Steelheart

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Steelheart
Miljenko Matijevic - picture by Simone van den Boom.jpg
Background information
Also known as Red Alert
Origin Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Genres
Years active 1989–present
Labels MCA, MCM/Steelheart
Website www.steelheartstore.com
Members Miljenko Matijevic
Mike Humbert
Joe Pessia
Marten Andersson
Uros Raskovski
Past members Chris Risola
Frank DiConstanzo
James Ward
John Fowler
Kenny Kanowski
Vincent Mele
Alex Makarovich
Sigve Sjursen
Bill Lonero
Jack Wilkenson
Joe Henderson
Timm Hamm
Rev Jones
Uros Raskovski with Steelheart at Rockfest 80's
Uros Raskovski with Steelheart at Rockfest 80's music festival on November 4, 2017 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Steelheart is a rock band based in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States, formed in 1990.

History[edit]

Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert[1] whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (lead guitar), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and Miljenko Matijevic (vocals). Frank DiCostanzo joined as a rhythm guitarist and John Fowler replaced Jack Wilkenson. Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990.[2] The second single "I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)" reached No. 23 on the Billboard charts.[3]

Steelheart's second album, Tangled in Reins, was released in 1992,[4] reaching No. 144 on the Billboard charts. The single "Mama Don't You Cry" charted No. 1 in many East Asian Countries,[citation needed] including Hong Kong, leading to an Asian tour in September, 1992. Towards the end of their tour of Asia, Steelheart was asked by Slaughter to open for them at a show in Denver, Colorado[2] on Halloween night, 1992. During the performance Matijevic was struck in the head by a lighting truss, knocking him to the ground face first and injuring his skull, jaw, nose, and spine.[5] The accident and the shifting musical climate cause the band to go on hiatus shortly thereafter.

Miljenko Matijevic at Rockfest 80's in Pembroke Pines, Florida on Nov. 4, 2017.
Miljenko Matijevic at Rockfest 80's in Pembroke Pines, Florida on November 4, 2017.

in 1996 a revamped lineup of Steelheart emerged with guitarist Kenny Kanowski, bassist Vincent Mele and drummer Alex Makarovich, leaving Matijevic the only original member.[2][6] The new Steelheart recorded and released the album Wait. Original member James Ward joined Steelheart on the tour supporting the album. Though the album failed to chart in the US, the track "We All Die Young" was featured in the motion picture Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg.

In 2016, Steelheart appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 melodic/hard rock festival with Marten Andersson from Lynch Mob and Lizzy Borden filling in on bass, held in Nottingham, United Kingdom on October 22, as the headline act of the second day.[7] Reviews of the band's performance were mixed.[8] On August 1, 2017, the band released the music video for "You Got Me Twisted". The video was produced by Matijevic and juxtaposes the lead singer with a few "twisted" scenes of him and a stunning blonde. The subsequent album titled Through Worlds of Stardust was released via Frontiers Records on September 15, 2017.

On August 12, 2017, Steelheart was the headliner at the Busan Rockfestival at the Samnak Ecological Park, Busan, South Korea in front of fifty thousand people, the band featured Miljenko Matijevic (vocals), Mike Humbert (drums), Joe Pessia (guitars) and Marten Andersson (bass).

On November 4, 2017, Steelheart performed on day one of the Rockfest 80s music festival held in Pembroke Pines (Broward County), Florida.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Miljenko Matijevic – lead vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitar, piano (1990–1992, 1996, 2006–present)
  • Uros Raskovski – lead and rhythm guitar (2006–2008, 2009–2010, 2014–present)
  • Rev Jones – bass (2007–present)
  • Mike Humbert – drums, percussion (2006–present)

Past members[edit]

  • Chris Risola – lead guitar, backing vocals (1990–1992, 2006–2014)
  • Frank DiCostanzo – rhythm guitar, bass, backing vocals (1990–1992)
  • James "Jimmy" Ward – bass, piano, backing vocals (1990–1992, 1996)
  • John Fowler – drums, backing vocals (1990–1992; died 2008)
  • Kenny Kanowski – lead guitar (1996; died 2017)
  • Vincent Mele – bass (1996)
  • Alex Makarovich – drums (1996)
  • Bill Lonero – lead guitar (2008)
  • Timm Hamm – bass guitar (2015)
  • Jack Wilkenson – drums (1990)
  • John Moss – lead guitar (1991)
  • Marten Andersson – bass (2016–2017)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US Hot 100 US Main Rock
1990 "Can't Stop Me Lovin' You"
1991 "I'll Never Let You Go" 23 24
"She's Gone" 59
"Everybody Loves Eileen" 34
1992 "Mama Don't You Cry"
1996 "Wait"
2008 "Good 2B Alive"
2011 "Black Dog" (Led Zeppelin cover)
2017 "Got Me Runnin"
"Lips of Rain"

Video albums[edit]

Year Title Certifications
2006 Steelheart – Still Hard

References[edit]

External links[edit]