Muse Plan Immense Rock Show

We'll be tweeting tonight's show with #musevma :). For those coming to the meetup, see you soon!


NEW YORK — The sign outside says "Muse — One Night Only!!!" Inside, it seems the band hasn't gotten the memo. Twenty-four hours before their performance on Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, the British rock trio is literally shaking the dust off the walls at a Broadway theater as they tear into a cut off their upcoming album, The Resistance. It's a rehearsal in name only.

Come show night, Muse will make their American TV debut with a performance of "Uprising." But the lucky chosen here will be treated to an entire set of tunes — as many as 12 in total.

During tonight's "Uprising" run-throughs, the intimate setting creates an almost cathedral-like echo for lead singer Matthew Bellamy's vocals. The song veers from guitar synth-driven goth rock to bass-thumping blues.

"They're such an immense rock band," said VMA executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic. "The idea of putting a rock band of that scale in a small Broadway theater ... of their fans, because their fans are super loyal, that excited me."

Following the rehearsal, Bellamy and drummer Dominic Howard chatted with MTV News about the wicked staging they have planned for the evening, which includes a backdrop featuring an enormous teddy bear busting through the stage floor and a crazy light show. The band is pumped to be in New York to bring their super-loud sound to millions.

Muse's practice caps a stellar day of VMA rehearsals, from Lady Gaga's top-secret performance to the hard-charging live set from show vets Green Day. It's all in raucous preparation for the big show on Sunday night, starting at 9 p.m. In addition to Muse, Gaga and Green Day, you're gonna get killer tunes and sick theatrics from Taylor Swift, Pink, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and more.

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards air live this Sunday, September 13, at 9 p.m. ET, but New York is celebrating the VMAs all week long! Stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.