Having recently announced their return to the stage with news of a major 2015 European festival tour, British rock trio Muse also appear to have confirmed this week that Drones will be the title of their long-awaited new album.
The five-time Grammy nominees uploaded a series of bizarre images on their Instagram page featuring magazine covers with the band’s eyes blacked out and the words etched off, all of which were accompanied by the hashtag #MuseDrones.
Produced by Mutt Lange (AC/DC, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams), the follow-up to 2012’s The 2nd Law has been described as a back-to-basics affair by frontman Matt Bellamy, and is expected to hit the shelves before they hit the road in the early summer.
Renowned for their extravagant live performances, Muse will kick off their live itinerary at Germany’s Rockavaria on May 29 before moving onto Grune Hölle Rock the day after, Austria’s Rock in Vienna on June 5, Switzerland’s Sonisphere on Jun 6 and Netherlands’ Pinkpop Festival on Jun 12.
Poland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain will all receive a visit from the group before they wrap up at Italy’s Rock in Roma on July 18, as will their UK homeland with a headline slot at Download Festival on June 13 scheduled, possibly alongside an appearance at this year’s Glastonbury.
The group, who have cited “deep ecology, the empathy gap and World War 3” as some of the themes on their new album, are also expected to add several dates across the other side of the Atlantic in the near future, so be sure to keep checking back on TicketIQ for the latest information.