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Muse's epic homecoming shows

  • Muse played two very special homecoming shows to 20,000 lucky fans in Teignmouth this week (Sept 4 and 5). Keep clicking for explosive shots from the interstellar performance on the first night. Pic: PA Photos

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  • A special stage was erected outside local haunt The Den for the gigs. Teignmouth - where the band grew up - is a tranquil and somewhat sleepy Devonshire town of 15,000 inhabitants. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • The equivalent of half the population of Teignmouth turned up to Muse's special shows, and they weren't diasappointed. The band kicked off a 15-song set with the lead single of their new album 'The Resistance', 'Uprising'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Another two new tracks were given a live airing at Muse's homecoming shows: 'United States Of Eurasia' and 'Undisclosed Desires'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Muse back where it all began in Teignmouth, Devon. The group got together in 1995, and they played homage to the early days during the set with an old track, 'Cave', that predates their debut album. Pic: PA Photos

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  • 7,000 Muse fans got a very intimate performance by the band's standards. They're normally better known for their technical extravaganzas at Wembley Stadium and their last gig was a full-blown headline set at V Festival. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Drummer Dominic Howard was actually born in Cheshire, but moved to the south west county of Devon when he was eight. He started playing drums in bands at the age of 12 before meeting Matt Bellamy at 14. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Once Bellamy and Howard had joined forces it took the addition of bassist Chris Wolstenholme to make the trio and their first incarnation, Gothic Plague, was born. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • After a name change to Rocket Baby Dolls and then finally Muse, the band released their debut EP. Their second, the 'Muscle Museum EP', caught the attention of Steve Lamacq and NME, and the rest is history, leading up to this week's phenomenal shows. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Muse treated Teignmouth to some supermassive hits this week (Sept 4 and 5), including 'Knights Of Cydonia' and 'Plug In Baby'. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Muse's modest homecoming show in Teignmouth this week was a marked contrast to their V performance, which saw the band backed by lasers, satellite dishes and flame throwers. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Matt Bellamy was clearly a little nervous during their small shows this week. it seems playing in front of 7,000 hardcore fans is more nerve-wracking than headlining V Festival. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Muse rock  Teignmouth this week (Sept 4th). For a full report including video footage from the night, head to our news story from the night. Pic: PA Photos

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  • To watch video footage of Muse's Teignmouth gig - plus an interview about the making of new album 'The Resistance' - head to NME.COM/news.  Pic: Andy Willsher

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