Michael C. Hall Reveals The Story Behind His Band's Name 'Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum'

In a recent interview, Michael C. Hall talked about his alternative rock band.

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Michael C. Hall might be returning to his role as America's favorite serial killer later this fall, but for the last few years he has been the lead singer for the band 'Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum'. The band's name is undoubledly unusual, and in a recent interview with Collider, he revealed the story behind it, and the reason he became a lead singer.

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Michael said: "I’ve always done a lot of singing. Probably my first experiences performing were singing, as a little boy in a boys’ choir. I’ve done Cabaret and Chicago on Broadway, and I did Hedwig for awhile on Broadway. That was my first really legitimate taste of fronting a rock band. 

Peter Yanowitz, who’s our drummer, was actually in the band in that show. That led to doing the Bowie musical, Lazarus. All signs just were blowing in that direction. Without intending to start a band, I just started playing on some instrumental tracks that Peter Yanowitz and Matt Katz-Bohen, the other band member, were making and it started clicking. 

We started writing, in lots of different ways, and the next thing we knew, we decided we wanted to book a gig because we’d written a good number of songs. 

We had to come up with a name, and a lot of things were being tossed around, but Matt’s daughter mentioned to him, one day, that she was gonna have a band one day. I don’t know how old she was, at the time, maybe five. He asked her what the name would be and she said, “Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum.” And he said, “Can I have that name?” And she said, “Yeah.” He brought it to us, and it just stuck. We couldn’t shake it. It somehow seems appropriate for what we’re up to."


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