Excited about the World Cup coming this November in Qatar? Muse was, but not so much anymore. Here’s a nice bit of gossip via the always fun Popbitch newsletter:
Muse were offered a gig by the Qatari government for a half time show at the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Everything was being set up, the commercials were agreed; the band’s people put forward the names of everyone who’d need visas, accommodation and the like.
The Qataris came back to say it all sounded brilliant, they would charter a plane for everyone and they’d sort out the logistics.
A nice hotel was secured for the band, their families and entourage in Doha. Rooms were arranged for the crew too – but because of a shortage of space in the same hotel they were told they would have to be accommodated separately from the band. In Tehran.
At which point the deal fell through.