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"Howard and Wolstenholme, in particular, look exhauted. The campaign for Absolution is, finally, almost at the end. Time off looms, but Bellamy, as in his wont, is buzzying. He says four or five new songs are already completed, that he is currently obsessed with writing instrumental music like Dick Dale and his father's own Tornados. He wants to be less commercial and more so: "I'm also writting two-and-a-half minute explosions of pure joy."... Scans of the article are on the gallery.
Intro : dom & chris jam
Sing for absolution
Ruled by secrecy
Piano interlude II
Butterflies and Hurricanes
Plug in Baby
New One (des) // Deadstar on XFM
Time is Running out
"MUSE opened their two-night stand at LONDON EARL’S COURT in dramatic style last night (December 19). The band are rounding up the touring campaign for their ‘Absolution’ album – which saw them headline Glastonbury, T In The Park and V Festivals – with their biggest indoor shows to date.
Supported by The Secret Machines and The Zutons, the band played a set that took in their three albums. Wearing a full-length red suit, frontman Matt Bellamy kept the talking to a minimum, simply saying "We’ve been Muse by the way. What can I say? Merry Christmas!" As the band returned to the stage for the encore, a barrage of giant beach balls filled with balloons were fired into the crowd, before a shower of tickertape rained on the crowd during the final ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.
"Hear Muse Live From Earls Court On Xfm As if we weren't already good enough to you Xfm has a special Christmas treat in store for you. We'll be broadcasting Muse's sold out concert at Earl's Court in London, live on 104.9 Xfm on Monday December 20!
For details, go to: http://www.xfm.co.uk/Article.asp?id=58067"
Here is the setlist played at Earl's Court - London - on dec 19.
Butterflies and Hurricanes
Sing for absolution
Ruled by Secrecy
Thoughts of a dying atheist
The small print
Time is running out
Plug in Baby
Stockholm Syndrome + outro
Muse Plan More Upbeat Follow-Up To Melancholy Absolution : Brooding British rockers Muse have a surprise in store for fans on their next album.
It's going to be upbeat. "[Depression] is the beginner's emotion," singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy said. "I find it more of a challenge to explore different sides of your personality apart from just the downside."
The band has been touring for months behind its third album, Absolution, a characteristically intense and evocative effort that has garnered the longtime U.K. favorites significant U.S. recognition. "It's nice to get that feeling of what it's like to be a new band again," Bellamy said of Muse's recent American success. "Over here, people seem to think we're all new and stuff."
Across the pond, Muse are known for having released 1999's Showbiz and 2001's Origin of Symmetry, and many have watched the band's climb from playing secret shows in rec halls as teenagers to winning the 2004 MTV Europe Video Music Award for Best Alternative Band (see "Outkast Win Big As Americans Dominate MTV Europe Awards"). [...]
While touring behind Absolution, the band experienced some major highs: playing the massive Glastonbury Festival, earning fans in the U.S. and receiving public praise from Metallica's James Hetfield, who said the band's album helped him cope during hard times. They also suffered crushing lows, including bassist Chris Wolstenholme breaking his wrist during the tour and the passing of drummer Dominic Howard's father.
"Dom's father died at one of our concerts," Bellamy said. "Right as we came offstage at Glastonbury, which is the biggest gig we've ever done in our lives, his father collapsed." Muse's determination to expose their music to fans Stateside, and the strength of the bandmembers' bonds, carried them through.
"I think you need some kind of intimacy between the band," Bellamy said. "It's a point of reference that we can remember where we were before this all happened. I think that helps us get through those things."
Bellamy is channeling his emotion into writing new songs with a positive vibe. Where Absolution is characterized by lyrics infused with dramatic melancholy, fueled by speeding percussion and screaming guitars, on the next album, Bellamy is looking to "draw on things like optimism and hope."
Bellamy said Muse won't officially get started on the follow-up to Absolution for a few months. In the meantime, the band will finish up its tour and go through one more major personality change for a set of upcoming shows at the massive Earl's Court in London on December 19 and 20.
"I'm just trying to get my head around doing the biggest headlining gigs we've ever done in London," Bellamy said. "We've got to try to become a proper arena-rock band." [ Full article on Mtv ]
1. Butterflies and Hurricanes
3. The Small Print
4. Sing for Absolution
6. Muscle Museum
7. Citizen Erazed
8. Apocalypse Please
9. Micro cuts
10. Thought of a Dying Athiest
11. Time is Running Out
13. Ruled by Secrecy
14. Plug-In Baby
15. Stockholm Syndrome
XFM will broadcast Muse Live From Earl's Court on the music response show on December 20.
Muse in NME this week : After blood and broken bones, Muse see out the year in style! Featuring the Muse Musical, the new material (one track sounds like 'a man riding a horse, playing a trumpet. In Mexico. And then being shot by bandits'), this year's Glastonbury tragedy and more… You can win a Muse gold disc on NME website. [ Article ] [ Scans ]
Xfm nominations revealed : What a year! Cracking debuts, astonishing coming of age albums and a truly breathtaking array of homegrown talent coming through. So where on earth do you start seperating the masterpieces from the merely marvellous? See all nominations including Muse 'Sing For Absolution' and vote here. Muse is also nominated for the Best Live Band 2004 and the Best Promo Video 2004 (Hysteria)
Injury-prone Brits to play Tucson at last
Muse has been making headlines this year because it has won prestigious awards, headlined big music festivals and toured the world. The band has also made headlines because of a big bout of bad luck. The ill-fated band was scheduled to play at Tucson's KFMA Fall Ball in October but backed out when bassist Chris Wolstenholme broke his wrist.
"It's been a bit of an accident-prone year really," drummer Dominic Howard said in a phone interview from a tour stop in Nashville. "Lips getting split open and Chris broke his wrist. I've had some injuries on my arms from Matt (Bellamy's) guitar and stitches in my forehead. It just seemed like it was continuing to happen. But it feels like it's calming down. Hopefully, there will be no more injuries for the remainder of this tour."
Let's hope fortune shines on the band Monday when the British trio performs at City Limits, 6350 E. Tanque Verde Road. The textured soundscapes and wailing vocals on Muse's debut album, 1999's "Showbiz," released on Maverick Records, drew comparisons to Radiohead, though Muse ventures into harder and darker territory at times. The album was a success, and the band hit the road for a world tour.
Between legs of the tour, Muse recorded 2001's "Origin Of Symmetry" and the band's popularity soared - just not here. While Muse developed a huge international following, the band didn't receive much exposure stateside, Howard said, mostly due to the fact that Maverick chose not to release the band's second album in America.
"It wasn't released here, so we didn't get a chance to come over and tour, but elsewhere it was released and it did really well," Howard said. "I think the whole thing has probably worked out for the best, really, because we didn't get a chance to come over here, but we had a lot of time to tour all over the world apart from here. It was maybe not the right time for us to be in America because the American rock scene was very different to the British rock scene in 2001 when we released our album. It was nü metal with Limp Bizkit and Korn and really heavy metal/nü metal bands. In the U.K., it was the complete opposite. What people considered rock was acoustic softer stuff."
The band switched to Warner Bros. Records, and with the release of its third record, 2003's "Absolution," America has caught on to what the rest of the world has known for years - Muse makes chillingly beautiful music with dreamy verses swelling into emotional choruses. The band took a break from touring to write "Absolution" in a less pressured environment.
"It did feel very different, really, but it's kind of similar to how we used to do things years and years ago before we got signed," Howard said. "We found a really cool room in a warehouse in London and we'd go there, just the three of us, and we'd only go there to make music and nothing else. That's kind of how we did it when we were young. We'd just go rehearse and make music for ourselves. I think the songs ended up sounding just more personal really."
[...] During the breakneck-paced set-closer "Stockholm Syndrome," a dozen huge white balloons were released onto the crowd, showering fans with confetti as they burst. Following the final note, a couple leapt onto the stage. Handed the microphone by Bellamy, the gent proposed to his girlfriend, who happily accepted. For at least two people, this Muse concert was a life-changing event. Full review on Yahoo News.
11.12.2004 - Los Angeles
Universal Amphitheatre - USA
2. New Born
3. Butterflies & Hurricanes
4. Time is running out
5. Stockholm Syndrome
Muse were on the Kevin & Bean show on KROQ 106.7 yesterday. They had a brief interview and performed 'Time Is Running Out' and 'Hysteria' live in-studio. They also mentioned that Muse will be returning to the US in early 2005 to tour even more! You can listen to a stream of the whole segment on KROQ's website.
Muse will be at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas tonight at Universal Amphitheatre - Los Angeles. The show will be webcast live in 56K, 100K and 300K in Windows Media Format on KROQ's website.
Saturday, Dec. 11th Set Times
Saturday, 11 December
5:10 The Music
5:40 Snow Patrol
6:40 The Shins
7:10 Taking Back Sunday
8:10 Modest Mouse
8:50 Franz Ferdinand
9:35 The Killers
10:50 Jimmy Eat World
There is an interview of Muse in the new Kerrang Issue. Extracts:
Dom: "Have you ever spied me doing anything embarrassing, yet spared my blushes by not telling me?"
Matt:"Hmmm, Good question. I'm sure there's something. Hmmm."
Dom:"You saw me getting laid once."
Matt:"That's true, actually: I came in a room once and filmed him with a night vision camera. Ah, I know - I saw him putting on moisturiser once."
Matt: "If I wanted to record a solo album, how concerned would you be?"
Chris: "If I could play bass on it, it'd be alright (Laughs)."
Dom: "What's the worst thing about sharing a tour bus with me?"
Matt:"All your faffing around. His electric toothbrush and mouthwash just winds me up. It's just annoying. For one, it reminds me how unclean I am."
Matt: "Is there any song you hate, or used to hate, playing live?"
Dom: "Er, no."
Chris: "I used to be uncomfortable with 'Blackout', because I never used to play keyboards until that song. They made me learn and I wasn't really a natural player. I was a bit on edge to start with, but I can play it a lot easier now."
Matt: "For me it would be a song called 'Cave'. It was on the first album, but it's probably the oldest song of anything we ever did. It was a combination of, one, it was old; and two, it had this vocal bit that had a note I had to hold for so long. It was way too long. You get the odd person still call out for it. Hardcore."
[ Interview ]
Muse won the "best live act" award at the UK Festival Awards 2004. "Perhaps a more worthy winner is Muse, who pick up the prize of Best Live Act. 2004 has been the year to cement Muse as one of the best live band's in the world and their epic, space-spanning sound deserves and demands no less than the biggest stages. They reached stratospheric levels during their headline performances at V Festival and Glastonbury, as well as making the rest of the world stand up and take notice with several huge festival shows overseas. Not only have Muse grown musically, they have suffered tragedy and battled through adversity. Following the death of drummer Dom's father, the band refused to cancel their forthcoming gigs and vowed to carry on in his memory. Perhaps this brave show of dedication to their fans helped win them the award. Whatever your reasons, Muse got more votes than the winner of any other category."
You can vote for Muse at the Virgin "Most Innovative Act" Awards.