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Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed that he no longer thinks the terrorist attacks carried out on September 11th against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were part of an "inside job." Bellamy had stated in previous interviews that there was "massive evidence" that the U.S. government either allowed the attacks to happen or were actively involved in them. In one 2006 interview, he said, "There was a document called 'Project For The New America Century' . . . which clearly says, 'We need a Pearl Harbor-level event so we can have an excuse to invade the Middle East.'"
Bellamy has now told the Metro that his views have changed, explaining, "I don't believe that any more, although there are lots of questions to be answered. I still read a lot about political history, the influence of corporations and the military, but I make sure I'm reading from credible sources. I think my political views are a bit more nuanced now."
Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us back when the band's single "Uprising" came out that a lot of the group's lyrics were based on conspiracy theories and government mistrust: "I think, you know, so much has happened in the last five, 10 years, I think most people's opinions of governments have changed quite drastically. I never really used to question what the government in the U.K. were doing. You know, you just accept that they're there, you think that they're running the country, you think that the country's best interests are all they care about, and it's clearly not the case, you know."
Muse's new album, The 2nd Law, arrives next Tuesday (October 2nd) and follows up 2009's The Resistance.
The trio are known for their massive stage shows, but we're not sure if Bellamy was serious when he described the new one to Metro. He said, "We have a symbolic upside-down pyramid suspended over us as we play. It will screen videos and images that relate to the songs. At some point, the pyramid will turn inside out and consume Dom (Howard)'s drum kit. Then Dom becomes a ninja who starts battling with corrupt businessmen . . . I'm serious. That's not a joke."
Muse has yet to announce North American tour plans, although the band -- and presumably, their pyramid -- are expected here in 2013.