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Old 13-03-2016, 08:16 PM   #1
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Matt explains stage silence

http://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/ente...-stage-silence

Matt Bellamy doesn't interact with the audience during Muse gigs because he doesn't think it would fit with the songs.

The frontman admits the dark themes of the songs would mean he had to become a ''hammy character'' if he were to chat away to his audience in order to fit in with the mood of the music.

He said: ''That's the one stagecraft skill I've somehow avoided. I don't know how I've managed to get away with it.

''There's definitely a feeling when I've attempted to talk that I've broken the fourth wall.

''I look at great public speakers like Bono, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen and the character inbetween the songs is the same person you're getting in the songs, whereas if I was to talk in the way the songs are talking, it would probably be a little bit too hammy.''

However, the rocker also admitted he just isn't that great about opening up in public.

He added: ''I think I'm making excuses because I'm not a great public speaker.''

Whereas Muse's recent albums have all been based around particular themes, Matt thinks his upcoming music will be different.

He told Q magazine: ''My focus won't be a large body of work. For a number of years I'm not going to attempt to make a full collection of work that has a very clear theme.

''I feel like I've done that. I think the albums before 'Drones' were each trying to improve on that. I'd like to be a bit more sporadic and random.''
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Old 13-03-2016, 08:45 PM   #2
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... was that in that last Q article...? I didn't bother buying it, and the scan were too tiny and fuzzy for my old eyes.

But I'm reading this right? Matt Bellamy admits Muse is "hammy."
I mean, I guess that was obvious, but I'd always hoped unintentional...
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Old 13-03-2016, 09:02 PM   #3
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I'm OK with the less chat thing, I can never tell what Matt says anyway. He talks too fast. I pay to hear music not to get lectured at, I'd find it pretty annoying to be at a U2 gig for that reason.
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Old 13-03-2016, 09:08 PM   #4
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Yeah it was in the Q article. I don't recall mentioning "hammy" but its been a while since I read it.
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I'm OK with the less chat thing, I can never tell what Matt says anyway. He talks too fast. I pay to hear music not to get lectured at, I'd find it pretty annoying to be at a U2 gig for that reason.
I went to see U2 in London and I didn't think I was lectured that much. A few vignettes and silly lines, but nothing like the Vertigo Tour. Apparently at one gig, Bono spoke for 12 minutes about politics and the drummer fell asleep waiting for him to finish.
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Old 13-03-2016, 09:20 PM   #5
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Yeah it was in the Q article. I don't recall mentioning "hammy" but its been a while since I read it.

I went to see U2 in London and I didn't think I was lectured that much. A few vignettes and silly lines, but nothing like the Vertigo Tour. Apparently at one gig, Bono spoke for 12 minutes about politics and the drummer fell asleep waiting for him to finish.
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Old 14-03-2016, 12:21 AM   #6
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I think Matt needs to explore ways to be engaging at this stage, even if it doesn't involve talking to the audience.
Maybe it was the low, close stage, but it was incredibly alienating on this tour particularly, imo.
Even cracking a smile once in a while, or doing something spontaneous possibly.
I dunno really, it felt like the band was actually trying very hard to be aloof.

And as for "hammy"... he's not afraid all the choreographed motions he goes through during the songs are hammy?
I thought it was weird, though, because with little exception, I thought Drones was actually a pretty serious album.
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Old 14-03-2016, 10:45 AM   #7
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That's perfectly acceptable.
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Muse's stage patter was much better years ago when there was basically no interaction at all bar the odd 'cheers' or 'good evening'.

Why? Because the music, the virtuoso moments, the shock and awe of the show and of the performance did the talking.
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Yeah it was in the Q article. I don't recall mentioning "hammy" but its been a while since I read it.

I went to see U2 in London and I didn't think I was lectured that much. A few vignettes and silly lines, but nothing like the Vertigo Tour. Apparently at one gig, Bono spoke for 12 minutes about politics and the drummer fell asleep waiting for him to finish.
Oh, dear... I guess Bono is a bit too much of a preacher, in fact.
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Muse's stage patter was much better years ago when there was basically no interaction at all bar the odd 'cheers' or 'good evening'.

Why? Because the music, the virtuoso moments, the shock and awe of the show and of the performance did the talking.
This is pretty much spot on. I'm quite happy with the no interaction, its usually Dom that speaks for the band, but like you said, the performance pretty much does the talking. I find it more magical that way.
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Matt just shouldn't speak. I remember being shocked on the T2L tour when he was actually speaking to the audience, very disconcerting.
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Does Chris ever speak on stage?
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I think he's said 'cheers!' once or twice.
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Why? Because the music, the virtuoso moments, the shock and awe of the show and of the performance did the talking.
This.
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