Muse on meeting Kanye West: ‘All he wanted to talk about was T-shirts’

Frontman Matt Bellamy has two cats named Kim and Kanye

Muse have discussed meeting rapper Kanye West at one of their shows.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1 to Nick Grimshaw this morning (April 21), the band’s frontman Matt Bellamy described how West came backstage after the band played a gig in the US a few years back.

“He came backstage at one of our shows [in America],” Bellamy said. “He was checking out our T-shirts, all he wanted to talk about was T-shirts.”

The singer also claimed that the incident led to him naming his cat after West. In 2013, Bellamy revealed that he had named his pet cats Kim and Kanye, despite not really listening to Kanye West’s music.

“I’ve listened to bits of that new record [‘Yeezus’],” Bellamy said at the time. “I like some of the sounds, but some of the lyrics of those artists throw me off a bit. It’s very full on, in your face, it’s very ‘me, me, me’.”

Muse are set to release their seventh studio album, ‘Drones’, on June 8. The band recently revealed that they plan to fly drones over audiences at forthcoming live dates.

Speaking about their live plans, Bellamy said: “We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there. Drones are obviously an interesting thing to try to bring into the live show so we’re going to try and do that. There’s going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we’ll be using flying objects.”

Muse headline this year’s Download festival, which takes place June 12-14 at Donington Park. Slipknot and Kiss will also top the bill. Other acts to play include Faith No More, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Slash, L7, Enter Shikari, Marilyn Manson, Andrew WK, A and Rise Against.

The ‘Drones’ tracklisting is:

‘Dead Inside’
‘[Drill Sergeant]’
‘The Handler’
‘The Globalist’