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On 12/13/2019 at 2:05 PM, muse samuse said:

Debut Chart Positions in the United Kingdom and continental Europe for the sales tracking week 6-12 December 2019

Origin of Muse

#2 Official UK Vinyl Albums (#1 WHO by The Who)

#48 Official UK Physical Albums (CDs and Vinyl Sales)

#50 Official Scottish Albums Top 100

#58 Netherlands Albums (Dutch charts)

#68 Belgium-Wallonia Albums (Ultratop)

#70 Official UK Albums Top 100*

#121 Belgium-Flanders Albums (Ultratop)

*Prior album chart appearances and positions for Origin of Symmetry and Showbiz on this UK chart compiled by the Official Charts Company were September 2011 at #75 and October 2009 at #93, respectively.

Note:  Chart positions for this box set in other markets including France, Switzerland, Italy, and the US will be revealed early next week.

More album chart action updates for Origin of Muse:

#5 Australia Top Vinyl Albums (ARIA)

#34 Switzerland Top 100 Albums (SCHWEIZER HITPARADE)

#48 Germany Top 100 Albums (OFFIZIELLE DEUTSCHE CHARTS)

#55 Spain Top 100 Albums (PROMUSICAE)

#85 Irish Top 100 Albums (IRMA)

#100 Italy Top 100 Albums (FIMI)



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'Dig Down' and 'The Handler' re-enter the iTunes alternative rock song downloads charts in both the US and the UK this weekend.  Both tracks are featured on the soundtrack to the '6 Underground' Netflix film starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Michael Bay released on 13 December.


2019 Year End Top 100 Tours - POLLSTAR

MUSE rank at #7 with over 1.2 million tickets sold and at #13 with gross ticket sales revenue over USD 97 million.  The only rock band that sold more concert tickets than MUSE in calendar year 2019 was Metallica.

https://www.pollstar.com/Chart/2019/12/Top100 WorldwideTours_790.pdf


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US Billboard  Charts Dated 21 December 2019 - Debut peak positions

Origin of Muse

#11 Alternative Album Sales

#21 Rock Album Sales

#97 Top Current Albums (#1 WHO by The Who)

Showbiz as part of the OoM box set makes its first ever album chart appearance in the US after it failed to chart on its initial release 20 years ago in September 1999 while Origin of Symmetry makes its second album chart appearance after debuting and spending one week on the Billboard 200 chart at #161 in February 2010 following the commercial success of The Resistance.


"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."  -  1984  George Orwell



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More MUSE Box Office Reports from the 2019 Simulation Theory World Tour:


Ziggo Dome/Amsterdam - 12 September

16,389 Attendance

$1,224,252 Gross


Royal Arena/Copenhagen - 8 September

11,948 Attendance

$1,102,931 Gross


Telenor Arena/Fortenu (Oslo)- 7 September

12,666 Attendance

$937,001 Gross


Bell Centre/Montreal - 30 March

15,930 Attendance



United Center/Chicago - 12 April

12,035 Attendance

$968,738 Gross


Talking Stick Resort Arena/Phoenix - 26 February

7,706 Attendance

$604,336 Gross


BB&T Center/Sunrise(Fort Lauderdale) - 24 March

6,902 Attendance



Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo/Buenos Aires - 11 October

14,378 Attendance

$660,211 Gross


Ginasio do Ibirapuera/Sao Paulo - 9 October

8,480 Attendance

$452,603 Gross


Source:  As reported to POLLSTAR  from promoters Live Nation; AEG Live; Evenko; and Jam Productions


Personal Note to Musers:  I am now on hiatus and do not plan to post again until 2021 or until the next single is released from the band. Hope you enjoyed my posts and best wishes to all.











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4 hours ago, muse samuse said:

Personal Note to Musers:  I am now on hiatus and do not plan to post again until 2021 or until the next single is released from the band. Hope you enjoyed my posts and best wishes to all.

Oh, so sorry to hear that... It was such a pleasure to read your posts, I come here everyday to see what's new...

Anyway enjoy whatever you're going to do until 2021.

Looking forward seeing this thread living again.

Best wishes.

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On 12/21/2019 at 5:00 AM, Nunki said:

Oh, so sorry to hear that... It was such a pleasure to read your posts, I come here everyday to see what's new...

Anyway enjoy whatever you're going to do until 2021.

Looking forward seeing this thread living again.

Best wishes.

Merci pour vos mots gentils!

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On 12/21/2019 at 12:06 PM, Claudia O said:

Oh! I enjoyed your posts so much as well! Please come back as soon as you can 😊 😎

Danke dir auch für die netten Worte!

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Final MUSE Stats Updates for 2019 before I take my leave of absence:


Decade 2010s World Tours (TR; T2L; DR; and ST) From September 2009 thru October 2019

Total Estimated Concert Tickets Sold:  6.2 Million

Total Estimated Gross: $480 Million [Concert Ticket Sales + Festival Headliner Artist Fees + U2 Support Fees in the USA and South America]


Simulation Theory World Tour 2019 Box Office Break-down [Excluding two festival dates in Belgium and Brazil and two Formula One Grand Prix shows in Singapore and Austin, TX]

Total Attendance: 1.315 Million  (966K Europe; 292K North America; and 57K South America)

Total Gross: $102.4 Million  ($79.1M Europe; $19.6M North America; and $3.7M South America)

Average Ticket Price:  $78

Total Shows:  55   Total Cities:  50  Total Countries:  24


Final Simulation Theory Tour Venue Box Office Reports:


Passeio Maritimo de Alges/Lisboa - 24 July

48,319 Attendance

$3,420,621 Gross Ticket Sales


Papp Lazslo Sports Arena/Budapest - 28 May

13,516 Attendance

$1,083,160 Gross


Capital One Arena/Washington DC - 2 April

11,271 Attendance

$868,582 Gross

Source:  Touring Data


Simulation Theory - Year End Album Chart Positions in Selected Markets

Switzerland (#16 in 2018; #88 in 2019) - Schweizer Hitparade

Belgium Wallonia (#21 in 2018; #64 in 2019) - Ultratop

United States (#46 in 2019) - Billboard Top Current Albums [Over 130,000 pure album sales from November 2018 thru November 2019 per Nielsen Music]

France (#50 in 2018; #118 in 2019) - SNEP [Platinum Certified - Over 130,000 sales and streams]

Netherlands (#67 in 2018) - Dutch Megacharts

Italy (#72  in 2018) - FIMI [Gold Certified - Over 25,000 sales and streams]

Belgium Flanders (#73 in 2018; #197 in 2019 - Ultratop

United Kingdom (#77 in 2018) - Official Charts Company [Gold Certified - Over 100,000 sales and streams]


2019 Year End Billboard Rock Genre Chart Positions in the USA

Simulation Theory

#30 Alternative Albums

#52 Top Rock Albums


#25 Rock Airplay Songs

#27 Alternative Songs

#43 Hot Rock Songs


Latest Singles Certifications:

'Feeling Good' - UK Gold

'Uprising' - UK Platinum

'Starlight' - Italy Platinum

'Psycho' - UK Silver









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2019 Ticketmaster Touring Milestone Award Winners


P!NK, The Beautiful Trauma Tour

Ed Sheeran, The ÷ Tour

BTS, BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself

Bon Jovi, This House Is Not For Sale Tour

Fleetwood Mac, An Evening With Fleetwood Mac

Jonas Brothers, Happiness Begins Tour

Justin Timberlake, The Man Of The Woods Tour

Muse,  The Simulation Theory World Tour

Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes: The Tour

Ariana Grande, Sweetener World Tour

Panic! At The Disco, Pray For The Wicked Tour




Live Music Industry - 2019 vs 2020

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” - Charles Dickens 'Tale of Two Cities'

''Panic on the brain, world has gone insane..."

"Would you be my little quarantine?..."

“Just need you to tell me we’re all right, tell me we’re okay..." - Tyler Joseph 'Level of Concern'


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Highest charting diverse range of cover songs performed live by MUSE during various concert tours over the years:

Popcorn (Hot Butter instrumental cover composed by Gershon Kingsley) - #1 in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Australia; #5 UK Official Singles Top 100; and #9 US Billboard Hot 100 - Number of Performances:  5 in Europe including 2 at Teignmouth

Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli cover)  - #2 US in 1967 - Number of Performances: 3 in Japan and 1 at the BBC Studios in London

Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran cover) - #3 US and #5 UK - Number of Performances: 1 in Paris and 1 in London

Sign O' The Times (Prince cover) - #3 US and #10 UK - Number of Performances: 1 in Paris, 1 in London and 1 in Los Angeles

Where The Streets Have No Name (U2 cover) - #4 UK and #13 US - Number of Performances: 1 at Glastonbury Festival, UK with The Edge

Man of Mystery (The Shadows cover) - #5 UK - Number of Performances: 17 in Europe, 2 in North America and 2 in Asia

Lithium (Nirvana cover) - #11 UK and #64 US - Number of Performances: 1 at Lollapalooza Brazil and 1 at Coachella Festival, CA

Feeling Good (Anthony Newley cover) - #24 UK (MUSE Hyper Music/Feeling Good double A-side single in 2001); #40 UK (Nina Simone version in 1994); #54 (MUSE single in 2008); and #69 (Michael Bublé  version in 2009) - Number of Performances: 490 at various venues around the world

Back in Black (AC/DC cover) - #27 UK and #37 US - Number of Performances: 5 in Australia and 1 in Italy with Nic Cester and 1 at Reading Festival, UK with Brian Johnson

Note:  Instrumental intro excerpts of 'House of the Rising Sun' has been played at numerous gigs without vocals.  This Animals cover song hit #1 in both the UK and the US.











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Notable UK bands with songs containing partial French lyrics:

'Michelle' by The Beatles [Won the 1967 GRAMMY Award for Song of the Year - Paul McCartney and John Lennon Songwriters]

...Michelle, ma belle,
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble...

'I Belong to You / Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix'  by MUSE (Matt Bellamy Vocals and Songwriter/ Camille Saint-Saëns composer and Ferdinand LeMaire librettist for the verses from Samson and Delilah  [The Resistance album containing this track won the 2011 GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Album]
...Ah! Reponds ma tendresse, Verse-moi, verse-moi l'ivresse...

'A Song for Europe' by Roxy Music (Composer Bryan Ferry also sings a verse in Latin on this track)

...Tous ces moments
Perdus dans l'enchantement
Qui ne reviendront
Pas d'aujourd'hui pour nous
Pour nous il n'y a rien
A partager
Sauf le passé...
'Hold On Tight' by the Electric Light Orchesta (Jeff Lynne - Vocals and Songwriter)
...Accroches-toi a ton rêve...
Quand tu vois ton bateau partir
Quand tu sens ton coeur se briser
Accroches-toi a ton rêve...
'Hungry For You / J'Aurais Toujours Faim De Toi' by The Police (Gordon Sumner [Better Known as Sting]  - Vocals and Songwriter)
'Fade To Grey / Devenir Gris' by Visage (Steve Strange Vocals; Midge Ure, Billie Currie and Chris Payne [from Ultravox] songwriters; Brigitte Arens spoken French lyrics)
...Un homme dans une gare isolée, Une valise a ses cotés
Des yeux fixes et froids, Montre de la peur lorsqu'il

Se tourne pour se cacher...
Sent la pluie comme un été Anglais, Entends les notes d'une chanson lointaine
Sortant de derriere d'un poster, Espérant que la vie ne fut aussi longue...
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Next scheduled MUSE gig:

26 September 2020 - Global Citizen Festival in Berlin

Note:  May be a virtual broadcast event or possibly re-scheduled for 2021.



Break-down of MUSE career shows by continent:

979 - Europe [394 UK and 585 rest of Europe]  Note:  The number of UK shows might be slightly understated because of unreported shows at the Cavern in Exeter and elsewhere in Devon in the early days

421 - North America [359 USA, 45 Canada and 17 Mexico]

69 - Asia

67 - Oceania [61 Australia and 6 New Zealand]

28 - South America

2 - Africa

1,566 Total Career Gigs

Source Stats Courtesy of:  @MuseFrance; Setlist.fm

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More artists with songs containing French lyrics or phrases:

Talking Heads 'Psycho Killer'

Qu'est-ce que c'est...
Ce que j'ai fais, ce soir la
Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir la
Realisant mon espoir
Je me lance, vers la gloire...

Prince 'Boys and Girls'

Blondie 'Call Me', 'Denis', and 'Sunday Girl (French version)'

Lady Gaga 'Bad Romance'

Blur 'To The End ( (Jusqu'a la fin)' - English and French versions

Peter Gabriel 'Games Without Frontiers (Jeux Sans Frontieres [Sung by Kate Bush]'

Limahl 'The NeverEnding Story (L'Histoire Sans Fin)' - English and French versions

R.E.M. 'Talk About The Passion'

Pet Shop Boys 'Paris City Boy'

Adam Ant 'Vive Le Rock'

Erasure 'Oh L'Amour'



US Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart

'Time Is Running Out' became the first Top 10 track for MUSE on this rock airplay tally dated 12 June 2004.  Notable acts [not intended to be an all-inclusive list] with the most charted Alternative Airplay Top 10s from this date to 27 June 2020 are:


14 Foo Fighters

14 Cage the Elephant

13 Weezer

12 Green Day

12 twenty one pilots

12 The Killers

11 Coldplay [Career total is 13 including 'Yellow' and 'Clocks' which were Top 10 hits for the band prior to 2004]


10 Imagine Dragons

10 The Black Keys

10 Bastille

9 Mumford & Sons

9 Thirty Seconds to Mars

9 Death Cab For Cutie

8 Red Hot Chili Peppers

8 Kings of Leon

8 Rise Against


7 Nine Inch Nails

7 Silversun Pickups

7 Incubus

7 Three Days Grace

7 The Lumineers

6 Pearl Jam

6 Blink-182

6 Panic! At the Disco

6 Fall Out Boy

6 My Chemical Romance

6 The Offspring

5 Paramore

5 Billie Eilish

5 Foster the People

5 Vance Joy

5 Breaking Benjamin

5 Grouplove

5 Walk the Moon

4 Arctic Monkeys

4 The White Stripes

4 Of Monsters and Men

4 Lorde

4 Jimmy Eat World


4 311

3 U2

3 Jet

3 Gorillaz

3 Audioslave

3 Florence + the Machine

3 Franz Ferdinand

3 The Raconteurs

3 Phoenix

3 Fitz and the Tantrums

3 fun.

3 Neon Trees

3 The Head and the Heart

2 The Strokes

2 Alice In Chains

2 Disturbed

2 Tame Impala

2 The 1975

2 Vampire Weekend

2 Portugal. The Man

2 alt-J

2 Matt Maeson

2 Cold War Kids

2 The Revivalist

2 The Neighbourhood

2 X Ambassadors

2 lovelytheband

1 Radiohead

1 Jane's Addiction

1 Royal Blood


1 Hozier

1 Hoobastank

1 Rag'n'Bone Man

1 Finger Eleven

1 James Bay

1 Lana Del Rey

1 Evanescence


1 Bush

1 Korn

1 Gnarls Barkley

1 Kaleo

1 Elle King

1 Plain White T's

1 The Used

1 Capital Cities

1 Gotye

1 Milky Chance



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1,950,000,000+ on YOUTUBE

3,200,000,000+ on SPOTIFY for 129 different tracks [Includes 2 million-plus streams for 'Pray (High Valyrian)' composed by Matt Bellamy for Game of Thrones]

$20-25 Million - Estimated total royalty revenue earned for all rights-holders [record label/publisher/songwriter/performing artist) from the above 5.1 billion streams assuming a weighted average payout range of $0.0060 to $0.0084 per stream received from SPOTIFY and a lower average rate of $0.00164 per stream received from YOUTUBE.  Total plays on other streaming platforms [Deezer, Apple Music, Amazon, and Google Play] would add to this total.


Most listened to/play-listed tracks on SPOTIFY (Over 50 Million Streams) as of 29 June 2020:

308,000,000+ 'Uprising'  [Also #1 on YOUTUBE with 194,000,000+ views for the official music video]

197,000,000 'Madness'

194,000,000 'Supermassive Black Hole'

188,000,000 'Starlight'

136,000.000 'Psycho'

116,000,000 'Knights of Cydonia'

108,000,000 'Undisclosed Desires'

107,000,000 'Time Is Running Out'

102,000,000 'Hysteria'

78,000,000 'Feeling Good'

69,000,000 'Plug In Baby'

64,000,000 'Resistance'

59,000,000 'Mercy'

58,000,000 'Dead Inside'

56,000,000 'Pressure'

54,000,000 'Panic Station'


Most listened to album bonus tracks:

13,300,000 'Glorious' (#54)

7,900,000 'Fury'(#80)

6,400,000 'Futurism'

2,900,000 'Spiral Static'


Most listened to B-sides

4,800,000 'Eternally Missed' (#94)

3,900,000 'Map Of Your Head'

3,600,000 'Dead Star'

3,100,000 'Shrinking Universe'

2,500,000 'Hyper Chondriac Music'

2,500,000 'Yes Please'

2,500,000 'Recess'


Most listened to cover songs:

75,000,000 'Feeling Good'

11,000,000 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You'

7,700,000 'Hungry Like The Wolf'

820,000 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want'


Least listened to album track:

2,900,000 'Overdue'


Least listened to B-sides:

268,000 'Execution Commentary' (#128)

198,000  'Jimmy Kane' (#129)


Personal favourite songs SPOTIFY play counts and rankings:

38,500,000  'Reapers' (#20)

36,000,000  'New Born' (#21)

32,600,000  'Stockholm Syndrome' (#23)

31,800,000  'Map Of The Problematique' (#24)

30,900,000  'Unintended' (#25)

30,600,000 'The Dark Side' (#26)

28,900,000 'Bliss' (#29)

26,000,000 'Sunburn' (#31)

23,800,000 'Butterflies & Hurricanes' (#32)

20,500,000 'Muscle Museum' (#36)

20,400,000 'United States of Eurasia + Collateral Damage' (#37)

18,900,000 'Invincible' (#42)

18,500,000 'Sing for Absolution' (#43)

14,900,000 'Algorithm' (#46)

14,300,000 'Endlessly' (#50)

13,500,000 'Take A Bow' (#52)

12,200,000 'Exogenesis: Symphony Pt. 3 Redemption (#58)

12,000,000 'Citizen Erased' (#60)

11,900,000 'Apocalypse Please' (#61)

7,600,000 'Showbiz' (#82)

6,800,000 'Ruled by Secrecy' (#86) 

400,000 'Piano Thing' (#118)


Break-down of streaming numbers for all tracks and B-sides by studio album:

625,000,000 Black Holes and Revelations (19.6%)

600,000,000 The Resistance (18.9%)

461,000,000 The 2nd Law (14.5%)

386,000,000 Drones (12.1%)

372,000,000 Absolution (11.8%)

306,000,000 Origin of Symmetry (9.6%)

277,000,000 Simulation Theory (8.7%)

136,000,000 Showbiz (4.3%)

15,500,000 'Neutron Star Collision' (0.5%)  






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'TOMORROW'S WORLD' solo track written by Matt Bellamy

Original Key:  F Minor  4 Flats  [Other well- known compositions in this sombre, somewhat melancholic key: 'Ruled by Secrecy' - MUSE; 'Hello' - Adele; Piano Sonata No. 23 - Beethoven; 'Winter' Violin Concerto from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi; Piano Concerto No. 2 -Chopin; Symphony No. 4 -Tchaikovsky; and Symphony No. 49 - Haydn]

380,000+ Global views on YOUTUBE

250,000+ Global streams on SPOTIFY

1,000+ Global digital downloads estimated

Chart Appearance:  Belgium/Flanders Ultra Tip Bubbling Under Chart Dated 16/05/2020 Extra Tips

Apple iTunes Top Songs Peak Chart Positions First Week of Release:



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MUSE Dans Les Charts D'Album Français - Longévité

89 weeks after its release on 9 November 2018 ST spends another week on the France Top 200 Albums Chart dated 24 July 2020 compiled by SNEP and GfK:

#196(-9) Simulation Theory (Sales + Streams) and #105(-1) Physical Sales Album Chart


Albums Ranked By Total Weeks Spent on France Top 200 Album Chart:

220 The Resistance  (#1 Peak)

163 Absolution (#1 Peak)

145 Black Holes & Revelations (#2 Peak for three weeks behind the #1 album from French singer-songwriter Laurent Voulzy)

96 The 2nd Law (#1 Peak)

66 Drones (#1 Peak)

66 HAARP - Live at Wembley Stadium (#3 Peak)

65 Simulation Theory (#3 Peak behind the #1 album from French legendary rocker Johnny Hallyday and the #2 album from French rapper hip-hop artist Soprano)

64 Origin of Symmetry (#2 Peak)

50 Showbiz (#59 Peak)

28 Live At Rome Olympic Stadium (#7 Peak)

28 Hullabaloo Soundtrack (#9 Peak)

Total Cumulative Weeks:  991



737K 'Futurism'

405K 'Starlight'

351K 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You'

216K 'Supermassive Black Hole'

209K 'Panic Station'






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MUSE Chart Positions at iTUNES as of 3 June 2020:


44. The Resistance
64. The 2nd Law
95. Drones
278. Absolution
367. Black Holes and Revelations
434. Origin of Symmetry



94. Drones
177. The 2nd Law
265. The Resistance
378. Absolution
385. Black Holes and Revelations
494. Origin of Symmetry


United Kingdom

317. Uprising
439. Starlight
911. Supermassive Black Hole
919. Feeling Good
1005. Knights of Cydonia

340. Absolution
683. The Resistance
779. Drones
783. The 2nd Law
795. Black Holes and Revelations
970. Origin of Symmetry

United States

1291. The Resistance

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Butterflies & Hurricanes from Absolution

Original Published Key:  D Minor

Chart Peak Positions: #14 UK; #29 Netherlands; #37 Ireland; and #70 France

Matt Bellamy: "It's about hope, about trying to find the strength to get through any given situation."



Everything you are

And everything you were

Your number has been called

Fights and battles have begun

Revenge will surely come

Your hard times are ahead


You've got to be the best

You've got to change the world

And use this chance to be heard

Your time is now...'



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Venue:  BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA)


10 March 2013 (Concert Gig) grossing over $466,000 in ticket sales

Attendance:  7,735  (Source:  Promoters C3 Presents/Frank Productions)


20 June 2020 (Campaign Rally) - Free event

Attendance:  6,200 Estimate (Source:  Tulsa Fire Dept Officials)


Metallica holds the all-time single-concert attendance record at the BOK Center when the band welcomed 19,228 fans to a sold-out show at this venue on 18 January 2019.

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Cover Songs Performed by Matt Bellamy - First and Latest - 29 Year Span

June 1991 - Teignmouth Community College, Devon (UK) - A short excerpt of his performance can be viewed on YouTube

'What'd I Say' - Ray Charles (#6 US Billboard Hot 100 Peak Chart Position in 1959) - Cover versions by several artists including Elvis Presley have also charted, while The Beatles played this song at their Reeperbahn gigs in Hamburg, Germany in the early 60s and Mick Jagger sang it with the band that would become the Rolling Stones.

"Piano was the first instrument I really played. I didn’t have any lessons, and though I tinkered with it since I was five, I didn’t really get interested until I was ten or 11. My dad used to play a lot of blues records, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. Ray Charles was the one that stuck out; I used to work on my left hand to 'What’d I Say' in sort of this boogie-woogie style. I spent ages working that out, practicing the left hand doing one thing and trying to do chords with the right hand. I went into a talent contest and played a solo version of that piece and actually won the contest. My older brother forced me into this talent contest and, though I was too nervous to do it, I did it anyway. It made me want to get out there and get some gigs and get in a band. When I first got into a band when I was about 13 or 14, I didn’t play piano for about six years because I just got so into the guitar." - Matt Bellamy

Source: Innocence_and_Absolution_(200506_Keyboard_Magazine_article)

June 2020 - Recorded in Los Angeles, California and posted last week on Matt's Instagram account [See Claudia O's post on the News/Muse on Social Media forum for the link to hear his performance]

'We'll Meet Again' - Vera Lynn (#55 UK Official Singles Peak Chart Position in 2020; #29 US Billboard Peak Chart Position in 1954; Recorded in 1939)

Fun Fact:  The Resistance by MUSE debuted at #1 on the UK Official Albums Chart on 20 September 2009 selling 148k copies replacing the compilation album We'll Meet Again - The Best of Vera Lynn which moved down one position to #2 after reaching the #1 spot the previous week. Vera Lynn became the oldest living artist at age 92 to achieve this feat with an album.


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#4 Supermassive Black Hole - E minor

#8 Time Is Running Out - A minor

#9 Uprising - D minor

#10 Knights Of Cydonia - E minor

#11 Plug In Baby - B minor

#11 Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) - D-flat Major

#12 New Born  - E Minor

#13 Starlight - B Major

#13 Dead Star / In Your World - D minor / A minor

#14 Butterflies and Hurricanes - D minor

#16 Sing For Absolution - D Minor

#17 Hysteria - A minor

#18 Map Of The Problematique - C minor

#20 Unintended - E minor

#21 Invincible - C major

#22 Bliss - C minor

#22 Sunburn - E minor

#22 Survival - B-flat Major

#24 Hyper Music / Feeling Good cover - D minor / G minor

#25 Madness - B-flat major

#25 Muscle Museum - F-sharp minor

#38 Resistance - A minor

#49 Undisclosed Desires - C minor

#52 Cave - D minor

#55 Psycho - D minor

#58 Supremacy - A minor

#71 Dead Inside - C minor

#73 Uno - E minor

#76 Thought Contagion - A minor

#96 Pressure - G major

#97 Algorithm - G minor

#122 Citizen Erased - C major

#126 Mercy - G major

#127 Reapers - D minor

#139 The Handler - D minor

#200 United States of Eurasia - E-flat major

Note:  It appears Matt has composed about 75% of the songs in the MUSE discography in various minor keys. Also, several of the above singles (KOC, Cave, Bliss, Starlight, Survival) and other non-singles such as Take A Bow (beginning in D major and ending in B major) and Exogenesis Symphony have multiple modulations and  key changes.  The only songs composed in the keys of F minor and E-flat minor are Ruled By Secrecy and Animals, respectively. Lastly, The Dark Side and The Dark Side (ARV) were composed in two different keys, E minor and C minor, respectively.


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