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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:
  • Lyrics »
  • 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 - European leg of the Drones arena tour

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) Muse started using the intro again for the EU leg of the Drones World Tour (excluding their performances in Paris) where it is used in combination with Drones, to open the sets.

JFK Speech

Kennedy's speech on the screen in New York
Intro Music
Name JFK Speech
Artist John F. Kennedy
Length 0:54 (Album Version)
Album Drones
Appearance 2007 - 2015 - 2016

Appeared as an intro at some gigs in 2007. Muse bought the rights to use the song in the album Drones as an intro to Defector with a string arrangement playing in the background. The speech was shortened as opposed to the 2007 version. It was later used as an audio filler inbetween the sets on the gigs in 2015 and 2016, being an intro to Uprising, Revolt, Reapers and Stockholm Syndrome. The visuals display the spoken words.

What's He Building?

Intro Music
Name What's He Building?
Artist Tom Waits
Appearance 2000-2001; 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
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



Intro Music
Name Drones
Artist Muse
Length 2:49
Album Drones
Writer/composer Matt Bellamy
Appearance The Drones World Tour 2015/16

The song is used as an intro for The Drones World Tour 2015/16. During the current EU leg of the tour it is opening the set in combination with Dance of the Knights.

Intro SFX

Intro Music
Name Intro SFX
Artist Muse
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance North American Summer Amphitheatre Tour 2017 - Festivals Tour 2018

The song was used as intro to gigs in 2017, where Dig Down begined entire gig. Now it's used only as opener for aforementioned song.