Like Matthew Bellamy, Jeff Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and son of a famous musician (Tim Buckley). Both Buckley and Bellamy were blessed with incredible vocal range and their outstanding falsettos are a crucial part of their music. It is because of these kinds of similarities that people make comparisons between the two artists. Interestingly, Bellamy and Buckley also have the same number of letters in each of their 3 names (Matthew James Bellamy / Jeffrey Scott Buckley).
Jeff Buckley only released one completed studio album, the critically acclaimed Grace in 1994, before he tragically drowned while swimming in Wolf River in 1997. In 1994, Bellamy saw Buckley live at the Reading Festival and twelve years later, in 2006, Muse headlined the festival.
- In an early radio interview in France, Matt played the intro of one of Jeff Buckley's most famous songs, "Grace," on the acoustic guitar that Matt had with him in the radio studio.
- In a 2005 interview in Keyboard Magazine, Bellamy discussed how Buckley influenced his vocal style, stating that "Back then, it wasn’t really cool to sing falsetto because Nirvana and all that stuff was in. We saw Jeff Buckley do a concert, though, and he wasn’t scared to be a high-voiced male. I think that helped me open up and not be afraid to use a more expressive and emotional vocal style.” 
- In July of 1999 Matt Bellamy listed Jeff Buckley as one of his "5 all time favorite musicians." 
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