I'm in the mood of posting the stories of how I met my two favourite bands. A couple days ago you learnt how I met Bright Eyes, well, Conor Oberst. Now you will see how I met Muse.
I hope you enjoy the story! Again, this was written 2 and a half years ago, so don't mind the grammar mistakes! Thank you! 🙂
I'm gonna tell you about my surreal meet-up with Muse! Well actually I only got to meet Matt and Chris. Unfortunately, Dom was ill that night, so he had to stay in the hotel. I'm Caro, just a normal girl from Chile, who happens to have friends in the Netherlands and a boyfriend in France. So this year I went to visit them! As I was going to the Netherlands, a friend of mine invited me to go with her and her friends to Lowlands Festival! That would be my ultimate chance to finally see Muse live, after waiting for about 4 years! So, the festival would take place from August 18th until August 20th 2006, and MUSE would be headlining the festival. another friend who was also going to the festival, proposed me to go sightseeing a bit around Holland on the 19th and then coming back to the festival on the 20th. There was a bar we really wanted to visit in Amsterdam, with nice music, so we went there and at the same time we thought maybe Muse would have arrived in Amsterdam that same day and might go out in the city or something… so we thought we could run into them somewhere, or that they could even visit this bar.
Anyway, around 8:30pm we arrived in Amsterdam and waited for this bar to open at 9pm. It was a bit empty, as it had just opened, but we just decided to sit there, have a drink and chat a bit, waiting for the live music to begin. As time went by, the bar started to get crowded. We were sitting at a table in the middle of it, between the entrance and the small stage, where a band was playing some music. I was constantly looking at the entrance, trying to see everyone who was coming in and out of the bar. But after about two hours my friend and I started to think that they wouldn't come, so we just sat there and enjoyed the atmosphere… but suddenly, we see a guy in the middle of the crowd who, for some weird reason, looked quite a lot like Chris from Muse. My friend and I questioned ourselves for a few minutes.. “could that be him?” he was there with a girl, whom we asumed to be his wife! After a moment he left and then we stayed there in doubt, hoping he would return.
After several minutes the guy came back! I had no doubt anymore, it was him!! but my friend kept on hesitating, because he thought Chris looked different from photos, and because he thought he would be taller than that (my friend is dutch and he's quite tall!). The guy we thought was Chris asked for a drink and stood by the bar and we kept on staring… my friend was still doubting until he saw undenyable evidence: he saw Matt Bellamy next to Chris!!! And since Matt's appearence is so unique, we finally were sure it was them! O_O OMG we started getting absolutely nervous, couldn't stop staring, but at the same time we didn't want them to notice, because no one else in the bar seemed to have recognized them. “What do we do!?? we have to meet them, that's why we are here!!” we said to each other, but we were too shy.
So finally my friend Frank got up and said “follow me, bring your camera and your little notebook and a pen!” and so we moved through the crowd until we reached them. First we went to Matt, and my friend asked him “you're Matt, right?” Matt said “yeah! yeah”, he was there with his girlfriend, so it was kind of uncomfortable to bother him, but it was our only chance! 😀 we said we were big fans and that I had come all the way from Chile, Southamerica to see them! And that they should go over there, because many fans were waiting! he was quite surprised about that! He said he'd like to go there, but didn't really know when they will :(. We asked him for a picture, so first my friend took a picture of him and me, and then I took a picture of them both. Matt shook our hands 🙂 and afterwards we asked him for an autograph as well, and he said “yeah sure!” and signed my little book. Afterwards we apologised for bothering him and he said it was ok 🙂 and we said “see you at Lowlands! ”
Then we went to Chris! who was a bit further from Matt, standing by the bar with his wife. My friend Frank asked hm “excuse me? are you Chris from Muse?” he smiled and said “yeah!” haha. He seemed much nicer than Matt, less serious at least 🙂 we told him we were fans and stuff and that I had com to from Chile to see them! he said “wow! really?” haha. He introduced us to his wife, she seemed quite nice too, and we also asked him why Dom wasn't there! He said he had the flu and so he stayed in the hotel getting better for the gig the next day, at Lowlands! We asked him again for pics and autograph. I was SO nervous that I almost spilled my drink on his wife haha, but luckily it just fell on a chair next to her 😉 He told us they never get recognised in Amsterdam, so we were surprised about that, and so were they! haha. We said bye to him and apologised too, he said “no problem :)” Then we went back to our seats, completely hyper and excited and SO happy!! Because we were so lucky to have found them there all of a sudden! After a moment they left and later we did too. Still had to drive back home and get ready to see them the next morning at Lowlands 🙂 🙂 It's a weekend I'll never forget!!!! 🙂
and that was it! My Muse adventure! I know a lot of people have met them, but what makes it extra special to me is that I met them casually, and not at some autograph session, or a Meet & Greet. Those are usually a little awkward, and not as special. I'll always treasure that moment and keep it next to my most precious memories.