Stadium-rockers still insist they would never charge Rolling Stones prices
Patrick Davies

15:09 23rd October 2012

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Muse often fail to break even from their extensive touring - but admit that they still refuse to increase ticket prices.

The band revealed that the massive costs they incur from their extravagant live shows are not always offset by ticket revenues.

Muse insist - just days after some Rolling Stones fans expressed anger at astronomical  ticket prices - that they would never make tickets unaffordable for fans, regardless of costs.

Bassist Christopher Wolstenholme told the Daily Star: "We've always tried to keep prices as low as we can so people can come and watch us.

"What's reasonable for one person isn't reasonable to another, but there really is only so much money a band needs."

Muse: Taking their elaborate stage show to Paris in 2009.

The band will embark on their latest arena tour tomorrow, and Wolstenholme went on to explain that the profits from tours could be significantly increased if Muse were to 'scale down' their live show. But he made it clear this is not something that the band have ever considered.

He added: "It's important to make some money but we don't always break even because the most important thing is to go out and play live.

"We could earn more if we wanted to by cutting production costs, but it's not about that."

Like The Rolling Stones' gigs at London's O2 Arena in November, Muse's latest string of dates are 'all-seated' events.

Muse tickets range from £32.45 to £60.50 - whereas tickets for The Rolling Stones, which sold out in just seven minutes, ranged from £100 to £375.

Perhaps one of the greatest advocators of the outlandish live show is Muse drummer, and self-confessed sci-fi enthusiast, Dom Howard.

He explained: "Last tour we got taken away by alien spacecraft on stage.

"This year we get eaten by aliens, quite literally."

The news comes after The 2nd Law stars picked up the award for Best Band in the World Today at yesterday's Q Awards.

Muse kick off their latest series of arena dates at Glasgow's SECC tomorrow.

See details of the the full tour below. For more information visit Gigwise tickets.

October 24th- Glasgow SECC
October 26th- London O2 Arena
October 27th- London O2 Arena
October 30th- Birmingham LG Arena
November 1st- Manchester Arena

Watch the video for Muse hit 'Madness' below:

In photos: Muse - A Supermassive Live Tribute

  • Muse frontman Matt Bellamy at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards at The Point, Dublin, in 2002.

  • Muse frontman Matt Bellamy at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset in 2004.

  • Chris Wolstenholme from Muse performing at the Greek Theatre Los Angeles, California in 2006.

  • Drummer Dominic Howard from Muse performing at the Greek Theatre Los Angeles, California in 2006.

  • Muse frontman Matt Bellamy

  • Matt Bellamy of Muse performing at Wembley Arena London, England in 2006.

  • Chris Wolstenholme from Muse performing at Wembley Arena in 2006.

  • Muse prepare to launch their first gigs at Wembley Stadium in 2007.

  • Muse frontman Matt Bellamy at the Isle of Wight festival in 2007.

  • Matt Bellamy of Muse performs at Rock am Ring at Nuerburgring Adenau, Germany, in 2007.

  • Matthew Bellamy of Muse performing at TCT - The Teenage Cancer Trust concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London in 2008.

  • Dominic Howard of Muse performing live at the Big Day Out music festival Adelaide, Australia in 2010.

  • Matt Bellamy of Muse

  • Matt Bellamy of Muse at Big Day Out 2010 in Australia.

  • Matt Bellamy of Muse

  • Muse Rock in Rio Lisboa at Parque da Bela Vista in 2010.

  • Matt Bellamy of Muse performing at the 2010 Fuji Rock Festival in Japan Niigata

  • Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard of Muse at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan in 2010

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