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Top rockers Muse could play a triumphant gig on their home patch at the invitation of the local council.
The Teignmouth trio of Matt Bellamy, Dom Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, have found worldwide fame and acclaim as one of the best live acts around.
Teignbridge Council is so pleased with the kudos and publicity they have brought to the area, they are to officially inviting them to perform locally.
The suggestion to honour the local lads made good came from Cllr Jeremy Christophers of Bickington, who described them as: "A beacon for young people to show you can reach the top with talent and perseverance." The Teignbridge executive committee enthusiastically agreed to issue an official invite to Muse, and Cllr David Cox from Shaldon is heading up a small working-party with officers and members to try and put on a show.
"Our first task will be to write to the group's management and discuss ideas and dates with them. Obviously the group are booked up well ahead, so it may take some time to get off the ground.
"Teignmouth would be the most appropriate venue, but there may be bigger and better sites in the district to stage a concert, so we will be considering all options. It has to be thrashed out whether any gig is free or an entrance fee charged. But we would want to keep any cost to the minimum to encourage as many young people as possible to see their heroes," Cllr Cox pointed out. Muse celebrate their 10th anniversary as a group this year.
They formed a band while at Teignmouth Community College and from playing in church halls and pubs, graduated to fill mega stadiums worldwide, headlining at Glastonbury and other festivals, and winning the best live act award at the 2004 Brits.
They are recording their new album at the moment, but still keep in touch with their roots. All three visit friends and family in the South Devon area.