On the crest of a wave, Muse set for Athens show

The English rock trio Muse, a top seller on the contemporary scene, are to perform at Terra Vibe on the outskirts of Athens in Malakasa, some 40 kilometers north, this Thursday evening. Fans should keep in mind the show’s earlier-than-usual start – for Greek standards. As part of its pre-show promotional leadup, the show’s organizer stresses that the open-air venue’s gates will open at 6.30 p.m. with showtime scheduled for 8.30 p.m. The band will be performing in Athens its most recent album, last year’s «Black Holes and Revelations,» having received some of the band’s strongest reviews to date. The album won the band a Mercury Prize, the UK music industry’s most prestigious award. «Black Holes and Revelations» reached top spot on the UK album charts within a week of release – the band’s second in succession – and also made the top 10 in the USA. Athens is one of 12 European dates for this latest tour by Muse, and act that has continuously had to battle comparisons to the celebrated Oxford band Radiohead while seeking to create a sound of their own. Now backed by five albums released over the past eight years, Muse’s members – guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bellamy, bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and drummer Dominic Howard – had originally teamed up as teenage friends. After using a number of temporary band names during their formative years, the trio settled on Muse around 1997, two years before the release of their debut album, «Showbiz.» After generating industry buzz early on, the trio from Devon got a taste of bigger things ahead with its first major hit, «Hyper Music» from the album «Origin of Symmetry,» their second full release. Tickets, priced at 25, 40 and 50 euros, are on sale at Tickethouse (42 Panepistimiou St, Athens) and through