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Muse’s forthcoming headline slots at Reading and Leeds Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend will mark the end of their touring days for a while. September and Ocotber will see the band focussing on their sixth album, the follow-up to 2009′s The Resistance
Speaking to BBC Radio 1, Muse’s bassist Chris Wolstenholme revealed that he and his bandmates would be heading to the studio almost as soon as they step off the stage at Reading Festival on Sunday 28th August: “September and October, that’s when we’re going to get into the studio to start writing the new album.”
Luckily for fans, Wolstenholme hinted that there wouldn’t be a long wait before their next shows, despite wrapping up a huge tour in support of ‘The Resistance’ in May this year: “We’re always going to be the kind of band that want to get out and play live. As the years go on there’s that temptation to cut the touring down less and less but we still love playing live. I can’t ever imagine we’ll be the kind of band that cut the touring down significantly.”
But any new songs Muse have been working on will not feature in their Reading and Leeds sets. According to Wolstenholme, the perils of internet piracy are too great: “It’s difficult to bring new songs into the live set before you record them with the internet and dodgy recordings of live songs getting out there before they’ve been released on an album… That’s why we want to get into the studio, make another album and then tour it.”
But Muse will have a special treat for fans at Reading and Leeds. Earlier this year, Matt Bellamy informed fans on Twitter that Muse would be celebrate the 10th anniversary of Origins of Symmetry by playing the 2001 album in its entirety “and other songs” at the August festivals. The singer later told the NME that some of the album’s tracks could have their last live airing at the shows.
Muse will headline the main stage at Reading on Sunday 28 August and at Leeds on Friday 26 August.