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    • Origin of Symmetry was to be released in the US on the 28th August 2001 but the release was canceled after Muse left Maverick and as a result was released only in 2005.

    • Matthew originally joined the band as a kid to play guitar only, not knowing he could sing.

    • Matthew started playing piano at 6, but the absence of his parents turned him towards the guitar when he was 14.

    • Dom's first interest in music is when he went to high school when he then became interested in a jazz band, and started playing the drums.

    • Matthew's dad, George Bellamy, was in a band called The Tornadoes, who were the first band from the UK to get a US number 1 record.

    • Matt lists Sergei Rachmaninov and Hector Berlioz often as inspiration for his piano solos.

    • Micro Cuts is the Muse song with the highest vocal note: A♭7.

    • Only one of Muse's studio songs, Crying Shame, has swearing in it. The other song with swearing is 'Hidden Track' from the Starlight DVD.

    • Matt had to leave the stage once during a gig because he had to use the toilet. This confused the crowd and force Chris and Dom to do a jam session.

    • The name Muse was chosen because it was short and looked good on gig posters.

    • Muse's previous names were Carnage Mayhem, Youngblood, Gothic Plague, Fixed Penalty and Rocket Baby Dolls.

    • Just after Muse's performance at Glastonbury in 2004 finished, Bill Howard, Dom's father, collapsed from a heart attack and died. This almost caused the breakup of the band.

    • Matt's vocal cords are unusually small, allowing him to have such a high range.

    • Uno is the first single released by Muse.

    • Dom does not like playing 'Knights of Cydonia' at the end of the set because it leaves him 'knackered'.

    • The song Dom wants played at his funeral is 'Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen, due to him being a fan of Queen.

    • Dom's previous jobs were a school canteen assistant and a factory worker packing Spice Girls T-shirts.

    • Matt's previous jobs were a caravan cleaner and a painter and decorator.

    • Matt Bellamy uses Manson Guitars built and customized by Hugh Manson.

    • Chris Wolstenholme is a Rotterdam United fan.

    • Chris Wolstenhome is married and has four children. He lost his wedding ring at a gig in Japan, but a fan returned it, and got a lifetime supply of Muse gigs.

    • Matt smashed himself with his guitar in Atlanta during the beginning of "Citizen Erased". He tried to continue playing, but Muse had to end the show when they realized how much he was bleeding. He had to have 3 stitches in his lip.

    • Dom was injured on three different occasions when Matt threw a guitar at him.

    • At the end of "Space Dementia", Matt's trouser zipper was used as percussion.

    • Musical discography: Showbiz (1999), 12 tracks + 1 track for Japanese release.

    • Chris Wolstenholme played the drums and the guitar before he learnt the bass.

    • Dominic Howard's favorite cheese is Brie.

    • They won Best Alternative award with their song, ''Starlight'' in MTV EMA 2006.

    • Muse sued Nescafe for $500,000 because they used their version of the song "Feeling Good" in a commercial without their permission. They won the case and donated the money to Oxfam.

    • Muse are atheists. This is commonly brought up in their albums and interviews.

    • Muse are one of the three headlining bands for the 2006 Carling Reading and Leeds festivals. The other two bands headlining are Pearl Jam and Franz Ferdinand

    • Muse's fifth album Blackholes & Revelations is nominated for the prestigious and illustrious Mercury Music Prize. Other bands nominated for this great honour include Arctic Monkeys, Editors, Sway, and Thom Yorke. The more "recognised" previous winners by todays standards include Primal Scream (1992), M People (1994), Pulp (1996), Badly Drawn Boy (2000), PJ Harvey (2001), Ms. Dynamite (2002), Dizzee Rascal (2003), Franz Ferdinand (2004), and most recently Antony and the Johnsons (2005). Even being nominated is seen as an honour as it is known to help album sales due to the publicity surrounding the list of nominations between the two months the list is revealed, and the winner is made publicly known is insurmountable.

    • Muse lead the nominations for 2006 Kerrang! Awards, featuring in five categories. Those being best live band, best single (Supermassive Blackhole), best album (Blackholes and Revelations), best video (Supermassive Blackhole) and best British band.

    • Muse has released 8 music DVDs including Bliss (2001), Hysteria (2003), Sing For Absolution (2004) and Butterflies and Hurricanes (2004).

    • Showbiz hit #1 in the UK, Origin of Symmetry UK#3, Hullabaloo UK#10, Absolution UK#1, US#107, AUSTRALIA#22.

    • Black Holes and Revelations has already hit #1 in Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Italy.

    • Musical discography: Black Holes and Revelations (2006), 12 tracks

    • Musical discography: Absolution (2003), 15 tracks + 6 tracks on Australian bonus disc.

    • Musical discography: Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002), 20 tracks

    • Musical discography: Hullabaloo Soundtrack (2002), Disc 1: 10 tracks. Disc 2: 11 tracks.

    • Black Holes & Revelations is the second album by Muse to enter at #1 in the UK album chart, the first being Absolution in 2003.

    • On either side of the dictionary definition of the word "Muse", you will find the definitions for the words "Muscle" as well as "Museum". Which put together make the name for one of the tracks on their debut album (Showbiz) "Muscle Museum".

    • Muse released their fifth studio album on Monday 3rd July 2006 entitled "Black Holes & Revelations", which includes their #4 positioned UK chart hit "Supermassive Black Hole".

    • Muse have covered Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths), Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli), Feeling Good (Nina Simone), and House of the Rising Sun (The Animals).

    • Matt, Chris, and Dom's first choice name for the band was 'Gothic Plague'.

    • The lads formed the band when they were all 13 years old.

    • According to the drummer Dominic Howard, the band used llama toenails as an instrument in the song "Screenager".

    • The opening word to "Space Dementia" is misprinted in the "Origin of Symmetry" album sleeve and in fact Matt Bellamy says "H-8" and not "Height".

  • Quotes

    • Matt: (about the first love of his life)My babysitter. She saved my life when I was choking once and after that I loved her.

    • Dom: (about recording Black Holes and Revelations) When we moved into this crazy, claustrophobic, fast-paced way of living, we absorbed some of that energy and that affected the recording.

    • Tom Kirk: (about the band's success) The belief was always there, the confidence, the ability and the desire to get to where they are today.

    • Matt: I don't record or write anything. I just think it up, and if I remember it, then it's good. I think it's bad to document things too much, cause that's suggesting that you think everything you create is good.

    • Matt: We had just discovered something: music is a matter of emotion.

    • Matt: (On a 'battle of the bands' competition) We came on stage with make up all over our face, we were very aggressive, we played very violently and then we broke everything on stage. All that to say that the will, the attitude meant a lot to us. So we won.

    • Chris Wolstenholme: (about the Mercury Prize) It's a big industry thing. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the public. It seems like a pointless thing. It's an excuse for the record companies to get together and kiss each other's arses.

    • Dominic Howard: Most of our first gigs were in typical Devon pubs where you just go and sit down with a drink and watch VH-1 on the telly. They really didn't want to see a band. All they wanted was a quiet pint and we were in the corner just making a racket.

    • Dominic Howard: Love is something that makes you smile whenever they are there, it makes you happy and gives you the feeling of contentment. It's about giving without wanting to get anything back. That's the most basic way of explaining it, when you get pleasure from giving yourself and your time to another person, expressing things and expressing another side to you that no one else knows. It's when you can talk about anything, like your worst fears - you can be truly open in a way that you can't be with anyone else.

    • Matt: We went to some temples in Osaka and there were lots of girls and young women with their faces painted white, praying and chanting. It was just about the hottest thing I've ever seen.

    • Matt: I think I'm crap. I'm a crap guitar player. I'm really not very good. And I thought I was a good singer until I met Coldplay. That guy's got a real voice. He can sing.

    • Chris Wolstenholme: Every Album we've recorded has been done differently, but with Absolution, there was something within the band that made us feel a lot closer...

    • Dominic Howard: Most of our first gigs were in typical Devon pubs where you just go and sit down with a drink and watch VH-1 on the telly. They really didn't want to see a band. All they wanted was a quiet pint and we were in the corner just making a racket...

    • Matthew Bellamy: We were all off our faces on mushrooms when we recorded Plug In Baby... There was this big field next to the recording studio filled with them. So we ate them all. I dont know what we were doing, but we all ended up naked in a jacuzzi and i went deaf in one ear from falling asleep in the sauna...

    • Matthew Bellamy: Absolution is an album about relationships between you and the other things, whether its you and God, or you and your girlfriend.

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