May 22

Steelheart – I’ll Never Let You Go

Steelheart – I’ll Never Let You Go

Steelheart - I'll- Never- Let- You- Go

Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (guitars), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and after auditioning, Miljenko Matijevic on vocals. Frank DiCostanzo joined as a second guitarist and John Fowler replaced Jack Wilkenson on drums, after leaving the band Rage of Angels. Recording a four-track demo tape, Matijevic managed to meet artist manager Stan Poses. Poses wasn’t interested but the next day, after hearing the demo tape, called confirming that “Red Alert” had just been given a contract with MCA records. Realizing that the Red Alert name was already taken, the band settled on Steelheart allegedly because of their attitude after trying to get a record deal for so long.

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Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990. It sold 33,000 albums on its first day in Japan alone[citation needed], and quickly hit platinum status. The ballad “She’s Gone” which showcased Matijevic’s wide vocal range hit No. 1 on the International Charts, staying there for 17 weeks.  The ballad maintains its popularity in East Asian region through to today[citation needed]. It has been played by most of the cover bands those performing in the nightclubs in this region almost every night. The second single “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” reached No. 14 on the Billboard charts, and was MTV’s 2nd most requested video. The album reached No. 40 on the Billboard charts. “Everybody Loves Eileen” and its accompanying video also garnered much success. The song “Can’t Stop Me Lovin’ You” further showcased Matijevic’s vocal range, but this time, lead guitarist Risola’s guitar skills were also noticed. The accompanying video was another of the band’s hits. In the song “Love Ain’t Easy”, Matijevic hits his highest note of all three albums.

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Mar 03

Steelheart-We All Die Young

Steelheart-We All Die Young

Steelheart-We -All- Die -Young
Song:We All Die Young
Album:Wait
Released:October 25, 1996
Recorded:1996
Writer(s) Miljenko Matijevic, Kenny Kanowski
Producer(s) Miljenko Matijevic, Kit Woolven

Steelheart-We All Die Young

 

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In 2001, Matijevic provided some of the vocals for Mark Wahlberg‘s character in the movie, Rock Star, a story about a music fan who gets to become the singer for his favorite band. The band itself was made up of Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne‘s former guitarist and frontman of Black Label Society), Jeff Pilson (Dokken) and Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelindrummer John Bonham. The film also featured a re-recording of the song “We All Die Young“, from the Steelheart’s third album Wait. Kenny Kanowski went on to record his new CD with Vincent Mele on bass, and various musicians from Los Angeles. His newest CD is entitled Yabble Diddy Woop Woop which has gotten rave reviews.

“We All Die Young” is a song by Michael Matijevic of Steelheart. It is the first song from the 1996 album Wait. The song was covered by the fictional band Steel Dragon in the 2001 film Rock Star, with Miljenko Matijevic on vocals, Zakk Wylde on guitar, Jeff Pilson on bass and Jason Bonham on drums.For the movie, Matijevic performed the vocals for Mark Wahlberg‘s character, Chris “Izzy” Cole.

In 2007, the song was covered by melodic metal band Eden’s Curse for their self-titled debut album.

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