Ongoing History Daily: Muse fun facts

If you’re a fan of Muse, here are a few facts that might fill in a few blanks.

(1) The band was formed in Teignmouth (which I’m told is pronounced TEN-mow) in the southwest of England. Their first gigs were at their high school where the stage was a boxing ring.

(2) Before they chose the name Muse—a suggestion from one of their teachers—the band went by Gothic Plague, Fixed Penalty, and Rocket Baby Dolls. That last one was taken from the title of a Japanese porn film.

(3) Frontman Matt Bellamy once had a couple of cats he named Kim and Kanye. No, seriously.

(4) Matt holds the record for the most guitars smashing on a single tour. He destroyed 140 of them on the Absolution tour back in 2004.

Yesterday, we talked about the effect of streaming music.

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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