ROCKERS MUSE OVER FUTURE

Hurry up and buy your tickets - it looks like being the band's last jaunt for a while...

MUSE frontman MATT BELLAMY has told nme.com the band have been busy writing new material while on tour on the US – but that he fears they could burn out if they continue working at their current pace.

He said Muse, who are currently completing headlining dates in America following a hugely successful support tour there with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters, would remain only remain on the road for a maximum of eight more months or face creative catastrophe.

“We’ve been on tour for about a year and we’ll probably go for another eight months before we take a break to learn some new music,” he said. “We met the Stereophonics in Atlanta and they told us they had been touring for three years without any time off. Some record companies get bands to fall into that trap of touring all the time – it makes for bad music in the long run. I think at most you can get away with doing two albums that way before you need to get some more life experience, take a break and learn more about music so that you can then reinvent yourself and start again.”

However, he said the band had already written a sheaf of new material.

He said: “We have written a whole lot of stuff while we were out on tour and sometimes at the live shows we’ve been doing improvisation which we’ve been calling ‘alien funk’. It sounds like a cross between Michael Jackson and Nirvana.”

Muse release ‘Unintended’ the fifth single from their 250,000 selling debut ‘Showbiz’, on June 5 through Taste Media/Mushroom Records. They also embark on another round of UK, Irish and European dates, culminating with two headline performances on the second stage at the Reading/Leeds double header on August bank holiday weekend.

The UK and Ireland full dates are: London Shepherd’s Bush Empire MTV 5 Night Stand, (May 9) Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre, with Elastica (11)Dublin Trinity Ball, with Elastica & The Wannadies (12)Portsmouth Pyramid (29)Liverpool, L2 (30)Newcastle University (31) Glasgow Garage (June 2) Sheffield Leadmill (3) Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (4) London Astoria (6, 7) – both sold out Glastonbury Other stage (25) T In The Park, second stage (July 9) Reading Festival (August 25) Leeds Festival (28).

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