29 May 2018, In June, Muse opened the Rock In Rio festival.WEB,weblink, Muse’s sonic spectacular opens Lisbon’s Rock In Rio 2018, 7 July 2018, On 24 February, they played a one-off show at La Cigale in France with a setlist voted for fans online.WEB,weblink NME, Muse play rarity-packed Paris show with setlist voted for by fans, 14 May 2018, A concert video, (Muse: Drones World Tour), was released in cinemas worldwide on 12 July 2018.WEB,weblink Kerrang!, Muse to Release Drones World Tour Film in Cinemas – for one night only, 27 April 2018, On 19 July 2018, Muse released the third single from their upcoming album, "Something Human".WEB,weblink NME, Muse's Matt Bellamy shares new acoustic track Something Human, 14 July 2018, WEB,weblink MUSE - Something Human [Official Music Video], Muse, 19 July 2018, YouTube, On 30 August 2018, they announced their eighth studio album, Simulation Theory, to be released on 9 November. The announcement was accompanied by another single and video, "The Dark Side".WEB,weblink Muse unveil new single 'The Dark Side' and announce new album 'Simulation Theory', NME, Trendell, Andrew, 30 August 2018, 31 August 2018, The fifth single, "Pressure", was released on 27 September.WEB,weblink MUSE - Pressure [Official Music Video], Muse, 2018-09-29, YouTube, 2018-09-30, The Simulation Theory world tour began in Houston on 3 February 2019 and will conclude on 13 October in Santiago.NEWS,weblink Muse announces 'Simulation Theory' 2019 world tour: Here are all the dates, cities, Varga, George,, 2018-11-05, en-US,

    Musical style

    {{Original research section|date=August 2016}}Described as an alternative rock,WEB,weblink Muse Announce New Album ‘Drones’ For June Release Date, Bloody Disgusting, 12 March 2015, Barkan, Jonathan, 10 July 2017, WEB,weblink Los Angeles Times, Leitereg, Neil, 31 May 2016, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy picks up another home in Malibu, 10 July 2017, WEB,weblink Is Muse’s Song For The Olympics The Most Ridiculous Piece Of Music 2012 Has To Offer?, The Village Voice, Johnston, Martha, 28 July 2012, 10 July 2017, space rockMAGAZINE,weblink Muse to release new album, 'Drones', Alternative Press (music magazine), Alternative Press, 5 February 2015, 30 March 2015, Sharp, Tyler, NEWS,weblink Muse, Emirates Stadium, review, The Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2013, 30 March 2015, Hall, James, WEB,weblink Muse : Paris: Bercy: Tuesday November 18, NME, 12 September 2005, 30 March 2015, and progressive rock band,WEB,weblink Muse - Drones, The Quietus, 23 June 2015, 10 July 2017, WEB,weblink 10 Best Selling Prog Artists Of The 21st Century So Far, NME, 2 September 2015, 10 July 2017, Muse mix sounds from genres such as electronic music, progressive metalNEWS,weblink Muse Rides Electric Energy Through Overambitious Release, The Harvard Crimson, 12 July 2016, and art rock,WEB,weblink AllMusic Review by Tim DiGravina, All Music, 12 July 2016, MAGAZINE,weblink V, Spin, 12 July 2016, and forms such as classical music, rock opera and many others.WEB,weblink, Muse – 'The Resistance', 12 May 2008, In 2002, Bellamy described Muse as a "trashy three-piece".WEB,weblink YouTube, Muse interview on BBC 2002, 26 May 2011, In 2005, Pitchfork described Muse's music as "firmly ol' skool at heart: proggy hard rock that forgoes any pretensions to restraint ... their songs use full-stacked guitars and thunderous drums to evoke God's footsteps."WEB,weblink Muse - Black Holes and Revelations, Pitchfork Media, Pitchfork, 5 July 2006, 17 March 2015, Ubl, Sam, WEB, Muse - Absolution,weblink Allmusic, 4 November 2014, AllMusic described their sound as a "fusion of progressive rock, glam, electronica, and Radiohead-influenced experimentation."WEB, {{Allmusic, artist, p142116/biography, yes, |title = Muse > Biography|work=AllMusic|first=Heather|last=Phares|accessdate =31 March 2015}} On the band's association with progressive rock, Howard said: "I associate it [progressive rock] 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."NEWS,weblink It's back... Prog rock assaults album charts, Tim, Masters, BBC News, 23 September 2009, For their second album, Origin of Symmetry (2001), Muse wanted to craft a more aggressive sound. In 2000, Wolstenholme said: "Looking back, there isn't much difference sonically between the mellow stuff and the heavier tracks [on Showbiz]. The heavy stuff really could have been a lot heavier and that's what we want to do with [Origin of Symmetry]."WEB,weblink muse : archives | | September 2000,, 19 December 2012, Their third album, Absolution (2003), features prominent string arrangements and drew influences from artists such as Queen.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink Interview with Muse, Delaney, Colin, TNT (magazine), TNT, 9 August 2007, 8 November 2011, 14 February 2012, Their fourth album, Black Holes and Revelations (2006) was influenced by artists including Depeche Mode and Lightning Bolt, as well as Asian and European music such as Naples music. The band listened to radio stations from the Middle East during the album's recording sessions.WEB,weblink musicOMH, Muse – Intergalacticists Stride Our World, 12 May 2008, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 7 November 2008, 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."NEWS, Masters, Tim,weblink Queen star May hails Muse album, BBC News, 13 October 2009, 3 September 2010, Muse's sixth album, The 2nd Law (2012) has a broader range of influences, ranging from funk and film scores to electronica and dubstep. The 2nd Law is influenced by rock acts such as Queen and Led Zeppelin (on "Supremacy") as well as dubstep producer Skrillex and Nero (on "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable"WEB,weblink Muse Reveals Skrillex As Major Influence on New Album 'The 2nd Law', MTV, 17 September 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 10 October 2012, and "Follow Me", with the latter being co-produced by Nero), Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder (on "Panic Station" which features musicians who performed on Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"weblink{{webarchive|url=|date=18 November 2015}}) and Hans Zimmer.WEB,weblink Muse reveal 'The Dark Knight Rises' composer Hans Zimmer is a key influence on 'The 2nd Law', NME, 15 August 2012, The album features two songs with lyrics written and sung by bassist Wolstenholme, who wrote about his battle with alcoholism.WEB,weblink Muse's Chris Wolstenholme on alcohol battle: 'I had to stop or die', NME, 17 September 2012, It features extensive electronic instrumentation, including modular synthesisers and the French Connection, a synthesiser controller similar to the ondes martenot.NEWS,weblink Muse, EMusician, 2018-12-03, en-us,


    Many Muse songs are recognizable by vocalist Matt Bellamy's use of vibrato, falsetto, and melismatic phrasing, influenced by Jeff Buckley.WEB,weblink Matt Bellamy Interview,weblink" title="">weblink 5 March 2016, The Guardian, 17 June 2015, As a pianist, Bellamy often uses arpeggios. Bellamy's compositions often suggest or quote late classical and romantic era composers such as Sergei Rachmaninov (in "Space Dementia" and "Butterflies and Hurricanes"), Camille Saint-Saëns (in "I Belong to You (Mon Coeur S'ouvre À Ta Voix)") and Frédéric Chopin (in "United States of Eurasia").WEB,weblink Muse Interview,weblink" title="">weblink 22 February 2016, Telegraph, 17 June 2015, As a guitarist, Bellamy often uses arpeggiator and pitch-shift effects to create a more "electronic" sound, citing Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello as influences. His guitar playing is also influenced by Latin and Spanish guitar music; Bellamy said: "I just think that music is really passionate...It has so much feel and flair to it. I’ve spent important times of my life in Spain and Greece, and various deep things happened there – falling in love, stuff like that. So maybe that rubbed off somewhere."WEB,weblink Muse's Matt Bellamy: 'We’re not a bunch of boys who’ve got everything, whinging about nothing', The Guardian, 27 May 2018, Wolstenholme's basslines are a central motif of many Muse songs; the band combines bass guitar with effects and synthesisers to create overdriven fuzz bass tones.NEWS,weblink Too Much Is Never Enough: Muse’s Chris Wolstenholme Reinvents Art-Rock Bass For The 21st Century,, Electric & Acoustic Bass Gear, Lessons, News, Video, Tabs and Chords -, 19 February 2018, en-US, Both Bellamy and Wolstenholme use touch-screen controllers, often built into their instruments, to control synthesisers and effects including a Korg Kaoss pad or Digitech Whammy pedal.WEB,weblink Muse Gear Guide - Matt Bellamy's FX Pedals, Dolphin Music, 1 October 2009, 26 January 2014,


    Most earlier Muse songs lyrically dealt with introspective themes, including relationships, social alienation, and difficulties they had encountered while trying to establish themselves in their hometown. However, with the band's progress, their song concepts have become more ambitious, addressing issues such as the fear of the evolution of technology in their Origin of Symmetry (2001) album. They deal mainly with the apocalypse in Absolution (2003) and with catastrophic war in Black Holes and Revelations (2006). The Resistance (2009) focused on themes of government oppression, uprising, love, and panspermia. The album itself was mainly inspired by Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Their sixth studio album, The 2nd Law (2012) relates to economics, thermodynamics, and apocalyptic themes. Their 2015 album Drones, is a concept album that uses autonomous killing drones as a metaphor for brainwashing and loss of empathy.Books that have influenced Muse's lyrical themes include Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell,WEB,weblink New Muse album 'inspired' by 1984, Cochrane, Greg, 8 April 2009, BBC News, 28 September 2014, Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins,WEB,weblink Interview with Matthew Bellamy,, 26 January 2014, Hyperspace by Michio Kaku,The Making of Origin of Symmetry. Xfm. 8 November 2011 The 12th Planet by Zecharia Sitchin,NEWS,weblink Muse: The band who fell to earth, The Independent, 28 September 2014, Rule by Secrecy by Jim MarrsWEB,weblink Muse – Ruled by Secrecy,, and Trance Formation of America by Cathy O'Brien.WEB,weblink Behold my trance formation, Genius, 5 March 2016,

    Band members

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