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.