Steelheart is a band fronted by Miljenko Matijevic. Mili’s powerful voice and multi-octave range has become the heart and soul of the band. Although they began as a Hair/Metal band in the early 90’s Steelheart's new sound is contemporary and edgy while, still retaining overtones of Miljenko Matijevic's roots. Writing and producing, Matijevic in this new album, has fused his past, present and the future together, creating an undeniable piece of art. “A modern day Led Zeppelin” (Mitch Lafon BW&BK).
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. Steelheart's sophomore album, "Tangled In Reins" was released in 1992 with moderate success in the US (given the grunge invasion) but to great acclaim in East Asia. After a serious accident happened on Halloween night in 1992, when an improperly secured lighting truss hit Matijevic on the back of the head, 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.
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 but featured the song “We All Die Young” later included in a re-recorded version in the “Rock Star” movie soundtrack, which saw Matijevic providing the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character in the movie. The movie soundtrack was performed by Matijevic (and Jeff Scott Soto) on vocals and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and frontman of Black Label Society), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner) and Jason Bonham. Steelheart’s last studio album “Good 2b Alive” was released in 2008.
MY DIRTY GIRL
YOU GOT ME TWISTED
LIPS OF RAIN
WITH LOVE WE LIVE AGAIN
GOT ME RUNNING
I'M SO IN LOVE WITH YOU
Musicians on the album:
Guitars: Uros Raskovski, Kenny Kanowski (guitar solo on “My Dirty Girl”)
Bass: James “Rev” Jones, Sigve Sjursen, Jesse Stern
Drums: Mike Humbert, Randy Cooke
Piano: Daniel Fouché, Ed Roth