Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed he and his band were almost caught up in an aviation tragedy the first time they picked up an NME award.
Speaking in this week’s special awards issue of NME, the frontman in this year’s Best British Band recalled the dramatic scenes that took place after they were first honoured back in 2000.
He revealed: ”The first time I went to the NME Awards was when we won Best New Band, but I remember what happened just after the awards even more clearly then the ceremony itself. We had to fly to a gig in this small plane and one of the engines caught alight as it was going down the runway, luckily it didn’t blow up.
“We were actually sitting there with the award in our hands, when the plane burst on fire, so I think it was probably our most rock and roll moment. Thankfully it hasn’t made me scared of flying, or awards.”
Also in this week’s NME along with a special poster cover, we’ve got a 16-page pull out featuring all the real backstage stories, uncensored photos and exclusive interviews from this year’s bash, featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Pete Doherty, Oasis and Kasabian.
Plus we’ve got news on the new White Stripes album, Carl Barat talks about the future of Dirty Pretty Things and we try and reconcile Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher.
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