Dominic Howard

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Dominic Howard
Dominic Howard of Muse at Air Canada Centre, Toronto on April 10, 2013 as part of The 2nd Law tour.jpg
Dominic Howard on a gig at Air Canada Centre, 2013.
Background information
Birth name Dominic James Howard
Born (1977-12-07) 7 December 1977 (age 37)
Stockport, England
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Muse
Notable instruments

Dominic James Howard (born 7 December 1977) is an English musician, best known as the drummer, percussionist and co-producer for the alternative rock band Muse. He also contributes to the synthesised and electronic-based elements found in their music.

Early life[edit]

Howard was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in England.[1] When he was around 8 years old he moved with his family to Teignmouth, a small town in Devon. He began playing drums at about the age of 12, when he was inspired by a jazz band performing at school.[2]

Howard's first band was named Carnage Mayhem,[3] which he was in at school. Meanwhile, he befriended Matt Bellamy, who played guitar but did not have a stable band. Not long after, Bellamy was offered the chance to join Howard's band. After two years of drop-outs, Bellamy suggested that they write their own songs, and only Howard and Bellamy remained. Chris Wolstenholme, who played drums in "Fixed Penalty", then entered the scene and with a great "spirit of sacrifice" he began to play bass.

In the first months of 1994 Gothic Plague was born, followed by Rocket Baby Dolls and then finally Muse.

He is a left-handed drummer. He also played drums in Vicky Cryer with Jason Hill from Louis XIV.

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Howard's father, William Howard, came to watch Muse's performance at Glastonbury Festival. Just after their performance finished, William died from a heart attack. The band then cancelled other shows including an Italy tour and Roskilde Festival. The band released a statement "In this dreadfully difficult time, we request that the privacy of Dom's family and friends is respected".

In a session where he and Bellamy answered questions from fans, Howard stated that the celebrity, alive or dead, he'd most like to meet is Jimi Hendrix.[4] He had a dog called Hendrix that passed away. [5]

On 26 September 2008, Howard, along with Bellamy and Wolstenholme, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth.[6]


  1. ^ "Muse: profile of the band". The Daily Telegraph (London). 2 December 2010. 
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  3. ^ "1999 Muse Documentary". 1999. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Muse Q&A with Fans: 'The 2nd Law' - from the archive - Full HD". Absolute Radio. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
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  6. ^ Holland, Alex J. (26 September 2008). "Plymouth University honour for rock stars Muse". This is Plymouth. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 

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