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  1. How many trucks were used to transport the production of The Simulation Theory stadium tour in Europe in 2019? Which debut MUSE gigs in the capitals of the world's seven most powerful nations had the most fans in attendance (est.) for their first performances? Answers follow below. Unusual Chart Debut 26 October 2021 Apple Music (Streaming) - Top Songs LIBYA #188 (Peak) - 'Unnatural Selection' - MUSE Linkin' Park and Coldplay are other rock artists who have several songs on this tally. 32 'artics' [articulated lorries] by U.K. hauler Transam Trucking Post-Brexit 'cabotage' regulations have caused U.K. trucking firms like Transam (MUSE, Elton John, Iron Maiden), KB Events (Ed Sheeran) and Stagestruck (Coldplay and Billie Eilish) to open up subsidiary operations in the EU (Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands) and incur additional costs (exporting trucks, insurance, higher driver wages, annual carnets [passports for goods], higher fuel costs and pandemic- related rules and expenses) to service concert tours for U.K artists in continental Europe which means higher ticket prices for fans to attend arena, stadium and festival gigs. 7,600 Beijing (2015) - Cadillac [Wukesong] Arena 4,200 Moscow (2001) - Luzhniki Sports Palace Arena 1,000 Berlin (1999) - Knaak Club 600 Tokyo (2000) - Shibuya O-West Club 500 Paris (1999) - New Morning Club 100 London (1995) - Bull & Gate [First show outside Devon supporting band Tribute to Nothing] 10 Washington DC (2000) Metro Cafe [1,200 at the 9:30 Club in 2004]
  2. Matt was seated next to the late General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington DC held in late April 2012. Both of them were among the guests seated at the CNN table about 30 yards from U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Matt asked a lot of questions of the highly decorated army officer and statesman and gave this quote below about him in an interview with the Metro newspaper in the UK a few months later. '...He was a lovely man and it was a very pleasant conversation but these guys are hardcore. You ask them questions about the military-industrial complex [hollow-point bullets, the conspiracy press] and they don't fanny about.' Matt met and conversed with another former U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton in Hollywood, CA in November 2015. Three years ago in December 2018 MUSE played a gig at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London in aid of The Prince's Trust. The performance helped raise 500,000 pounds for The Prince's Trust. MUSE incidentally was supported by The Trust youth charity and given a small grant of 250 pounds in the early 90's which the band used to buy a PA system in Teignmouth which they still own today according to Matt and Dom. Earlier that year Matt was among the guests invited to meet with HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Wales at his official residence in London.
  4. MUSE have played seven shows in Moscow the capital city of the Russian Federation (2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2019) for 140,000+ fans From Russia With Love for MUSE
  5. People Of The Pride from Coldplay's new album Music Of The Spheres contains a glam rock guitar riff reminiscent of a certain band we all know and love. Check it out. Matt speaking about Jeff Buckley and the influence of the Grace album on his vocal style in an interview with Deezer in 2015 and a quote from Matt in another interview very early on in the band's career. He was initially unsure about his [high pitched] vocal style with his new band and felt somewhat embarrassed because of it. "When I started singing, my voice was very high. I sang a lot of falsetto. I felt my voice was not really suitable for rock. Nirvana were popular in the early to mid-90's and you had groups then which had a very different type of voice - a rock voice. So I didn't think my voice was suitable for rock music until I heard this album [Grace] and it made me feel confident a high pitched, softer voice can work very well with rock.'' Q: When did you decide to make music your profession? A: "When I saw Jeff Buckley perform at Glastonbury in '95." Songs sung entirely or mostly in falsetto: Micro Cuts [baroque rock opera aria] and Supermassive Black Hole [funky R&B alternative rock] - Matt and MUSE Corpus Christi Carol (Benjamin Britten cover of an English 16th century hymn) and Dido's Lament (cover of aria When I Am Laid In Earth from the English opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell from 1689 - Jeff Buckley Note: The latter song was performed at the Meltdown Festival in the UK in 1995 at the request of Elvis Costello Other notable Buckley songs: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover); Grace; Last Goodbye; and Mojo Pin MUSE and Buckley have also both covered different songs from Nina Simone and the Smiths
  6. This English novelist influenced the songwriting of MUSE, The Beatles, David Bowie, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Stevie Wonder, The Jam and Eurythmics on one or more tracks. This music video shot in Sheffield, UK in 2004 features the three band members traveling in a spacecraft with an attached 'cryomodule' and entering a wormhole. The two legislative bodies Matt visited in 2016 and 2019. This MUSE song features the theremin. Two tracks most influenced by American musician and record producer Timbaland. The musician who played trumpet on both 'Superstition' by Stevie Wonder and 'Panic Station' by MUSE. The instrument Matt 'stole' in the early 90's from a school he attended while taking music lessons. Answers appear at the bottom of this post. Five Artists Who Have Influenced Dom and MUSE The Police - "...They played in a certain way that made these three people sound big and create this big sound..." Favourite Track: 'Message In A Bottle' Queen: "...I always like the diversity of their music..." Rage Against The Machine - "...I was in the crowd [at Reading Festival in 1996] jumping up and down...and thinking hopefully one day we can be on the stage and headlining it..." N.W.A. - "...When I was 10 or 11 I was really into hip-hop...'Express Yourself' was the first record I actually bought." Nirvana - "...It was the power and the feeling and the energy and emotion in [American rock music in the early nineties] that was something we just loved. The heaviness. That [Nevermind] is quite an important album." Source: Interview with NPO 3FM radio station in the Netherlands in 2016 MUSE and Prague The band has played several concerts in the capital city of the Czech Republic (two at the O2 arena in 2012 and 2016 and one at Letnany Airport in 2019) with around 65,000 fans in attendance for these three gigs The music video for 'New Born' from Origin of Symmetry was filmed mostly in Prague early in 2001 with later exterior crowd shots at a warehouse in West London. It was directed by David Slade who also directed the videos for 'Bliss' and the double A-side single 'Hyper Music/Feeling Good.' According to Matt: "He [Slade] always used to make us wear a lot of yellow make-up. It made us look golden." INXS also shot the video for 'Never Tear Us Apart' in Prague. Answers: George Orwell especially his classics 1984 and Animal Farm 'Sing for Absolution' - The band was shot separately, seated in a dentist's chair, for the cockpit scenes with lots of CGI added later for the spacecraft, spacesuits, helmets, and background shots Visited Parliament in the UK with his dad in July 2016 and visited the U.S. Capitol with his mum and a California congressman in April 2019 before a gig in Washington DC 'Break It To Me' 'Undisclosed Desires' and 'Propaganda' Steve Madaio who toured with the Rolling Stones in the early 70's and recorded with such rock legends as Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Ringo Star and such blues and jazz singers as B.B. King and Etta James Double bass according to an interview with Gonzo in 2003
  7. MUSE Festival Shows in 2022 Anticipated Number of Daily Attendees: 80,000 Mad Cool in Valdebebas-IFEMA north of Madrid near Barajas Airport [Other headliner acts include Metallica, twenty one pilots, Placebo, Imagine Dragons*, The Killers*, Faith No More, Kings of Leon, and Pixies supported by bands Deftones, Wolf Alice, Royal Blood, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Editors and Nothing But Thieves among many other artists on the bills for the four night festival] 80,000-85,000 Rock Am Ring in Nurburg, Germany [Green Day and Volbeat are the other headliners] 60,000-65,000 Rock Im Park in Nuremberg, Germany [Green Day and Volbeat are the other headliners] 50,000-60,000 Nova Rock in Nickelsdorf, Austria [Foo Fighters, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch are the other headliners] 50,000-60,00 Tempelhof Sounds in Berlin, Germany [The Strokes are one of other headliners with Alt-J, Interpol and Royal Blood among the many other artists on the three bills] 50,000-60,000 Firenze Rocks in Florence, Italy [Metallica, Green Day/Weezer and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the other headliners] 50,000-60,000 Isle of Wight in Newport, England [Kasabian, Lionel Ritchie, Lewis Capaldi and Nile Rodgers/Chic are among the other headliners] 30,000 Eurockeennes in Belfort, France (Sold Out for MUSE gig) 30,000 Beauregard in Herouville-Saint-Clair (Normandie) in France (Sold Out for MUSE gig) 25,000-30,000 St. Gallen Open Air in Switzerland 20,000-30,000 Ejekt Festival in Athens, Greece 20,000-30,000 Mallorca Live in Spain *These two young bands recently decided to cash out and sell their song catalogues to companies/investment firms/record labels for reported eight or nine figure deals [$100 million-plus] joining over 40 veteran artists and songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Neil Young, David Crosby, Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Ryan Tedder and Jack Antonoff who have completed similar transactions for some or all of their career songs and publishing rights.
  8. MUSE Sales Certifications in DENMARK: Starlight (Single) - Gold (45,000 units/sales+streaming) The Resistance (Album) - 2x Platinum (40,000 units) The 2nd Law (Album) - Gold (10,000 units) Sources: Hitlisten/IFPI Danmark Recent Headlines: MUSE announced as one of the headliners at the 2022 Isle of Wight festival and will perform on the final night on Sunday 19 June. Two new dinosaur species discovered on the Isle of Wight. The opening scenes at the 40 second mark of the official music video for track Invincible from Black Holes and Revelations features dinosaurs. Invincible also was on the setlist for the band's first gig at the Isle of Wight festival in June 2007. Invincible along with Take A Bow were maybe the only songs from the album recorded in France. It has not been performed live since 2008. It was influenced by David Bowie's song Heroes according to Matt and features a tapping guitar solo with a Whammy pedal. It reportedly was David Bowie's favourite track when he visited the band while they were in the studio in New York City recording other songs for BHAR.
  9. Top MUSE Venues in the USA ranked by estimated career attendance: 110,000 Staples Center in Los Angeles (7 shows) 69,500 Madison Square Garden in New York City (5 shows) 54,500 United Center in Chicago (4 shows) 52,000 Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA (4 shows) 50,000 Wells-Fargo Center in Philadelphia (4 shows) 48,000 TD Garden in Boston (4 shows) 41,500 Key Arena in Seattle (4 shows) 39,000 Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (4 shows) 37,000 Toyota Center in Houston (4 shows) 34,000 Pechanga Arena in San Diego (3 shows) 32,000 Capital One Arena in Washington, DC (3 shows) 29,000 American Airlines Center in Dallas (3 shows) 27,000 Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix (3 shows) 27,000 Forum in Inglewood, CA (2 shows) 26,000 Moda Center in Portland, OR (4 shows) 25,000 Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA (3 shows including 1 supporting My Chemical Romance) 21,000 Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA (1 show w/ 30 Seconds to Mars) Sources: Pollstar and Billboard Boxscore
  10. Top MUSE Venues in Canada ranked by career estimated attendance: 85,000 Bell Centre in Montreal (6 shows) 69,000 Scotiabank Arena/Air Canada Centre in Toronto (5 shows) 40,000 Centre Videotron in Quebec City (3 shows) 24,000 Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City (2 shows) 22,000 Rogers Arena in Vancouver (2 shows) 18,000 Rexall Place in Edmonton (2 shows) 16,000 Saddledome in Calgary (2 shows)
  11. Some figures and numbers for MUSE in the United Kingdom: Career estimated album sales: 5.1 million (including 1.2 million sold for 3x Platinum-certified Black Holes and Revelations) Career estimated singles sales: Over 4 million Career gigs (1994-2019): 407 Career estimated unofficial concert ticket sales/attendance: Around 1.4 million (excludes festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds) Career estimated unofficial box offices grosses and artist festival fees: Over $110 million* Break-down attendance at some notable cities and venues in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Over 1,150,000 tickets sold at just 18 venues located in the following 9 cities London: 660,000 [Wembley Stadium (4 gigs); O2 Arena (11 gigs); Emirates Stadium (2 gigs); London Stadium (1 gig); Wembley SSE Arena (4 gigs); and O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (3 gigs)] Manchester: 235,000 [Manchester Arena (6 gigs); Etihad Stadium (2 gigs); and Old Trafford Cricket Ground (1 gig)] Birmingham: 90,000 [Resorts World Arena (4 gigs) and Utilita Arena (3 gigs)] Glasgow: 60,000 [SEC Centre (4 shows) and SSE Hydro (2 shows)] Teignmouth: 40,000 [The Den (2 gigs] - Seaside Rendezvous Bristol: 23,000 [Ashton Gate Stadium (1 gig)] Coventry: 21,000 [Ricoh Arena (1 gig)] Belfast: 18,000 [SSE Arena (2 gigs)] Cardiff: 15,000 [International Arena (2 gigs)] *Difficult to estimate exactly because the exchange rate of the GBP to the USD ranged from a high of $2.05 to a low of $1.25 over the past twenty years Sources: BPI; setlist.fm; and Pollstar
  12. More stats in four European markets: FRANCE Career estimated album sales: 4 million (including over 800,000 sold for diamond-certified The Resistance) Career gigs (1995-2019): 139 [including radio/television promotional shows] Career estimated unofficial box office grosses and festival artists fees: Over $80 million Career estimated concert ticket sales/attendance: About 1.1 million at stadiums, arenas, clubs and one concert in front of the Eiffel Tower for the UEFA EURO 2016 football championship tournament (excluding festival performances) Break-down of estimated attendance in 16 selected cities and 25 venues below totaling over 1 million concert-goers: Paris: 735,000 [Stade de France (6 gigs); AccorHotels Arena (11 gigs); Parc des Princes (1 gig); Champ de Mars/Eiffel (1 gig); Le Zenith (2 gigs); La Cigale (3 gigs); and Le Bataclan (1 gig)] Marseille: 63,000 [Orange Velodrome (1 stadium gig) and Le Dome (1 indoor amphitheatre gig)] Lyon: 58,000 [Halle Tony Garnier (4 arena gigs)] Nice: 50,000 [Stade Charles-Ehrrmann (1 stadium gig) and Le Palais Nikaia (1 arena gig)] Bordeaux: 38,000 [Matmut Atlantique (1 stadium gig)] Toulouse: 20,000 [Le Zenith (3 gigs)] Lille: 18,000 [Le Zenith (3 gigs)] Montpellier: 15,000 [Sud de France Arena (1 gig) and Le Zenith Sud (1 gig)] Nantes: 10,000 [Le Zenith (2 gigs)] Strasbourg: 7,000 [Le Zenith (1 gig)] Dijon: 5,000 [Le Zenith (1 gig)] Limoges: 5,000 [Le Zenith (1 gig)] Orleans: 5,000 [Le Zenith (1 gig)] Nancy: 5,000 [Le Zenith Maxeville(1 gig)] Rouen: 5,000 [Le Zenith (1 gig)] Auvergne: 5,000 [Le Zenith (1 gig)] ITALY Top 4 Venues ranked by career estimated concert ticket sales/attendance: 145,000 Stadio San Siro in Milan - 3 shows in 2010 and 2019 111,000 Stadio Olimpico in Rome - 2 shows in 2013 and 2019 73,000 Mediolanum Forum di Assago (near Milan) - 7 shows in 2006 and 2016 63,000 Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin - 2 shows in 2013 SPAIN Top 5 Venues ranked by career estimated concert ticket sales/attendance: 82,500 WiZink Center/Palacio de Deportes in Madrid - 5 shows from 2006-2016 51,000 Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid - 1 show in 2019 [Virtual reality interactive Simulation Theory concert experience was filmed here] 39,000 Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid - 1 show in 2010 33,000 Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona - 1 show at this stadium in Catalonia in 2013 30,000 San Mames in Bilbao - 1 show at this stadium in the Basque country in 2018 [MTV World Stage performance] GERMANY Top 5 Venues ranked by career estimated concert ticket sales/attendance: 40,000 RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne - 1 show in 2019 30,000 Lanxess Arena in Cologne - 2 shows in 2009 and 2016 28,000 Olympiahalle in Munich - 3 shows in 2009, 2012 and 2016 25,000 Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin - 2 shows in 2016 and 2019 19,000 Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg - 2 shows in 2009 and 2016
  13. Some United States stats for MUSE First two headliner club shows: 22 March 2000 at the Double Door in Chicago, IL - 177 attendees and $1,415 reported box office - Pollstar 14 April 2000 at the Cotton Club in Atlanta, GA - 338 attendees and $2,000 reported box office - Pollstar Career gigs: 359 (including shows at arenas, amphitheaters, clubs, stadiums, and radio/television performances) - setlist.fm Career estimated unofficial box office grosses and festival artist fees: Over $70 million (Pollstar and Billboard Boxscore) Career estimated ticket sales/attendance: 1.3 million (excluding festival performances and U2 support stadium shows) Career estimated album sales: Over 4.5 million (RIAA and MRC Data) Career estimated singles sales: Over 9 million (RIAA and MRC Data) Career estimated streams: Over 1 billion (Spotify and YouTube) - 6 billion global streams x 20% #1 'Uprising' - Greatest Of All Time Alternative Songs - Billboard #4 'Madness' - Greatest Of All Time Alternative Songs - Billboard #13 Greatest Of All Time Alternative Artists - Billboard (Based on Alternative Rock radio airplay spins) #14 Top Rock Artists in the 2010s - Billboard (Based on the Hot 100 singles and Top 200 albums charts) #16 The Best Rock Trios Of All Time - Ranker.com #93 The 100 Most Popular Rock Bands Of All Time (24/7 Wall St.) https://www.ranker.com/list/best-rock-trios/ranker-music https://www.billboard.com/charts/decade-end/top-rock-artists https://www.businessinsider.com/the-100-most-popular-rock-bands-of-all-time-2018-9
  14. FIRST CHARTED BILLBOARD POP HITS IN THE USA - DEBUT PEAK POSITIONS #116 From Me To You - The Beatles (August 1963) - Based mostly on Los Angeles radio airplay + sales [It was released again in 1964 and peaked at #41] #118 Hysteria (I Want It Now) - MUSE (February 2005) - Alternative rock radio airplay + sales boosted by MTV official music video plays of the track from Absolution UPDATED MUSE SINGLES SALES CERTIFICATIONS IN THREE MARKETS Plug In Baby and Knights of Cydonia both recently awarded Gold status in the UK United Kingdom (10) - 3.6 million certified units sold (BPI) as of 2021 Platinum (600,000 units sales + streaming) - Uprising and Supermassive Black Hole Gold (400,000 units) - Feeling Good, Plug In Baby, Starlight and Knights of Cydonia Silver (200,000 units) - Time Is Running Out, Hysteria, Madness and Psycho Italy (9) - 325,000 certified units sold (FIMI) as of 2018 Platinum (50,000 units sales + streaming) - Time Is Running Out, Starlight, Uprising and Madness Gold (25,000 units) - Supermassive Black Hole, Undisclosed Desires, Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever), Psycho and Dead Inside USA (6) - 6 million certified units sold (RIAA) as of June 2016 Platinum (1 million units sales + streaming) - Madness (2x), Uprising, Supermassive Black Hole and Starlight Gold (500,000 units) - Time Is Running Out and Knights of Cydonia Note: Uprising has likely sold 3 million-plus units in the States since its Platinum certification in June 2010 Matt's spoken words in Italian during the Stadio Olimpico gig in early July 2013 - sono impressionato! Buonasera, Roma! Grazie! Come state stasera? La prossima canzone è per mio figlio! Grazie mille! E daje Roma! Siete bellissimi! Come va ragazze? Come state voi laggiù? Ah, state bene! Viva l'Italia! Grazie mille, Roma! Vi amo, Roma! Matt said Morricone! before Knights of Cydonia and sang a few notes of Ave Maria during the end of Blackout Source: MuseWiki
  15. Peaks for recent MUSE LPs on the US Billboard Top Vinyl Albums chart: #7 The 2nd Law (#1 Babel - Mumford & Sons) - October 2012 #2 Drones (#1 Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones) - June 2015 #2 Simulation Theory (#1 The White Album - The Beatles) - November 2018 #3 Origin of Symmetry (# 1 Plastic Hearts - Miley Cyrus) - July 2021 Artists who have featured harpsichord in their recordings (Acoustic or Electric/Keyboard/Synthesizer Harpsichord Sound) 21st century artists: MUSE - Micro Cuts [Matt played an acoustic harpsichord on this track which was muted on the original album release in 2001 but highlighted on Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX] Vampire Weekend - M79, Step and Taxi Cab Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies, She Had The World The Black Keys - Too Afraid To Love You Arcade Fire - Rococo Paul McCartney - The Kiss of Venus twenty one pilots - Isle Of Flightless Birds [Before Josh Dun became the drummer] P!nk - There You Go Belle & Sebastian - The Model The Hold Steady - One For The Cutters Deerhunter - Death In Midsummer Elliott Smith - Junk Bond Trader 1990s: Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills TLC - No Scrubs Blur - Clover Over Dover Supergrass - Your Love R.E.M. - Half A World Away Beck - Lazy Flies Tori Amos - Several tracks on album Songs For Pele 1980s: Sting - Englishman In New York The Stranglers - Golden Brown The Damned - Grimly Fiendish 1970s: Queen - The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke Pink Floyd - See Emily Play Elton John - Skyline Pigeon Michael Jackson - I'll Be There Barry White - Never, Never Gonna Give You Up The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You 1960s [Golden Age for Baroque Pop/Rock]: The Rolling Stones - At least seven songs including Lady Jane and Playing With Fire and Dandelion The Beach Boys - Several songs on Pet Sounds and The Smile Sessions albums including God Only Knows, Caroline No, You Still Believe In Me, Wonderful and When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) The Beatles - Fixing A Hole, Piggies, and Because [In My Life features a sped up piano to sound like a harpsichord] The Yardbirds - For Your Love The Who - I Need You The Zombies - Imagine The Swan and I Want Her She Wants Me The Troggs - I Just Sing The Left Banke - Several tracks including Walk Away Renee and Haven't Got The Nerve The Kinks - Several tracks including Two Sisters and Session Man The Association - Windy Roy Orbison - Blue Bayou Donovan - Several tracks including Sunshine Superman Simon and Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Our House Judy Collins - Both Sides Now Linda Ronstadt - Different Drum Janis Ian - Society's Child Nancy Sinatra - Sugar Town The Mamas & The Papas - Monday, Monday The Doors - Several tracks including Love Me Two Times Traffic - No Face, No Name and No Number Jimi Hendrix - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp Grateful Dead - China Doll The Supremes - Love Is Here And Now You're Gone The Isley Brothers - Got To Have You Back Love - The Castle The Monkees - Several tracks including The Girl I Knew Somewhere Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue MacArthur Park - Richard Harris Calcutta - Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra [Based on a German pop song from 1958) Wind instruments featured on some notable songs: Bassoon - The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (#1 Pop Single in the UK and the USA) Oboe - I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher (#1 Pop Single in the UK and the USA) Oboe - Dandelion - The Rolling Stones (#8 Pop Single in the UK and #14 in the USA) Recorder - Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones (#1 Pop Single in the USA and #3 in the UK) Recorder - Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin Recorder - The Fool On The Hill - The Beatles/Cover Version by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 (#6 Pop Single in the USA Flute - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles Flute - Down Under - Men at Work (#1 Pop Single in the UK and the USA) Flute - Legend Of A Mind - The Moody Blues Flute - Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann (#10 Pop Single in the USA) Flute - Spill The Wine - Eric Burdon & War (#3 Pop Single in the USA) Flute - Crazy On You - Heart (#35 Pop Single in the USA) Flute - Color My World - Chicago Flute (Alto) - California Dreamin' - The Momma and the Papas (#4 Pop Single in the USA) Flute - One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head (#3 Pop Single in the USA and #12 in the UK) Flute - There Is A Mountain - Donovan (#8 Pop Single in the UK and #11 in the USA) Flute - Dusk - Genesis Flute - John Barleycorn - Traffic Flute - Undun - The Guess Who (#22 Pop Single in the USA) Flute - You Are The Woman - Firefall (#9 Pop Single in the USA) Flute - Going Up The Country - Canned Heat (#11 Pop Single in the USA) Clarinet (Bass) - I Belong To You (+Mon Cœur S'ouvre a ta Voix) - MUSE Saxophone - Panic Station - MUSE Trumpet - City of Delusion - MUSE Trumpet - Survival - MUSE Brass/Horns - Tusk - Fleetwood Mac (#8 Pop Single in the USA) Brass/Horns - Panic Station - MUSE Brass/Horns - Pressure - MUSE
  16. Showbiz was released 22 years ago this month. The album charted first in France debuting at #66 on the 18.09.1999 dated tally and then fell to #67 and #71 the next two weeks in that market. In the UK, the band's first studio album entered the albums survey at #69 on the 16.10.1999 dated list and then dropped off. It re-entered the chart in early 2000 after the release of Sunburn and spent a total of 31 weeks in the Top 100 in calendar year 2000 in their home country and a cumulative total of 46 charted weeks since its release. Supermassive Black Hole has recently overtaken Uprising as the top downloaded song at iTunes in both the US and the UK likely due to the track trending on TikTok referencing the Twilight movie in which it appeared. Another anniversary Uprising from The Resistance peaked at #37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart dated 3 October 2009 after the band played the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City in mid-September. On the same singles chart Lady Gaga's Paparazzi [Matt's favourite song of the decade/NME interview] was at #7 and Poker Face was at #43 in its 40th week on the tally. MUSE opened for U2 at FedExField in Landover MD USA on 29 September 2009 opening with Knights of Cydonia with USoE in mid-set and closing with Plug In Baby. This was the first MUSE gig I attended. Matt and Dom left the stadium early that evening to watch Lady Gaga perform at a venue in nearby Washington DC. They met her after the show and had a brief chat. On the singles chart dated 14 November 2009 Lady Gaga's Bad Romance debuted at #9, while Paparazzi held at #7 and Uprising was at #65 in its 8th week on the chart. At the 53rd GRAMMY Awards in early 2011, the albums containing Uprising and Bad Romance won Best Rock Album and Best Pop Vocal album, respectively. Both of these albums contain tracks with some lyrics in French: I Belong to You [...Réponds à ma tendresse! Ah! verse-moi l'ivresse!...] and Bad Romance [...Je veux ton amour, et je veux ta revanche...]. These two artists were also among the first to use drones in their performances [Drones Worldwide Tour and Super Bowl Halftime show in Houston] in the mid 2010s. Other British and American artists/acts and one well-known Swedish pop group who have French lyrics in one or more of their songs: Debbie Harry/Blondie - Denis [#2 in the UK], Sunday Girl, Call Me [#1 in the UK and US] Paul McCartney/The Beatles - Michelle [Won GRAMMY Award for Song of the Year in 1967] Sting/The Police - J'aurais toujours faim de toi Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Lost In Europe Peter Gabriel w/ Kate Bush - Games Without Frontiers (Jeux Sans Frontieres) Jeff Lynne/ELO - Hold On Tight Visage - Fade To Grey (Devenir Gris) Damon Albarn/Blur - To The End Limahl - The NeverEnding Story (L'Histoire Sans Fin) David Byrne/Talking Heads - Psycho Killer Brendon Urie/Panic! At The Disco - Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...) Prince - Boys and Girls Labelle/Christina Aguilera, Mya, P!nk and Lil' Kim [Cover] - Lady Marmalade Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour Madonna - La Vie En Rose and Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus [Performed live in concert] ABBA - Voulez-Vous Melanie - Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma Adam Ant - Vive Le Rock Andy Bell/Erasure - Oh L'Amour Michael Stipe/R.E.M. - Talk About The Passion Best known French-speaking vocalists: Celine Dion (Canada) - Multiple songs Johnny Hallyday (France/Belgium) - Multiple songs Edith Piaf (France) - Non, Je ne regrette rien, La Vie En Rose The Singing Nun/Jeannine Deckers (Belgium) - Dominique Plastic Bertrand (Belgium) - Ca Plane Pour Moi Netherlands Band: Tee Set - Ma Belle Amie Chart-topping songs with German lyrics: Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn...) - Elvis Presley (#1 UK and #2 West Germany) and Joe Dowell (#1 USA) 99 Luftballons - Nena (#2 USA and #1 West Germany [German version] / #1 UK [English version] Rock Me Amadeus - Falco (#1 UK, USA and West Germany) Major Tom (Völlig Losgelöst] / Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling (#1 West Germany / #14 USA English Version) Der Kommissar - Falco (#1 West Germany) and After The Fire (#5 USA) Autobahn - Kraftwerk (#9 West Germany, #11 UK and #25 USA) Du hast - Rammstein (#5 West Germany and #186 UK)
  17. Matt and ABBA connections (Common UK Venue and Possible Song Inspiration) Brighton Dome 1974: ABBA win Eurovision performing Waterloo despite the UK panel giving them zero points Brighton Dome 2015: MUSE debut Dead Inside and also play rarities The Groove and Uno [MUSE spent a lot of time in Brighton in 2002 writing songs for Absolution] Quote from Matt's interview with NME in September 2002: “The stuff we’re going to do on this [Absolution] album is going to surprise a lot of people. I can’t really say why that would be but I’ve got a feeling it won’t be what people expect. We’ve been writing loads of songs. A lot of the new songs are going in a different direction to what we’ve done before.” Bellamy explained that the new songs are more “uplifting”, mostly because he has fallen in love. He added: “I think there’ll be some songs that are straightforward rock. (But) some of my favourite new songs are like ABBA!” Matt in later interviews said the beginning of the Iraq war in early 2003 had an effect on the composition of the lyrics. Unnatural Selection ('Counter balance this commotion') and ABBA's Lay All Your Love On Me ('Don't go wasting your emotion') - The Resistance track also features an organ intro and riffs/chord progressions/vocals which could have been inspired by rockers Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down, and Iron Maiden. One possible interpretation of the lyrics: The "they" that laugh as we fall are big businesses - and perhaps by an extension, governments. People who are lucky can also be the big businesses and people of wealth in general. We don't have a chance at "fate" because the common person can't change the economic situation, while big businesses can get bail-outs (which goes against natural selection.) We want the truth - which is for the big businesses and governments to admit their corruption and lies. He wants the common person to not be treated like nothing - but as something great and powerful that needs to be listened to (hence the reference to the ocean.) He doesn't want religion or 'mind virus' propaganda to make people believe that this is their fate - being subordinate to businesses and governments ['the special ones']. He wants people to realize that they have power and influence in their societies and they need to do something to make their conditions better.
  18. Top 20 most viewed MUSE videos on YouTube during the past 90 days: Uprising Supermassive Black Hole Hysteria Starlight Madness Knights of Cydonia Time Is Running Out Resistance Undisclosed Desires Plug In Baby Psycho Feeling Good Unintended Supremacy Pressure New Born Dead Inside Bliss Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) Stockholm Syndrome
  19. OCEANIA: Australia 1.18M total views New Zealand 224K ASIA: Indonesia 6.17M total views South Korea 1.97M Malaysia 1.52M India 800K Japan 556K Philippines Thailand Taiwan Singapore Saudi Arabia Vietnam Hong Kong United Arab Emirates Bangladesh Pakistan Iraq Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan Lebanon Jordan Kuwait Nepal Mongolia 16K Brunei Cambodia
  20. AMERICAS: United States 11.9M total views Mexico 8.45M Brazil 3.03M Canada 1.73M Colombia 1.55M Argentina 1.47M Chile 1.07M Peru Bolivia Ecuador Costa Rica Guatemala Venezuela El Salvador Paraguay Honduras Uruguay Panama Dominican Republic Nicaragua Puerto Rico (USA territory) Trinidad and Tobago 18.8K AFRICA: South Africa 270K total views Morocco Egypt Algeria Tunisia Mauritius Kenya 16.3K
  21. Total cumulative views of all MUSE videos on YouTube in the past 90 days (Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX album era) sorted by continent and ranked by market in each region [Source: YouTube Music Charts & Insights]: GLOBAL: 78.9 million views / 877K average daily views / Peak 1.195 million views on 18 June 2021 (Day of album release) EUROPE France 6.9 million total views United Kingdom 3.99M Italy 3.7M Russia 2.2M Spain 1.95M Ukraine 1.94M Germany 1.37M Turkey 1.15M Poland 1.1M Belgium 820K Portugal Netherlands Greece Switzerland Romania Czech Republic Hungary Austria Israel Finland Ireland Georgia Sweden Norway Denmark Bulgaria Serbia Slovakia Croatia Belarus Kazakhstan Lithuania Latvia Slovenia Estonia North Macedonia Reunion (France territory) Armenia Cyprus Azerbaijan Moldova Luxembourg Bosnia and Herzegovina Malta Albania Iceland 25K
  22. As noted by Claudio O in a recent post, Matt has spent some time this summer at Abbey Road Studios. Below is a timeline of gigs and recording sessions by the band at that iconic recording studio in St. John's Wood over the years: November 1999 - Muscle Museum [There is video of this performance on YouTube for those interested] Late 2000/Early 2001 - Seven tracks from Origin of Symmetry (including Feeling Good, Micro Cuts and Hyper Music) partially recorded in Studio 2 including strings recorded for Citizen Erased, Space Dementia, and Megalomania and skeleton bones percussion for Screenager. June 2001 - Bliss (BBC Radio 1 session) August 2006 - Starlight, Map Of The Problematique and Knights Of Cydonia (Live from Abbey Road TV show) Early to mid 2021 - Remastered Origin of Symmetry XX Anniversary RemiXX at the studio by Alex Wharton Mid to late 2021: Perhaps working on LP9 Interview and live performances from the 2006 sessions at the studio for your viewing and listening pleasure on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/82911894
  23. RIP Charlie Watts "To me, Charlie IS the Rolling Stones," Keith Richards once told Billboard. "We can be as wild as we want, all over the place, but Charlie never falls out of place. He keeps it all locked in and moving forward." The Jaded Hearts Club covered 'Paint It Black' at the 100 Club in London back in 2019, a song which hit No.1 on the singles charts in the UK, the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands in 1966 and peaked at no. 2 in Germany, Austria, Norway and Ireland:
  24. Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) Top 100 Vinyl Albums Chart Run in Spain (July-September 2021) #1 - Debut #15 - 2nd week #31 - 3rd week #36 - 4th week #30 - 5th week #58 - 6th week #51 - 7th week #54 - 8th week #62 - 9th week (Re-entry) OoS also re-entered the France Physical Albums sales chart at #193 a month ago, spending a fifth week on this tally. Sources: Promusicae/SNEP Miscellaneous Touring Stats: Artist who has opened for/supported MUSE the most during the band's career tours: Biffy Clyro - 32 shows from 2007-2013 Other artists who have opened for/supported MUSE over the years: Coldplay [8 UK gigs in May/June 2000], Tom Morello [3 UK gigs in 2019], Thirty Seconds to Mars [special guests on North America amphitheatre tour in 2017], Nothing But Thieves, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille, Razorlight, Editors, Cage The Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Paramore, Fun., Nic Cester, Andy Burrows, Miles Kane, Kiefer Sutherland, Royal Blood, Lily Allen, Rise Against, Incubus, X Ambassadors, Cold War Kids, Walk The Moon, Phantogram, The Joy Formidable, Juliette and the Licks, Birds of Tokyo, Dizzee Rascal, Dead Sara, Band of Skulls, Passion Pit, Metric, White Lies, The Horrors, The Big Pink, The Noisettes, The Like, Everything Everything Bands which MUSE have opened for/supported the most times: U2 - 16 stadium shows in the USA (9), Brazil (3), Argentina (3) and Chile (1) in 11 different cities in 2009 and 2011 RHCP/Foo Fighters - 15 arena shows in France (1) and the USA (14) in 1999 and 2000 My Chemical Romance - 10 shows in the USA in 2007 [7 additional gigs were cancelled because of health issues] The Cure - 10 shows in the USA in 2004 [MUSE performed on the second stage] Among the other notable bands who have been supported by MUSE include: Rage Against the Machine [a stadium show at LA Coliseum in 2011], Depeche Mode [a stadium show in Stockholm in 2006], Bush and LIVE [at club gigs in Europe early in their career] Number of shows (1,577) MUSE have played by calendar year (Setlist.fm): 2000 - 150 1999 - 146 2004 - 137 2001 - 119 2006- 103 2007 - 101 [Black Holes and Revelations holds the distinction of the album world-wide tour with the most dates] 2013 - 97 2010 - 97 2016 - 82 2015 - 68 2019 - 61 2009 - 56 2003 - 56 1997 - 40 2012 - 39 2002 - 38 2017 - 37 2005 - 23 1998 - 23 1995 - 23 2018 - 21 2011 - 18 2008 - 17 1996 - 12 1994 - 10 2014 - 3 2022 - 12 [Scheduled - Subject to change] 2021 - 0 [None Announced - Subject to change] 2020 - 0 [Scheduled show in Berlin for the Global Citizen Festival was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic]
  25. Filming locations for some of the band's official music videos: Shibuya/Tokyo in Japan - Panic Station Pacific Ocean/Off the coast of Los Angeles on a bulk carrier cargo ship - Starlight Pacific Coast Line of LA County in California - Supremacy Union Station in Los Angeles CA - Madness Downtown Los Angeles - Several singles/tracks on Simulation Theory Red Rock Canyon State Park in California - Knights of Cydonia [Some scenes also shot in Romania and London] Elstree Studios in Borehamwood UK - Undisclosed Desires London - Hysteria (UK version) Toronto and New York City - Hysteria (US version) Glastonbury in the UK - Butterflies & Hurricanes Tower Bridge in London - Uno (1st version) Germany - Uno (2nd version) Brighton in the UK - Dead Star Palacio de Deportes in Madrid Spain - Resistance Portugal - Animals (Animated) Japan - Exogenesis Symphony Part 3 (Redemption); Follow Me; and Aftermath (All animated by Tekken) Collaborations that almost took place: With David Bowie in 2006 during the recording of BH&R in New York City With Elton John in 2012 for a theme song for the 2012 Olympic Games in London MUSE songs written in minor keys: More than 60% of their discography (including almost every track on Origin of Symmetry) Most popular minor keys with selected songs composed in original keys* D minor - Uprising, Stockholm Syndrome, Butterflies & Hurricanes, Psycho, Reapers, The Handler, Assassin, Hyper Music, Micro Cuts, MK Ultra, Darkshines, Sing For Absolution, Blockades, City of Delusion, Hyper Chondriac Music, Shrinking Universe, Yes Please, Who Knows Who E minor - Supermassive Black Hole, Knights of Cydonia, New Born, Unintended, Sunburn, Panic Station, The Dark Side, Space Dementia, Megalomania, Unnatural Selection, Uno, Piano Thing A minor - Hysteria, Time Is Running Out, Resistance, Thought Contagion, Supremacy, Endlessly, Spiral Static, Eternally Missed, Easily, Host, T2L: Unsustainable, Liquid State, Interlude, Recess, In Your World, The Gallery, Forced In C minor - Undisclosed Desires, Bliss, Map Of The Problematique, Dead Inside, I Belong to You, Hoodoo, The Dark Side (ARV) G minor - Feeling Good, Algorithm, The Void, Screenager, Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist, T2L-Isolated System, Con-Science B minor - Plug In Baby, The Small Print, Hate This And I'll Love You, Crying Shame, Sober, Minimum, Nishe, Jimmy Kane, Nature_1 F♯ minor - Muscle Museum, Showbiz, Apocalypse Please, The Groove, Ashamed, Nishe, Pink Ego Box F minor - Ruled By Secrecy E♭ minor - Animals C♯ minor - Break It To Me Most popular major keys with selected songs composed in original keys* G major - Pressure, Mercy, Dig Down, The Globalist, Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption), Futurism, Revolt, Fillip, Soaked, Prague, Do We Need This C Major - Citizen Erased, Explorers, Invincible, Fury, Guiding Light, Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 (Cross-Pollination), Falling Away With You, Dead Star, Exo-politics, Shine D major - Cave, Take A Bow, Soldier's Poem, Propaganda, Defector, Save Me, Drones, Escape, Overdue, Coma B major - Starlight, Glorious E♭ major - United States of Eurasia, Collateral Damage, Follow Me, Big Freeze B♭ major - Madness, Survival, Blackout, Prelude A major - Something Human, Exogenesis: Symphony Part 1 (Overture), Falling Down, Aftermath, Map Of Your Head E major - Get Up And Fight, Bedroom Acoustics D♭ major - Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) *Sources: Sheet Music, MuseWiki, Musicnotes.com, Notediscover.com Songs on this MUSE album give composer/songwriter credits to all three band members: Matt, Dom, and Chris Absolution First instruments Matt attempted to play: Clarinet and Violin Songs Matt plays with piano trills: Butterflies & Hurricanes Collateral Damage Matt's songs characteristics include: Guitar Riffs/Jams Guitar Solos High pitched vocals/falsettos Arpeggios Broken Chords Alternative Rock Progressive Rock Sci-Fi Space Rock Romantic Classical Baroque Classical Orchestrations for Strings R&B/Soul/Funk Pop Spanish Flamenco Guitar Electronica/Dub-step Synth-wave from the 80s Dystopian themes Love and Relationships The Dark Side features a combination of the natural minor, the harmonic minor, and the melodic minor creating a nine-note scale: E → F♯ → G → A → B → C/C♯ → D/D♯ Key Changes in MUSE songs More than 20 tracks contain modulations including Citizen Erased, Starlight, Explorers, and the three Exogenesis Symphony parts Cave is the first song composed by Matt in the mid-90s to feature multiple modulations showcasing classical techniques learned in his musical theory classes: D Major - Intro D Minor - Verses G Minor - Chorus Knights of Cydonia contains a modulation and chord progression spanning three keys (E minor to C minor to G♯ minor) Take A Bow has a remarkable 13 key changes beginning in D and ending in B utilizing the circle of fifths technique. Notable songs by other artists with multiple key changes/modulations: Bohemian Rhapsody/Save Me/The Show Must Go On - Queen Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds/Penny Lane - The Beatles Love On Top - Beyoncé I Will Always Love You/I Have Nothing/I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston Man In The Mirror/Earth Song - Michael Jackson My Girl - The Temptations I Just Called To Say I Love You/Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder Overture from Tommy/Pinball Wizard/My Generation - The Who Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John One - U2 Money Money Money - ABBA La Isla Bonita - Madonna Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga Good Vibrations/Wouldn't It Be Nice/In My Room - The Beach Boys Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion Take My Breath Away - Berlin Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler Love Story - Taylor Swift Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle So What - P!nk Sometimes - Britney Spears Layla - Derek and the Dominos Invisible Touch - Genesis 42 - Coldplay Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer Stand - R.E.M. Surrender - Cheap Trick Our House - Madness All By Myself - Eric Carmen I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones Since You Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson Mandy - Barry Manilow I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys The Sign - Ace Of Base To Be With You - Mr. Big Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
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