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The band was formed in 1997 by 3 childhood friends who played together since about 1994 more or less seriously under various band names.

Muse are:

Matthew James Bellamy (vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano), born 09.06.1978 in Cambridge
Dominic James Howard (drums, percussion), born 07.12.1977 in Stockport,
Christopher Tony Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), born 02.12.1978 in Rotherham/Yorkshire.

The three guys from Teignmouth, Devon/England have been delivering the most innovative rock music I have come across for a very, very long time.

It's not the average sound - call it diet - you are used to listen to on the radio and it is definitely neither easy listening nor easy going pop stuff. So what?

It's huge, it's anthemic, sometimes even heavy, epic, exciting, powerful, breathtaking.

Words fail me to describe this phenomenal music, it just blew me away. Not instantly though. I needed some time and several listens to really get into it. But once you are willing to let yourself in for it, give it 2 or 3 listens (at high volume :-)), undisturbed by anything else, and if it works, be prepared to become hopelessly addicted. There's nothing comparable out there and the skills of Matt Bellamy seem to be inexhaustible. He is a real genious as songwriter, singer, guitarist and piano player.

The music is often described as alternative rock, progressive rock with influences of classical music, funk, electronica, heavy metal and most recently als Space Rock.

My favourite album has to be the 2003 release "Absolution". I would regard this album as a good starting point along with the current release "Black Holes And Revelations", even though my favourite song "Citizen Erased" is on the - also very recommendable if a bit more raw and unpolished - album "Origin Of Symmetry" (2001).

Muse is also regarded as an incredible live band, one of the best live acts around these days. I can't judge that myself yet, unfortunately. They have gained several awards during the years from "Best new artist" (NME 2000) to "Best Headliner" and "Best UK & Ireland" (MTV European Music Awards 2007). You can find a list of their awards here.

New album The Resistance
released on September 14, 2009 new
The peak of their career so far mark the two 70,000-capacity gigs at the newly-rebuilt Wembley Stadium on June 16 and June 17, 2007, which are documented in the CD/DVD set

consisting of 1 CD containing audio recordings of the 16th gig and 1 DVD about the concert on 17th of July 2007 plus additional exclusive backstage footage and 3 postcards

official website
Muselive - very best fansite, you gotta visit!!
Microcuts.net - fansite in French and English language
Always on the run - fansite with all the lyrics
Wikipedia Muse (band)
MuseWiki - fansite

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