Muse have dismissed a US lawsuit alleging plagiarism as "complete nonsense". Charles Bolfrass is alleging the English progressive rock band stole the idea for their track 'Exogenesis' from his own science-fiction rock opera with the same title.
Bolfrass said he approached the band in 2005 to see if they were interested in the idea. Although they rejected any collaboration, he alleges that they used his ideas on their 2009 album The Resistance, on the tracks 'Exogenesis I', 'Exogenesis II' and 'Exogenesis III.' He also claims that the album’s cover images came from his storyboards.
A spokesperson for Muse said: "The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied. It appears to be based on a 'screenplay' which the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of. It speaks volumes that the album in question was released a full three years ago, and yet this is the first that has been heard of these groundless allegations."
That might have something to do with the band’s markedly increased global status in the wake of the Olympics. Their theme song was used extensively during the course of the Games, and Muse now have a greatly increased profile in the USA.
Bolfrass lodged his suit in the Manhattan federal court and is seeking $3.5 million damages from the band and from publishers Warner Music. Muse are about to embark on a UK tour to promote their new album, The 2nd Law. The tour begins at Glasgow SECC on October 24.