August 20, 2012 8:12

Muse's Matt Bellamy: ''The 2nd Law' is influenced by U2'

Frontman admits that Bono and the boys were an inspiration on new LP

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Muse mainman Matt Bellamy has admitted that the band's forthcoming new album 'The 2nd Law' has been partly inspired by U2.

Speaking to Classic Rock magazine, the singer revealed that spending time with Bono and the boys on the South American tour last year influenced their new LP, which is set for release on October 1.

Bellamy, who revealed last week that a recording of his son Bingham's heartbeat will also feature on the record, said:

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 U2 album] 'Achtung Baby' here and there.


'The 2nd Law' is the follow-up to 2009's 'The Resistance' and has been recorded in London. It contains a total of 13 tracks. The album includes recent single 'Survival' and dubstep-influenced track 'Unsustainable', which you can hear at the bottom of the page.

Previously, Bellamy has claimed that film soundtracks have had a big influence on the LP, citing The Dark Knight Rises composer Hans Zimmer as an inspiration, and also promised that the record would be "very diverse". "Every song has been produced very specifically and differently to whatever is best for the song," he revealed. "I think it's definitely our most diverse album."

Muse will tour the UK in October, playing five shows. The gigs begin at Glasgow's SECC on October 24, before the band move onto London's O2 Arena for two shows on October 26 and 27. They then play Birmingham LG Arena on October 30 before finishing up at Manchester Arena on November 1.

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