Matt Bellamy: 'I'm No Longer A 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist'

Muse front man discusses "nuanced" political views in new interview.

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Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has been in the past known for his fondness of conspiracy theories, and infamously claimed, back in 2006, that US authorities had orchestrated the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001:

"There was a document called 'Project For The New America Century'... Which clearly says, 'We need a Pearl Harbour-level event so we can have an excuse to invade the Middle East'."

However, as NME reports, Bellamy has retracted his controversial claim, stating that he now takes a more "nuanced" approach towards politics:

"I don't believe that any more, although there are lots of questions to be answered. I still read a lot about political history, the influence of corporations and the military, but I make sure I'm reading from credible sources. I think my political views are a bit more nuanced now."

Bellamy, who was speaking to the Metro newspaper, also revealed some of the impressive stage effects that fans can expect from the band's upcoming tour... including drummer Dominic Howard being turned into a ninja:

"We have a symbolic upside-down pyramid suspended over us as we play. It will screen videos and images that relate to the songs. At some point, the pyramid will turn inside out and consume Dom's drum kit. Then Dom becomes a ninja who starts battling with corrupt businessmen... I'm serious. That's not a joke."

At a show in Koln, Germany last Thursday, Muse unveiled five new songs from their upcoming sixth LP "The 2nd Law". The songs included "Supremacy", "Panic Station", "Follow Me", "Animals" and "Save Me", which featured lead vocals from bassist Chris Wolstenholme.

"The 2nd Law" is due for release this Friday.

106 comments sorted by best / new / date

    notaconotaco
    I wonder what Dave Mustaine thinks about the 9/11 conspiracies.
    WhoAMEye
    He blames Obama, Gun control, Liberals and homosexuals. He has no evidence but he has an opinion and dammit all that's good enough!!! Al-keeda probably had summat to do with it too.
    cambo187
    They took our jobs.....Derka dddeeerrrbs!!!!
    iommi600
    Don't forget the TV channel subtitles: "Pissed off white trash redneck conservative"
    zomgguitarz1234
    You know Dave said he was ok with gays he just wasn't gay himself.
    guitar7masta
    He also went on to say that gay marriage is wrong and they shouldn't be allowed to do it, all based on the fact that he's not gay.
    zomgguitarz1234
    I've seen tons of interviews where he said that he didn't care about gay people, and made the comparison. It's like cat owners, I don't like cats but I don't think they should be banned. Now if you have anything to back up what you're saying then fine.
    TriAxe222
    You trolls hate Dave so much that you connect him with 9/11 conspiracies when this article is about one of the Muse guys that you fanboys love so much.
    iommi600
    Well, it's just impossible to not think of "slam" when reading a headline around here, since UG staff uses that word on a weekly basis... besides, I find the puns with it pretty funny, these comments are not about the gold medal anyway. btw... "MuseicianX SLAMS bassisfun"
    bassisfun
    Bruce Jenner is old, are you saying HE doesn't deserve his gold medal? Logic.
    Abacus11
    He's a musician... who cares what he thinks about politics? I hate when someone gets famous for one thing and then suddenly everyone thinks that they're an expert on everything. I don't get it.
    JD.15
    well it works with some bands , i guess it depends on your own political ideological viewpoint , and what the band are, like rise against etc suite being political in my opinion.
    guitar7masta
    Everyone's got an opinion. If they're famous they are 100% more likely to be heard than you are, so... get used to it. They aren't screaming about it to your face, it's an article on the internet. Don't like it? Don't read it.
    Sacred Blood
    You need to be exceptionally dumb, stupid and ignorant to believe that good ol america fights for whats just and right and strives to maintain peace and prosperity and 'enters' those countries where cruelty and oppression is practised so that peace may prosper there as well. Ignoranace really is bliss i suppose.
    FallenEmerican
    Can't Blame them they've been schooled and are just a bunch of fish following one another since day one(Hence "school"). Its so sad no one questions why we don't learn how tyrants cause crisis to take control. Or why we have less then a 20 men deciding how much money gets rushed into the economy to provide "stability". Or how windrow Wilson admits he ****ed his country with the federal reserve act because he foolishly believed rich men were patriots and could be trusted with the money supply. Truth is hard to swallow and willful ignorance destroys humanity, always has.
    suicidalpoptart
    The Illuminati must have gotten to him
    ng117
    Upside down symbolic pyramids, OH MY GODDDDD!!!1!11one!oeneoeneeeleven I really don't understand what goes through some of these conspiracy theorists' heads...
    TheEternalJew
    Lack of information and gullible. Same reason people have believed alot of other stuff throughout human history. Not to mention all this lame symbolism is used by certain people to get a reaction.
    guitar7masta
    Their brains are damaged. Literally, they didn't develop correctly. That's just the really crazy ones though, Matt Bellamy has the sense to see the other side of things.
    Logan_B
    Not as bad as taking an arrow to the knee is. GOD was that annoying for like 3 months you couldnt go anwhere on the internet without it being mentioned
    FallenEmerican
    "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." -- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
    chrisa94
    If anyone wants to listen to the entire new album, stream here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblo... On another note, I am quite looking forward to ninja Dom...
    withoutanyname
    Dom being a ninja is nothing compared to what they'll do in the tour after this one, they'll fly away in a spaceship and play the show on the moon and as an encore, some martians will join them and simulate a war during Knights Of Cydonia as special effects with lasers.
    RedClown
    if theres any band in the world that would do that first, Muse seem like the logical choice
    RedClown
    if theres any band in the world that would do that first, Muse seem like the logical choice
    Elderer
    Check out Supremacy guys. Best song of the album. Its also on youtube.Love that song!
    mckenna64
    yeah best song by a mile, too bad the album goes down hill from there. Besides Panic Station which is a nice change, and possibly madness which is OK, the rest is totally forgettable (7-13 liquid state starts promising but goes nowhere) or awful (survival, follow me).
    spiff-corgi
    The fact that he was ever a "truther" makes me lose respect for him. I once was made to watch a video detailing how the buildings actually fell as part of my degree and my mate came out saying, "That was such bullshit. You know it was a controlled demolition". I asked him, "But didn't you watch it? They explained the science behind the collapse." He replied, "I was too angry to even watch it. I just ignored what they were saying". That kind of says it all for me.
    rebeltildeth87
    indeed. tho at least he admitted that he didnt listen to the facts. conspiracy theories work like creationism. only an idiot starts with a conclusion and tries to bend the facts to fit their case.
    EnglishToolRage
    Do you remember the name of the film? - share it with us and we can find it online...
    spiff-corgi
    Something like "How the Towers Fell" or something. I do engineering so it was about the principles behind the collapse rather than whether or not the hijackers were hired by the US or any of that.
    Rimfrost
    The Ninja thing sounds kinda stupid when he says it like that, but im sure it will look awesome on stage.
    CollyOBrien
    Well, looks like someone's been media trained!
    fatgleeson
    I wouldnt call it media trained. He's become sceptic about things and questions what he is told, instead of gobbling up info from in-credible sources. Which is right where everyone should be
    CollyOBrien
    ...and the fear of embarrassing his Hollywood starlet fiance?! Don't get me wrong, huge fan of the band, but this is a quite sudden change of heart.
    Kueller917
    Not really. He was never much of a conspiracy theorist. He just half-read some books and came up with his own ideas out of interest. For a band that made a lot of political songs they never spoke out about stuff like Rage Against the Machine or something because it wasn't a big deal to them (or specifically, just Matt). They were about as politically active as Slayer is actually satanic. It was just a thing they liked. Like someone mentioned earlier, it all could boil down to "Matt grew up".
    guitar7masta
    6 years is not a "sudden change of heart".
    CollyOBrien
    I've seen interviews of him mentioning conspiracy theory websites as recent as 2010, and again, huge fan of the band but this is a definite 'new found fame in America' reaction, a preemptive strike in case he gets asked any awkward questions!
    Kueller917
    There's still no proof of that. Yes, he's mentioned conspiracy theory websites. Doesn't mean much, I've been to conspiracy theory websites just for interest. The main point is Matt's never done anything about these ideas, which says a lot about how much he actually followed them. He's settled down now. He has a kid now. He doesn't have reason to be crazily following these conspiracies. Maybe some of it is for public view, but it's more of a reality check (or as close to reality as Bellamy can get). Notice even the new album has pretty much no conspiracy/uprising songs. It's mainly corporations and natural resources, and stuff much more grounded in what's actually happening.
    guitar7masta
    and nobody actually knows what was going on in his head. I've believed in some conspiracy theories before but I've always had that feeling in the back of my head that it was bullshit. Yes, one day I just decided "I'm not going to believe this anymore." So based on that you could call it a "sudden change of heart" even though it was something that I've been contemplating for a while.
    crispykids
    If you seriously believe people in power will never do something seriously wrong in secret to make themselves more powerful, you are ignorant; I don't care what anyone says. If you take a hard look and do some research you will see that this country is heading towards a military-state like existence.
    Benjumanji
    lolwut The closest we ever were to becoming a military state was 150 years ago when the southern US foolishly thought it was its own country, and guess what? We still weren't that close to becoming a military state.
    guitar7masta
    Why is that if someone says they don't believe in the 911 conspiracy theories they come up with something like... "If you seriously believe people in power will never do something seriously wrong in secret to make themselves more powerful, you are ignorant" Oh, I most certainly DO believe that, but that doesn't change my opinion that the 911 conspiracy theories are a load of crap.
    ne14t
    Geesh everyone knows it was the Illuminati that plotted the attack on the world trade center... /sarcasm!
    JD.15
    lame how they pretend they're political, especially after all the olympics shit they did.
    Camron62\m/
    way to start a 9/11 debate UG. and yet, i have found ANOTHER article that has something to do with Muse.
    izzeeeh
    Shame for him...probably changed his mind for commercial reasons.
    --ESTRANGED--
    ...fights businessmen dressed as a ninja... you're not 7 anymore you faggot. i bet the CIA have had a quiet word with him, to tell him to tone down the conspiracy shit because they know he's right.
    Kueller917
    I bet the CIA are horribly afraid and threatened of some dude wearing sparkly jackets making illuminati signs right before accepting a grammy and going home to his hollywood actress girlfriend.
    RATMfan420
    Theres really two seperate conspiracy theorys, one just has to think what makes more sense. Both sides have flaws: 1. 19 men, with orders from a man in a cave halfway around the world in charge, executed an attack in which four planes would be hijacked, and successfully hit 75% of their targets in America. The one country with the highest level of sophistication of defense. These 19 men were able to completely infiltrate NORAD, hitting 75% of their targets without a single interception (even after an hour after the second plane hit the WTC, the Pentagon gets hit). With this theory, we are led to believe that the American military is so weak, they cannot protect Washington after its been established that America is under attack for over an hour. 2. The government rigged the whole thing. Sure, they planned something very similar with "operation Northwoods" in the 60's. But as we all know, no matter how carefully you plan something, there will always be something that goes wrong. In terms of the demolition theorys, sure its highly unlikely that folks stuck bombs in the buildings. The amount of people that it would require would jeopardize the entire conspiracy. Granted, the world trade center was designed to take multiple impacts of a boeing 707 aircraft (With a fuel tank larger then the aircraft that hit it on 9/11) However it probably wasnt designed to take the hit of a speeding jet, rather a slow moving jet lost in the fog. Either way, this is a website for music. Its Ultimate-Guitar, not PrisonPlanet!
    dx4life68
    I'm assuming he came to terms with the detrimental impact speaking out about something like 9/11 can have on your career in the music industry. I can't say I know exactly whose to blame for 9/11, but one thing I can say is that the official 9/11 story is a lie. Building 7, testimonies of people hearing explosives, the non-arabs detained on 9/11 at the George Washington bridge who were driving with a white van with explosives... too many anomalies- But ya, this is probably not the best place to express my views on conspiratorial shit.
    Suckerpunchme!
    Who the **** gives a shit about what Matt Bellamy believes or doesn't believes. He's a shitty musician.
    dewitt
    It wasn't so bad when it was kind of an inside joke. In the last couple months, though, it seems like every article has a comment of "x SLAMS y ."
    iommi600
    Maybe because every article UG posts has "x SLAMS y" for headline?
    dewitt
    Yeah, I had that typed out in my comment, but I deleted it because it seemed kind of redundant, seeing as how that's where the joke came from.
    kozmo4200
    Thats why ive stopped saying it lol too much SLAMMING!!!! UG..Stop It!!
    RC52190
    There's more slamming on UG than in Mick Jagger's west coast beach house.
    dewitt
    Actually, that's why people say it in the first place. But, come to think of it, I can't remember more than two or three in the last while since everybody has making a big deal about it (and making a 'slam' comment on every article).
    GenerationKILL
    You mean someone actually took a step back and READ some history from CREDIBLE sources?! Just think, if everyone did that, we'd suddenly realize that terrorist attacks DO happen by foreign extremists! and not governments, against their own citizens.
    TheEternalJew
    Yea but that dosn't count out the fact there has been times the government and military have conspired against their own people and allies. I don't blame people for their beleifs on this issue, it seems like credible information is scarce.
    rebeltildeth87
    "im no longer a 911 conspiracy theorist". is sanity making a comeback? well, not til dave mustaine comes out and denounces everything hes said in the last decade or two.
    JonBrad
    Really UG? Though I blame the publicist that wrote this crap, I wonder why you felt the need to post it. IMHO... I think that Matt Bellamy finally was able to accept that 9/11 was what the result of what most people realise. A lack of paying attention to Intel briefs.
    samhell
    What the hell is a "credible source"? Everyone has an agenda these days.