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0123

Riff or jam
Name 0123
Artist Original
Writer/composer Matt Bellamy
Appearance 29th August 2003 - 23rd June 2018

Listen to the audio here

A heavy yet simple riff.

The riff got its name after the fret positions of what Matt is playing on his guitar in this riff (0 being open fret and 1, 2 and 3 being first, second and third guitar fret positions). It was usually played after Stockholm Syndrome or just before the mentioned song, and it's been played ever since it's maiden performance after it's official release in 2003.

0305030 / Early Psycho 01

Riff or jam
Name 0305030 / Early Psycho 01
Artist Original
Writer/composer Matt Bellamy
Appearance 10th November 1999 - 19th April 2014 ; (Presently in Psycho)

Listen to the audio here

The riff got its name after the fret positions of what Matt is playing on his guitar in this riff (0 meaning open string, 3 and 5 meaning 3rd fret and 5th fret of his guitar). The riff was played either after Stockholm Syndrome or Map of the Problematique.

Since 2015, the riff is featured in one of Muse's songs, Psycho, from their 2015 album Drones, and is no longer played standalone.

Adagio for Strings

Riff or jam
Name Adagio for Strings
Artist Samuel Barber
Writer/composer Samuel Barber
Appearance 9th April 2011

Listen to the audio here

Adagio for Strings is a classical piece written by Samuel Barber in 1936. Muse took inspiration from it on Interlude (pre-Hysteria song). It is featured on Absolution and is played before Hysteria on each concert since the start of The Resistance tour. It features heavily distorted, delayed and reverberant bass and guitar.

As the two songs sounds similar, Muse played a tiny snippet of Adagio for Strings before transfering into Interlude on the 2011 Sao Paolo gig when they were supporting U2.

Adagio in G minor

Riff or jam
Name Adagio in G minor
Artist Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Writer/composer Remo Giazotto
Appearance 28th June 2006 - 28th August 2011

Listen to the audio here

Adagio in G minor was composed by Remo Giazotto based on Albinoni's Sonata in G minor. A fragment of the Sonata was found admist the ruins of the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany, after being bombed by the Allies in World War II.[1] While the piece was not actually written by Albinoni, it is commonly attributed to him.

Adagio in G Minor was played as a short jam before Time Is Running Out on the earlier half of the 2006 tour. This arrangement featured Bellamy's Kaoss Pad, with Wolstenholme playing single notes on delayed bass. No drums were used.

The riff/intro made it's return when Matt got his doubleneck Manson guitar in 2010. He played this as in the intro to Resistance on the top neck. An example of it can be seen in the footage of Resistance at Glastonbury 2010. The piece was transposed to A minor, the key of Resistance, for live performances.

Asturias

Riff or jam
Name Asturias (Leyenda)
Artist Isaac Albéniz
Writer/composer Isaac Albéniz
Appearance 13 August 2008 - 20th May 2011

Listen to the audio here

Asturias (Leyenda), is a musical piece composed by Spanish composer and pianist Isaac Albéniz. The piece was originally written for the piano in the key of G minor and was first published in 1892 as a prelude to a three-movement set called Chants d'Espagne. The name Asturias and it's subtitle Leyenda was given to it posthumously by German classical music publisher Friedrich Hofmeister in 1911. Despite the name, the music isn't considered suggestive of the folk music in the Spanish region of Asturias. The subtitle, Leyenda, stands for Legend.

First appearing at Dublin's Marlay Park 2008 gig, it was used as an intro to Time Is Running Out. It was last played in 2011.

Back in Black

Riff or jam
Name Back In Black
Artist AC/DC
Writer/composer Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Appearance 12th March 2010 -

Listen to the audio here

The very popular guitar riff from the song Back in Black by AC/DC from their seventh studio album of the same name, released in 1980. It was produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange.

Since 2010, the riff is commonly played after Hysteria.

Muse have also played a full cover of the song a few times. In 2010, they played it with Nic Cester on vocals at a series of Big Day Out Festival concerts between January 22nd and January 31st and again at the San Siro gig on June 8th. In 2017, they played the full song again with Brian Johnson himself at Reading Festival. More on the song itself here.

Blue Orchid

Riff or jam
Name Blue Orchid
Artist The White Stripes
Writer/composer Jack White
Appearance 16th July 2015

Listen to the audio here

Song by well-known US rock duo The White Stripes, consisting of Jack White and Meg White, from the album Get Behind Me Satan released in May 2005. it is the first track and single from the album.

A snippet of Blue Orchid was played before The Groove in at Festival Des Vieilles Charrues in 2015.

Blue Valentines

Riff or jam
Name Blue Valentines
Artist Tom Waits
Writer/composer Tom Waits
Appearance 21st September 2007

Listen to the audio here

Blue Valentines is a calm and simple song by Tom Waits from the 1978 album Blue Valentine. It features a well known blues-like guitar melody.

Matt first played a snipped of it in the Olaïve Interview in 1999 on an acoustic guitar. This guitar phrase/melody made it's first live appearance in 2007 before Time Is Runing Out with Whole Lotta Love and Jimmy Jam.

Bombtrack

Riff or jam
Name Bombtrack
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 12th April 2008

Listen to the audio here

Bombtrack is a song by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from their self-titled debut album, released in June of 1993. It is perhaps most known for it's intro riff which originally features guitar and bass playing a staccato scale.

A short snippet of it on guitar was played as an outro to Bliss together with Whole Lotta Love at the Royal Albert Hall gig in 2008.

Varation of the riff was also used in the chorus of Reapers.

Bored‎

Riff or jam
Name Bored‎
Artist Deftones
Writer/composer Deftones
Appearance 28th September 2010, 30 July 2011

Listen to the audio here

Song by Deftones, American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. It is the first track on their 1995 album Adrenaline. The song's riff features palm muted guitar.

The riff was played in 2010 during The Resistance tour at the Sacramento gig on September 28th and in 2011 at Reading Festival, before Stockholm Syndrome.

Bulls on Parade

Riff or jam
Name Bulls on Parade
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 8th April 2001

Listen to the audio here

Bulls on Parade is a song by Rage Against the Machine from the 1996 album Evil Empire.

The snippet of the song was only played once, at Nottingham Rock City in 2001, before Hate This & I'll Love You.

Burning Bridges (aka Irish riff)

Riff or jam
Name Burning Bridges
Artist Status Quo
Writer/composer Francis Rossi
Appearance August 22nd 2006 - 16th July 2017

Listen to the audio here

This riff is from the song "Burning Bridges" by Status Quo from the album Ain't Complaining released in 1988.

The riff was occasionally played before Plug In Baby during the Black Holes and Revelations and The Resistance tours. It made a return after nearly 6 years in 2015, when it was played at Manchester Academy before Supermassive Black Hole together with the Voodoo Child riff, (watch) and a year later, when it was played before Time Is Running Out at Paléo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland on July 19th, 2016, before returning back to the pre-Time Is Running Out slot at a few gigs in 2017.

The riff was first played live at the Eden Project on August 22nd 2006 (watch) and last played at the Festival d'été de Québec in Canada on July 16th, 2017.

Cherub Rock

Riff or jam
Name Cherub Rock
Artist Smashing Pumpkins
Writer/composer Billy Corgan
Appearance 9th December 2018, 12th April 2019

Listen to the audio here

A song by American rock band Smashing Pumpkins from their second album, Siamese Dream, released in 1993. The song was written by Billy Corgan and produced by Butch Vig. The song is regarded as one of their classics (as is the album on which it's on).

Muse played the riff of this song on two occasions, at the 2018 Aragon Ballroom gig and at the 2019 United Center gig, both in Chicago, where Smashing Pumpkins are from.

Close Encounters

Riff or jam
Name Close Encounters
Artist John Williams
Writer/composer John Williams
Appearance June 16th 2007 -

Listen to audio number one here

Listen to audio number two here

The riff comes from the synth motif used to contact extraterrestrial life in the 1977 Steven Spielberg film 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. (watch)

First appearing during the Black Holes and Revelations tour in 2007 (first clip), it was sometimes played as a gig intro before Knights of Cydonia. It made its debut during the first night at the 2007 Wembley Stadium gig and was played often between 2007 and 2008.

The 2007 riff returned in 2017 during the North American Summer Amphitheatre Tour, but this time it was played before Supermassive Black Hole. The Wembley version was played often up until 2019, when for the Simulation Theory World Tour, the band decided to also include a synth with the guitar, so the two passed the motif between them (second clip).

DMV

Riff or jam
Name DMV
Artist Primus
Writer/composer Primus
Appearance 28th January 2013

Listen to the audio here

DMV is a song written by Primus from their 1993 album Pork Soda. The riff (played on bass) puts heavy emphasis on tapping.

Matt played a short section of this riff amidst the end of Supermassive Black Hole at the 2013 Oakland gig, during The 2nd Law tour in USA. He played homage to Primus and their frontman Les Claypool, who was at the concert that day.

Early Neutron Star Collision

Riff or jam
Name Early Neutron Star Collision
Artist Original
Writer/composer Matt Bellamy
Appearance 22nd November 2003, 2nd April 2010 ; (Presently in Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever))

Listen to the audio here

The piece is very similar in tempo and pace to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. II however it is fully written by Bellamy.

The short piece was, in 2010, used as the piano outro to Muse's Twilight Compilation song, Neutron Star Collision.

Early Psycho 02

Riff or jam
Name Early Psycho 02
Artist Original
Writer/composer Matt Bellamy
Appearance January 12th 2013

Listen to the audio here

This riff was only played once, in Japan, when Muse played in Saitama. The riff was played before Liquid State.

This one is also used on a song called Psycho, from Muse's 2015 album Drones, where it's used in the verses.

The riff also bears resemblance to The Doors's song Roadhouse Blues.

El Scorcho

Riff or jam
Name El Scorcho
Artist Weezer
Writer/composer Weezer
Appearance 26th October 2010

Listen to the audio here

El Scorcho is a song written by Weezer from their second album Pinkerton.

Matt played a very short part of the guitar riff live in Raleigh, in 2010.

Endless Nameless

Riff or jam
Name Endless Nameless
Artist Nirvana
Writer/composer Nirvana
Appearance 1st March 2010 - 4th November 2017

Listen to the audio here

Endless Nameless is a song by American rock band Nirvana. It was featured on the original pressing of Nevermind and on later pressing it was included as it's hidden track. The song features heavily distorted guitars and bass and is pretty much based on improv and amp feedback noises, with the only real constant thing being the verses.

The riff was slightly adapted by Muse. It was played faster, with a slightly different drum beat, but the basis remained the same. Chris usually down-tuned his bass and put on a lot of fuzz, and lots of Kaoss pad noises by Morgan were used during the riff. It also bears resemblance to the Low Tune Riff.

Muse started playing the riff in 2010, being first played in Patriot Center gig in Fairfax on March 1st 2010. It became a regular since then and was played up until and were playing it up until 2011. It later made a return in 2015 and was played a couple of times after Stockholm Syndrome until 2017. It was last played at the BlizzCon 2017 gig.

The riff was usually played as a closer before the encore songs, mostly after Stockholm Syndrome.

Enter Sandman

Riff or jam
Name Enter Sandman
Artist Metallica
Writer/composer James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich
Appearance 14th April 2010, 9th March 2019

Listen to the audio here

Probably one of the most known songs written by Metallica, released as the first single from the self-titled 1991 album.

Matt played a short section of the main riff of the song on his guitar in 2010. It was played again at a couple gigs in 2018 and 2019.

Entrance of the Gladiators

Riff or jam
Name Entrance of the Gladiators / Thunder and Blazes
Artist Louis-Phillipe Laurendeau
Writer/composer Julius Fučík
Appearance 24th August 2002 - 23rd November 2007

Listen to the audio here

Entrance of the Gladiators Op. 68 or Entry of the Gladiators is a military march composed in 1897 by the Czech composer Julius Fučík. It was originally called Grande Marche Chromatique as it heavily used chromatic scales throughout the piece. It was, in 1901, rearranged for American wind bands by Canadian composer Louis-Phillipe Laurendeau under the title Thunder and Blazes, published by American publisher Carl Fischer. At this period, this march also started gaining popularity as a screamer (upbeat circus march) for circuses. Following that, Laurendeau's version was also transcribed for fairground organs.

The riff was played at a few gigs between 2002 and 2007.

Étude No. 7

Riff or jam
Name Étude No. 7
Artist Heitor Villa-Lobos
Writer/composer Heitor Villa-Lobos
Appearance 2001 (Exact date unknown)

Listen to the audio here

Étude No. 7 is a study written by Brazillian composer, conductor, cellist, pianist and guitarist Heitor Villa-Lobos. It is one of his twelve études for classical guitar, first published by Max Eschg in Paris in 1953. The first performance of this étude was in 1947 by virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist Andrés Segovia in Massachusetts. The piece is written in E-Major.

A piece of this song was performed by Bellamy in 2001. It's very likely that this song inspired Bedroom Acoustics.

Étude Op. 10, No. 1

Riff or jam
Name Étude Op. 10, No. 1
Artist Frédéric Chopin
Writer/composer Frédéric Chopin
Appearance 16th June 2007, 23rd June 2007

Listen to the audio here

Étude Op. 10, No. 1 in C Major is a study for solo piano composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1829. First published in 1833 in France, Germany and Poland it was the first piece of his Études Op. 10. This study focuses on stretching the fingers of the right hand. Piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz stated that he refuses to perform this étude in public, saying that it is the most difficult of all the études.

Played on a piano, before Sunburn, on one of their two H.A.A.R.P. gigs, before Sunburn. Also played in Paris in 2007, before Sunburn again, due to the fact that Sunburn was inspired by Chopin himself.

Étude Op. 25, No. 12

Riff or jam
Name Étude Op. 25, No. 12 (Ocean Étude)
Artist Frédéric Chopin
Writer/composer Frédéric Chopin
Appearance 11th August 2001

Listen to the audio here

Étude Op. 25, No. 12 in C-Minor is the last of Chopin's formal piano studies. It was dedicated to À Madame la Comtesse d'Agoult (Marie d'Agoult - Franco-Roman author and historian also known by her pen name Daniel Stern). It was first published in 1837 in French, German and English editions. In the first (French) edition, the time signature is 4/4 but recent editions of this piece follow the German editions which indicate cut time. The work features a series of rising and falling piano arpeggios and chord progressions. The Étude has also been given a nickname, the "Ocean", not given by Chopin himself but by others after him.

The piece was played by Bellamy in 2001, before Sunburn. In 2019, this piece was also used as the melody for the chorus of Blockades from Simulation Theory.

Études Simples No. 6

Riff or jam
Name Études Simples No. 6
Artist Leo Brouwer
Writer/composer Leo Brouwer
Appearance 16th June 2007, 24th October 2009 , 8th June 2010[

Listen to the audio here

Composed by Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor Leo Brouwer as part of his series of studies called Études Simples.

Études Simples No. 6 was first played by Bellamy at the 1999 Olaïve Interview. The first time this short snippet was played live was at the Wembley Stadium gigs in 2007 when it played before Unintended.

Execution Commentary

Riff or jam
Name Execution Commentary
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 12th July 1999 (first known) - 18th September 2017

Despite being a full song, it was never played live as whole. However, the riff was often used live as an instrumental outro after either Showbiz or Stockholm Syndrome, or as part of a number of similar outros. The first known one was played after Agitated.

The riff played is the first one of the song, not the outro.

Freedom

Riff or jam
Name Freedom
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 4th April 2001 - 9th December 2018

Listen to the audio here

Freedom is a song by Rage Against the Machine from their self-titled 1994 album.

The riff was first played in 2001. It has since then been played quite often as an outro, mostly to Drop D.

The riff was most frequently played between 2012 and 2014 on The 2nd Law Tour, as a closing outro before the encore, after Stockholm Syndrome, with Matt also singing the line 'Freedom' on a couple of gigs (as heard on the audio clip above, from their Austin City Limits Festival gig).

Since 2014, the riff has made a few appearances up until 2018.

Glasgow Jam

Riff or jam
Name Glasgow Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Chris Wolstenholme, Dom Howard
Appearance 9th November 2009, 18th April 2016

Listen to audio number one here

Listen to audio number two here

Named after Glasgow, the only city this jam has been played in (and the obvious Scottish flare it has with the bagpipes), it is a rendition of Helsinki Jam, played in a lower key together with bagpipes, played by a kilted bagpiper named Count Taylor (Tom Kirk's brother), who was standing on another of the three podiums. The 2009 Pro-Shot video of the performance was released by Muse as a 2009 Christmas Present (first clip).

The 2016 performance of it featured a slight variaton on the bass riff of the first one, allthough it retained the song structure (second clip).

Glastonbury riff

Riff or jam
Name Glastonbury riff
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 27th June 2004 - 20th September 2017

Listen to the audio here

Riff was named Glastonbury Riff because it was played (most likely) for the very first time at the Glastonbury gig in 2004.

The riff made a couple of appearances again in 2017.

On all the instances, it was played before Butterflies & Hurricanes.

Guitar Noise

Riff or jam
Name Guitar Noise
Artist Original
Writer/composer Matt Bellamy
Appearance 22nd February 2019 -

Listen to the audio here

Guitar Noise is a "riff" played as an improvisation piece using guitar and various guitar effects before Metal medley during the Simulation Theory World Tour in 2019. Sometimes the piece is a bit shorter, allthough the basis still remains the same.

It is segwayed after and preceeded by STT Interstitial 3, a short filler piece played on tape. Both are performed while the arena is fully dark and allow the crew to have enough time to set up Murph the Robot for inflation while not letting the crowd wait in silence.

It is marked on the setlists simply as "Guitar Noise".

Hangar 18

Riff or jam
Name Hangar 18
Artist Megadeth
Writer/composer Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson, Nick Menza
Appearance April 12th 2008 - 3rd April 2010

Listen to the riff here

Hangar 18 is a song by American heavy metal band Megadeth from their 1990 album Rust in Peace. The lyrics of the song are based on either the UFO conspiracy theories or the 1980 sci-fi action movie of the same name (Hangar 18), based on these theories.

An instrumental piece of the song was played for the first time at London Royal Albert Hall in April of 2008, before Stockholm Syndrome. It made a slight return in 2010, when it was played a couple of times during the US leg of The Resistance tour, again before Stockholm Syndrome.

Headup

Riff or jam
Name Headup
Artist Deftones
Writer/composer Deftones, Max Cavalera
Appearance April 12th 2008 -

Listen to the audio here

Headup is a song by Sacramento-based alternative metal band Deftones from the 1997 album Around the Fur. It was written by Deftones and Max Cavalera, Brazillian singer, guitarist and songwriter from bands such as Sepultura and Soulfly.

An instrumental segment was first played as an outro to New Born for the 2008 Royal Albert Hall gig and then later at Rock in Rio 2008.

Since 2010, it has regularly been played as an outro to New Born, being played most of the times after the song. At the 2019 Sacramento gig, an extended version of the riff was played as a tribute to Deftones.

Heartbreaker

Riff or jam
Name Heartbreaker
Artist Led Zeppelin
Writer/composer Led Zeppelin
Appearance 12th June 2004 - 23rd June 2018

Listen to the audio here

Heartbreaker is a song from English rock band Led Zeppelin, from their 1969 album, Led Zeppelin II. The guitar features probably one of the most known classic guitar riffs.

The riff was sometimes played before Butterflies & Hurricanes or Time Is Running Out such as at Glastonbury Festival 2004 (watch).

A slightly modified version was co-opted into the collaborative song Who Knows Who with The Streets, the heavy riff of which is also performed live.

Helsinki Jam

Riff or jam
Name Helsinki Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Chris Wolstenholme, Dom Howard
Appearance October 22nd 2009 - 24th February 2018

Listen to the audio here

The second ever drum and bass jam and a follow-up to Osaka Jam. Similar to all the drum and bass jams, dubbed by the fans after it's first appearance on the first gig of The Resistance Tour in Helsinki, the Helsinki Jam is a re-occurring Drum and Bass jam in The Resistance Tour. It is similar to the Osaka Jam and was often played before Undisclosed Desires

During the performance of the jam during The Resistance's arena tour, Chris stands on Dom's rising, spinning podium of the three-towered stage design.(watch).

Helsinki Jam also has a modified version, the Glasgow Jam, which was played at the 2010 and 2016 Glasgow gigs and featured an additional bagpipe player, Count Taylor, standing on another of the three podiums.

The jam made it's surprise and (so far) final appearance at the Paris by-request show in February of 2018, almost seven years after it was last played.

Houston Jam

Riff or jam
Name Houston Jam / Frankenstein Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance February 22nd 2019 -

Listen to the audio here

The latest of the drum and bass jams, dubbed by Houston, the city it was first performed in.

The jam's also called the Frankenstein Jam, as it's a mashup of three riffs; Futurism, Unnatural Selection and Micro Cuts. It's played during the Simulation Theory Tour before Take a Bow.

The effects that Chris uses on this jam are very similar as Mike Kerr's from Royal Blood, meaning it sounds like bass and guitar playing together. That way, he can play all the riffs in the jam as if all three were playing it.

How I Could Just Kill a Man

Riff or jam
Name How I Could Just Kill a Man
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Cypress Hill
Appearance 8th April 2001

Listen to the audio here

How I Could Just Kill a Man is originally a song by hip hop group Cypress Hill from their debut self-titled album released in 1990. The song was covered and features Cypres Hill themselves in 2000 by Rage Against the Machine and it features on their cover album Renegades.

The riff of the RATM version was played at the Nottingham Rock City gig in 2001 before Unintended.

Il Mercenario (L'Arena)

Riff or jam
Name Il Mercenario (L'Arena)
Artist Ennio Morricone
Writer/composer Ennio Morricone
Appearance 1st April 2010 - 27th May 2010

Listen to the audio here

Il Mercenario (L'Arena) is the main theme song for Sergio Corbucci's Spaghetti Western, The Mercenary, composed by Ennio Morricone. In the first half, the song features a whistling man, sound effects representing revolver shoot-outs and a slow string melody. In the second half, when the trumpet joins, it evolves into a slow marching song.

The whistling part was played by Matt during a couple of gigs during the US leg of The Resistance tour in 2010 as an intro to Time Is Running Out. It can be heard in the clip above, from the Seattle KeyArena gig.

The riff is also dubbed by fans as 'The Whistle Boy riff' and sometimes even 'The Globalist intro', as a variation on this song was also used in The Globalist from the 2015 album Drones.

Immigrant Song

Riff or jam
Name Immigrant Song
Artist Led Zeppelin
Writer/composer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Appearance 8th April 2019, 10th April 2019

Listen to the audio here

A 1970 song by Led Zeppelin from their third album, Led Zeppelin III. The song was written during Led Zeppelin's tour of Iceland, Bath and Germany in 1970. The opening date of the tour in Reykjavik inspired vocalist Robert Plant to write the lyrics. Six days later, the band performed the song for the first time in Bath, England.

Muse played the intro riff before Time Is Running Out at two consecutive dates in New York and Boston in April of 2019.

I Want to Break Free

Riff or jam
Name I Want to Break Free
Artist Queen
Writer/composer John Deacon
Appearance June 7th 2006 - July 16th 2008

Listen to the audio here

I Want to Break Free is one of the most known songs by English rock band Queen, written by former bassist John Deacon. It featured in the 1984 album The Works and features emphasis on 80s synth and drum machines. It also features a thick fuzzy guitar solo.

A rough I Want to Break Free jam was occasionally played before Knights of Cydonia (Such as here) during the Black Holes and Revelations tour between 2006 and 2008.

Additionally, the Knights of Cydonia music video pays tribute to the video of I Want to Break Free, with Bellamy's arm gestures echoing those of Freddie Mercury.

Jerry Was a Race Car Driver

Riff or jam
Name Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
Artist Primus
Writer/composer Primus
Appearance 6th August 2011, 28th January 2013

Listen to the audio here

Jerry Was a Race Car Driver is a song written by Primus from the 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese. It is regarded as one of Primus's classic songs.

Bellamy played the riff at Kansrocksas festival in 2011, followed by a short take at DMV (also by Primus). The riff was played again at Oakland's Oracle Arena in 2013, as an outro to Supermassive Black Hole.

Jimmy Jam

Riff or jam
Name Jimmy Jam / Improv
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2001 (Exact date unknown) - 9th March 2019

Listen to the audio here

Original Jimi Hendrix-inspired riff, occasionally played before or after "Cave" during Origin of Symmetry tour (eg. Saint-Malo Route du Rock 2001 (watch)). It got played more often during the Black Holes and Revelations tour before Time Is Running Out with more improvisation than before (eg. Seattle KeyArena 2007 (watch)). In the beginning of the Black Holes and Revelations tour, it was occasionally played before "Starlight" as well, but in a lower key (eg. Reading 2006 (watch)). It was played again on July the 5th 2010, as an outro to Time is Running Out at the band's premiere in the Czech Republic at the Rock For People Festival. It made a surprise return again in 2017 before Time is Running Out and another return in 2019 at the Oakland gig after Hysteria.

The name probably comes due to the similarity of it's bassline to that of Jimmy Kane. The main riff is also very similar to one in Jimi Hendrix's song Fire.

This piece is listed as "Improv" in the HAARP tracklist.

Kaoss Jam

Riff or jam
Name Kaoss Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Matt Bellamy
Appearance 10th April 2007 - 30th July 2011

Listen to audio number one here

Listen to audio number two here

An instrumental drum and guitar jam making heavy use of the Kaoss Pad.

Two versions of this jam were played. The first version (first clip) was played at a few gigs in 2007. The newer, slightly modified (in terms of sounds) jam (second clip) was played at a number of festival gigs in 2010. Both times it was played as an intro to Supermassive Black Hole.

Killing in the Name

Riff or jam
Name Killing in the Name
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 10th November 2006 - 19th December 2010

Listen to the audio here

Killing in the Name is a song written by band Rage Against the Machine. It appears on their 1991 eponymous self-titled debut album. The song and it's riff are regarded as one of their most classic ones.

The main riff has roughly been played live before Stockholm Syndrome by Bellamy for the first time during a couple dates of the Black Holes and Revelations European tour in 2006 and 2007. It then made another appearance in 2010 as an outro to Stockholm Syndrome during The Resistance tour in 2010.

Know Your Enemy

Riff or jam
Name Know Your Enemy
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 6th May 2018 - 3rd October 2019

Listen to the audio here

Know Your Enemy is a song written by Rage Against the Machine. It is from their self-titled 1991 debut album. The studio version of this song features Tool's vocalist Maynard James Keenan on vocals during the bridge section and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on additional percussion.

The main chorus riff was played by Muse occasionally as an outro to Hysteria since 2018, sometimes standalone, sometimes with the Back in Black riff.

Laura Palmer's Theme

Riff or jam
Name Laura Palmer's Theme
Artist Angelo Badalamenti
Writer/composer Angelo Badalamenti
Appearance September 10th 2006 - 15th November 2006

Listen to the audio here

Angelo Badalamenti's Laura Palmer's Theme is a slow anthemic song by American Brooklyn-based ambient and jazz composer Angelo Badalamenti (best known for his work with David Lynch). The song (and most of the original Twin Peaks soundtrack) features heavy focus on synth pads from late 80s/early 90s synthesizers such as Yamaha's DX7.

Bellamy occasionally played part of this piece as a piano interlude before Sunburn in 2006 such as at Nashville War Memorial Auditorium.

Comes from Bellamy's love of Twin Peaks. During the U.S. tour in Autumn of 2006, when Bellamy started playing this piece, Muse watched DVDs of the TV series on the tour bus. The original song can be heard here.

Low Tune riff

Riff or jam
Name Low Tune riff
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance December 14th 2006 - 28th November 2009

Listen to the audio here

This riff is similar to the Endless Nameless riff (which also replaced this riff), but it features a different, faster-paced drum beat and a different guitar pattern.

Lots of guitar and bass distortion is used and lots of improv by both Matt and Chris is present. Kaoss pad and synth noises by Morgan also play a fairly big role in completing the sound.

Like the Endless Nameless riff, this riff was usually played as a closer before encores, usually played after Stockholm Syndrome.

Maggie's Farm

Riff or jam
Name Maggie's Farm
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Bob Dylan
Appearance 2003 (Exact date unknown) - 9th February 2019

Listen to the audio here

Maggie's Farm is a cover song by Rage Against the Machine from their 2000 cover album, Renegades, originally written and performed by Bob Dylan in 1965.

The main riff of this song was first played on the Absolution tour, usually before Citizen Erased. As of the Black Holes and Revelations tour, it's become a staple outro for Map of the Problematique. It was dropped from set lists during The 2nd Law Tour (where it was fully replaced by the Who Knows Who riff), but made a comeback during the Drones Tour in 2016 and was also played in 2017 occasionally again after Map of the Problematique. It also made a little surprise appearance in 2019 when they played (albeit roughly) it before Break It to Me at the Citi Sound Vault gig in Los Angeles on February 9th.

Man With a Harmonica

Riff or jam
Name Man With a Harmonica
Artist Ennio Morricone
Writer/composer Ennio Morricone
Appearance August 13th 2008 -

Listen to the audio here

A piece written by Ennio Morricone for Sergio Leone's 1968 Spaghetti Western Once Upon a Time in the West. The song is also an opener to the Once Upon a Time in the West soundtrack, released in 1972. The song starts out with a simple harmonica line, followed by a rising arpeggiated horn and cimbalum line together with strings, which are then joined by a lead guitar line and drums for the climax.

The song is played almost exactly as the original by Muse as an intro to Knights of Cydonia at every gig ever since it's first performance at Dublin's Marlay Park. Wolstenholme plays the harmonica, with Bellamy playing the guitar part.

Microphone Fiend

Riff or jam
Name Microphone Fiend
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rakim and Eric B
Appearance May 26th 2007 - 24th February 2018

Listen to the audio here

Microphone Friend is a song originally written by hip hop duo Rakim and Eric B and appears on their 1988 album Follow the Leader. Rage Against the Machine covered the song for their 2000 cover album, Renegades. Rage's song features a heavy riff in the bridge section.

The riff was played occasionally by Muse as an instrumental outro, usually after New Born since the 2007 Luxembourg gig. Since Pinkpop 2007 the Ashamed outro has also appeared sometimes after the Microphone Fiend riff.

Misirlou

Riff or jam
Name Misirlou
Artist Dick Dale and The Del-Tones
Writer/composer Traditional
Appearance 9th August 2007

Listen to the audio here

Misirlou is a traditional folk song from the Eastern Mediterranean region, originating from the Ottoman Empire. The original author isn't known but it's supposed to be Arabic, Greek and Jewish musicians by the 1920s with the earliest recording of the song coming from 1927. The song was re-arranged in 1962 by American surf rock guitarist Dick Dale and was originally performed with his band, The Del-Tones. The song is also known for being in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 movie Pulp Ficiton, used in the opening titles. Dick's version was also an inspiration for The Beach Boys's version of Misirlou, recorded in 1963. The song is, like most surf rock songs, known for it's use of tremolo guitar picking.

The riff was played by Bellamy once, at the Fairfax Patriot Center in 2007, before Man of Mystery.

MK Jam

Riff or jam
Name MK Jam / Wankdorf Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Chris Wolstenholme, Dom Howard
Appearance 2nd June 2010 - 11th October 2010

Listen to the audio here

First rehearsed at the Milton Keynes Bowl before the stadium leg of The Resistance Tour, it was initially dubbed the MK Jam but is also referred to as the Wankdorf Jam due to its public debut at the Wankdorf Stadium. It was played during The Resistance open-air tour.

It is the only drum and bass jam to feature electronic drums and was played before Undisclosed Desires. Because of that, it has got a disco-ey, metallic beat and a smooth bassline. It is also the only drum and bass jam with no pro-shot available, together with Houston Jam.

Montpellier Jam

Riff or jam
Name Montpellier Jam / Monty Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 16th October 2012-13th December 2013

Listen to audio number one here

Listen to audio number two here

Named Montpellier Jam or Monty Jam, after the first city it was played in. It is the first mellow drum and bass jam, which preceded a piano-based song during The 2nd Law tour in 2012 and 2013, most frequently Explorers, but it's also been played before United States of Eurasia, Sunburn and Feeling Good.

The song's also the first drum and bass jam to feature Bellamy, who's joining in with piano improv at the end of the jam, leading into the song played after it. The song also prominently features samples put through a Kaoss pad by Morgan. It bears similarity to Basique by Little People.

There are two versions of the jam, a longer version (first clip), which was played on the headlining tour, and a shorter version (second clip), which was usually played on festivals in 2013.

Munich Jam

Riff or jam
Name Munich Jam / Varia Jam / Drones D&B
Artist Original
Writer/composer Chris Wolstenholme, Dom Howard
Appearance 29th May 2015 - 25th May 2018

Listen to audio number one here

Listen to audio number two here

The Drones-era drum and bass jam. The name "Munich" comes from, as all the previous drum and bass jams, the city it was first played in, while the name "Varia" comes from "Rockavaria Festival", the festival it was first played in. On the setlists, it was named as "Drones D&B". Since it's first performance, the jam has gotten faster with each performance. Because of that, as of the fourth Paris Bercy gig in February of 2016, Chris and Dom started playing the second half as fast as possible. The first clip above features the regular version and the second clip features the fast ending version.

The jam was played regularily on almost every show before Madness between 2015 and it's final performance, almost exactly three years later, in 2018.

The Munich Jam is fairly similar to both Helsinki and Osaka Jams. It is so far the only jam Chris plays with a pick.

My Own Summer (Shove It)

Riff or jam
Name My Own Summer (Shove It)
Artist Deftones
Writer/composer Deftones
Appearance 28th September 2010 - 7th March 2019

Listen to the audio here

My Own Summer (Shove It) is a song by American band Deftones. It's the first single from their 1997 album Around the Fur. It is a fairly slow yet heavy song.

The riff was first played on a few dates in 2010 and 2011 and again in 2018 and 2019. The latest performance in Sacramento featured a slightly elongated version of it, together with drums, bass and guitar, whereas previous performances only featured Matt on guitar with Chris and Dom only playing two accented notes from the start of the chorus. The 2019 Sacramento performance was also played as an outro to New Born and the previous performances were played as intro to Stockholm Syndrome and Map of the Problematique.

Negative Creep

Riff or jam
Name Negative Creep
Artist Nirvana
Writer/composer Kurt Cobain
Appearance 2nd April 2010 - 10th April 2019

Listen to the audio here

Written by Kurt Cobain, Negative Creep is a song from Nirvana's debut album 1989 Bleach. It is a faster song featuring a riff conformed of sliding up and down on the guitar neck.

The riff was played by Muse quite often in 2010 and in 2011. It was brought back in 2013 for a gig at Seattle's KeyArena and in 2016 for a couple of gigs on The Drones World Tour 2015/16. After that, it returned in 2019 for only one gig in Boston. It was played before or after Stochkolm Syndrome, New Born and The Handler.

Osaka Jam

Riff or jam
Name Osaka Jam
Artist Original
Writer/composer Chris Wolstenholme, Dom Howard
Appearance 16th May 2000 (Early version) - August 17th 2008

Listen to the audio here

First drum and bass jam by Chris and Dom. Also dubbed by fans as "Osaka Jam" because of a soundcheck video played before the 2004 Osaka gig.

This jam has a similar sound to the Futurism bassline. The first known play of an early version of this jam was on the 16th of May 2000. It was played during technical difficulties in the past.

At the Royal Albert Hall 2008 gig it was played whilst Matthew Bellamy returned from the pipe organ after "Megalomania", who joined Wolstenholme and Howard for the last part of the jam.

Since the Arena Monterrey gig in 2008, it has appeared on set lists as "Bass Jam" or "Drum and Bass"[2] and appeared on set lists at most gigs in 2008.

People of the Sun

Riff or jam
Name People of the Sun
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 1st June 2007 - 11th September 2010

Listen to the audio here

People of the Sun is a song by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from their 1996 album Evil Empire. It is known for it's pick scraping guitar riffs.

This riff was occasionally played during the bass intro of Hysteria instead of the original sliding pick scrape between 2007 and 2010.

Peter Gunn Theme

Riff or jam
Name Peter Gunn Theme
Artist Henry Mancini
Writer/composer Henry Mancini
Appearance 19th March 2010

Listen to the audio here

Peter Gunn is a popular theme song written by Henry Mancini, released in 1959 for the television show of the same title. Despite Mancini primarily writing jazz pieces, this song is inspired by rock and roll. It has become one of the classic detective/private eye TV show theme songs and melodies of all time.

A bit of the melody was played by Bellamy during the second pre-chorus of Stockholm Syndrome at the 2010 South by South West gig.

Power of Soul

Riff or jam
Name Power of Soul
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Writer/composer Jimi Hendrix
Appearance 30th April 2001 - 28th August 2011

Listen to the audio here

Power of Soul (originally Power to Love) was a song written by Jimi Hendrix from the 1970 live album Band of Gypsys. It is the first the first album without his original group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The song represents Hendrix's new blending of R&B, funk and rock.

Muse started playing the riff as early as 2001, and have stopped playing it in 2011 at the final gig of The Resistance era at Reading Festival. It was played as an intro to Unintended and an outro to Time Is Running Out.

Pre-Sunburn riff

Riff or jam
Name Pre-Sunburn riff / Funny riff/ "Check Out This Riff" riff
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2000 (Exact date unknown) - 25th November 2007

Listen to the audio here

A Tom Morello-influenced riff/jam. Usually played before Sunburn during the Showbiz tour around 2000 (e.g. Bizarre Festival 2000 (watch)). Played less often during Absolution tour. Reappeared in late 2007, being played after Map of the Problematique (Sydney Entertainment Centre 2007 (watch)), albeit in a lower key (due to different tuning).

The 'solo' was done with the Whammy pedal during the Showbiz tour, and with the Kaoss Pad for the latter part of the Black Holes and Revelations tour.

The riff sounds somewhat similar to that of "Gratitude" by the Beastie Boys. It also sounds similar to the instrumental riff in Fury.

Prelude in B-Flat Major Op. 23, No.2

Riff or jam
Name Prelude in B-Flat Major Op. 23, No.2
Artist Sergei Rachmaninov
Writer/composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Appearance 24th August 2001 - 8th July 2002

Listen to the audio here

Prelude in B-Flat Major Op. 23, No.2 is a composition by Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Rachmaninov, completed and premiered in 1903. The piece is said to be rhytmically complex with contrasting left-hand ostinato against jagged right hand melodic lines.

Excerpt of this piece was played a few times in 2001 and 2002. It features Matt playing the piano, joined in by Chris's heavy distorted bass and Dom playing the drums. It's got a similar vibe to the ending of Space Dementia.

Prelude in C-Sharp Minor Op. 3, No. 2

Riff or jam
Name Prelude in C-Sharp Minor Op. 3, No. 2
Artist Sergei Rachmaninov
Writer/composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Appearance 2001 (Exact date unknown) - 2nd December 2001

Listen to the audio here

Written by Rachmaninoff at 19 years old after his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory, it is one of his most famous compositions. The first performance was by the composer himself in 1892, the same year he completed the composition, at a Moscow Electrical Exhibition festival.

Part of this piece was performed in 2001, and it features Matt on a piano. It was played before Screenager.

Prelude in G-Minor Op. 23, No. 5

Riff or jam
Name Prelude in G-Minor Op. 23, No. 5
Artist Sergei Rachmaninov
Writer/composer Sergei Rachmaninov
Appearance 2001 (Exact date unknown) - 2002 (Exact date unknown)

Listen to the audio here

A tango-style song, composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, completed in 1901. It was included in his Opus 23 set of ten preludes, despite being written two years earlier than the other nine. The piece was premiered by Rachmaninoff in 1903.

Played by Muse, with Matt on the piano, Dom on drums and Chris playing clean bass. It was played before Screenager.

The main melody of this piece was also used in the bridge section of the extended version of Assassin.

Quiet

Riff or jam
Name Quiet
Artist Smashing Pumpkins
Writer/composer Billy Corgan
Appearance 9th December 2018

Listen to the audio here

Quiet is a song by Smashing Pumpkins, an American rock band, from their second album Siamese Dream, released in 1993.

Muse played the main opening riff of the song together with the Cherub Rock riff after Time Is Running Out at the Chicago Ballroom gig in December of 2018, as a tribute to The Smashing Pumpkins.

Reapers intro

Riff or jam
Name Reapers intro
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 24th July 2008 - 23rd June 2018

Listen to the audio here

The tapping intro used to be played as an outro to Plug In Baby in The Resistance Tour, with the riff developing through the same tour, but traces of this riff can be traced back to 2008 as it was played as an intro to Stockholm Syndrome (as heard in thge audio above from Muse live at the Grand Rex in Argentina).

When Drones came out, it became part of Reapers. However, between 2016 and 2018, when Reapers wasn't played, they usually opened Stockholm Syndrome with this riff. Since 2018, they still play the shortened version of Reapers in the Metal medley.

Reapers outro

Riff or jam
Name Reapers outro
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 15th March 2015 - 23rd June 2018.

The outro is similar to Rage Against the Machine's Freedom outro, which they also played after Stockholm Syndrome on The 2nd Law tour.

After Glastonbury Festival 2016, Reapers was dropped from setlists. Despite this, the song's outro riff was played very commonly in 2017 and 2018 as an outro to Stockholm Syndrome. While the song hasn't been performed in full since 2016, it doesn't appear neither on the shortened version of the Metal Medley.

Revolver

Riff or jam
Name Revolver
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 9th April 2001 - 9th May 2015

Listen to the audio here

Revolver is a song written by Rage Against the Machine from the 1996 album Evil Empire. It features a classic Rage riff with calm verses and fast choruses.

Matt played it in 2001 as an introduction to Unintended. Afterwards it was used occasionally in 2006 through to 2011 as the outro solo for Supermassive Black Hole, like at the 2006 Bercy gig.

Bellamy played the riff again inbetween Supermassive Black Hole, right before the solo, in 2015, during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party gig

Say It Ain't So

Riff or jam
Name Say It Ain't So
Artist Weezer
Writer/composer Weezer
Appearance 27th January 2016

Listen to the audio here

Say It Ain't So is a song by American rock band Weezer from their 1994 debut self-titled album sometimes referred to as the Blue Album. The song is a slow ballad-type song with heavy choruses.

Bellamy played the intro of the song before Time Is Running Out at the Brooklyn 2016 gig.

School

Riff or jam
Name School
Artist Nirvana
Writer/composer Nirvana
Appearance 31st January 2010 - 10th April 2019

Listen to the audio here

School is the fourth song from Nirvana's debut album Bleach, released in 1989. The song features a fairly heavy riff utilising fuzzy distorted guitar.

Muse played the riff occasionaly during The Resistance tour between 2010 and 2011 as an outro to Stockholm Syndrome. It was played once in 2013 in Seattle as an outro to Supermassive Black Hole. The riff made a comeback recently at the New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Boston TD Garden gigs, both after Hysteria.

Sweet Child O' Mine

Riff or jam
Name Sweet Child O' Mine
Artist Guns N' Roses
Writer/composer Axl Rose, Slash, Steven Adler, Duff McKagan
Appearance 28th August 2011 - 11th March 2019

Listen to the audio here

Sweet Child O' Mine is a song written by Guns N' Roses that appears on their debut 1987 album Apetite for Destruction. It features one of the most known guitar riffs played by Slash. He came up with the riff with drummer Steven Adler after the two were warming up and Slash began playing a "circus" melody. After rhytm guitarist Izzy Stradlin asked Slash to play it again, he came up with chords while Duff McKagan created a bassline. Within an hour, they've written this song.

The intro riff was played by Bellamy quite regularily as an outro to Plug in Baby during The 2nd Law tour. The riff is still added as an outro occasionally to songs with extended outros, such as Plug in Baby and Bliss.

Testify

Riff or jam
Name Testify
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 1st April 2010

Listen to the audio here

Testify is a song by Rage Against the Machine from their 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles. It features a pick-scraping guitar noise with a phaser effect in its verses and the intro.

This intro was played by Bellamy during the outro of Hysteria at the 2010 Vancouver gig.

The Fly

Riff or jam
Name The Fly
Artist U2
Writer/composer U2
Appearance 9th April 2011

Listen to the audio here

The Fly is a song by English rock band U2 from their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The song features danceable hip-hop beats together with industrial textures and an elaborate guitar solo.

Bellamy played part of the guitar riff after Hysteria together with the Back in Black riff.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Riff or jam
Name The Star-Spangled Banner
Artist Jimi Hendrix / John Stafford Smith
Writer/composer John Stafford Smith
Appearance 9th December 2007 - 19th September 2013

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The Star-Spangled Banner is most known for being the United States National Anthem. The music was composed by John Stafford Smith in 1773 and the lyrics were added by Francis Scott Key in 1814. In 18th century, this was the official song of the Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's club of amateur musicians in London. Because of that, before becoming The Star-Spangled Banner, this song was called The Anacreontic Song.

The song also features a well known cover by Jimi Hendrix, which Muse based their version on.

Bellamy played the Star Spangled Banner was played at a couple of gigs in 2007 and 2010, during a few gigs of the U.S. legs of the tours. It was also played a few times during the U.S. leg of The 2nd Law tour in 2013. All of the times, it was played before Hysteria, instead of the regular Interlude intro.

Too Many Puppies

Riff or jam
Name Too Many Puppies
Artist Primus
Writer/composer Primus
Appearance 29th October 2010 - 25th May 2018

Listen to the audio here

Too Many Puppies is a song written by Primus from their 1990 album Frizzle Fry. It features a funk-inspired bass line with metal undertones.

The main riff of the song was performed by Muse three times, the first time being in 2010 in New Orleans as an outro to Stockholm Syndrome. The two other times it was played was in 2017, at the London Shepherds Bush gig as an intro to Futurism and in 2018, at the Napa Valley Bottlerock Festival gig as an outro to Hysteria.

In 2010, the intro was played by Bellamy on guitar, which was later joined by Chris and Dom, and in 2017 and 2018, the intro was played, more like to the original, by Wolstenholme.

Township Rebellion

Riff or jam
Name Township Rebellion
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 2001 (Exact date unknown) -

Listen to audio number one here

Listen to audio number two here

Township Rebellion is a song by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from their self-titled debut 1992 album.

The first time this riff was played was in 2001 as an outro to Agitated and has been played ever since. Two versions of this riff are played by Muse, a slightly modified version (first clip) and the original version (second clip).

The outro riff of this song is most commonly in conjunction with Stockholm Syndrome as outro riff. The band also played it a few times with Uprising, Hyper Music, Map of the Problematique and most recently as an outro to Supermassive Black Hole.

The chorus riff also makes a brief appearance on the Drones Making of DVD. (watch)

Undone (The Sweater Song)

Riff or jam
Name Undone (The Sweater Song)
Artist Weezer
Writer/composer Weezer
Appearance 26th October 2010 - 11th March 2019

Listen to the audio here

Undone (The Sweater Song) is a song written by American rock band Weezer from their debut self-titled album (or as it's unofficially called, The Blue Album).

Short snippet of the verse riff of this song was first performed in Raleigh on October 26th, 2010.

The riff made a return almost six years later at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center gigs in 2016.

Three years later, on March 11th 2019, it was performed again in Los Angeles. Two months after this performance, Weezer were announced as support for the Simulation Theory World Tour. In the announcement clip, they used their riff. (watch)

All the times it was played before Time Is Running Out.

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Riff or jam
Name Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Artist Jimi Hendrix
Writer/composer Jimi Hendrix
Appearance 12th April 2008 - 14th November 2017

Listen to the audio here

Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is a song by Jimi Hendrix and his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It appears as the final track on his 1968 album Electric Ladyland. The song features improvised guitar and vocals by Hendrix, backed by Noel Redding's bass and Mitch Mitchell's drums. It is one of his best known songs.

Bellamy first played the opening riff of the song in 2008 as an intro to Time Is Running Out at Royal Albert Hall. It then made a few appearances between 2009 and 2011 as an outro to Time Is Running Out before Jimmy Jam and a couple of times in 2012 as an intro to Panic Station.

The riff returned in 2015 and became a staple intro to Supermassive Black Hole during The Drones World Tour 2015/16 and was played occasionally in 2017.

Vuilstamen Riff

Riff or jam
Name Vuilstamen Riff
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 2001 (Exact date unknown) - 11th June 2016

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Vuilstamen riff is a short jam which started its journey in 2001, when it was played occasionally between sets (such as at the Saint-Malo Route du Rock 2001). It made it's return in 2010 when it was played before Starlight in Oklahoma and before Stockholm Syndrome in Carhaix.

The riff returned five years later, between 2015 and 2016, as an occasional outro to Hysteria.

War Within a Breath

Riff or jam
Name War Within a Breath
Artist Rage Against the Machine
Writer/composer Rage Against the Machine
Appearance 19th October 2007 - 20th May 2011

Listen to the audio here

A song by American alternative/rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, War Within a Breath features on their 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles.

The main riff has been played by Muse once in 2007, and between 2009 and 2011, during The Resistance tours, it's been occasionally as an outro to Stockholm Syndrome.

Whammy Jam

Riff or jam
Name Whammy Jam / Pre-Uno riff
Artist Original
Writer/composer Muse
Appearance 1999 - 2000 (Exact dates unknown)

Listen to the audio here

A fast energetic heavy jam usually played before Uno between 1999 and 2000.

The riff utilises a lot of Whammy guitar improv and a bassline playing octaves. Sometimes the riff was also played without a Whammy pedal.

Whole Lotta Love

Riff or jam
Name Whole Lotta Love
Artist Led Zeppelin
Writer/composer Led Zeppelin, Willie Dixon
Appearance 17th June 200712th April 2008

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Whole Lotta Love is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It is the opening track on their second album, Led Zeppelin II recorded and released in 1969.

The riff of the song was often played as a jam during the Black Holes and Revelations touring between 2007 and 2008 before Time Is Running Out.

Wild Thing

Riff or jam
Name Wild Thing
Artist The Troggs
Writer/composer Chip Taylor
Appearance 3rd December 2018, 13th October 2019

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Wild Thing is a song by English rock band The Troggs, written by American songwriter Chip Taylor. It was originally written for the American rock band The Wild Ones in 1965, but did not chart, so The Troggs recorded their version of it, which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart in 1966. Their version of "Wild Thing" was ranked at number 257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The riff of the song has been played quite regularily after Supermassive Black Hole during the Simulation Theory World Tour, and was also featured in one of the promo clips for the tour itself. Before playing it, most of the times, Bellamy detunes his guitar slightly.

Wilma's Rainbow

Riff or jam
Name Wilma's Rainbow
Artist Helmet
Writer/composer Page Hamilton
Appearance 10th April 2019

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Wilma's Rainbow is a song by American alternative metal band Helmet. It was written by Page Hamilton and was released on the 1994 album Betty.

The riff from the intro of the song made its debut (and only appearence to date) at the 10th April 2019 gig at Boston's TD Garden after New Born.

YYZ

Riff or jam
Name YYZ
Artist Rush
Writer/composer Geddy Lee, Neil Peart
Appearance 8th March 2010 - 26th March 2019

Listen to the audio here

YYZ is an instrumental rock composition by Canadian progressive rock band Rush from the 1981 album Moving Pictures. It is regarded as one of the bands most popular pieces.

Bellamy mentioned in an interview with Vancouver radio station The Fox 99.3, this was one of the first riffs Bellamy learnt to play on guitar.

The intro riff was used occasionally during the Resistance tour in Canada, as an outro riff to Plug In Baby and New Born. Since then it has become tradition of Muse playing this riff when in Canada, as it later returned three times in 2013, as an intro to Time Is Running Out, in 2016, as an outro to Hysteria and in 2019 as an outro to Supermassive Black Hole.

Zero

Riff or jam
Name Zero
Artist Smashing Pumpkins
Writer/composer Billy Corgan
Appearance 9th December 2018 - 26th March 2019

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A song by grunge rock band Smashing Pumpkins, the song featured on their 1995 album called Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and was released as a single a year later.

The riff of the song has been played at the 2018 Chicago Aragon Ballroom gig after New Born, together with the Freedom outro. It's been played as a tribute to The Smashing Pumpkins.

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