They’re painfully young and painfully thin. They’re into angst, catharsis and destruction. And if they weren’t in a band, they’d be in jail. Meet Muse – standing up for good old dysfunctional rock’n'roll values. Just don’t mention Radiohead.
It is shortly after 2.30 on a blazing Saturday afternoon in the middle of a German field. The nearest town is Leipzig, 30 minutes away by speeding taxi. Muse, from Teignmouth, Devon, are onstage at the High Field Festival. It’s their last song – Agitated, an old B-side – and their singer Matthew Bellamy is indulging...
1.Being such a small lad - he's 5'7" - Matt Bellamy used to take advantage of his trips to Japan to have silk shirts specially tailored for him.
2.On the Big Day Out tour of 2004, on which Muse played down the bill, Metallica would set up a rehearsal tent next to the main stage in which to warm up before they went on. Often Muse would come offstage to hear Metallica warming up by playing ‘New Born’.
3. Meanwhile, here's a stream of Muse trivia for you. For example, did you know that, at the end of 'Space Dementia,' Matt Bellamy's trouser zipper was used as an instrument?