Riffs and jams

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Adagio for Strings Snippet

Riff or jam
Name Adagio for Strings Snippet
Artist Samuel Barber
Writer/composer Samuel Barber
Appearance 9th April 2011

Adagio in G minor

Riff or jam
Name Adagio in G minor
Artist Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Writer/composer Remo Giazotto
Appearance 2006, 2010

Adagio in G minor was actually composed by Remo Giazotto based on Albinoni's Sonata in G minor. A fragment of the Sonata was found admist the ruins of the Saxon State Library, Dresden, bombed by the Allies in World War II.[1] While the piece was not actually written by Albinoni, it is commonly attributed to him. It was played as a short jam before Time Is Running Out on the earlier half of the 2006 tour. This arrangement featured Bellamy's Kaoss Pad, with Wolstenholme playing single notes on bass, and no percussion. This made its return when Matt got his doubleneck Manson guitar. Currently he plays this as in the intro to Resistance with the top neck. This can be seen in the footage of Resistance at Glastonbury 2010. The piece is transposed to A minor, the key of Resistance, for live performances.

Adagio sostenuto

Riff or jam
Name Piano Interlude (Adagio Sostenuto)
Artist Muse
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Appearance 22nd November 2003, 2nd April 2010

A short section of the second movement of Rachmaninov's piano concert № 2. The piano outro in "Neutron Star Collision" sounds very similar to the piano that is played beginning at :25 when the riff gets louder.

EDIT: Adagio Sostenuto means 'Sustained & At Ease' and is the tempo and name of many classical pieces, not just Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. The piece played at the Seattle gig is indeed the piece played at the end of Neutron Star Collision, but is not taken from Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. It is only similar in it's tempo and pace. The piece is pretty much written by Matthew Bellamy.

Asturias

Riff or jam
Name Asturias
Artist Isaac Albeniz
Writer/composer Isaac Albeniz
Appearance 13 August 2008 - 20th May 2011

This first appeared at the gig at Marlay park, Dublin as an intro to Time Is Running Out

Blue Valentine

Riff or jam
Name Blue Valentine
Artist Tom Waits
Writer/composer Tom Waits
Appearance 21th September 2007

Blue Valentine was played on the tour of 2007, after playing Whole Lotta Love and Jimmy Jam,also playing in Olaïve Interview.

Bombtrack

Riff or jam
Name Bombtrack
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 2008

Played as an outro to Bliss with Whole Lotta Love at Royal Albert Hall 2008

Bored‎

Riff or jam
Name Bored‎
Artist Deftones
Writer/composer Deftones
Appearance 28th September 2010, 30 July 2011

Bulls on Parade

Riff or jam
Name Bulls on Parade
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 8th April 2001

Played once at Nottingham Rock City in 2001.

Burning Bridges riff (aka Irish riff)

Riff or jam
Name Burning Bridges
Artist Status Quo
Writer/composer Francis Rossi
Appearance August 22nd 2006 - March 5th 2010, 30 July 2011

This riff is from the song "Burning Bridges" by Status Quo from the album Ain't Complaining released in 1988. Occasionally played before "Plug In Baby" during Black Holes and Revelations tour and during The Resistance tour. This riff was first played live at the Eden Project, August 22 2006 (watch).

Close Encounters riff

Riff or jam
Name Close Encounters
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance June 16th 2007 - April 12th 2008

Sometimes played before "Knights of Cydonia", it made its debut during the first night at Wembley Stadium. Named after its similarity to the motif used to contact extraterrestrial life in the 1977 Steven Spielberg film 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'.

Drum and Bass/Bass Jam

Riff or jam
Name Drum and Bass
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 16th May 2000 (early version) - August 17th 2008

Also dubbed by fans as "Osaka Jam" because of a soundcheck video played before an Osaka gig (Club Quattro 2004), this jam has a similar sound to the "Futurism" bassline. The first known play of an early version of this jam was on the 16th of May 2000. It was played during technical difficulties in the past. At the Royal Albert Hall 2008 TCT gig it was played whilst Matthew Bellamy returned from the organ after "Megalomania", who joined Wolstenholme and Howard for the last part of the jam. Since Arena Monterrey 2008, it has appeared on set lists as "Bass Jam" or "Drum and Bass"[2] and appeared on set lists at most gigs in 2008.

El Scorcho

Riff or jam
Name El Scorcho
Artist Weezer
Writer/composer Weezer
Appearance 26th October 2010

Endless Nameless

Riff or jam
Name Endless Nameless
Artist Nirvana
Writer/composer Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl.
Appearance 2nd April 2010, 5th June 2010

Enter Sandman

Riff or jam
Name Enter Sandman
Artist Metallica
Writer/composer James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich
Appearance 14th April 2010

Entrance of the Gladiators

Riff or jam
Name Entrance of the Gladiators, Thunder and Blazes
Artist Louis-Phillipe Laurendeau
Writer/composer Julius Fučík
Appearance 24th August 2002 - 23rd November 2007

Originally a military march composed in composed in 1897 by the Czech composer Julius Fučík, and later rearranged for a smaller band in 1910 by Canadian composer Louis-Phillipe Laurendeau. It was played a few gigs between 2002 and 2007.

Etude Op.10,No.1

Riff or jam
Name Etude Op.10,No.1
Artist Frédéric Chopin
Writer/composer Frédéric Chopin
Appearance 16th June 2007 - 23rd June 2007

Études Simples #6

Riff or jam
Name Études Simples #6
Artist Leo Brouwer
Writer/composer Leo Brouwer
Appearance 16th June 2007, 24th October 2009 , 8th June 2010[

Composed by Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor Leo Brouwer, Études Simples #6 was played before Unintended at the Wembley Stadium gigs in 2007.

Fire

Riff or jam
Name Fire
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Writer/composer Jimi Hendrix
Appearance 21st October 2007

Freedom

Riff or jam
Name Freedom
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 4th April 2001 - 13th December 2013

‎ Frequently played on The 2nd Law Tour as a closing outro before the encore.

Hangar 18

Riff or jam
Name Hangar 18
Artist Megadeth
Writer/composer Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson, Nick Menza
Appearance April 12th 2008, 3rd April 2010

An instrumental piece of the song was played for the first time at London Royal Albert Hall, before "Stockholm Syndrome".

Headup

Riff or jam
Name Headup
Artist Deftones
Writer/composer Max Cavalera, Chino Moreno
Appearance April 12th 2008

An instrumental segment was first played as an outro to "New Born" for the 2008 Royal Albert Hall gig and then later at Rock in Rio 2008. It has also been used as an outro to New Born for the US leg of The Resistance Tour.

Heartbreaker

Riff or jam
Name Heartbreaker
Artist Led Zeppelin
Writer/composer John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Appearance 2004 - 2010

Sometimes played before Butterflies & Hurricanes or Time Is Running Out such as at Glastonbury Festival 2004 (watch). A slightly modified version was co-opted into the collaborative song "Who Knows Who" with The Streets, and indeed may have replaced from the original "Heartbreaker" riff in set lists.

Helsinki Jam

Riff or jam
Name Helsinki Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance October 22nd 2009 -

Dubbed by the fans after it's first appearance on the first gig of The Resistance Tour in Helsinki, the Helsinki Jam is a re-occurring Drum and Bass jam in The Resistance Tour. It is slightly similar to the Osaka Jam and is often played before Undisclosed Desires. During the jam, Chris stands on Dom's rising, spinning podium of the three-towered stage design.[3] For the 9th November gig at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland, Chris and Dom were joined by a kilted bagpiper named Count Taylor who was standing on another of the podiums, playing an additional part. The Pro-Shot video of the performance was released by Muse as a Christmas Present.

How I Could Just Kill a Man

Riff or jam
Name How I Could Just Kill a Man
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Cypress Hill
Appearance 8th April 2001

Played at Nottingham Rock City in 2001

Il Mercenario (L'Arena)

Riff or jam
Name Il Mercenario (L'Arena)
Artist Ennio Morricone
Writer/composer Ennio Morricone
Appearance 2010

Il Mercenario (L'Arena) is the main theme tune for the Sergio Corbucci Spaghetti Western, The Mercenary, composed by Ennio Morricone. It was played by Matt during the US leg of The Resistance tour in 2010 as an introduction to Time Is Running Out. It can be heard here from the Seattle KeyArena gig in 2010.

I Want to Break Free

Riff or jam
Name I Want to Break Free
Artist Queen
Writer/composer John Deacon
Appearance June 7th 2006 - July 16th 2008

Occasionally played before "Knights of Cydonia" The "Knights of Cydonia" music video pays tribute to the video of "I Want to Break Free", with Bellamy's arm gestures echoing those of Freddie Mercury.

Jimmy Jam

Riff or jam
Name Jimmy Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2001 - 2010

Occasionally played before or after "Cave" during Origin of Symmetry tour (eg. Saint-Malo Route du Rock 2001 (watch)) and more often during the Black Holes and Revelations tour before "Time Is Running Out" with more improvisation than before (eg. Seattle KeyArena 2007 (watch)). In the beginning of the Black Holes and Revelations tour, it was occasionally played before "Starlight" as well, but in a lower key (eg. Reading 2006 (watch)). On July the 5th 2010 it was played as an outro to "Time Is Running Out" at the band´s premiere in the Czech Republic at the Rock For People Festival The name is probably due to similarity of its bassline to that of "Jimmy Kane." The main riff is also very similar to one in Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." This piece is listed as "Improv" in the HAARP tracklist.

Kaoss Jam

Riff or jam
Name Kaoss Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Appearance 2006 - 2007, 2010, 30 July 2011

An instrumental jam making heavy use of the Kaoss Pad, played at a few gigs in 2006 and 2007. A newer Kaoss Jam was used at a number of festival gigs in 2010, introducing Supermassive Black Hole, and first debuting at Werchter.

Killing in the Name

Riff or jam
Name Killing in the Name
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 2006,2010

Killing in the Name is a song written by alternative metal band Rage Against the Machine, one of Muse's strongest influences. It appears on their 1992 eponymous debut album. The main riff of this song has been played live by Muse during the Black Holes and Revelations European tour.

Laura Palmer's Theme

Riff or jam
Name Laura Palmer's Theme
Artist Twin Peaks
Writer/composer Angelo Badalamenti
Appearance Autumn 2006

A piano interlude occasionally played before "Sunburn" during Autumn 2006 such as at Nashville War Memorial Auditorium. Comes from Bellamy's love of Twin Peaks. During the Autumn 2006 tour of U.S.A. Muse watched DVDs of Twin Peaks on the tour bus. It is around this time that Matt used the music of 'Laura Palmer's Theme' as a Piano Interlude played before Sunburn. The original can be heard here.

Maggie's Farm

Riff or jam
Name Maggie's Farm
Artist Rage Against the Machine and Bob Dylan
Writer/composer Bob Dylan
Appearance 2003 - 2010, 30 July 2011

It was used as an instrumental by Muse live during the Absolution tour, and is now a staple outro for "Map of the Problematique". Watch it here, played at Wembley 2006.

Man with a Harmonica

Riff or jam
Name Man with a Harmonica
Artist Ennio Morricone
Writer/composer Ennio Morricone
Appearance August 13th 2008 -

Originally appeared on the soundtrack for Once Upon a Time In The West. First played at Dublin's Marlay Park in August 2008 as an intro to "Knights of Cydonia". Chris plays the harmonica part, with Matt playing the guitar part.

Microphone Fiend

Riff or jam
Name Microphone Fiend
Artist Rage Against the Machine - Rakim and Eric B
Writer/composer Rakim and Eric B
Appearance May 26th 2007, 11th April 2010, 5th July 2010

Used by Muse as an instrumental riff after "New Born" on the Black Holes and Revelations tour since Esch-Alzette Rockhal 2007. Since Pinkpop 2007 the "Ashamed" outro has also been played after the Microphone Fiend riff.

Misirlou

Riff or jam
Name Misirlou
Artist Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
Writer/composer Traditional
Appearance 9th August 2007

Played once at the Fairfax Patriot Center in 2007 before Man of Mystery.

MK Jam

Riff or jam
Name {{{Name}}}
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2nd June 2010 - 11th October 2010

First rehearsed at the Milton Keynes Bowl before the stadium leg of The Resistance Tour, it was initially dubbed the MK Jam but is also referred to as the Wankdorf Jam due to its public debut in the Wankdorf Stadium Bern Stade de Suisse 2010 (gig). It's being played before Undisclosed Desires in a similar way that Helsinki Jam was being played. Only played by Dom and Chris. Has got a disco-ey, metallic beat and a smooth bassline.

Montpellier Jam

Riff or jam
Name Montpellier Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 16th October 2012-13th December 2013

Named Montpellier Jam or Monty Jam, after the first city it was played in. It always preceded a piano-based song during The 2nd Law tour, most frequently Explorers, but it has also preceded United States of Eurasia, Sunburn and Feeling Good. Bears similarity to Basique by Little People.

My Own Summer (Shove It)

Riff or jam
Name My Own Summer (Shove It)
Artist Deftones
Writer/composer Deftones
Appearance 28th September 2010, 30 July 2011

Negative Creep

Riff or jam
Name Negative Creep
Artist Nirvana
Writer/composer Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl.
Appearance 2nd April 2010 , 15th August 2010, 15th July 2010

Ocean Étude Op. 25, No. 12

Riff or jam
Name Ocean Etude Op 25 No 12
Artist Frédéric Chopin
Writer/composer Frédéric Chopin
Appearance 11th August 2001

People of the Sun

Riff or jam
Name People of the Sun
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 2007 - 11th September 2010

Occasionally used as an intro during Hysteria

Peter Gunn Theme

Riff or jam
Name Peter Gunn Theme
Artist Henry Mancini
Writer/composer Henry Mancini
Appearance 19th March 2010

Power of Soul

Riff or jam
Name Power of Soul
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Writer/composer Jimi Hendrix
Appearance 2001 - 2010

Pre-Sunburn riff

Riff or jam
Name Pre-Sunburn riff
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2000 - 2007

Usually played before "Sunburn" during Showbiz tour around 2000 (eg. Bizarre Festival 2000 (watch)). Played less often during Absolution tour (London Islington Carling Academy 2003, after "Bliss"). Reappeared in late-2007, being played after "Map of the Problematique" (Sydney Entertainment Centre 2007 (watch)), albeit in a lower key (due to different tuning). The 'solo' was done with the Whammy pedal during the Showbiz tour, and was done with the Kaoss Pad for the latter part of the Black Holes and Revelations tour. The riff sounds somewhat similar to that of "Gratitude" by the Beastie Boys. It is also said to be Tom Morello influenced.

Prelude in B flat

Riff or jam
Name Prelude in B flat
Artist Sergei Rachmaninov
Writer/composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Appearance 2001

Prelude in C sharp minor

Riff or jam
Name Prelude in C sharp minor
Artist Sergei Rachmaninov
Writer/composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Appearance 2001

Prelude in G minor

Riff or jam
Name Prelude in G minor
Artist Sergei Rachmaninov
Writer/composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Appearance 2001

Revolver

Riff or jam
Name Revolver
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 9th April 2001, 2006, 30 July 2011

Played in 2001 as an introduction to Unintended and used occasionally in 2006 as the solo in Supermassive Black Hole, like at Paris Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 2006 - 15th.

School

Riff or jam
Name School
Artist Nirvana
Writer/composer Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl.
Appearance 31st January 2010, 2nd April 2010

The Star-Spangled Banner

Riff or jam
Name The Star-Spangled Banner
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Writer/composer Francis Scott Key
Appearance 9th December 2007, 19th March 2010, 29th October 2010

Study n°7

Riff or jam
Name Study n°7
Artist Heitor Villa-Lobos
Writer/composer Heitor Villa-Lobos
Appearance 28th October 2001


The Fly

Riff or jam
Name The Fly
Artist U2
Writer/composer U2
Appearance 9th April 2011

Testify

Riff or jam
Name Testify
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 1st April 2010,

The intro was played in place of the closing Hysteria riff at the Vancouver gig.

Too Many Puppies

Riff or jam
Name Too Many Puppies
Artist Primus
Writer/composer Primus
Appearance 29th October 2010

Township Rebellion

Riff or jam
Name Township Rebellion
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 2001 - 2010

The outro of the song is sometimes played as an outro after "Stockholm Syndrome". Township Rebellion's outro was also played as an intro before "Stockholm Syndrome" at MEN 2006. On July the 5th 2010 it was played as an outro to "Uprising" at the band´s premiere in the Czech Republic at the Rock For People Festival. On May 27th it was played as an outro to "Mk Ultra" at Rock in Rio Lisboa 2010. The main riff of the song was performed at Vieilles Charrues, 15th July 2010 as an intro to Uprising.

Undone - The Sweater Song

Riff or jam
Name Undone - The Sweater Song
Artist Weezer
Writer/composer Weezer
Appearance 9th January 2010 - 26th October 2010

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Riff or jam
Name Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Writer/composer Jimi Hendrix
Appearance 12th April 2008, 1st April 2010

Played before Time is Running Out at Royal Albert Hall 2008. Also performed at the concerts at The Den in September 2009.

Vuilstamen Riff

Riff or jam
Name Vuilstamen Riff
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2001, 15th July 2010, 8th October 2010

Played sometimes in 2001 like at Saint-Malo Route du Rock 2001. Played before Starlight at Oklahoma City, 8th October 2010 and also performed at Vieilles Charrues, 15th July 2010 with the Micro Cuts outro as an intro to Stockholm Syndrome.

War Within a Breath

Riff or jam
Name War Within a Breath
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Tom Morello
Appearance 19th October 2007, 4th September 2010

Whole Lotta Love

Riff or jam
Name Whole Lotta Love
Artist Led Zeppelin
Writer/composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Willie Dixon
Appearance 2007 - April 12th 2008

"Whole Lotta Love" is the first track on Led Zeppelin's 1969 album Led Zeppelin II. The song has often been played as an instrumental before Time Is Running Out in the latter half of 2007.

YYZ

Riff or jam
Name YYZ
Artist Rush
Writer/composer Geddy Lee, Neil Peart
Appearance 8th March 2010, 1st April 2010

Used occasionally during the Resistance tour in Canada as an outro riff to Plug In Baby and New Born. As said in an interview with Vancouver radio station The Fox 99.3, Matt said this was one of the first riffs he ever learned to play on the guitar.

See also

References

  1. (Accessed March 30 2008). [Background info on piece]. Wikipedia. Retrieved from wikipedia.org.
  2. [Monterrey Arena 2008 set list]. [verify]
  3. watch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=593z7lVWBE8