Monday Fresh: Muse Voted 'Most Exciting Live Act'

Muse have fended off competition from the likes of Queen, Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin to be voted "most exciting live act of all time".

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British pomp-rock act Muse have fended off competition from the likes of Queen, Rage Against The Machine and Led Zeppelin to be voted "most exciting live act of all time" by readers of the NME.

More than half a million votes were cast in the poll, which saw newer bands such as The Strokes and The Killers placed higher than more established acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix.

The Rolling Stones, the longest running act on the list, barely made the cut, coming in at #20.

The full top 20 list is as follows:

01. Muse 02. The Strokes 03. The Killers 04. Queen 05. Bruce Springsteen 06. Nirvana 07. Arctic Monkeys 08. The White Stripes 09. Led Zeppelin 10. Rage Against The Machine 11. Radiohead 12. Jimi Hendrix 13. AC/DC 14. David Bowie 15. The Cure 16. Foo Fighters 17. Pink Floyd 18. Blur 19. The Clash 20. The Rolling Stones

Muse have come under fire in recent weeks for the release of their new "dubstep" track Unsustainable, taken from upcoming album The 2nd Law. Defending the track, bassist Chris Wolstenholme has claimed that the band were trying to achieve "anti-dubstep" by using real instruments rather than computer technology:

"It was almost a sort of anti-dubstep in a way," he said. "We like that kind of music, more so for the sounds really. The sounds that are used in dubstep are so extreme. It's like this sonic assault on your ears."

European fans curious about Muse's recently acquired status as "most exciting band of all time", can catch the group on their European tour which runs from October through December.

Whether you think Muse deserved the crown, or are baffled by the inclusion of the bands on the list, let us know in the comments section.

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    Iron Maiden should be on that list.
    This list is shit, pretty much any metal band is more exciting, or some sort of intense techno/dubstep(i dont even like electronic music) How is anyone going to tell me there is more energy at an Arctic Monkeys monkeys concert compared to a Cannibal Corpse concert.
    But it was a poll in NME, which metal fans don't tend to read too often.
    because cannibal corpse just stands there and swings there hair around for the entire performance. the thing about metal is that its either going to be really really amazing or really really terrible, no in between. leftover crack was prob one of the best shows ive seen in the past 2 years but riot fest in chicago next month is probably going to top the LOC experience.
    you have no clue what youre talking about bro, theyre standing because the music they are playing is so intensly hard. Whilst 80% of the crowd is forced into a mosh pit thats so intense the ground is shaking.
    Ever watch Hendrix play, he's moving quite a lot, and singing, and playing ridiculous hard music
    hendrix is easy, try pull up a tab for frantic disembowelment and you wont be able to even wrap your head around it if you think hendrix is hard.
    Sorry but I think Cannibal Corpse is just boring. Dillinger Escape Plan's music is more technical AND they put on an incredible show. Go on youtube and type in "Dillinger Escape Plan Virgin Megastore" you can thank me later.
    I wouldn't think the arctic's would be as good as they were live. Alex Turner has such control over an audience for the sole reason that he's written some pretty huge songs. (This is taking into account it's in the UK where they are a big band so I don't know where you are). There was such an energy in the crowd that I hadn't seen for a while and I watch a lot of bands live. Muse are brilliant live. Blink 182 surprised me, really surprised me actually how good they were, but i think they had the arctic monkeys thing. Even thoguh I haven't seen maiden or ACDC I've seen enough videos/ friends have told me how good they are. Then again, it's UG the people on here generally don't take most things into consideration and some obscure metal band are a better live band than Muse.
    Just because NME readers voted their favorite studio bands and probably havent seen some of them live even doesn't mean that its relevant on UG. By looking at the list I would assume that most voters in that poll are European. Metallica would have made top 5 on an American poll and maybe not wo much 80's influence. I don't physically know one person that likes the cure, the killers, the strokes or David Bowie. I don't know one person that has seen Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin live. I love all 3 of those acts but even being nearly 30 I haven't had a chance to see any of them in my adult life. Now I doubt that UG readers have much in common with NME readers mostly based on age range and musical influence. The Killers and The Strokes don't play difficult music so I doubt you need a tab to play Mr. Brightside but Machine Head may rate well on a UG poll.
    Yes! And there are about 5 artists on there that dont even tour anymore, so ummm yeahhhhh why are they on there? Most exciting live act by a dead performer? I guess DVD's were taken into consideration.
    "most exciting live act of all time "
    This is like when alter bridge won the best solo of all time award by some guitar magazine.I love AB but even they said it wasn't possible
    Floyd at 17 and no Rush? There are many good acts on that list, but I'd like to see those two bands get a little more recognition.
    I don't think I'd call PF concerts "exciting." But yes, Rush should be on the list.
    Not "exciting" huh. So huge, spectacular light show, massive screens showing stuff, a massive wall being built on stage and then knocked down at the end, a massive plane flying in too the crowed and exploding not exciting enough for you! But, yeah the list sucked.
    I wouldn't call that "exciting" though. This list seems to be for high-energy bands with lots of crowd interaction, etc. whereas Floyd is more of an experience where you'd sit back and take everything in. That's just how I see it though.
    02. The Strokes 03. The Killers The Fuck?!
    Saw the Strokes at Leeds fest last year, really don't get the hype, they were really boring to look at, the music was good....
    Sorry But I don't share your opinion 01. Muse 02. The Strokes 03. The Killers THE FUCK!!! And Hendrix should be #1. (I Never seen him live but I heard he could create an live atmosphere that is is impossible to capture through video or audio recording... And not only in a drug matter.)
    Good point. The Killers should be #1.
    are you high?
    No. Have you seen The Killers live? If not, then I believe you should probably **** off.
    I don't think you'd give a shit even if he had. Your comment stinks of fanboy...
    Really? So please tell me how you can judge how good a band is live if you haven't see them. If you haven't seem them live, you don't have a basis for judging. Your comment stinks of idiocy.
    Totally a point I was making earlier. "I don't like this band so they aren't good live!" The Killers are a goodband live because the songs have an energy and people know them. They aren't one of the best of all time but still.
    I have seen them live and they're a waste... just like your comments. The Killers should not be on this list.
    Muse voted Most Exciting Live Act by Muse fans....
    Well it's not going to be voted by people who don't like them will it? This list is gash though.
    Granted, Muse do put on a hell of a live show (watch the HAARP DVD for proof,) but there are so many bands on and off that list who deserve to be higher/on it.
    Why is Rammstein not on the list?
    I saw Rammstein for the first time a few months ago. Muse is my favorite band and I've seen them live twice, but damn, Rammstein blew everything I've ever experienced at a live show out of the water.