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Chris Wolstenholme claims his first live vocal performance with the band was 'a disaster'


Muse bassist, Chris Wolstenholme, has claimed he nearly fainted the first time he had to sing lead vocals live.


On two tracks from Muse's latest album, 'The 2nd Law', Wolstenholme takes over vocal duties from Matt Bellamy, and has been taking the reigns from Matt Bellamy during the band's live shows this year.


But he spoke of how his nerves got the better of him when the trio began touring the new album.


He tells The Sun newspaper: "Singing live was really, really tough at first.


"I was pretty gutted after the first show because I wasn’t really prepared for the nerves, so as soon as I started singing I felt my legs going and I started wobbling and it was a bit of a disaster."


The band capped off their recent arena tour with two sold out shows at London's O2 Arena, and Wolstenholme went on to say he has now adjusted to the stresses of singing live.


He added: "I got over it fairly quickly, though, and I’m starting to enjoy it now."




Earlier this week Muse announced they would be taking The 2nd Law to stadiums next summer with gigs in London, Manchester, and Coventry.


The huge tour comes off the back of the band's admission that their huge live show often fails to break even.


Last month Wolstenholme explained how the rockers would never charge ticket prices comparable to the Rolling Stones gigs in London later this month.


However he admitted the band's desire to keep prices "reasonable" often prevents them from making a profit from tours.


"It's important to make some money but we don't always break even because the most important thing is to go out and play live.


"We could earn more if we wanted to by cutting production costs, but it's not about that."


Muse will play four stadium dates next summer, with the first taking place at Coventry's Ricoh Stadium on 22 May 2013. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am tomorrow. For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.



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It was bought up in NME or Kerrang i think a while back now. They said that they can often fail to break even, but i don't care what anybody says... it wouldn't be happening if there wasn't money being made.


Even in this article Chris says "it's always important to make some money" but then goes on to say they don't break even :LOL:

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I think the ones where they don't break even can most probably be subsidised by those they sell out, and I would imagine there are not many that don't break even. Chris has said that they are very comfortable, I think he just wanted to emphasise that they don't have big profit margins on their ticket prices .

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The statement seems more general than gig specific and you've got to think about other costs like transporting stage set ups too. If they go abroad and can't even break even in terms of renting the stadium, add the excess travel costs on top of that and they take quite a fair hit.

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