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Matt Bellamy was born on the 9th June 1978 in Cambridge. When Matt was five they moved to Devon. Matt's father was the guitarist in'60'sgroup, TheTornadoes, who were the first British band to get a number one in the US charts. Even though Matt lived in an extremelymusicalhome he didn't learn his firstinstrument until he was ten, which was the piano. At the age of thirteen, Matt's parents divorced and hisfathermoved to Exeter. Matt, Chris and Dom werereally good friends growing up and in their teens were bored by the sleepy life thatTeignmouthand Devon provided. The band were originally in thre ...read more
Matt Bellamy was born on the 9th June 1978 in Cambridge. When Matt was five they moved to Devon. Matt's father was the guitarist in'60'sgroup, TheTornadoes, who were the first British band to get a number one in the US charts. Even though Matt lived in an extremelymusicalhome he didn't learn his firstinstrument until he was ten, which was the piano. At the age of thirteen, Matt's parents divorced and hisfathermoved to Exeter. Matt, Chris and Dom werereally good friends growing up and in their teens were bored by the sleepy life thatTeignmouthand Devon provided. The band were originally in three separatebands but at the age of 13 they created a band by the name ofGothicPlague.This then changed to Fixed Penalty and then Rocket Baby Dolls. In 1996 theyentered a "battle of the bands" style competition.All theother bands there were playing pop punk and jazz. They went up on the stage with make-up all overthe faces, played loudly andviolentlythen smashed everything on the stage. They were all about the attitude and this is why they won. They were all shockedbecausethey wereall terrible at their instruments and went out there to lose. This is when they realized music is a matter of emotion. A couple ofweeks afterthecompetition they changed their name to Muse.
Muse were all about playing their own songs and not covers. They were not getting many gigs because they would say no to anyonewhowanted them to playcovers. Their main influences at the time were American grunge bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden but they werealsoinfluenced from British indie andalternate rock bands like Radiohead. At the age of 18, Matt moved to Exeter where he lived with hisfriendabove an adult bookshop. They both worked aspainters and decorators but his friend was also a drug dealer. Bellamy once explained hisflat,saying "like a scene from Trainspotting, white powders andmirrors everywhere". His friend then ended up in prison. These dayskeptMatt away from those kinds of drugs because he saw what it did to people. Thesetimes in his life also greatly influenced theirdebutShowbiz. It all changed when one October night in 1995, Dennis Smith noticed them in a Cornishvillage, although it wasn't until1997that Dennis offered them free studio time. In 1998, Muse released a self-titled EP on the Dangerous label. Then, onChristmas Eve, theyweresigned up to Madonna's label, Maverick. Muse then released another EP called Muscle Museum with the track "Uno" on it.Theyreleased"Uno" as a single and it just reached the top 75. Dennis Smith then co-founded Taste Media especially for Muse, the label that theyare stillwithto this day.
Muse then released the single "Cave" and followed it up with the LP Showbiz in October 1999. People were instantly comparing it tothework ofRadiohead and saying that Muse were just Radiohead rip-offs. Muse then released "Muscle Museum", "Sunburn" and "Unintended"assingles. After therelease of the album, Maverick booked Muse into supporting slots with both the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppersinthe United States. Muse also playedat many large festivals in Europe, Japan and Australia. During this time, they built up quite aconsiderablefan base in Western Europe, although at the time itthis polularity didn't spread to their homeland of Britain.
Muse then went straight back into the studio to record the sequel to Showbiz which was named Origin Of Symmetry. Thisalbumwas far moreexperimental, and helped them develop their style far more. The album had a much heavier and darker sound and was farmorebass influenced. Theyexperimented with some strange instruments on tracks like "Megalomania", which was recorded in a church usinganorgan. Bellamy was at his best on thisalbum with even higher pitched vocals and more technical yet catchy guitar and piano work.Bellamy'smain guitar influences on this album were Jimi Hendrixand Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine). His main music writinginfluence wasFreddie Mercury and Queen. This was the album which Muse felt wouldbe the one to finally crack America. However, the irony isthe fact thatMaverick never released this album in America and were made to change the album forAmerican release. This insulted the bandand they leftMaverick. They released the songs "Plug In Baby" and "New Born" and then released the album. Musethen released "Bliss" and"FeelingGood/Hyper Music". During 2002, Muse went on a huge world tour promoting the soundtrack CD and DVD calledHullabaloo.They thenreleased another EP called DeadStar/In Your World. They then went straight back into the studio to recordAbsolution,their thirdstudio album.
In 2003 Muse released Absolution. This album had a constant theme all the way through: the end of the world. They releasedadownload-only songsingle called "Stockholm Syndrome", then released Absolution. They then released "Time Is RunningOut","Hysteria", "Sing For Absolution" and"Butterflies And Hurricanes" as singles. They received a number of awards and much praiseforAbsolution. Muse had finally hit mainstream criticalacclaim in both Britain and America. Muse were riding high, but during one ofthebest gigs of there life, tragedy struck. While playing at the GlastonburyFestival, Dominic Howard's dad passed away from a heart attack.Theband came very close to splitting up, but Dom recovered and they finished their tour.
In July 2006, Muse released Black Holes and Revelations. Since then, they've gone on the release three more studio albums,TheResistance (2009),The 2nd Law, 2012, and Drones (2015). They are currently one of the most popular bands in theworld.While touring during 2017, they announcedthat they are currently working on a new album. « hide
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