Matt Bellamy, lead singer of UK prog-rock power trio Muse (and something of a noted conspiracy theorist) recently chastised popular conservative personality Glenn Beck for using the band’s song “Uprising” in YouTube video commentaries.
“In the US the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try to take down people like Obama and put forward rightwing libertarianism,” Bellamy said to the Guardian. “‘Uprising’ was requested by so many politicians in America for use in their rallies and we turned them down on a regular basis.”
Now Beck has fired back at Bellamy with a lengthy letter on his blog, telling the Muse singer, “As uncomfortable as it might be for you, I will still play your songs loudly.
“To me your songs are anthems that beg for choruses of unity and pose the fundamental question facing the world today – can man rule himself?” Beck continued.” …Matthew, I realize that converts are pretty hard to come by when the stakes are so high and the spotlight so bright, but I thank you for singing words that resonate with man in his struggle to be free.”
Beck signs off his letter wishing the good luck with their new album, The 2nd Law, which was released this week. Muse is set to appear on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this weekend (October 6) with host Daniel Craig.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local