British rock trio Muse have been offered the chance to run their hometown of Teignmouth, England for one day, according to NME.com. After running through the town with the Olympic torch in May, the band has now been given the opportunity by the local council to govern the city. Council leader Jeremy Christophers said on the day of the Olympic run, "We had Muse here today. They're the biggest rock band on the planet. I've invited (frontman) Matt Bellamy and the band to come in and run the council for the day."
Muse has not indicated whether they'll take the offer, but Bellamy replied, "We'd like to play down here as much as we can. I bet you, 10 years to the day, we'll be back here."
Although none of the members of Muse live in Teignmouth anymore, bassist Chris Wolstenholme and his family were the last to leave. He told us why he stayed around the town for a long time: "It's a nice place for kids to grow up. You know, crime's relatively low and it's just a nice, picturesque town. I wouldn't really want to bring kids up in London or anywhere like that."
A new Muse song called "Survival" was recently named as the official theme of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will take place in London this summer.
The track will also be featured on Muse's upcoming sixth album, The 2nd Law, which is due out in September.
The first official single from that set, "Unsustainable," will be sent to rock radio in August. The new album will follow up 2009's The Resistance, which was Number One in 19 countries.