Muse continues to drop hints that the British trio is planning something special to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band next year, according to Gigwise. Following a show in Tokyo on Tuesday (August 13th) packed with rare songs and B-sides, frontman Matthew Bellamy tweeted to fans around the world, “Hey, relax; that’s was just a rehearsal for our 20 year anniversary tour!”
In addition to songs that the band has seldom played live in recent years, the show featured an invasion of people in bizarre monster costumes during several numbers. Filmmaker Tom Kirk, who has directed a number of music videos for Muse, was on hand to film the concert, which will released sometime in the near future.
- Muse drummer Dominic Howard hinted to a British radio station earlier this year that a 20th anniversary celebration might be in the works, saying, “Hopefully (we’ll) do some special shows for it or something. It will be nice to celebrate that and play some little club somewhere and go ‘Jesus Christ, can’t believe we’re 20 years old as a band!'”
- Howard told us a while back that the three musicians have always had a strong bond: “We’ve known each other for so many years, you know, so we’ve grown up together. We’ve seen lots of different changes in each other and seen lots of different, you know, physical, personality changes — this whole thing about growing up, you know. But we’ve always stuck together, which is quite unique, really, because not too many people have friends from when they were, like, 10.”
- Muse recently released “Panic Station,” the third single and video from the British act’s sixth album,The 2nd Law, which arrived last fall.
- The trio will come back to the U.S. in a few weeks to kick off a new round of dates on September 3rd in Charlotte, North Carolina.