Muse’s Matt Bellamy considers retirement on farm

by Simon Jay Catling

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Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has rather more down to earth plans than his band’s space-rock bombast when the three-piece eventually decide to call quits; he told The Sun newspaper that he wishes to retire and farm in his native Devon (reports Contactmusic).
Bellamy revealed that he owned a farm in the south west, saying of it: “It’s just land with a couple of jaded barns that need to be renovated. It’s a nice place to camp but my long-term plan is to grow industrial hemp for making paper and material.”
What the singer’s current girlfriend, Hollywood actress Kate Hudson, would make of a move there is unknown, but Bellamy continued: “When I stop touring I’m going to hang around there and start shearing sheep. As we speak, I’m letting the rams loose on the ewes. I got them mainly because I’ve got a farm which has a lot of steep hills, so the grass gets out of control unless you get grazing animals in there.”
He isn’t the only band member to admit Muse might need a break, last summer bassist Chris Wolstenholme admitted “it’s something we’ve never done. I think the most time we’ve had off is about six weeks in the last 12 years, so we’re due a break.” Bellamy himself said: “It definitely feels like we’ve got to a certain level as a live band. So it could be time to take a break, back off for a bit and see if anybody misses us.”