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Muse bassist: Big gigs lack intimate vibe

Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme likes to mix up the band's performances with bigger and more intimate shows.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Muse's Chris Wolstenholme says some of the vibe "goes missing" when they play bigger gigs.

Together with Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard he makes up one of the biggest rock bands in the world, with latest album Drones reaching number one in countries including the UK and the US.

While it's brilliant they've become so famous and now play packed-out venues, Chris has some nostalgia for the more intimate shows they used to put on.

"There's definitely a vibe that starts to go missing as you play bigger venues," he admitted to Q magazine.

"But I love bigger gigs, too. I don't think we ever really imagined that we could play at Wembley stadium. To be honest, it's nice to mix it up a bit. It can start to get a bit samey if you play one type of venue."

The band have been trying to inject some variety into their performances and played at metal festival Download earlier this year (15). It's a side they have always wanted to explore.

"I thought it was great," Chris smiled. "We've always felt that there's a very heavy side to the band. Our early influences were all heavy rock bands and some of those influences still remain, so, for us, we weren't the left-field choice some people thought we were."

One festival they didn't play this year is the iconic Glastonbury. But fans who like to get muddy could potentially catch them there in 2016.

"I think we would play Glasto every year if we could!" the bassist said. "It's probably the best festival in the world. We're all hoping we get to do it on this album. It's been a while!"

Muse last played Glastonbury in 2010.

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