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Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Dominic Howard (drums). Buy Muse Merch Here!

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The members of Muse formed the band when they were studying at Teignmouth Community College. Aged 14, Matthew Bellamy auditioned for the role of guitarist in Dominic Howard’s band. They then asked Chris Wostenholme to hang up his drumsticks and learn to play bass for the band.

Originally the band was named Rocket Baby Dolls. In 1994, they won a local battle of the bands. According to Bellamy, it was this surprise win that made the band take themselves seriously. They chose to pursue the band, rather than university placements and moved away from Teignmouth; changing the band’s name to Muse in the process.


During their time at Teignmouth Community College in the early 1990s, Muse members were members of separate school bands. Carnage Mayhem’s singer and songwriter is guitarist Matt Bellamy, who auditioned for drummer Dominic Howard’s band. The band was renamed Gothic Plague. They asked Chris Wolstenholme, the drummer for Fixed Penalty at the time, to join as a bassist; he agreed and began taking bass lessons. Rocket Baby Dolls was renamed and adopted a goth-glam image. Around this time, they received a £150 equipment grant from the Prince’s Trust.

Rocket Baby Dolls won a local battle of the bands in 1994, smashing their gear in the process. Bellamy stated, “It was supposed to be a protest, a statement, so when we actually won, it was a huge surprise.” “We began to take ourselves seriously after that.” The band quit their jobs, renamed themselves Muse, and relocated away from Teignmouth. The band liked how short the new name was and thought it would look good on a poster. The band wanted the name to reflect “the sense Matt had that he had somehow “summoned up” this band, the way mediums could summon up inspirational spirits in times of emotional need,” according to journalist Mark Beaumont. read more

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