For those who may not have heard of this band, if you are a fan of the movie “Rock Star” starring Jennifer Aniston and Mark Wahlberg, you most likely recognize their hit song, “We All Die Young.”
Born in 1964 in Croatia, Miljenko Matijevic recognized his influence of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were not paralleling the likes of his father. Constantly battling with the approval of their father, Mil and his brother formed a band called Teazer when producer Morgan Walker took note. In a glimpse, New York City they were bound but it all soon fell apart.
Using The Mission and Red Alert as stepping stones, Mil and half the band took off for LA. With a month behind them, a new agent, and a record deal, they recorded their debut album “Steelheart.” With another album behind them, Tangled in Reins, and successful tours, Steelheart was invited to open for a band called Slaughter. It was Halloween night, the Denver based fans at The McNichols arena would never forget.
While performing the song “Dancing in the Fire” Mil climbed a lighting truss not knowing it was improperly secured. The falling rig struck Mil on the back of his head crushing him to the stage face first. Mil suffered a broken nose, cheekbone, jaw, twisted spine and needed 28 stitches in the back of his head. What should have rightfully taken Mil’s life immediately, left him to stand to his feet and walk off the stage leaving 13,000 fans with memories of that performance that would never be forgotten. Steelheart died that night.
The next few chapters of Mil’s life was filled with bits of betrayal by his manager, loss of family members close to him, and attempts at picking up where he left off he finally completed the album Wait, appropriately titled because it took him so long to win his freedom from the record company as well as his manager.
In the recent past, Mil made attempts at forming new bands but nothing came close as the original albums that brought Steelheart its fame. After losing his father in 2003, Mil worked on a new album Good 2B Alive, thoughtfully named for having to learn that everything that has happened in Mil’s life prepared him to what he feels is his best work yet.
Steelheart has been on tour in the last few years, although currently there is no schedule listed.
I leave you with this quote from Mil:
“From anger to peace, through pain to understanding, with patience to victory.”
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