Chris Wolstenholme

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Chris Wolstenholme
Chris Wolstenholme in 2013.jpg
Wolstenholme in 2013
Background information
Birth name Christopher Tony Wolstenholme
Born (1978-12-02) 2 December 1978 (age 39)
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Occupation(s) Musician, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Bass, vocals
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Muse

Christopher Tony Wolstenholme (born 2 December 1978) is an English musician. He is the bassist and backing vocalist for the rock band Muse.[2]

Early life[edit]

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[citation needed] while his mother is of Irish descent[citation needed].

Music career[edit]


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."[3]

Other work[edit]

Wolstenholme featured on bass for Moriarty's 2015 single "Bones".[4] He contributed to Rick Parfitt's posthumous solo album Over and Out, due to be released in March 2018.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Wolstenholme married his girlfriend Kelly on 23 December 2003.[7] The couple have six children.[8] In April 2010, the family moved to Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland.[9] 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.[10]

Wolstenholme has had problems with alcohol. In 2010, he told the Times he had been a "raging alcoholic".[11] 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.[12] He eventually realised that drinking would kill him, as it had his father.[13] He went into rehab halfway through recording of Muse's fifth album The Resistance.[14]


  1. ^ "Bass". MuseWiki. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Barrett, John. "The 20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists". Paste Monthly. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Muse NME T2L interviews! – Muse Messageboard". 
  4. ^ Belton, Emily (2015-01-27). "Moriaty - Bones (Single Review) | Pure M Magazine". Pure M Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  5. ^ Nerssessian, Joe. "Muse's Chris Wolstenholme in his own words: a personal essay about Rick Parfitt -". Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  6. ^ "Status Quo - The Official Site - Rick Parfitt". Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Ava Joe Wolstenholme". Twitter. 
  8. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (2012-09-29). "Muse: 'We like pushing it as far as we can'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  9. ^ "Eminem to close Oxegen 2010", The Irish Times, 11 July 2010.
  10. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: University honour for rock stars Muse". Thisisplymouth. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Newspaper Large Muse Feature from The Times – Muse Messageboard". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Muse's Dom Howard: 'We gave Chris Wolstenholme an ultimatum to quit drinking'",, 30 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Magazine New Q Magazine (August 2011) – Muse Messageboard". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Madora, Ryan. "Bass Players To Know: Chris Wolstenholme". No Treble. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 

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