Muse have spoken out about their plans for their upcoming tour, revealing that they hope to fly Drones over the heads of the audience.
In keeping with the name and concept of the band's upcoming seventh album, frontman Matt Bellamy told Los Angeles Radio Station Alt 98.7 that they'd be going one step further on top of their already highly ambitious stage production to incorporate 'flying objects' into the year ahead's live shows.
"We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there," said Bellamy. "Drones are obviously an interesting thing to try to bring into the live show so we're going to try and do that.
"There's going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we'll be using flying objects."
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When quizzed on if Drones was strictly a 'concept' album, Bellamy replied: "Yeah, pretty much, yeah. But it's not a strict concept in the way that Pink Floyd did it; the songs work in their own right independently, but they gel together based on the concept of drones.
"The vague narrative follows a kind of protagonist who goes through this journey of losing everything and sort of feeling like being brainwashed, being drawn into the military and becoming a person who feels like they've lost their soul, then eventually coming back and rediscovering it and fighting back against the systems that oppressed them – that journey takes place across the first eight songs of the album and then the ending of the album is a separate epilogue of sorts."
Not only will Drones feature the sequel to Origin Of Symmetry's 'Citizen Erased' with the '10 minute epic 'The Globalist', but Bellamy also revealed that track 'JFK' features a sample of a speech from John F Kennedy on a song about "human strength, human spirit and the desire that we all have for freedom."
He continued: "It's basically I'm interested in what drones represent from a technological point of view, it's a point in time where these machines are starting to emerge. It's the kind of thing where when we grew up we watched things like Terminator 2 and you'd see these kind of things happening in the future but we're kind of there now, so I thought it was an interesting topic to sing about and talk about – what it means, what it means for humans' involvement, humans' emotions being taken out of the equation in things like warfare and so on, so I just thought it would be an interesting topic to tackle, but you don't need to know that to enjoy the album – there's a bunch of cool riffs on there."
Listen to the band's full interview with Alt 98.7 below
Last month, Muse this week completed their intimate Psycho tour - check out eight things we learned from the shows here.
Muse will release Drones on 8 June - the month they headline Download Festival alongside Slipknot, Kiss, Marilyn Manson and many more. See below for tickets and information or win tickets here.