Muse to take over hometown council for one day?

Band could be asked to rule over Teignmouth for one day to help 'engage with local generation'

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Muse could branch out into politics by taking over the local council in their hometown of Teignmouth for one day, according to reports.

The Sun says that the band have held talks about the possibility of running the council for 24 hours in an attempt to engage younger voters in the region and help them take a greater interest in local politics.

Jeremy Christophers, who is the leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: "We're still in talks to get things sorted. It's vital for the council to engage with the younger generation."

He also claimed that the political themes of the band's most recent album, 'The 2nd Law', made them suitable candidates for the role. "Muse have been busy on tour promoting their album 'The 2nd Law'," he said. "The album has songs about global warming and sustainable living, which are important issues."

Christophers first invited Muse to take over the running of the council for a day in July last year. Speaking on the same day that all three members of the band had been chosen to carry the Olympic torch their their hometown, he said: "We had Muse here today. They're the biggest rock band on the planet. I've invited Matt Bellamy and the band to come in and run the council for the day."

Muse, who played a series of UK shows earlier this summer, are set to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year. The band formed in 1994 and went on to release their first, self-titled EP in 1998 and then their debut full-length album, 'Showbiz', in 1999. Frontman Matt Bellamy has previously hinted that they will play a series of special gigs in 2014 to celebrate the landmark.

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