Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard. Muse signed to Maverick Records and released their debut album, Showbiz, in 1999, showcasing Bellamy's falsetto and a melancholic alternative rock style. Wikipedia
MUSE Simulation Tour - Washington, DC
With the start of its Simulation Theory World Tour, Muse drummer Dominic Howard promises the British trio is "gonna try and attempt to do something quite different to anything we've done before" -- which anyone who's followed the group's concert history knows will be a tall order.
"There are going to be more people on stage with us," Howard tells Billboard. "We want to try to make the show have more humanity with it rather than purely technology. The Drones Tour it was all so tech with the drones flying around and stuff like that, which is cool but we want to try to move away slightly from the big screen with a bunch of visuals in the background, which every single artist does -- and we've obviously been doing for years as well."
Singer-guitarist Matt Bellamy adds that visuals will definitely play a part in the show, building on the videos Muse is rolling out for Simulation Theory. "It's the most videos we've ever made for an album," Bellamy notes, "and we've created this visual world for this album. They videos are very continuous -- that's where the concept can be seen more so than in the music. So we're going to take that visual world and try to translate it into the live show, with the other performers who will be on stage with us."
Howard adds that the show -- which is being designed by the band with Jesse Lee Sout and lighting director Sooner Routhier -- will be "a lot brighter and more colorful. The last tour had such a dark undertone and theme; It was all very ominous, with the drones monitoring everyone and flying around. The imagery was quite dark, so this one's gonna feel a bit more colorful and have more humanity to it." - Billboard