Paramotor

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Matt's Paramotor at the back
Paramotor

Matthew Bellamy bought a paramotor during the Showbiz tour,[source?] apparently by impulse purchase and costing £6,000,[1] though he recalled in 2008 that it cost around £10,000.[2] He was inspired to buy it from an opponent flying into a boxing match with Mike Tyson.[2] The paramotor was one of Bellamy's first high-priced purchases using the band's royalty payments.[3] The engine apparently is 50cc.[2]

Though he claimed to be learning how to use it[4] and that he'd nearly obtained his licence in the former half of 2000[3] in his 2008 recollection he said he had used it only once, but keeps meaning to learn.[2] It seems that he did arrange some lessons,[5] so the time he did fly it probably was one of those.

Before it was apparent Muse were going to have commercial success as a band, Bellamy planned to use the paramotor to fly over sports matches with advertisement banners. He apparently was approached with an offer of £500 for filming aerial shots of a football match, but by that time Muse were doing well enough financially and so he didn't accept the offer.[6]

Although the device is a powered paraglider, it was dubbed a jet pack. This is a source of confusion, as some people are lead to believe it is a jet or rocket propelled backpack.

References

  1. Laura '~screenager~. (2005-11-16). [Forum post]. Muse forum. Retrieved 2008-04-07 from board.muse.mu.
  2. a b c d David Roy. (2008-04-04). Live Inspiration. The Irish News. Retrieved 2008-04-06. [verify]
  3. a b In a Chickenshit World, A Band You Can Trust (2000-05). Select. [verify]
  4. (2000-06). [Interview with Matthew Bellamy]. Juice Magazine. [verify]
  5. Ben Mitchell. (2006-09). 'Maybe I'm Borderline Schizophrenic.'. Q, 242, 56–60. Retrieved 2006-08-03. [verify]
  6. Colin Murray. (2006-10-05). [Interview]. BBC Radio 1. [verify]


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