Muse Carry Olympic Torch Through Hometown, Continue Work On Sixth Album

By Zachary Swickey

English electro-rockers Muse received a warm embrace in their Devon hometown of Teignmouth in England over the weekend as the trio got the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch with thousands of fans watching.

The crowd was limited to just 7,000 rabid fans (a number stipulated by police), who watched as the group carried the flame over Shaldon Brige into Teignmouth – a local landmark – on day two of the torch’s 70-day journey to the big games.

All members – Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard – got the chance to run with the torch. A total of 121 people were utilized to help carry the flame from Plymouth to Exeter, according to a BBC News report.

Muse have otherwise been lying low while they continue to work on their upcoming sixth studio album. They’ve been holed up in a London studio preparing a follow-up to their ’09 mainstream breakthrough The Resistance, and are expected to drop their new set sometime in the fall of this year.

While the band has been rather mum on the album process, it has been revealed that they are working on an orchestral score with notable composer David Campbell, who has famously collaborated with Radiohead on their track “15 Steps” and helped out with U2’s Broadway production, “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.”

If there is one thing to be sure of, it’s that you never know what to expect from Muse. Their last effort contained a three-part track, “Exogensis,” which was actually a full-blown symphony with three movements. It’s always smart to expect the unexpected with these guys!