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Matthew Bellamy "Muse"

Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and main songwriter of the alternative rock band Muse.



Birth name : Matthew James Bellamy
Born : 9 June 1978 (1978-06-09) (age 32)
: Cambridge, England
Genres : Alternative rock
: Progressive rock
New prog
Symphonic rock
Space rock
Progressive metal
Classical
Occupations : Musician, songwriter
Instruments : Vocals, guitar, synth guitar, piano, organ, mandolin, harmonium, keytar, mellotron, CS1
Years active : 1994–present
Labels : Warner Bros., Mushroom Records
Associated acts : Muse

Early life
Bellamy's father, George, was rhythm guitarist in the 1960s pop group The Tornados, who were the first British band to have a United States number one song, with "Telstar"."Knights of Cydonia", a single from Muse's fourth album Black Holes and Revelations, is often cited as a tribute to that song, with its space rock sound and accompanying video depicting a cowboy's quest through a human landscape. Bellamy's mother, Marilyn, was born in Belfast, and moved to England in the 1970s. On her first day in England she met George, who was at the time working as a taxi driver in London. They later moved to Cambridge, where Matthew's older brother Paul was born, followed a couple of years later by Matthew himself. Bellamy started playing the piano at age 6 and guitar when he was 14.
In the mid-1980s, the family moved to Teignmouth, Devon. After the divorce of Bellamy's parents, he moved in with his grandmother, who pushed him towards learning to play the guitar at the age of fourteen.
Muse
Muse formed in Teignmouth, Devon in 1994 under the name of Rocket Baby Dolls. Still using the name Rocket Baby Dolls, they won a local Muse blend alternative, hard rock, progressive rock, classical music and electronica and are well known for their energetic and visually dazzling live performances.]On 16–17 June 2007 Muse became the first band to sell out the newly built Wembley Stadium in London. Muse have released five studio albums, Showbiz (1999), Origin of Symmetry (2001), Absolution (2003), Black Holes and Revelations (2006) and The Resistance (2009). Muse have also released one live album, HAARP (2008) and two compilation albums. The first, Random 1-8 was only released in Japan and is a collection of B Sides from the Showbiz period. The second compilation Hullabaloo (2002) consisted of two discs and was designed to accompany the Hullabaloo DVD. The first disc contains a collection of B-sides recorded between March 1999 and October 2001. The second disc features 11 live songs recorded on 28–29 October 2001 at 'le Zenith' in Paris. Bellamy also makes an appearance as a playable character in Guitar Hero 5, which features the song "Plug in Baby", from Origin of Symmetry.
Rankings in critics' lists and opinion polls


Bellamy performing live at the Virgin Festival in Toronto using the Manson guitar; Bomber Manson.
Bellamy was ranked #19 on Gigwise's list of The 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever. Total Guitar readers voted Bellamy #29 on a list of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time. Bellamy's riff from "Plug In Baby" was #13 in Total Guitar's poll of the Top 100 Riffs of All Time[
In April 2005, Kerrang! magazine ranked him #28 in their 50 Sexiest People In Rock poll but following an influx of letters to Kerrang!, the magazine changed their decision and ranked him #1 in their unofficial 2008 poll. Cosmopolitan also chose him as the sexiest rocker of 2003 and 2004. NME Magazine voted him the 14th Greatest Rock 'n' roll Hero of all time, ahead of John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Bellamy also won the Sexiest Male Award at the 2007 NME Awards,[7] He won again in 2009 and 2010. Bellamy, however, declared himself "too short to be sexy" (he is 5'7"), and said the award should have gone to Dom Howard, Muse's drummer.



On 26 September 2008, the University of Plymouth awarded the members of Muse an honorary doctorate degree in arts for their work in the field of music.
In the January 2010 edition of Total Guitar, Bellamy was named Guitarist of the Decade and was proclaimed to be "the Hendrix of his generation".[9] In the Guinness Book of World Records 2010, Bellamy is credited as holding the world record for most guitars smashed on a tour. His record, 140, was set during the Absolution Tour. In April 2010, Bellamy was named the eighth best front man of all time by the readers of Q.
Musical equipment


Bellamy performing in December 2009
Bellamy uses custom guitars designed by himself and Hugh Manson made in Exeter, Devon. He currently has a number of Manson guitars, as well as instruments by other manufacturers including a Fender 'Aloha' Stratocaster, a Gibson Les Paul DC Lite, a Gibson SG, Jackson Randy Rhoads (custom, only used once live and then thrown into the crowd. Its current whereabouts is unknown),[citation needed] a Parker Fly, a Peavey EVH Wolfgang, a Jay Turser JT-res Resonator in the video for Plug in Baby and finally a Yamaha Pacifica. Bellamy's famous Manson shape has been compared to a Yamaha Pacifica, a Fender Telecaster, a Schecter and a Godin Triumph. Bellamy stated that he loved the classic guitar that Jimi Hendrix used.



Custom Hugh Manson Instruments
The first and most famous is his silver Manson (Named Delorean). Bellamy came up with the basic concept for this guitar and Hugh Manson helped him realize it. It has a built-in Z.Vex Fuzz Factory which gives Bellamy his distinctive sound and the ability to manipulate the pedals oscillation sounds without bending down. In addition, it has an MXR Phase 90 phaser, a Roland midi pickup (which is now no longer used) and uses Bare Knuckle and Kent Armstrong pickups. All of his other Mansons follow this same basic design (apart from Bellamy's 7 string which was not originally built for him but for a local jazz guitarist) with some just having different pickups and finishes, as with his mirrored Manson and the rejected "Rust Relic". Bellamy's black Manson has a MIDI strip that controls a Digitech Whammy IV, when it is connected, a Z.Vex Wah Probe and a number of other built in effects. Manson guitars have also made a guitar for Bellamy called the "Keytarcaster", it is a guitar with strings but no pickups and a two octave keyboard built into the body of the guitar. It is used live during "Undisclosed Desires".



For the 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations, he bought a new guitar, the "Black Kaoss Manson". The guitar features two Bare Knuckle Humbuckers, a Fernandes Sustainer System on the neck and an X/Y MIDI Controller pad which connects to a Korg Kaoss Pad. He also bought the M1D1 (which he later destroyed), which is similar to the Black Kaoss Manson but has a Bare Knuckle Nail Bomb humbucker in the bridge position and a Fernandes Sustainer System (FSK-101 model, which is the humbucker version of the latter one) on the neck. He is also known to use an Ibanez Destroyer on stage (Hullabaloo). Bellamy uses Diezel amp heads, along with Marshall Mode Four cabinets, Soldano Cabinets and Line 6 digital effects. In September 2009, Bellamy has mentioned the extensive use of Dickinson amplifiers on their album The Resistance. Most of Bellamy's rack effects are made with Line 6 modules. On 14 April 2009, Manson Guitars announced on their website that they had brought out a line of Matthew Bellamy signature guitars, based on the Seattle, Glitterati and Delorean models. They all have the option of MIDI touch pads.
Vocal style
Bellamy's singing voice is that of a light baritone, his chest voice spans from A2 to B♭4. He is known for his extensive use of falsetto and can hit A5 in this upper register.[citation needed] The highest note that he has recorded with Muse occurs in the songs "Showbiz" from its eponymous album and "Micro Cuts" from Origin of Symmetry, where he reaches G#5. In some live performances of Showbiz, Bellamy has reached A5. The lowest recorded note of Bellamy occurs in the "Plug In Baby" B-side "Spiral Static", where he reaches A2. He is also known for his extensive use of vibrato in singing sustained notes.[citation needed]
Political views
Bellamy has expressed passionate views on the ideas of Geoism (or Georgism). Many of his songs display revolutionary views as well as a dislike of political corruption. "Assassin" and "Uprising" are two notable songs with obvious revolutionary sentiments. In an interview with Q Magazine, Bellamy stated that he is a libertarian. In 2006 Bellamy said that he believed the 9/11 attacks were an "inside job". However, in 2009 he told Rolling Stone that he didn't believe this: "There is loads of stuff on the Internet suggesting 9/11 was an inside job. But that is not my belief.
On 17 September 2009 Bellamy discussed being politically influenced by reading "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins. He explains the book helped inspire the song "Uprising" and expressed his views that he feels lobbyists have undue influence on politicians as well as the political system. He states that "when people become powerful they often have a disregard for public opinion."
Other appearances
Bellamy also co-wrote the end credits for the 2009 film The International.
He wrote the song "Soaked", which appears on Adam Lambert's début album, For Your Entertainment.
Bellamy appears as a playable character in the video game Guitar Hero 5, along with the song Plug In Baby.
References
1. ^ Revelation on stage| Music | This is London
2. ^ "Muse play supermassive free show". NME News. NME.COM. 2006-06-26. http://www.nme.com/news/streets/23467. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
3. ^ Dan Martin (2007-06-16). "Muse play Wembley Stadium mega gig". NME (NME)
4. ^ MuseLive UK Exclusive: Bellamy Features in GH5
5. ^ http://www.gigwise.com/photos/40852/32/The-50-Greatest-Guitarists-Ever
6. ^ Top 20 Guitar Riffs Of All Time
7. ^ Kate Rocks NME Awards – Sky Showbiz
8. ^ "University honour for rock stars Muse". The Herald. 2008-09-26. http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/EXCLUSIVE-University-honour-rock-stars-Muse/article-356162-detail/article.html. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
9. ^ [1]
10. ^ "Q 286 – Featuring The 100 Greatest Frontmen". http://covers.q4music.com/Item.aspx?pageNo=6151&year=2010.
11. ^ http://board.muse.mu/showpost.php?p=6355786&postcount=9
12. ^ Muse return with new album The Resistance "Sure, he has already launched into a passionate soliloquy about Geoism (the land-tax movement inspired by the 19th-century political economist Henry George)".
13. ^ http://erato1.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/2010-matt-bellamy-muse-interview-in-q-magazine-artists-of-the-century-edition/
14. ^ "CMU Daily - on the inside". College Music Update. 13 October 2006. http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/daily/061013.html.
15. ^ http://erato1.wordpress.com/2009/10/05/2009-muse-matt-bellamy-rolling-stone-interview-october-15th-issue/
External links
• Media related to Matt Bellamy at Wikimedia Commons
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Muse


Matthew Bellamy • Christopher Wolstenholme • Dominic Howard
Touring members: Morgan Nicholls • Dan Newell • Alessandro Cortini


Studio albums Showbiz • Origin of Symmetry • Absolution • Black Holes and Revelations • The Resistance


Live albums Hullabaloo Soundtrack • HAARP


Compilations Hullabaloo Soundtrack


Extended plays Muse • Muscle Museum • Random 1–8


Videos Hullabaloo: Live at Le Zenith, Paris • Absolution Tour • HAARP


Singles "Uno" • "Cave" • "Muscle Museum" • "Sunburn" • "Unintended" • "Plug In Baby" • "New Born" • "Bliss" • "Hyper Music/Feeling Good" • "Dead Star/In Your World" • "Stockholm Syndrome" • "Time Is Running Out" • "Hysteria" • "Sing for Absolution" • "Apocalypse Please" • "Butterflies and Hurricanes" • "Supermassive Black Hole" • "Starlight" • "Knights of Cydonia" • "Invincible" • "Map of the Problematique" • "Uprising" • "Undisclosed Desires" • "Resistance" • "Exogenesis: Symphony" • "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)"


Other songs "Citizen Erased" • "Who Knows Who" • "United States of Eurasia"


Concert tours Showbiz Tour • Origin of Symmetry Tour • Absolution Tour • US Campus Invasion Tour 2005 • Black Holes and Revelations Tour • A Seaside Rendezvous • The Resistance Tour


Related articles Awards • Discography • Songs • Sawmills Studio • Taste Media • Mushroom Records • A&E Records • Warner Bros. Records • Helium 3 • MuseWiki

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