Muse are an English rock band formed in Teignmouth, Devon in 1994 under the alias of Rocket Baby Dolls. Afterwards, they changed their name to Muse, decided to forgo university and undertook a career in music. The band comprises Matthew Bellamy (vocals, guitar and keyboards), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass guitar, vocals and keyboards) and Dominic Howard (drums and percussion). Muse blend alternative, hard rock, progressive rock, classical music and electronica to help form the new sub-genre of new prog. Muse are known best for their energetic and visually dazzling live performances, and frontman Matthew Bellamy's eccentric interests in global conspiracy, extraterrestrial life, paranoia, theology and the apocalypse. Muse have released four studio albums with their first, Showbiz, coming in 1999. The most recent, Black Holes and Revelations (2006), was also the most critically acclaimed, garnering the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for 2006.
One of their biggest performances were two gigs at the newly-rebuilt Wembley Stadium on June 16 and 17. Both Wembley concerts were recorded for a CD/DVD release titled H.A.A.R.P, which was released on the 17th March 2008 in the UK and 1st April 2008 in the USA. The title refers to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program - a scientific research program aimed at studying the properties and behaviour of the ionosphere.
Matthew Bellamy - vocals, piano, guitar
Chris Wolstenholme - bass
Dominic Howard - drums, percussions
Morgan Nichols - during live shows keyboards, samples, backing vocals
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