Muse A Brief History - LA Times

By Craig Rosen, Special to The Times

MUSE singer-guitarist Matthew Bellamy can still remember the British trio's first Los Angeles gig. "It was at the Viper Room. There were only about 20 people there," he recalls. "It must have been when I was 19 or 20 in 1999. It was one of our first gigs abroad."

That show was set up to showcase the band for American suitors from Maverick and Columbia Records, but the conditions were far from ideal. "It was the first time I had really flown that far from home," Bellamy says. "I was completely unfamiliar with the feeling of jet lag. It probably wasn't the best performance we ever did because we were all half asleep on stage."...