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Muse are an English rock band formed in Teignmouth , Devon in 1994 under the alias of Rocket Baby Dolls. The band comprises Matthew Bellamy ( vocals , guitar and piano ), Christopher Wolstenholme ( bass guitar and backing vocals ) and Dominic Howard ( drums and percussion ). Muse blend alternative , hard rock , progressive rock , classical music and electronica , which combine to make a new sub genre called, New Prog. Muse are known best for their energetic and visually dazzling live performances [1] and on June 16th & 17th, 2007 became the first band to sell out the newly built Wembley Stadium in London [2] . Muse have released four studio albums. Their first, Showbiz was released in 1999, followed by Origin of Symmetry in 2001 and Absolution in 2003. The most recent, Black Holes & Revelations (2006), was also the most critically acclaimed, garnering the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for 2006 [3] . Muse have won various awards throughout their career including 5 MTV Europe Music Awards , 5 Q Awards , 4 NME Awards and 2 Brit Awards . [ edit ] History [ edit ] Formation and early years (1992–1997) The members of Muse played in separate bands during their stay at Teignmouth Community College in the early 1990s. [4] The formation of Muse began when 14 year old Matthew Bellamy successfully auditioned for the part of guitarist in Dominic Howard's band. They asked Chris Wolstenholme, who played drums at the time, to learn to play bass guitar for the band. Chris agreed and took up lessons. In 1994, under the name Rocket Baby Dolls and with a Gothic/glam image, the group won a local battle of the bands contest, trashing their equipment in the process. [5][6] "It was supposed to be a protest, a statement", Bellamy said, "so, when we actually won, it was a real shock. A massive shock. After that, we started taking ourselves seriously." Shortly after the contest, they decided to forego university , quit
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their jobs, change their name to Muse, and move away from Teignmouth , unaware of the huge success ahead of them. [7] [ edit ] First EPs and Showbiz (1998–2000) After a few years building a fan base, Muse played their first gigs in London and Manchester . The band had a significant meeting with Dennis Smith , the owner of Sawmills Studio , situated in a converted water mill in Cornwall . This meeting led to their first proper recordings and the release of an eponymous EP on Sawmills' in-house Dangerous label, [5] with a front cover designed by Muse drummer Dominic Howard. Their second EP, the Muscle Museum EP , reached number 3 in the indie singles chart and attracted the attention of influential British radio broadcaster Steve Lamacq and the weekly British music publication NME . Dennis Smith subsequently co-founded the music production company
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