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Muse has been voted the most exciting live act of all time by the readers of British music outlet NME. The trio beat out contemporary acts like the Strokes and the Killers, as well as veteran performers like Queen and Bruce Springsteen, all of whom finished in the Top Five of the poll. Muse has become legendary for their anthemic songs, intense performances and massive stage productions, which have included giant movable video towers and even a flying saucer.

The rest of the Top 10 was filled out by Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, the White Stripes, Led Zeppelin and Rage Against The Machine, while the final list of 20 also included AC/DC, Radiohead, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.

More than half a million votes were cast in the poll, which opened to the public earlier this month.

Muse's sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, arrives on October 2nd.

The CD's first single, called "Madness," arrived last week. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us more about the track: "It's a song that has taken quite a step away from what we've done before and, you know, I think obviously it's got this whole electronic element, but it's a very subtle song, you know, and it's kind of got this hypnotic quality about it, which I really liked when I first heard it."

Muse will tour the U.K. in October and plans to come over to the U.S. for a full run of shows sometime in early 2013.

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