Muse are bringing their Drones World Tour to London in April 2016.
The band – who released their latest album, ‘Drones’, in June – are performing at the O2 Arena on 11 and 12 April.
The tour will see Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard perform for the first time “in the round” from the middle of the arena, creating a 360-degree experience.
Muse have sold over 17 million albums worldwide since their debut in 1994. ‘Drones’, their seventh studio release, was the group’s first to top the US charts. Produced by Mutt Lange – best known for his work with AC/DC and Def Leppard – the concept album touches on themes that past Muse works have explored: “the idea that technology is taking over humanity, the deceit and toxicity of our society’s hierarchies, and the disappointment and simultaneous elation that can take hold of your mind when you’re in loving relationships that turn sour”.
It also marks a return to their rock roots, following the studio experimentation of 2012’s ‘The 2nd Law’.
“With each album, everything just grew and grew and we became almost secondary,” explained Wolstenholme. “On ‘The 2nd Law’ we took that as far as we possibly could. As much as I think it’s a good album the personality of the three-piece band had fallen down.”
Although they’ve now done their obligatory back-to-basics album and are 21 years into their career, the band believe they still have something to prove.
“You always feel there are things as a band that you can do better,” said Wolstenholme. “We’ve done seven albums but there’s still so much we have left to do. There are parts of the world we haven’t touched yet – North Africa and parts of Asia. It never stops.”