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.
Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990. It sold 33,000 albums on its first day in Japan alone, 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. 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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