English rock band Muse spotted on streets of Shibuya

English rock band Muse spotted on streets of Shibuya


Arriving in Japan late last week for two gigs, English band Muse – whose tracks have been featured on comedian-cum-doodler Tekken’s videos on multiple occasions – decided to let their hair down and take a walk through the streets of Tokyo.

Dressed, as one Japanese Twitter user comments, “like flamingoes,” however, they stuck out like a sore thumb and were soon snapped by fans and confused passers-by alike. Amateur photography and excited quotes a-plenty after the jump.

“I was out in Shibuya center last night at around 5:30 p.m. when I saw Matthew from Muse,” writes Twitter user @arufure. “Well, I think it was him; dressed like a flamingo, he was busy taking video…”

The band’s presence in the city was confirmed almost immediately by another user who wrote “The guys from the band Muse just appeared out of a side-street in Shibuya!” followed soon after by @Nelly_96ciel who laments having taken a shot of the band from behind but mistaking them for something altogether different:

“Aaaah! That was Muse!? I saw them in their funky outfits and thought they must have been from Cirque du Soleil!”

The rock band, hailing from Devon, England, was spotted meandering through the narrow side-streets of Shibuya’s popular izakaya Japanese pub district, but also stopped off to strike a few poses and have their photographs taken, perhaps for promotional use or simply to document their first solo visit to Japan in more than three years.

It’s lead vocalist Matthew Bellamy’s choice of footwear (photo below) that’s getting the most attention online, though, with many wondering whether his choice of shoes is somehow influenced by the band’s song “Panic Station.” They certainly are a little busy, to put it mildly.

Thankfully, at least one Japanese fan had the courage to approach the guys instead of just snapping away with their phone from a safe distance. Lucky Twitter user @Shin182 posted this photo, gleefully adding: “I got Matthew Bellamy’s signature! I met the guy! Seriously, I can’t stop shaking!!!”

User @kaazuukii, meanwhile, could barely maintain their excitement on seeing the guys stroll by: “I just walked past the band Muse on the street. I was so shocked, all I had time to say was ‘Muse!’ Matthew just smiled back at me.”

Well, at least you got a smile, eh?

Source/images: NAVER まとめ

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  • 0

    Chuichi Hashimura

    I cannot go to Shibuya to see then soon!

  • 1


    I have heard of them but wouldn't recognize them on the street.

  • 1


    Didn't they make that awful official song for the Olympics?

  • -2


    Didn't they make that awful official song for the Olympics?

    We can't all be Britney.

  • 0


    I've got all of their albums... fantastic stuff. "Knights of Cydonia" is probably my favourite track.

    My first experience of them was one of their tracks used in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, then after I saw them perform at the closing ceremony I thought YES! So bought all of their albums to catch up on what I had been missing.

  • 2


    Never heard of them till a Korean student mentioned them this morning. Now I see this article confirming their existence, all in one day!

  • 3

    Carlos Godoy

    They were also spotted giving a dismal concert at Saitama super arena.

  • 3

    Ewan Huzarmy

    They don't sound so bad, from what I've heard..... but why are they dressed like total twats !

  • 0

    Ewan Huzarmy


  • -2


    Such an amazing band! Seen them live before and what a show

  • -2


    Tekken, while odd, is amazingly talented and folks should check out some of his stories on YouTube.

  • 0

    Juan Carlos Barbosa Padilla

    Protip por any occidental rock star... in a country where everyone dress weird...dress normal.. no one will notice you...

  • 0


    Prog rock from Teignmouth. Never understood the fuss myself.

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