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Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed in a new interview with the U.K.'s Observer that the band turned down multiple requests from American right-wing politicians to use their Number One song "Uprising" at political rallies. Bellamy explained, "In the U.S. the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward rightwing libertarianism. 'Uprising' was requested by so many politicians in America for use in their rallies and we turned them down on a regular basis."
Right-wing radio and online personality Glenn Beck was apparently quite taken with the song and the band's 2009 album The Resistance, saying back in October of that year, "These guys are brilliant -- they know the time that we live in. Y'know, they're Libertarians from England."
Bellamy described himself to the Observer as a "left-leaning libertarian -- more in the realm of Noam Chomsky."
Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us around the time of its release that the lyrics of songs like "Uprising" do question governmental authority: "You know, the song's all about people power and fighting for what you believe in, you know, not just accepting the way that things are or, you know, I think a lot of people are expected to go along with life being told that things are okay, and, you know, they're not. So, you know, it's about standing up and saying, 'No, I want a change. I want to fight for some kind of change.'"
In the rest of the Observer interview, which arrived on Sunday (September 30th), Bellamy also criticizes Beck and others for using "Uprising" on the soundtrack of conspiracy theory videos posted on YouTube.
Muse's sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, arrives on Monday (October 1st) in the U.K. and in North America on Tuesday (October 2nd).