Muse: 'This Will Be The Last Time We Play Origin Of Symmetry Songs'

Muse decided Reading Festival could be the last place fans get to hear songs from "Origin Of Symmetry", their hit album from 10 years ago.

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With Muse announced as the final night headliners at Reading And Leeds Festival, fans of the group know to expect something special.

But this year, the band have decided to make the event a swan song for an era that made their name.

Origin Of Symmetry, their second album, was the first to bring the band wider acclaim, as frontman and guitarist Matt Bellamy explains: "It was on the second album that things really started happening for the band, and when we focused on the live side of things much more."

With backing from major press and videos on the newly founded Kerrang TV, they quickly became British poster boys for the new-rock generation, bringing a wealth of fans under their wing.

With a full decade passing since the original release, they have announced that Reading and Leeds Festival will probably be "the last time some of these songs will ever be played live again it'll be like coming full circle; we've gone off on one a little bit, and now it feels like the right time to pull it back and remind ourselves of what we were doing 10 years ago."

The band fondly remember attending the festival in their youth. Speaking to Nme, the band said seeing the 1994 lineup of Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Jeff Buckley made them want to be in a rock band.

"Reading really is special because it was the first festival that we ever went to when were were 16 - it was a real eye opener to international music. It's a massive, favourite festival of mine," said drummer Dominic Howard.

The festival which is also headlined this year by The Strokes and My Chemical Romance will take place from August 26th to 28th.

171 comments sorted by best / new / date

    SumFX
    So.....No Micro Cuts? NOOOOO!!!!! Oh well they are still writing great songs so i can't complain too much.
    davidr.ythm94
    thats too bad its their best album. hopefully their new album would have heavier songs like in ORIGIN OF SYMMETRY and not alot of piano.....
    a7x4life666
    Yes, let's all hop on the "first is always best, no matter how good the next ones really are" bandwagon.
    GlenMuse95
    Relax everyone, he's probably just talking about the one-offs they might play like Hyper Music and such, staples like New Born and PiB likely aren't going anywhere.
    Snugg
    a7x4life666 wrote: Yes, let's all hop on the "first is always best, no matter how good the next ones really are" bandwagon.
    Hey, let's all hop on the "I'm gonna talk some shit in here even though I know absolutely nothing about the band" Origin Of Symmetry wasn't their first album. Get your facts straight next time
    Artemis Entreri
    Honestly, I'm pretty sure I'd get tired of playing the same songs night after night for 10 years. It's healthy to give things a break.
    insurgentsteve
    PROBABLY the last time SOME of these songs are played live again..... They're just honoring Origin in their festival because its the 10 year anniversary... calm down guys.
    False_God
    Thats a shame they are doing that but I guess as some stage you gotta throw in the newer material and out with the old. No doubt they'll do 2-3 hits from Origin which is fine tbh. Im happy I was them a few years ago, they have just become boring of late.
    False_God
    False_God wrote: Thats a shame they are doing that but I guess as some stage you gotta throw in the newer material and out with the old. No doubt they'll do 2-3 hits from Origin which is fine tbh. Im happy I SAW * them a few years ago, they have just become boring of late.
    *lol was
    DSOTM
    I never got to see Hyper-Music live and probably never will now. I don't think I can really justify a 200 weekend ticket or 70 day ticket just for a couple of songs.
    symmetryerased
    with matt's statement, it looks like he have balls saying that they can top Origin of Symmetry with their next album. who knows. I hope it'll be a good decision @_@
    WheredMyRockGo?
    Why would any band say they arent going to play certain songs again? Seems ridiculous to me. Why not do what other great bands do and play a longer set to include more music that people want to hear?
    abattleofone
    I love the comments "Hopefully the new album will be heavier and have less piano!" ...How much attention did you pay when you listened to OoS to not realize there's as much piano as the rest, and more than on BH&R?
    Niiko_Xeneize
    It's been proved here that people in UG don't read the articles but the titles (which are misleading most of the times). "the last time SOME OF THESE SONGS will ever be played live again " They'll obviously keep their biggest hits, it's not like they have such a huge discography and number of songs that they could pull that off anyway.
    bornIIhula
    THIS IS A STEAMLONG LOAD OF BULLSHIT BETWEEN TWO SLICES OF BREAD. SO ANGRY RIGHT NOW
    revolution1251
    I read first 5 comments and thought 'Whaaaa?' This will be the last time, if you're going this year they will be playing some of their classics however if you are not but maybe seeing them in the future they also said 'it's probably the last time...' G learn to read people.
    Hammerzeit
    It's some songs. The hits will get played. The band will probably play them again in the future anyway. Never seldom means never. Resistance haters in here aren't justified IMO. Good album just a little different and lacking the hard edge. The next one needs to be heavier.
    SumFX
    ChemicalFire wrote: Well this is the end of Muse, Origin has some of their best stuff on it.
    How is it "the end of Muse"? As long as they keep writing great music (which they are) who cares if their set doesn't consist mostly of old tracks? I seriously doubt Muse are a 'greatest hits' band yet! As much as i love Showbiz, OOS and all the B-Sides from that period (which i think is their best work) but they need to continue playing new music and stop depending on there older material so much, no matter how awesome it is.
    Shoegaze
    "We will only be playing our mainstream radio hits that everyone knows from now on"
    Jimmyboba
    They'll cut everything bar Plug in Baby, Feeling Good and Newborn i reckon (since they're fan favourites.) Thing is, it's progression as a band. They're obviously going to play less and less from their original albums as they write and release more. Theirs only a few bands who play loads of old stuff and lot a lot of new stuff. Yeah, they're not going to be playing everyone's favourite song, but that happens. I just hope they go a bit back to their old style. The Resistance was just a bit lax on brilliant guitar moments and seemed to edge away from the fallsetto vocal style.
    TStape03
    Thank God I've already seen them. But New Born has to be kept! The solo alone is enough to make me see them live as much as possible.
    GenerationKILL
    I would say "space dementia" has alot in common with their newer sound and was probably a good indication of things to come, I hope they don't cut that one from their setlists because the piano is great on it!
    TStape03
    Also, Resistance is a great album. Not as heavy but its fantastic. The Symphony is Bellamy's best work, imo.
    Wakisazhi
    I think it would be amusing if Bellamy secretly meant they'd drop the hits from the sets. Then he'll bring them back in a few years or so so everyone will be like "oh shit!" for a change when they decide to randomly play Feeling Good during a set.
    afritho
    Muse have always been on the verge of being an utterly amazing rock band. You watch them live and it's clear they absolutely love playing the heavier stuff (blow out endings to Stockholm syndrome - execution commentary etc). It frustrates me that they went the opposite way with their last album. Bring it home boys on the next one please.
    PeenieMcGee303
    Should've said "We probably wont be playing songs off our second album for a while." 25 years from now there will be a reunion tour and those songs WILL be played. Eric Clapton made a career of only playing his new songs live UNTIL someone threw millions of dollars at him and said "Play with Cream again" and he did.
    ScrewYouAll
    It's a shame that they're considering dropped songs from their setlist. I saw the, in Melbourne last year and they had some awesome songs from OoS, but in all honesty it's only a small part of their setlist. There's still a lot of good songs on there.
    Snugg
    The most dissapointing news I've read here since 2010 (then there was a news message that a Tool record would come out soon or something, and haven't hear anything since. Somehow this is worse). Micro Cuts, Citizen Erased, Space Dementia, Hyper Music, New Born, Plug In Baby, Feeling Good, Bliss, That CD is almost as good if not better than their entire career past that !?!? Horrible decision... But we have to respect it. They're the artists, it's their work and it's their choices.
    Helicopters!
    Micro Cuts is (in my opinion) the greatest song they've ever written. And I won't ever get to hear it live
    Galfadez
    Niiko_Xeneize wrote: It's been proved here that people in UG don't read the articles but the titles (which are misleading most of the times). "the last time SOME OF THESE SONGS will ever be played live again " They'll obviously keep their biggest hits, it's not like they have such a huge discography and number of songs that they could pull that off anyway.
    *Misleading all of the time
    Chronologo
    wolfstock wrote: I can't believe they would cut Plug in Baby from their set, its one of, if not their most famous songs. That would be like going to see ACDC and not having them play Back in Black, or Iron Maiden not playing Run to the Hills
    In their current tour Iron Maiden isn't playing Run to the Hills
    KingHenrik1967
    This makes me the saddest person on earth at the moment... Reading/Leeds im f**ing going. My favourite band - im not missing this.
    CydonianCitizen
    Shame... but I understand. They gotta let go of the old stuff eventually if they wish to continue what they're doing right now. That said, there are enough older songs that would go great live with the newer material, like Space Dementia, Citizen Erased, and Hyper Chondriac Music too. And whatever happened to Butterflies&Hurricanes? It blends in with the Resistance stuff awesomely
    cptcomet
    No way are they going to cut New Born or Plug in Baby. What they mean is the songs they don't play very often, eg Citizen Erased, Bliss, they won't play these songs again after the festival this year. This is such a tragedy. The album was brilliant. Maybe they're just getting bored of playing them?
    CydoniaKnight95
    Dakkstar wrote: what a poor choice... how about cutting anything from Resistance from your set!
    This I stopped listening to them after they released that piece of shit and I loved absolutely every song before it
    ¡VivaLaGeorge!
    So glad I saw them at Manchester back in Spetember then, got to see Citizen Erased live, but does that mean in 2 years time they'll be cutting Absolution from their list?! :| seems like a dodgy road to go down