Christopher Wolstenholme

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Christopher Wolstenholme
Chris Wolstenholme in 2013.jpg
Wolstenholme in 2013
Background information
Birth name Christopher Tony Wolstenholme
Born (1978-12-02) 2 December 1978 (age 36)
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Genres Alternative rock, new prog, space rock, progressive rock, symphonic rock, progressive metal, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Bass guitar, backing vocals
Years active 1991–present
Labels Warner Bros., East West, Atlantic, Helium 3
Associated acts Muse

Christopher Tony "Chris" Wolstenholme, (born 2 December 1978) is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist and the bassist, backing vocalist and vocalist for the alternative rock band Muse. Wolstenholme also sometimes plays keyboard or guitar instead of bass, though the latter is occasionally handled by Morgan Nicholls during live performances.

Early and personal life[edit]

Chris Wolstenholme grew up in the English town of Rotherham before moving to Teignmouth, Devon. While living there, he played drums for a post-punk band, while Matthew Bellamy and Dominic Howard played in another. The two bands rehearsed in the same building and at that time Bellamy and Howard asked Wolstenholme if he would like to play bass in their band, Rocket Baby Dolls, later renamed Muse. Wolstenholme was eager to join their band but didn't know how to play bass. He picked one up quickly and taught himself.

In 2003, when the band sued Nestlé, he was the main reason behind it, being against the company that had a dubious reputation when it came to the promotion of powdered milk to new mothers in the third world.[1] At the time, he had had his third child.

Chris Wolstenholme married his long-time girlfriend Kelly in December 2003 and they have six children: Alfie (born 7 July 1999), Ava-Jo (born 31 December 2001), Frankie (born 26 August 2003), Ernie (born 20 October 2008), Buster (born 4 November 2010) and Teddi (born 5 January 2012) .[2] He is known to be very devoted to his family, phoning home twice a day when on tour. In late April 2010, the family moved to Foxrock, Dublin. He said their decision to move to Republic of Ireland was based on their need to be beside a major airport and a desire to avoid London, England. During the 2011 NME Awards, it was confirmed that he, along with his family, have moved to London, due to the band's wishes to live in the same city whilst creating the new album. Despite not living in his hometown since his childhood, he remains an avid supporter of Rotherham United F.C., his hometown football team.

The Times magazine published an article in the summer of 2010 in which Wolstenholme admitted he had been a "raging alcoholic"[3] and openly spoke about the depths of his addiction. He went into rehab halfway during the recording of The Resistance. In an interview with Q it was revealed that he would drink so much he would vomit blood, but that he could not grasp the seriousness of his situation. His bandmates had tried to broach the subject of his drinking several times without success.[4] In the end, he had come to his own realization that unless he quit drinking, he would end up like his father who had died due to excessive drinking when Wolstenholme was only seventeen.[5] Since then, he has not drunk alcohol and said that his relationship with his wife and bandmates has greatly improved. He also had a habit of smoking and would have a few cigarettes daily. In 2010 he switched to smoking out of a pipe. He has stated, via Twitter that he had quit smoking, using an electric cigarette but he had taken up smoking again.[citation needed] However, as of May 2011, Chris has quit smoking.

Wolstenholme holds an honorary doctorate of arts from the University of Plymouth.[6]


His biggest influence on the band is his love for hard rock music, and his band mates have been quoted many times as saying that he's the one that brings the rock into Muse. During the recording of The Resistance, he has admitted that he was in the studio only when he had something to record, and spent the rest of his time "getting pissed". In 2011, readers of Gigwise named him the best bassist of all time.[7] His favourite album is Helmet's Aftertaste.[8]

In July 2012, it was revealed in NME magazine that Wolstenholme wrote and sang two songs on the album The 2nd Law, 'Liquid State' and 'Save Me'. Both songs were written shortly after quitting alcohol. “‘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 I’ve put them through, at the end of it you realise they’re still there and they’re the ones who pulled you through.”[9] He also added that "'Save Me' is a sort of a love song and I think it's the more positive among the two, it's about having a difficult time and having a person in your life who can pull you through – my wife, in my case. I guess it's all about searching stability, finding it through the person you love."[10]


  1. ^ "State 3 April 2008 – Muse: A Short History of Everything". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Muse cancel dates on upcoming North American tour". NME. 21 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Newspaper Large Muse Feature from The Times – Muse Messageboard". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Drummer reveals band had to be tough with bassist to help his drinking problem". NME. 30 SEPTEMBER 2012.
  5. ^ "Magazine New Q Magazine (August 2011) – Muse Messageboard". Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: University honour for rock stars Muse". Thisisplymouth. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Top 10 Bassists of All Time". 
  8. ^ "muse : archives | | July 1999". 1999-07-22. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Muse NME T2L interviews! – Muse Messageboard". 
  10. ^ "Interviste – Muse (Chris Wolstenholme)" (in Italian). SpazioRock. 

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