Muse offered chance to run hometown

In a move he may come to regret, the leader of a local council has invited prog-rockers Muse to run their hometown of Teignmouth for a day. Showing more than a sensible amount of civic pride in the band, Teignbridge district council leader Jeremy Christophers has extended the invitation to Matt Bellamy and his band-mates.

The Muse members were back in their hometown for the Olympic torch procession recently, when Christophers made the offer. "We had Muse here today," he said, wearing a band T-shirt. "They're the biggest rock band on the planet. I've invited Matt Bellamy and the band to come in and run the council for the day."

Muse are probably not quite the biggest band on the planet, even if their Olympic theme tune Survival will be pretty unavoidable across the globe during the Games, but Bellamy is certainly very fond of his hometown. "We'd like to play down here as much as we can," he said. "I bet you, 10 years to the day, we'll be back here."

Before taking up their municipal responsibilities, Muse have a new album scheduled for release and a UK tour to complete. The album, The 2nd Law, including the Olympic theme, is released on September 17. Bellamy describes the album as very diverse. "We've basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s," he said, "and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments."

Their tour begins at Glasgow SECC on October 24.

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