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His band has kicked off a world tour in support of their sixth album, The 2nd Law, and there have been a few issues. The production crew has been working out a few bugs with the set, and lead singer Matthew Bellamy was hit by a nasty flu bug just as the three-piece were playing three large shows in Los Angeles. Now Howard is feeling the ache that suggests he's coming down with it as well.

Even so, Howard is well aware that he's in a good place right now, and has no desire to give into irritability over his illness. Formed in 1994 in southern England, Muse has slowly grown to become one of the bigger stadium rock acts going, selling 15 million albums while still keeping an experimental line through each one. Tagged as progressive rock by some, Muse has played with symphonic elements, electronics, space rock and even hard rock as they've mutated ever forward.

With The 2nd Law, Muse has pushed their esthetic almost as far as it can go. Howard approvingly says that while he can still hear Muse in the album, the first three tracks "could almost have come from three entirely different bands."

Reached Friday afternoon at a hotel in Seattle, where he's booked under the name of a classic English television character, Howard is drinking liquids, watching television and resting before a concert that evening.

Q: Your bassist, Christopher Wolstenholme, was quoted as saying that he felt the band was "drawing a line under a certain period" of their career with The 2nd Law. What do you think he meant by that?

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