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Great hair metal/hard rock band, led by the soaring vocals of Miljenko Matijevic!

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~ BIO ~

Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (guitars), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and after auditioning, Michael Matijevic on vocals. Frank DiCostanzo joined as a second guitarist and John Fowler replaced Jack Wilkenson on drums, after leaving the band Rage of Angels. Recording a four-track demo tape, Matijevic managed to meet artist manager Stan Poses. However, Poses wasn't interested, despite this Matijevic persevered and eventually was given a scribbled address. The next day, Stan Poses had the demo tape, within an hour of hearing it, Matijevic received a phone call confirming that "Red Alert" had just been given a contract with MCA records. Realizing that the Red Alert name was already taken, the band settled on Steelheart allegedly because of their attitude after trying to get a record deal for so long.

The early years (1990-1992)
Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990. It sold 33,000 albums on its first day in Japan alone, and quickly hit platinum status. The ballad "She's Gone" which showcased Matijevic's wide vocal range hit #1 on the International Charts, staying there for 17 weeks. The ballad maintains its popularity in East Asian region until today. It has been played by most of the cover bands those performing in the nightclubs in this region almost every night. It also has been covered by a most popular band in Malaysia who called themselves NRG on the 5th track in their debut album 'Cenderajiwa' in 2002. The second single "I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)" reached #14 on the billboard charts, and was MTV's 2nd most requested video. The album reached #40 on the billboard charts. "Everybody Loves Eileen" and its accompanying video also garnered much success. The song "Can't Stop Me Lovin' You" further showcased Matijevic's vocal range, but this time, lead guitarist Risola's guitar skills were also noticed. The accompanying video was another of the band's hits.

Steelheart's sophomore album, "Tangled In Reins" with many songs containing sounds more like Guns N' Roses than its debut. The song "Steelheart" featured Matijevic hitting his highest note of all the three albums. Since grunge invasion was taking force, the album only reached #144 on the billboard charts. However the ballad "Mama Don't You Cry" charted #1 in many East Asian Countries, including Hong Kong, prompting their Asian tour in September, 1992. The MTV unplugged version in Hong Kong is a success, attracting over 10,000 audience. After weeks of touring in Asia, Steelheart was later asked by the heavy metal band, Slaughter, to go on tour with them. Nearing the end of the tour, Slaughter asked Steelheart to perform one last show which would occur in Denver, Colorado. The show took place on Halloween night. While performing, "Dancing in the Fire", a hit from the "Tangled in Reins" album, Matijevic decided to climb a lighting truss, which was inproperly secured. Matijevic tried to dodge the massive rig, but without success. The 1000 pound truss hit Matijevic on the back of the head, he fell face first on too the stage breaking his nose, cheekbone, jaw and twisting his spine. Matijevic managed to walk off the stage and he was immediately taken to a hospital. "Steelheart" ended that night.

Wait (1996)
Four years later, Matijevic formed a new version of Steelheart with Kenny Kanowski (guitars), Vincent Mele (bass) and Alex Makarovich (drums) to record and release the album "Wait". The album was very different from the previous two albums. The single "Wait" went #1 in many Asian countries, however that was the main area of the album's success, the grunge invasion causing the American European markets to be near closed to classic rock. Original member James Ward joined Steelheart on the tour supporting the album. Also on the "Wait" album, "We All Die Young", the first track, was in the motion picture, "Rock Star," starring Mark Wahlberg. Matijevic stated that "Wait" was the choice of the title because it took a long time to gain freedom from the record company and his greedy manager, who was taking more than what was his.

Rock Star (2001)
In 2001, Matijevic provided the voice for Mark Wahlberg's character in the movie, Rock Star, a story about a music fan who gets to become the singer for his favorite band. The band itself was made up of Zakk Wylde,(Ozzy Osbourne's Guitarist and Frontman of Black Label Society); Jeff Pilson (Dokken) and Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The film also featured a re-recording of the song "We All Die Young", from the SteelHeart's third album "Wait".

Just a Taste & Good 2b Alive (2006-Present)
According to the Steelheart website, a new album Good 2b Alive was due out November 11. 2008. Currently, the Just a Taste is available to order from the website as well as being available live on their most recent tour of the same name. It features three tracks from the upcoming Good 2b Alive, "LOL (Laughing Out Loud)", "Twisted Future", and "Buried Unkind", as well as the previously released track "We All Die Young", from Steelheart's album Wait. The EP is also a preview of what the new players of the band (Mike Humbert on drums and Uros Raskovski on lead guitar have to offer). Steelheart's new sound is modern and edgy while still retaining overtones of Miijenko Matijevic's roots. The live Steelheart DVD is also available online. Meanwhile, former drummer for Steelheart, John Fowler, was working on two new projects- the Voodoo Jets and Smoke before his death. He passed away on 3/21/08 after falling into a coma from suffering a brain aneurysm on 3/17/08. Chris Risola has a guitar studio and rejoined Steelheart for the Just a Taste tour and the touring circle for the album Good 2b Alive. Instrumental guitarist Bill Lonero joined SteelHeart for the Rocklahoma festival on July 13, 2008. He was replaced with Uros Raskovski rejoining the band in early 2009. Uros worked with Miljenko on the new album Good 2B Alive.


"I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)"
Steelheart - I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)
"Can't Stop Me Lovin' You" "Everybody Loves Eileen" Everybody Loves Eileen - - - Steelheart
"Sticky Side Up" Sticky Side Up - - - Steelheart

Discussion Forum

VIDEO: Steelheart - "L.O.L." (off of their latest album, Good 2B Alive) 3 Replies

Started by AndrewAxeman. Last reply by Catherine Fisher Feb 14, 2012.

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Comment by Gin Ruckman on October 13, 2015 at 8:41am

Come join the Steelheart Fan Group on Facebook!!

Comment by Lu on October 21, 2012 at 12:37pm

o yeaaaaaaaah!! <3

Comment by Catherine Fisher on February 24, 2012 at 9:56pm

Steelheart is back with a vengeance!!!  Their new album will be released in the spring & tour dates will be released soon after.  In the meantime, check out their fan page on Facebook to keep up with the band & meet fellow Steelheart fans!!!

Comment by Ernie Rodgers on January 5, 2012 at 5:26pm

Best metal voice in its time even now

Comment by XxXNepTunesXxX on February 27, 2010 at 11:07pm
another very very great hair bands this guy and sebastian bach are the two best male singers in all the WORLD IN MY OPINION ANYWAY i GOT A GREAT SONG TO ADD TO THIS GROUP AND ONE THAT REALLY CAN MAKE THE TEARS FALL ESPECIALLY IF YOU CONNECT TO IT ON A PERSONAL LEVEL
Comment by AndrewAxeman on January 27, 2010 at 3:12pm
US rockers STEELHEART, led by vocalist Miljenko Matijevic, have rescheduled their Korean dates for February 27th and 28th. More details will be revealed soon. Steelheart recently released the latest video from their new album, Good 2B Alive - check out the clip for 'Good 2B Alive Live' at this location.
Comment by Angie B aka Metal Mama on September 3, 2009 at 1:29pm
Never mind Andrew, it is....I wish they would come to my neck of the woods!! =(
Comment by Angie B aka Metal Mama on September 3, 2009 at 1:25pm
So is that the one they are touring for??
Comment by AndrewAxeman on September 3, 2009 at 1:21pm
Well the latest Steelheart album was released back in 2008... it's called, "Good 2B Alive"....
Comment by Angie B aka Metal Mama on September 3, 2009 at 12:20pm
Hey a friend of mine is friends w/ Mike and he told me that Steelheart has new album?? Anyone know anything about it???

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