Muse is an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. They are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances. They blend many music genres, including space rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, symphonic rock and electronica.
The band consists of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, lead guitar, piano, keyboards, keytar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals, keyboards, Misa Kitara, harmonica) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers) and since 2006, keyboardist and percussionist Morgan Nicholls has performed live with the band.
Bellamy and Howard's first band name was Gothic Plague, later changed to Fixed Penalty and then to Rocket Baby Dolls. They decided to quit university and their jobs and go full time with music.
The name "Muse" was chosen for the new musical effort. According to the Muse Wiki, the band liked that it was short and thought that it looked good on a poster.
In classical mythology, the muses were goddesses with the power to inspire poets, artists.
Most Greek and Roman epics begin with an "invocation to the muse." "Sing oh muse of the rage of Achilles..." is the opening of Homer's Iliad. "Muse" comes from the Greek mousa, the word entered Middle English in the 1300s. In modern usage, "to muse" on a subject is "to meditate" or think on it deeply.
Muse have released six studio albums and four live albums.