Muse to Cover West Side Story

MTV reveal details about Muse's upcoming performance for the Video Music Awards 2009, including Muse's plans to cover 'America' from West Side Story


When Muse signed on to perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, they did it with one caveat: since the show was taking place just steps from Broadway, they wanted to do a show tune. For real.

So, of course, we obliged (after all, they are one of the hugest rock acts in the world). And while they'll perform "Uprising" — the first single from their upcoming The Resistance — during the VMAs telecast, we also let them loose on a classic from the Great White Way: "America," the flamboyant standard from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's "West Side Story."

"Yeah, 'West Side Story' is really cool. ... The song we chose to play, 'America,' is a very catchy tune," Muse frontman Matt Bellamy told MTV News. "I remember a version by a prog group called the Nice [an early front-runner of Emerson, Lake and Palmer] in the '70s, which was a pretty cool three-piece rock version, so I thought that would be a good version for us to play, because we're a three-piece too."
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