Matt Starr

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Matt Starr
Matt Starr sitting behind a drum kit, head turned to one side, grinning
Starr performing in 2015
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
  • Drums
  • vocals
Formerly ofBurning Rain

Matt Starr is an American drummer. He has performed with numerous artists and bands throughout his career, including Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner, Love/Hate, Kevin DuBrow, and Mr. Big.


In 2005, Starr co-wrote and recorded the Beautiful Creatures sophomore release, Deuce, and toured with the band the same year. The song "Freedom" was used in the 2009 Sandra Bullock film The Proposal.[1] "Anyone", also from Deuce, was used in the FX series Sons of Anarchy.[2] In late 2004, Starr formed the band Hookers & Blow with Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi. The band toured the U.S. in 2004.[3]

Starr performing in Detroit in 2012 with KISS guitarist Ace Frehley

In 2007, the musician stepped away from drumming and formed The Automatic Music Explosion as a singer, and spent the next two years recording with multi-platinum producer Mike Chapman.[4] The two met after Starr showed up at the producer's East Coast home and asked him to produce the record.[5] Due to a lack of label support, the record never saw a proper release; however, several of the tracks were licensed to various cable television shows and movies, including SpongeBob SquarePants.

In the summer of 2012, Starr, together with Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, co-produced The Return to Psycho California, the debut release by hard rock band Hotel Diablo.[6] The same year, Starr joined former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's band.[7][6] He played drums on Frehley's 2014 release, Space Invader.[8] He is the only drummer other than Late Night with David Letterman drummer Anton Fig to play on the entirety of one of Frehley's records.[citation needed] Starr also played on several tracks from Frehley's subsequent releases, Origins, Vol. 1; Spaceman; and Origins Vol. 2. While remaining with Frehley, in 2013 Starr began playing with Burning Rain, a band formed by Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, Montrose vocalist Keith St John, and Dokken bassist Sean McNabb. He performed on their 2013 album, Epic Obsession.[9]

In 2014, Starr began filling in for Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He sat in on the band's ...The Stories We Could Tell world tour[10] and played on several tracks from their 2017 album, Defying Gravity.[11] He went on to tour with Mr. Big once more as they promoted their latest release.[12]


  1. ^ IMDB. "The Proposal Soundtrack List". IMDB. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Price, Christopher. "BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Track Licensed For FX Program Sons of Anarchy". Retrieved September 23, 2008.
  3. ^ Rao, Deb. "DIZZY REED RETURNS TO LUCKY DOG THIS FRIDAY NIGHT". Archived from the original on April 16, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2004.
  4. ^ Baskin, Richard. "Modern Times: Mike Chapman Today". Classic Tracks. Media House, Cambridge UK. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Wolfman, Jeff (October 30, 2008). "AUTOMATIC FUN with The Automatic Music Explosion". All Access Magazine: 32–36. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Lafon, Mitch. "Drummer MATT STARR Joins Legendary KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley; Produces HOTEL DIABLO Debut". Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Lafon, Mitch. "Hot Flashes". Bravewords. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "ACE FREHLEY Signs with eOne Music". November 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "Burning Rain | Epic Obsession". April 23, 2013.
  10. ^ "MR. BIG Taps ACE FREHLEY Drummer MATT STARR for Upcoming Tour". August 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "MR. BIG to Release 'Defying Gravity' Album in July; Complete Details Revealed". May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  12. ^ "MATT STARR Joins Once Again MR BIG on World Tour". May 12, 2017.

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