The band have a new bassist for one of their biggest ever shows…

MUSE have made a sensational return to live action at V FESTIVAL – battling through despite an injured bass player.

The band headlined the Main Stage tonight (August 21), closing the Hylands Park leg of the event.

Their set had been thrown into doubt earlier in the week when it was revealed that Chris Wolstenholme had injured his hand while on the Curiosa tour in the US. He fractured his scaphoid bone and will be out of action for six weeks.

At the gig, the band were joined by session bassist Morgan Nicholls, while Chris appeared onstage with the band, playing keyboard and singing backing vocals on some songs.

Speaking from the stage, singer Matt Bellamy cried “We’re a four piece”, before playing a selection of greatest hits from their career.

Songs played included ’Sing For Absolution’, ’New Born’ and ’Muscle Museum’.

Chris set up a keyboard at the front of the stage, with a purple plaster up to his left elbow. With his other hand he played occasional keyboard and sang backing vocals.

During one song where he was superfluous to needs, Chris went to the back of the stage and picked up some giant balloons, which he threw out into the audience.

New bassist Nicholls was note perfect throughout, and fitted in well, with him, Bellamy and Chris wearing almost matching dark suits.

The set ended with a chaotic encore of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, with Chris moving down to the crowd to greet his fans while Bellamy ending the song with a wall of feedback.

Drummer Dominc Howard introduced Nicholls to the audience, with someone quipping “Only a few bum notes!”

Before the set, the band had spent the day in a north London rehearsal space, putting the finishing touches to their set.

Muse close the V Festival at Weston Park in Stafford tomorrow (22).