Matt Letley

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Matt Letley
Letley with Status Quo
at the Brunnsparken, Örebro, Sweden, 2007
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Roger Letley
Born (1961-03-29) 29 March 1961 (age 57)
GenresHard rock
Associated actsStatus Quo

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


Letley attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, in Rochester, Kent. His first recordings, with his brother Mark's progressive rock band Sindelfingen, were made when he was only 12; a live track including him was added to a CD reissue of their rare album Odgipig (he joined after the recording of the original album). 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. Since joining the band Letley often performed a drum solo, 'The Killer', as part of the song "Gerdundula". When "Gerdundula" was dropped from the Quo set, his solo was typically 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. His final concert was on 19 December, at The O2 Arena as the final date of the band's 2012 winter tour.[4]


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

Drums: Noonan Custom

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

Cymbals: Paiste

  • 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

Hardware: 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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