|Chris Wolstenholme Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||December 2, 1978|
Chris Wolstenholme is an English bass guitarist and backing vocalist for the award-winning rock band Muse. With their distinctive musical style and dramatic live performances, the trio (with lead singer Matt Bellamy and drummer Dominic Howard) are considered one of the best live acts. The band is also well-known for their heavy use of electronic instruments and Wolstenholme often uses touch-screen controllers, which are built into his instruments, to create some of the complicated guitar pieces. Chris turned songwriter for the band’s album The 2nd Law in which he spoke about his past experience with alcoholism. He has, however, been clean since his early 30s and is happily married to Caris Ball since 2018.
Christopher Tony Wolstenholme
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Chris attended Teignmouth Community College in Devon in the early 1990s.
His band Muse is represented by the artist management company Q-Prime Management since 2014.
Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Hard Rock, Electronica, Space Rock
Bass Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Keyboards, Guitar, Harmonica, Vibraphone, Synthesizer
- Maverick Records
- Taste Media
- Warner Records
- Mushroom Records
- East West Records
- Dangerous Records
- Atlantic Recording Corporation
- Helium 3
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
79 kg or 174 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Chris has dated –
- Kelly Wolstenholme (2003-2016) – Chris got married to his first wife, Kelly on December 23, 2003. Together, they are parents to 6 children – Alfie (b. July 7, 1999), Ava-Jo (b. December 31, 2001), Frankie (b. August 26, 2003), Ernie (b. October 20, 2008), Buster (b. November 4, 2010), and Teddi Dorothy Wolstenholme (b. January 5, 2012). However, after nearly 13 years of marriage, they decided to split up and got divorced in 2016.
- Caris Ball – After his divorce was finalized in 2016, Chris began dating Caris Ball, who formerly worked as his family secretary. The guitarist confirmed their relationship on Instagram in 2018 and the couple tied the knot on December 1, 2018. Their wedding took place at the luxurious Somerley House in Hampshire, England, a day before Chris turned 40. In attendance at the wedding were band members, Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard. Bellamy gifted the groom a custom-made Manson CW-1 bass guitar to mark both the occasions.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiple tattoos on his body, including the names of all his 6 children
Chris has endorsed the following brands –
- The Curries (Wedding Photography)
- Knot & Pop (Wedding Planners)
- Palais Flowers
The song Knights of Cydonia from his band Muse was used to endorse the video game Halo 5: Guardians.
Best Known For
Being the bass guitarist of the rock band Muse since their formation in 1994
As a part of Muse, his debut album Showbiz was released in 1999.
First TV Show
In June 2000, Chris made his TV show debut as a part of Muse on BBC’s music chart show Top of the Pops.
Chris Wolstenholme Favorite Things
- Country – Australia
- Bands While Growing Up – Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Rage Against the Machine
- Band – Rage Against the Machine
Source – MusicFeeds.com.au, BassPlayer.com, Gigwise.com
Chris Wolstenholme Facts
- He met bandmates Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard in Teignmouth, Devon where he grew up. The band was earlier called Rocket Baby Dolls but later changed it to Muse in 1994.
- He initially played with the post-punk band Fixed Penalty as a drummer. But on the insistence of Matt and Dominic, he took up bass lessons and joined them as the band’s bassist.
- Chris has all of his children’s names tattooed on his body. Firstly, he got his oldest son Alfie’s name tattooed in Japanese. Daughter Ava-Jo’s name is inked on his left arm, and Frankie is written on his back in Japanese characters. On his forearms, in Arabic letters, is Ernie’s name. He tattooed Buster’s name alongside a baby with boxing gloves. Lastly, he honored his youngest child Teddi by tattooing her name with a bird.
- Moreover, he had inked his ex-wife Kelly’s name on his forearms, along with Ernie’s name, in September 2009. But, he covered up the tattoo after their divorce in 2016.
- He is a huge football fan and supports his hometown club, Rotherham United, which is also known as The Millers.
- Chris has 2 pet dogs – Kevin and Rufio. Additionally, he also owns a pet lizard named Ronson.
- He became the unofficial third member of the rock band Moriaty in 2014. He played bass on their single Bones, which was released in 2015.
- Chris had revealed in an interview with The Times in 2010 that he had a prolonged drinking problem. In the article, he described himself as a raging alcoholic and had mentioned that his situation got so extreme that he would vomit blood often. It was only after his band members gave him an ultimatum that he checked himself into rehab. At the time, the band was in the middle of recording their fifth album, The Resistance.
- One of his prime motivations to get sober was also that his father, who was an alcoholic, had passed away due to excessive drinking at the age of 40. Not wanting to repeat his father’s history, Chris decided to get help.
- He contributed 2 songs, Save Me and Liquid State on his band’s next album The 2nd Law (2012). He took inspiration from his personal experiences with alcoholism to write these songs.
- Chris grew up admiring the 60s rock band Status Quo. Once, when he was young, he got the opportunity to stand in on one of their sound checks.
- Sadly, his idol Rick Parfitt, the guitarist of Status Quo, passed away in 2016 while working on his debut solo album Over and Out. Chris stepped in to complete the bass and double-track of rhythm guitar on the song Long Distance Love from the album, which was released posthumously in 2018.
- On September 25, 2008, Chris and other members of Muse received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth for their decades-long contribution to music.
- Visit his band’s official website @ muse.mu.
- Follow Chris Wolstenholme on Twitter and Instagram.
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