Muse: Through The Years
Join us as we take a journey through the career of one of rock's finest outfits, Muse! From Matt Bellamy forming the band back in 1994 to huge world-wide sell out shows in 2019 - it's been quite the ride!
Muse have announced three UK live dates for September 2019, with one of the dates right here at Arena Birmingham on 17 September.
Muse recently completed a run of sold out stadium shows in the UK which saw them headline the London Stadium, Bristol’s Ashton Gate and the Etihad in Manchester, drawing praise across the board. The Guardian described their London show as ‘a dizzying rock spectacle for the machine age’.
But how did they go from forming in the early 90's to world wide sell out shows? It went something like this...
Muse were born (well, kind of)...
Originally forming as glam-goth outfit, Carnage Mayhem, then Gothic Plague, then Rocket Baby Dolls, they emerged winners of a battle of the bands competition and completely smashed all of their equipment in the process. They didn't expect to win, but they did and from that moment they started to see their potential. The band quit their jobs, changed their name to Muse and moved out of Devon to begin their career - and what a choice that was.
The first of Muse and the release of Showbiz
Skunk Anansie took a young Muse under their wing allowing the band to play their first London and Manchester shows in the late 90's as they continued to build and grow their following. 1998 saw the band record and release their first EP, a four track rocky number which was recorded at Sawmills. A couple more EP's followed before the band produced their first proper studio album, Showbiz. It went down pretty well with critics such as Sputnikmusic, NME and USA Today all liking what they were hearing. The album went Platinum in the UK and gave the guys the motivation to keep pushing on into the millennium.
From rookies to household names
Origin of Symmetry (2001) and Absolution (2003) catapulted Muse into the limelight, cementing their place in the rock genre. The critically acclaimed Origin of Symmetry went to No. 3 in the UK Charts, before Absolution (which is an absolute masterpiece IMO) gave Muse their first No.1 UK album - and is certified x3 Platinum. Standout song, "Time Is Running Out", was a huge hit with fans and it's a song the band to this day still perform in some live sets!
Black Holes and Revelations era
Appearances at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, Reading and Leeds Festival and the launch of their Black Holes and Revelations Tour (which stopped by our sister venue Resorts World Arena) demonstrated what a force Muse were as a live band - they just kept smashing it! The album secured their second No. 1 UK and received crazy ratings from the likes of Observer Music Monthly, Q, and Alternative Press. Planet Sound named Black Holes and Revelations their "Album of the Year", and the album was placed third in the NME's "Albums of the Year" list
The Resistance (2009), The 2nd Law (2012), Drones (2015) and Simulation Theory (2018) all debuted at No. 1 in the official UK Charts giving them six consecutive hits. Accompanying the albums were huge world-wide tours, selling out stadiums and arenas around the globe - from England to USA, China to Argentina, Poland to Greece and everywhere in between, which confirmed the band's heavyweight status. Now, in 2019, we're gearing up for the Simulation Theory Tour and after playing the album pretty much on repeat, we know that tracks such as Something Human, The Dark Side and Dig Down (to name a few) are gonna sound unbelievable live here in Birmingham this September!