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Muse

Muse

Muse

Muse is not a band that happened to discover progressive and symphonic rock. They are a trio of school mates always in search of the sound and now, well into the 21st century, Muse tickets are among the most exciting opera in production. These concert ticket holders are privy to astounding live shows delving into every single sense and playing mercilessly with the audience’s state of being.

It all began back in the 1990s. Then grunge rock and the beginnings of alternative rock were dominating the scene in the United States and their home England. Those groups of this era undoubtedly influenced the band. Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard were determined to take it, whatever it was, to the next level. All this began with a name, Muse. Bellamy found this name quite suitable after talking with his art teacher. Not only did the term muse have a relationship with Ancient Greece, but as verb it means to “gaze wonderingly” and as a noun it means an inspiring goddess. It also, as the group admits, looks quite nice on a poster.

So, with a bit of levity and a ton of creativity, Muse began its development as a rare three-piece orchestra playing whole musical movements and not merely a few songs strung tohether. The first act, Showbiz, featured the beginnings of group trying to embody of heavy and loud as beautifully as possible. Muse quickly found its footing and began the production of albums coupling the heavy sound with other elements.

Origin of Symmetry introduced a band much more comfortable with itself and openly aggressive in its pursuit of the perfect progressive sound. Absolution sought forgiveness at the end of the world. Black Holes and Revelations brought the music to space. The Resistance merged progressive rock with classical music. The 2nd Law is a reference to the second law of thermodynamics. Essentially touching on entropy and a sign the group needed a new direction, thus the inclusion of many more new popular music developments. No matter the theme or underlying musical direction, Muse concert tickets will be those for some of the best shows over the course of the year.



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Artist Biography - Muse

In spite of the success and acclaim of their second E.P., no English record label would back Muse, Bellamy's vibrato-laden, often high-pitched vocal and unusual stage-presence almost certainly being sources of reluctance. In fact it was the American label Maverick Records that took a gamble on the band, giving them a number of gigs in the U.S. and eventually signing them by the end of 1998. Upon their return from America, Taste Media arranged deals for Muse with various record labels in Europe and Australia and John Leckie, producer of Radiohead's highly regarded album The Bends, was brought in to produce the band's first album Showbiz, considered by some to be heavily influenced by Radiohead. It was an album showcasing the band's aggressive style and features a number of lyrical references to the hard time they had whilst trying to establish themselves in Teignmouth. The release of this album was followed by Maverick giving Muse prestigious support slots for the Foo Fighters and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in a series of gigs in the United States, playing to crowds of over 20,000 people.

1999 and 2000 saw Muse playing major festivals in Europe and gigs in Japan and Australia, accumulating a considerable fan base in Western Europe (though in Britain this following remained somewhat left-field), before settling down to write their second album Origin of Symmetry. This album saw the band innovating more, exploring their style in ways they were not fully able to on Showbiz, with a heavier, darker rock sound, backed up by Wolstenholme's large, often overdriven or synthesized bass sound (used to fill the gaps left in the band's music by there only being three members), use of unorthodox instrumentation such as a church organ and Howard's expansion of the standard rock drum set, more exploitation of high pitched vocal lines and the introduction of more use of Bellamy's distinctive piano style, inspired by the works of pianists of the Romanticism such as Sergei Rachmaninoff. Bellamy cites some of his guitar playing influences as Jimi Hendrix and Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine), the latter being particularly evident in the more riff-based songs on Origin of Symmetry and in Bellamy's extensive use of pitch-shifting effects in his solos. The general eccentricity of Muse's fundamentally rock style has seen them likened to 1970s glam rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury being a confessed song writing influence of Bellamy's.

The accomplished nature of this album might have been expected to see Muse make a significant impact on the American music scene, but a stroke of irony saw Maverick cause Origin of Symmetry to never reach American record stores. With reservations to Bellamy's vocal style (considering it not "radio-friendly"), they asked Muse to change some of their songs prior to U.S. release. Insulted, the band declined and left Maverick altogether. After the album, Muse released Hullabaloo, a double album featuring a live performance in Paris and a collection of b-sides.

In 2003, their latest studio album was released. Entitled Absolution, this recording expressed a continuation of the experimentation in the rock genre displayed in Origin of Symmetry while trying to maintain a sense of the three-piece band that they are and was produced by Rich Costey who, somewhat fittingly given Bellamy's guitar style, had previously produced Rage Against the Machine. The band made reference to there being a through-running theme in the album the end of the world, and a series of reactions to that situation. This draws mainly from Bellamy's intrigue in conspiracies and conspiracy theories, theology, science, futurism, computing and the supernatural amongst others. The song "Ruled By Secrecy", for instance, takes its title from a Jim Marrs novel about the secrets behind the way that major governments are run many lyrics on this album have political references. Similar themes were explored in Origin of Symmetry: the song "Space Dementia" is named after a mental disorder identified in some astronauts following prolonged periods of time in space and the opening line of the song gives the name of a type of microprocessor. And in songs such as "New Born" references are made to a hypothetical future where technology has a detrimental effect on society.

A short North American tour in the spring coincided Muse's spot on the fifth annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival in May 2004.

Finally receiving mainstream critical acclaim in Britain and with a new American record deal, Muse shook off Radiohead comparisons for good and undertook their first international stadium tour. It continued for about an year and it saw Muse visiting Australia, USA, Canada and France and meanwhile the band released 5 singles. Unfortunately, a tragedy stroke the band in the middle of the year. The band performed at Glastonbury with Oasis, but the evening after the concert finished, Bill Howard - the father of the drummer Dominic Howard, who came to watch his favourite band performance, died from a heart attack. This put the band on the verge of a possible split, but after few months countenance from his band mates, apparently Dominic recovered and decided to stay with the band. The band continued its successful tour. Their last dates will be in USA and in London - Earls Court festival before Christmas. Beside the tour Muse have also won two MTV Europe awards, including "Best Alternative Act" and Q-award for "Best Live Act".

Bellamy stated that the band will probably go into the studio for future recordings at best Spring 2005. He also added that fans should expect their next album at fall of 2005 or early 2006 and that their new songs bring moderate influence by the Strokes.



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