Muse influenced by U2

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 August 2012


Muse's new album, 'The 2nd Law', is influenced by U2 after they went on tour with them in South America last year

Muse's new album is influenced by U2.

The band supported the 'Elevation' group on their 360° Tour in 2011 and the experience inspired them when it came to recording their new album 'The 2nd Law'.

Frontman Matt Bellamy told Classic Rock magazine: "We toured with U2 last year in South America. And there's definitely a little bit of influence come on to this album, a little bit of [1991 album] 'Achtung Baby' here and there."

While they were recording 'The 2nd Law' Matt - who is joined in the group by Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard - tweeted it would be "a Christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey with some ambient rebellious dubstep," and while it was sent in jest, he hasn't ruled out pursuing a rap direction in the future.

He told Classic Rock magazine: "That tweet I sent was more like a joke. There's definitely no Christian music on this album. Gangsta rap... I think that's the one genre we can never really go near, but you never know. Dom's yet to write a song, so who knows, he may come up with some gangsta rap on the next album.

"It's a very diverse album. And every song has been produced very specifically and differently to whatever is best for the song. I think it's definitely our most diverse album."

'The 2nd Law' is released on October 1.


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

Manchester Arena

Fri 19 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

Sat 20 Oct

£35–£190 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074


Full on bombastic assault of operatic guitar gymnastics from the mighty Muse.

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