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Wolstenholme in 2013
|Birth name||Christopher Tony Wolstenholme|
2 December 1978 |
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Chris Wolstenholme grew up in the English town of Rotherham before moving to Teignmouth, Devon. There he played drums for a post-punk band. His future bandmates Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard played in another band, Gothic Plague. The two bands rehearsed in the same building. Bellamy and Howard asked Wolstenholme to play bass in their band; he taught himself to play and the band was renamed Muse. His father is Nigerian while his mother is of Irish descent.
Wolstenholme has been a member of the rock band Muse since its inception, where he plays bass and contributes backing vocals. Wolstenholme wrote and sang two songs on Muse's sixth album The 2nd Law (2012): "Liquid State" and "Save Me". He said: "'Liquid State' was written about the person you become when you’re intoxicated and how the two of them are having this fight inside of you and it tears you apart. 'Save Me’ was about having the family, the wife and kids who, despite all the crap you've put them through, at the end of it you realise they’re still there and they’re the ones who pulled you through."
Wolstenholme married his girlfriend Kelly on 23 December 2003. The couple have six children. In April 2010, the family moved to Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland. In 2011, they moved to London while Muse recorded their new album. Wolstenholme remains an avid supporter of Rotherham United, his hometown football team. He holds an honorary doctorate of arts from the University of Plymouth.
Wolstenholme has had problems with alcohol. In 2010, he told the Times he had been a "raging alcoholic". In an interview with Q, he said he would drink so much he would vomit blood, but he didn't grasp the seriousness of his situation. His bandmates had tried to broach the subject of his drinking several times without success. He eventually realised that drinking would kill him, as it had his father. He went into rehab halfway through recording of Muse's fifth album The Resistance.
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