Matt Letley

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Matt Letley
Background information
Birth name Matthew Roger Letley
Born (1961-03-29) 29 March 1961 (age 54)
Genres Hard rock
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Status Quo

Matthew "Matt" Letley (born 29 March 1961) is an English rock drummer, most recently in the English rock band, Status Quo.


Letley's first recording were with his brother Mark's progressive rock band Sindelfingen when he was only 12; a live track including him was added to a CD reissue of their rare LP entitled 'Odgipig (he joined after the recording of that original LP). Letley attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, in Rochester, Kent. As a drummer he played for a number of well-known artists, including a-ha, Bob Geldof, Vanessa Mae, Hank Marvin and Kim Wilde.[1] In April 2015 Matt Letley produced and recorded drum section for the song of Russian alternative rock band 208 Talks of Angels. [2][3]

Having joined Status Quo in 2000, his first tour with the band was in Germany. In 2006, Letley was part of Status Quo's Just Doin' It tour. On the picture to the right, he can be seen performing the drum solo, 'The Killer', that has frequently been included in the song "Gerdundula" since he joined the band. Since "Gerdundula" ceased to be performed in the Quo set, his solo was performed during "In the Army Now".

On 17 December 2012, Letley announced via his website that he would be leaving Status Quo after 12 years with the band. His final concert was Wednesday 19 December, at the O2 Arena as the final date of their 2012 winter tour.[4]


Letley is endorsed by Noonan Custom drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo heads, Vic Firth drumsticks and Hardcases cases.[5]


Noonan Custom

  • 24x16" Bass drum
  • 14x5" Snare drum
  • 10x8" Rack tom
  • 12x9" Rack tom
  • 14x11" Floor tom
  • 16x14" Floor tom



  • 15" Signature Sound Edge Hi-Hats
  • 16" 2002 crash
  • 17" 2002 crash
  • 20" 2002 Power ride
  • 17" 2002 Wild crash
  • 18" 2002 Wild crash
  • 19" 2002 Wild crash
  • 14" Rude Hi-Hats
  • 20" 2002 Novo china
  • 8" Signature bell
  • 8" 2002 splash
  • 10" 2002 splash


Drum Workshop and Pearl Drums

  • Pearl Icon Rack with Pearl cymbal arms
  • DW 9000 Pedals


  1. ^ Gert Ohlsson / Mike Paxman (2001-08-16). "Matt Letley Biography". Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Matt Letley plays with Russian band 208 Talks of angels". 
  3. ^ "Collaborations with musicians". 
  4. ^ Gert Ohlsson / Mike Paxman. "Matt Letley". Matt Letley. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  5. ^ Gert Ohlsson / Mike Paxman. "Matt Letley". Matt Letley. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 

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