June 1, 2011 8:53

Muse to start work on new album without Matt Bellamy

Bassist Chris Wolstenholme says he's 'nervous' to be following his singer's efforts

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Muse’s Chris Wolstenholme has revealed that the band will start working on their new album without the help of singer Matt Bellamy.

With Bellamy currently taking a break from the band as he prepares for the birth of his first child with his fiancée, actress Kate Hudson, bassist Wolstenholme told The Sun that he would be writing new material for the LP on his own. "Matt's raised the bar quite high in terms of songwriting,” he said. "I'm a bit nervous because I don't want to write a song and it be responsible for the demise of the band."

Earlier this month, Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard revealed they were planning on releasing the potentially 'softer' follow-up to 2009’s ‘The Resistance’ in 2012. Howard said: "Who knows, it might be softer rock, but then it's up to me and Chris to make it heavy again. A heavy rock lullaby! But I'm sure it will move forward in some way."

Muse have also suggested that they will play their 2001 album 'Origin Of Symmetry' in full at the Reading And Leeds Festivals.

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