September 30, 1965 |
Brooklyn, NY, United States
|Associated acts||Anthrax, Skid Row, White Lion|
Fallon (aka Matt Frankel) moved to central New Jersey at the age of eight with his parents and younger brother, and by 15 he was playing in a neighborhood garage band with drummer Paul Monroe (aka Paul Schneiderman) who later played with the LA band XYZ.
Inspired by bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and AC/DC, Fallon fronted several local acts in the early 1980s including Steel Fortune where he teamed up with guitar player Dave Sabo. Steel Fortune and Anthrax were both on the bill when Metallica came to the Sayreville, New Jersey area in 1983 to promote the release of their first album. In mid 1984 Scott Ian of Anthrax crossed paths with Fallon again at a Steel Fortune show in New York. After the show Ian asked Fallon if he would like to try out for the lead vocals spot recently vacated by Neil Turbin. Fallon accepted and Anthrax began writing & recording their next album “Spreading the Disease” at Pyramid Studios in Ithaca, New York. However, Fallon left before finishing the album, and he was replaced by Joey Belladonna. In a 1986 interview with German magazine Metal Hammer, Scott Ian claims Fallon was fired from Anthrax and calls him "ein arrogantes a-loch" (an arrogant a-hole).
In 1986, Fallon was contacted by Sabo about fronting his newly formed band Skid Row. Fallon accepted, and Skid Row began recording a demo at Jon Bon Jovi's studio in Philadelphia while playing crowd favorites like "Youth Gone Wild" and "18 and Life" in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania area clubs throughout the year. Fallon also co-wrote the song “Midnight/Tornado” with Sabo. In December 1986 Fallon & Skid Row opened for Bon Jovi on their Slippery When Wet tour in Bethlehem and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Fallon and Skid Row parted ways in 1987 and he was later replaced by Sebastian Bach.
Fallon continued to front local bands from 1987 through the mid-1990s. In 1990, he married Debra Contillo, and in 1991 he had a daughter, Brittany Rene.