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These may be included within set-lists by using various templates, which are listed here.

Recordings played back as an introduction, shortly prior to Muse going on stage.


We Are the Universe

Intro Music
Name We Are the Universe (Intro)
Artist Muse
Length -
Album -
Writer/composer -
Appearance 22nd October 2009 - 28th August 2011


Version 1 (Arena gigs):


Version 2 (Stadium and festival gigs):

Consists mostly of synth arpeggios, and what seems to be a slowed down version of the synth in Uprising. A female voice speaks the following:
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  • We are

    the universe observing itself observing itself

    We are the universe observing itself observing itself

    We are the universe observing itself observing itself

    We are the universe destroying itself destroying itself destroying itself

Dance of the Knights/Montagues and Capulets

Intro Music
Name Dance of the Knights (Intro)
Artist -
Length 1:44
Album H.A.A.R.P. (1)
Writer/composer Sergei Prokofiev
Appearance 16th June 2007 - 13th April 2011



Montagues and Capulets - also known as Dance of the Knights - was used as a playback introduction to Knights of Cydonia during the 2007 stadium leg. It is a classical piece with a predominant string section. You may recognise it as the theme tune to the BBC's The Apprentice. It can be seen here, along with Knights of Cydonia. You can find a live version here. (Flac format, Live at Nimes Arena)

JFK Speech

Kennedy's speech on the screen in New York
Intro Music
Name JFK Speech
Artist John F. Kennedy
Length
Album
Writer/composer
Appearance 2007



Appeared at some gigs in 2007. The visuals displayed the spoken words.

What's He Building In There

Intro Music
Name What's He Building In There
Artist Tom Waits
Length
Album
Writer/composer
Appearance 2001; August 26th 2011, August 28th, 2011



The whole song is originally from Tom Waits, and it described his noisy neighbours he had. The intro was, most notably, used by Muse on their Hullabaloo gig and also at their Reading and Leeds gigs.
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  • What's he building in there?

    What the hell is he building In there? He has subscriptions to those Magazines... He never Waves when he goes by He's hiding something from The rest of us... He's all To himself... I think I know Why... He took down the Tire swing from the Peppertree He has no children of his Own you see... He has no dog And he has no friends and His lawn is dying... and What about all those packages He sends. What's he building in there? With that hook light On the stairs. What's he building In there... I'll tell you one thing He's not building a playhouse for The children what's he building In there?

    Now what's that sound from under the door? He's pounding nails into a Hardwood floor... and I Swear to god I heard someone Moaning low... and I keep Seeing the blue light of a T.V. show... He has a router And a table saw... and you Won't believe what Mr. Sticha saw There's poison underneath the sink Of course... But there's also Enough formaldehyde to choke A horse... What's he building In there. What the hell is he Building in there? I heard he Has an ex-wife in some place Called Mayors Income, Tennessee And he used to have a consulting business in Indonesia... but what is he building in there? What the hell is building in there?

    He has no friends But he gets a lot of mail I'll bet he spent a little Time in jail... I heard he was up on the Roof last night Signaling with a flashlight And what's that tune he's Always whistling... What's he building in there? What's he building in there?

    We have a right to know...

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Intro Music
Name The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics
Artist Muse/Katie Razzall
Length
Album
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2013



The intro was specially made for Muse's Summer Stadium tour, it features a speech about the 2nd law of thermodynamics, followed by a robot voice saying "Unsustainable" and an explosion. Everything, except the explosion and the background noises are excerpts from the song The 2nd Law: Unsustainable. After the intro, the band start playing Supremacy.
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  • All natural and technological processes

    proceed in such a way that the availability of the remaining energy decreases.

    In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves an isolated system, the entropy of that system increases

    Energy continuously flows from being concentrated to becoming dispersed, spread out, wasted and useless.

    New energy cannot be created and high-grade energy is being destroyed.

    An economy based on endless growth is

    Unsustainable