I think the way I am onstage is probably who I really am. Everything else is a persona. If you’re doing well you’re tapping into things that you’re unable to express in normal life - deeper feelings, more intense emotions and things that are not acceptable in society, maybe. When you’re being frisked in an airport you want to say, “Fuck off, don’t touch me, you cunt.” You can’t do that in real life because you’d probably get locked away, but you can say that in a song. It’s an unedited version of who you are. For me there’s something pure about that.
—  Matt Bellamy, when asked if he has a stage persona, 2006