Muse

muse1Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers). They are known for their energetic live performances.

Muse

Muse

Muse have released seven studio albums: Showbiz (1999), Origin of Symmetry (2001), Absolution (2003), Black Holes and Revelations (2006), The Resistance (2009), The 2nd Law (2012), and Drones (2015). They have also issued four live albums: Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002), which is also a compilation of B-sides, Absolution Tour (2005), which documents several of the band’s performances such as Glastonbury Festival 2004, HAARP (2008), which documents the band’s performances at Wembley Stadium in 2007, and Live at Rome Olympic Stadium (2013), shot in 4K and taken from the band’s Rome show during The 2nd Law World Tour.

Black Holes and Revelations earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and was named the third best album of 2006 by the NME Albums of the Year.  Muse have also won numerous music awards including five MTV Europe Music Awards, six Q Awards, eight NME Awards, two Brit Awards—winning “Best British Live Act” twice, an MTV Video Music Award, four Kerrang! Awards and an American Music Award. They were also nominated for seven Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album for The Resistance. They have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

Promotional Poster. "ASeasideRendezvous" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

Promotional Poster. “ASeasideRendezvous” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

On the 4 and 5 September 2009, Muse played an open-air concert “A Seaside Rendezvous” on the Den in Teignmouth.

In an interview with music website Drowned in Sound, drummer Dominic Howard explained that:

“Playing in Teignmouth is going to be amazing, we’re all really looking forward to it,” adding “It’s honestly something we’ve always wanted to do since the day that I met Matt [Bellamy] at The Den.

It’s not a park, it’s just like a big piece of grass. That’s where I met Matt for the first time. I remember even in those early days talking to Matt and saying things like ‘wouldn’t [sic] be great to play a proper gig on here with shitloads of people!”

Stage on the Den. "ASeasideRendezvous-stage" by Andre666 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Stage on the Den. “ASeasideRendezvous-stage” by Andre666 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Howard also revealed that support acts would be local bands, including Hey Molly, with whom bassist Wolstenholme is “quite friendly,” The Quails and “two more local bands.”

The concerts drew up to 15,000 fans to Teignmouth each night of that weekend and were said to have given [Teignmouth’s] economy a much welcomed boost,  with all available accommodation being booked in addition to the numerous merchandise and food and drink facilities made available.

Wolstenholme told the Herald Express’s reporter Emma Pearcy after the meeting:

“I am chuffed to bits the application has been granted. What I have been really surprised by is how much support we have been getting, from a huge range of people. Obviously we will do what we can to make sure complaints are kept to a minimum.”

The bassist added that “It is something we have wanted to do for a long time. It is not a money making exercise. We want to give something back to the community.”

The above information is extracted from two Wikipedia pages:

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A Seaside Rendezvous ….

 

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