Matt Bellamy and Dom Howard_ Driving a Lamborghini
A year after the release of Muse’s nostalgic yet futuristic eighth studio album ‘Simulation Theory’ (and of the single video ‘Something Human’ starring a flaming red Countach…), we invited the rock stars to Sant’Agata Bolognese to drive our super sports cars on and off the track.
Matt Bellamy (vocals, guitar, piano), Dom Howard (drums) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass) have been lauded as one of the greatest live acts in the world and have become one of the most popular rock bands of all time, constantly reinventing themselves musically and in their extravagant, high-energy live concerts. Over the past 25 years they have entertained millions of fans with their massively successful studio albums and during their worldwide tours with exhilarating shows that thrilled sold-out stadiums. This time around, however, it was their turn to be entertained.
Before you watch Matt and Dom captured in a behind-the-scenes stolen video, make sure you read what they told us…
You’ve just driven a Huracán Performante on the track. How was it?
Matt: Fantastic! It was my first time doing a track day. It was really helpful following the professional driver in front of me, and it’s shocking how fast you can take a corner! An amazing experience.
Dom: I’ve only done just three laps, so just getting the hang of it, but it’s epic!
Are you passionate about cars in general?
Matt: I love them, but I’ve never really got into racing before. I feel like now this could be the beginning of a new hobby for me.
Dom: I’ve done a little tiny bit of track practice in the past, but not quite like this. So it’s something brand new for me. But I love it, it’s good to take instruction and I want to learn. My dream is to be a race car driver!
Your recently released single ‘Something Human’ features a sexy Countach. Why did you choose that car?
Matt: That was the first amazing car that I saw when I was a child. I must’ve been four or five years old and I saw a film called Cannonball Run – I so remember that film! The opening scene was a black Countach belting down and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. So it’s like a childhood dream.
This video is very emblematic of the whole album, ‘Simulation Theory’. It is like an escape from reality, suspended between the past and the future…
Matt: It’s exactly that. The new album is like the combination of all of the retro things that I loved when I was younger, but in the ‘80s there were also always these dystopian visions of the future, in films like Terminator, Total Recall or Blade Runner, and now we are living in this time where we have AI. So I find myself looking into the future but also remembering the past, where these ideas were first fictionalized in the ‘80s films.
At Lamborghini we define ourselves ‘Designers of Experiences’. Not only do we produce dream cars, but we also like to create real, yet unexpected and emotional experiences. What you do is exactly the same. Your music has the power to ignite the strongest emotions, and your concerts are the culmination of them all. How important is live performance to you?
Matt: It’s funny, because the album comes out being sort of the future and the past combined, and actually the live performance and doing something like this makes you totally in only the present moment, and that’s a great thing. When I’m on stage, I feel like similar to this feeling I just had driving on the track, for like two hours, of being very much at the center of a point in time where you don’t think about the future or the past. The real pure focus of race driving and being on stage is a similar feeling.
Any pre-show rituals that you follow?
Matt: I do like a little bit of stretching, I breathe some steam, drink lots of water, and warm my voice up, nothing really “spiritual”, you know, but just like getting physically ready.