Interview - Sydney Herald

Thanks to Stephane for this :)


September 3, 2004 : Partying with Snoop Dogg, headlining Glastonbury, death
and destruction ... Muse are living the rock'n'roll dream, reports George

They insist that time is running out. They sing, like melancholic angels of
otherworldly rock, for absolution. They beg for an apocalypse, please. Yet
despite the fear and paranoia of their latest album, Absolution, and several
particularly difficult recent months, it has not been all doom and gloom for
the English princes of magisterial pomp-rock, Muse.

"I went to Snoop Doggy Dogg's party the other day in New York!" says
singer-guitarist Matt Bellamy. "Can you believe that?"
How was it ?

"I felt like just the wrongest person in the wrongest place. It was really
weird. But it was a good laugh, actually, yeah. [Snoop Dogg] had basically
rented out this ... I think it was some old bank from the 1900s that had a
big room that was full of paintings and stuff, it was really
classical-looking. It was converted into sort of a small club, with people
boogieing on down, a few couches and, y'know, a few of his people hanging
around. All these women queueing up to kind of get on top of him and all
this kind of thing ..."
The diminutive frontman laughs at the happy recent memory. But this has been
a bittersweet year for Bellamy, drummer Dom Howard and bassist Chris
Wolstenholme, during which ecstatic highs have clashed harshly with
shattering lows. In April there was an altercation with a guitar during the
first show of their US tour in Atlanta, Georgia.
"It was the first time that we'd played in a club that small for like a long
time," Bellamy says. "It was about 200 people or something. I think I was
maybe getting a bit excited onstage, jumping around a bit too much. I jumped
in the air and as I came down I lost my footing and went straight to the
floor, but my face hit the guitar. The guitar kind of broke the fall using
my face and I split my top lip open. I tried to carry on for a little bit,
but so much blood was coming out it kind of filled up the microphone. I had
to rush off and go and get some stitches done."
That's what I call bleeding for one's art.
"Yeah," Bellamy says. "It was a shock 'cause it was our first gig [in the
US] in four years, so when I finally did get it sorted out, about four or
five days later, we really appreciated being back on the road again."