Muse Sets Post RHCP-Foo Fighters Dates

The acclaimed British newcomers of Muse will wrap their opening stint on the Red Hot Chili Peppers-Foo Fighters tour next week, and the trio has already mapped out a brief U.S. tour before it heads back to Europe in May and June.

The band issued its debut album, "Showbiz," on Maverick Records last fall, and since then Muse has spent the majority of its time overseas, where it has quickly become one of the hottest young British bands, recently being named the Best New Artist of 1999 by both "Melody Maker" and "NME."

Muse will play its last date with the Chili Peppers and the Foos on April 12 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will then head to Atlanta to begin its mini-tour with a two-night stand at the Cotton Club.

Prior to the launch of the Chili Peppers-Foo Fighters tour, MTV News talked with Muse about how it approached playing material from "Showbiz," an album layered with sounds and effects.

"Live, [we're] a lot

rawer," commented Muse drummer Dominic Howard, "'cause obviously it's just the three of us, and it's a lot more energetic."

"Well, it's just the three of us in the studio as well, actually," interjected frontman Matthew Bellamy.

"It just sounds like there's more people," agreed Howard, "but in the studio, making the album, it was just a good excuse to try out ideas, and we used a lot of keyboards replacing other instruments like guitars with keyboards and other sounds and things. So live, it's just a bit more rawer and louder."

"It's generally a bit more emotional and urgent," Bellamy said. "The whole performance is like that, and it's quite heavy." [RealAudio]

Muse is currently

promoting "Cave" [RealAudio] as its newest American radio single from "Showbiz." The dates where you can catch the band on its upcoming mini-tour:

  • 4/13 - Atlanta, GA @ Cotton Club (w/ Stereophonics)
  • 4/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Cotton Club
  • 4/16 - Baltimore, MD @ Fletchers
  • 4/18 - Washington, DC @ Metro
  • 4/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Upstages
  • 4/20 - New York, NY @ Brownie's
  • 4/21 - Sea Bright, NJ @ Tradewinds