Ongoing History Daily: Muse facts

Here are a few things about Muse that might have escaped your attention.

(1) Matt Bellamy’s father was something of a rock star. He was the guitarist in The Tornados, the first British band to have a number one hit with a song called “Telstar” in 1962. (See below)

(2) Despite dad being a rocker, Matt really wanted to be a classical or jazz musician. For a while, the clarinet seemed to be a good idea.

And (3) Muse got some early support from Prince Charles, getting a 250 pound grant from The Prince’s Trust charity. They used that 250 quid to be their first proper PA system. Drummer Dom Howard still has it and says he uses it for family weddings.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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