Chris, what’s your favourite young and upcoming band?
Do you prefer building sandcastles or snowmen?
Will the setlists for the next tour provide more room for rarities (Muscle Museum, B&H, Dead Star, Showbiz, etc.) seeming that your fans love older material more? And less filler songs, perhaps, like NKOK, Interlude, Isolated System?
Have you ever fallen in a hole?
Which of the following chocolate bars – Galaxy, Milky Way, Mars – is most likely to crop up in one of your song titles?
BumBum Bummy BumBum asks:
Do you miss playing tiny gigs to 50 people in bars and clubs?
Who is your favourite rapper and why?
Do you like Bat for Lashes?
A recurring theme in your music is outer space – why does it fascinate you so much?
Do you think that the music that the majority of millennials listen to is dumbing down our generation?
Any chance of a UK gig this summer?
Cathy Sharkey asks:
There were rumours of a musical after Drones album, is it still on or have you shelved the idea?
Will you ever do another gig playing a lot of rare songs?
What happened to your long red coat with massive black feathers all puffed put on the sleeves from the Resistance album tour? Can I please have it?
Which moment of your concerts do you relish the most?
Are there any plans to release the Origin of Muse set you mentioned in an interview last year?
Is the Live Drones Tour release still in development? Or are we getting closer to a release?
Do you guys ever look at the official Muse messageboard?
What happens to all the guitars that get trashed when you’re on tour?
If you were convicted of a crime punishable by death, what would you choose as your last meal?
Is there any of your recorded songs you would like to delete from memory/existence forever?
I drew you, based on Drones, for a college project. It would make my day to know what you think.
Is Thought Contagion influenced by the 2016 US presidential election?
Dom! Matt has his Beatles cover band now, do you have any of your own side projects that we can look forward to?
ryan robertson asks:
Out of all your album artwork, which is the best?
Is Augmented Flex the name of the new album?
When will the new album come out?
What is your favourite conspiracy theory?
Is this upcoming album going to be a more varied experimental body of work and can some heavier sounds (instrumentally) can be expected on some tracks?
What is your favourite Mexican food?
Will you have collaborations with an artist on your new album?
Dom, you finally got to play Glorious last summer!! Any luck convincing Matt to keep it on the setlist more permanently?
Matt you told that you would like to do Muse tour around regions in Russia? When are you gonna do it or was it joke?
Has Matt discussed a Trent Reznor production credit with him on a future release while bumping into him on the school run? Would love to hear what that sounded like!
Apparently Muse never sleep: five months after they signed off touring for 2017, the Devonshire band are back. Their new single Thought Contagion will be unveiled this Thursday – and fans can grill frontman Matt Bellamy and drummer Dominic Howard all about it in a webchat from 12.00pm GMT on Friday 16 February.
Muse have been cagey about what fans can expect from the follow-up to their 2015 album, Drones. This new release might not even be an album, but a series of EPs and standalone singles in the vein of last year’s Dig Down. In 2017, Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme said the band were conscious of how fans consume music in the streaming age: “There’s so much emphasis on individual songs, that there was no reason why we couldn’t do that,” he told Music Feeds.
Whatever is in store, Thought Contagion kicks off a huge year for Muse: they’re nominated for best festival headliner at the NME awards on 14 February, a title they’ll defend this summer with a series of headlining slots, including Tennessee’s Bonnaroo and festivals in Germany and Lisbon.