January 4, 2011

Muse Wants To Jam In Space

Muse, an English rock band, is considering approaching Richard Branson about performing in space on a Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceship.

According to the Guardian, the trio from Teignmouth, Devon have had "coherent conversations" about bringing their music to suborbital spaceships, and hope to talk to Richard Branson about a collaboration with Virgin Galactic.

"Maybe I've seen The Jetsons too many times," frontman Matt Bellamy told the Sun. Muse have had several discussions "about playing in space," he said.  "Sometimes very coherent conversations and sometimes very late at night, but it's for real."

Virgin Galactic, which is Branson's model for a tourist-friendly spaceflight, will launch later this year.

"I'm thinking of approaching Richard Branson to see if we could do it on his spacecraft," Bellamy said. "I do think it will be possible in the future and I'm sure it will happen in my lifetime. We'd love to be part of that."

Other bands like Korn and Fall Out Boy also have had ambitious goals.  Korn plotted to play a gig in an airplane, while Fall Out Boy hopes to perform in Antarctica.  Only one of them was successful.

"We do have a lot of equipment, so I guess we'd have to use pods to carry our stuff and we'd scale back the shows a lot," Bellamy said. "I don't think the spacecraft is like a Tardis, where we could get everything in we usually have."


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