In space, no one can hear you scream. But they can listen to music at the request of certain bands.
When British astronaut Tim Peake was blasted off into space, Muse tweeted him asking what their 2006 clap-along ‘Starlight‘ sounded like in orbit. Despite probably having better things to do with his time, Tim obliged and let the band know that it, “Sounded great on Earth, but even better in orbit!”
We can’t help but feel the lyrical content “Far away/This ship has taken me far away/Far away from the memories/Of the people who care if I live or die,” might be a little crass considering Tim has to spend the next five months floating 250 miles above the surface of the Earth but hey, what do we know. We’re not astronauts.
.@muse Sounded great on Earth, but even better in orbit!
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 3, 2016
This isn’t the first time Muse have threatened to go stratospheric. Back in 2011 Matt Bellamy divulged to The Sun (sorry) “We’ve had some discussions about playing in space. Sometimes very coherent conversations and sometimes very late at night, but it’s for real.”
“I’m thinking of approaching Richard Branson to see if we could do it on his [Virgin Galactic] spacecraft he’s got happening. Although we do have a lot of equipment, so I guess we’d have to use pods to carry our stuff and we’d scale back the shows a lot.
“I do think it will be possible in the future and I’m sure it will happen in my lifetime. We’d love to be part of that.”
Bassist Chris Wolstenholme, usually the voice of reason, shared a similar desire to take the band skywards in 2012. “Hopefully we’ll be the first band to play in space. It’s been talked about quite a bit and I’m intrigued to find out if gravity allows you to play. It would probably be some stripped back, acoustic thing but I really think it will happen.”
If you want to see Muse a little closer to home, they tour the UK in April.
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