Devon group went from small fanbase to international fame, and have continued their meteoric rise.
By 2007, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Muse had become international superstars, at least in a musical sense.
They were the first band to sell out the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London, a venue where the likes of Queen, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen reigned supreme in years gone by. They headlined Glastonbury, another achievement reserved for the musical elite, twice. Their 2006 album, ‘Black Holes and Revelations’, surpassed the one million sales mark in Europe.
Tranquil Produces, Angst and Success
This rock group uniquely weaves melancholy and goth elements into a powerful guitar-led sound. It all started in the town of Teignmouth, in 1994. Anyone who has visited the seaside resort knows it to be one of England’s most idyllic spots, so it is curious that a group whose music throws up feelings of anguish and anger could possibly originate from the streets of such a tranquil area.
Regular appearances on big TV shows, headline slots at festivals, and their own arena tours had become the norm for Muse by 2007, but that year they continued to put iconic venues on their gig list. A soldout concert at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York, as well as London’s Royal Albert Hall, underlined their status as rock royalty. They also demonstrated a willingness to help good causes, such as the Teenage Cancer Trust.
2017 and Beyond: Still Rocking it Seems
In the following 10 years which lead to today, Muse have kept their fans happy building up to a total of seven studio albums. In 2017, it appears another release is just around the corner, and the musical rumour mill is spinning after vocalist and guitarist Matthew Bellamy was photographed in the studio. Today Muse are the archetypal rock machine, consistently delivering for an adoring audience. It is not uncommon for rock stars to fall victim to substance abuse, but while bassist Chris Wolstenholme has been open about his struggles with alcohol, it doesn’t seem to have derailed the band in any way.
It seems unlikely that any of 2017’s material will be finalised and released in time for the festival season this summer, but should a new album see the light of day by Christmas, expect a busy 2018 of gigging for the Devon three-piece.
It will be interesting to see which direction the next album goes in, after the political sentiments expressed in 2015’s, Drones. One thing is for sure – whether in 2007, 2017 and in the future, Muse won’t be afraid of expressing their feelings via some of the most impactful alternative rock you could hope to hear.