TALLINN - Muse is not without reason called one of the best live bands in the world. Muse performances are characterized by impressive sound and light shows, but its status as the best concert band is attested to by its collection of industry awards.
Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of school friends Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, lead guitar, piano, keyboards, keytar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar, harmonica) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers, sampling). Since the release of their 2006 album “Black Holes and Revelations,” keyboardist and percussionist Morgan Nicholls has performed live with the band. Muse are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances and their fusion of many musical genres, including space rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, classical music and electronica.
Muse has released six studio albums: “Showbiz” (1999), “Origin of Symmetry” (2001), “Absolution” (2003), “Black Holes and Revelations” (2006), “The Resistance” (2009) and “The 2nd Law” (2012).
The band also issued three live albums, “Hullabaloo Soundtrack” (2002), which is also a compilation of B-sides, “Absolution Tour” (2005), and “HAARP” (2008), which documents the band’s performance at Wembley Stadium in 2007.
“The 2nd Law” was released throughout most of the world on Oct. 1, 2012. Reception was favorable, with praise directed towards the album’s ambition and bombastic tendencies, whilst also being criticized for incorporating too many genres and influences.
Muse entered the studio to begin recording their sixth studio album in September 2011, which bassist Wolstenholme later confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio 1, stating: “September and October, that’s when we’re going to get into the studio to start writing the new album.” In an interview with Billboard on Oct. 18, 2011, the band’s manager Anthony Addis revealed that Muse had begun recording their sixth album in London and that he expected it to be released by October 2012. Bellamy jokingly described the album as a “Christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey, with some ambient rebellious dubstep and face-melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia” on his Twitter account.
The album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 with 101,000 copies sold in its first week, giving Muse the highest charting debut of their career in the U.S., although it sold fewer copies than the debut of their previous album, “The Resistance,” which debuted at number 3.
In 2011 Muse won the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Rock Album (“The Resistance”). The band has received five MTV Europe Music Awards, five Q Awards, eight NME Awards and two Brit Awards in the category Best Live Act.
The band has triumphed at the MTV Video Music Awards, as well as at the American Music Award and received four Kerrang! Awards.
After this listing one can be sure that the Muse concerts in Tallinn and Riga seem likely to be very special and unforgettable.
Muse will perform at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn on Dec. 11 and at Arena Riga on Dec. 13.
Tickets are available at: www.ticketpro.ee or www.bilesupasaule.lv