Miljenko (aka Mili) Matijevic is the front man of Steelheart. Mili’s powerful voice and multi-octave range has become the heart and soul of the band. 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,” showcasing Matijevic’s incredible vocal range, hit #1 on the International Charts, staying there for 17 weeks. The second single “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” reached #14 on the billboard charts.
Steelheart’s next album Tangled in Reins included songs like “Sticky Side Up” to smooth ballads such as “Mama Don’t You Cry.” Nearing the end of the Tangle in Reins Tour, Slaughter asked Steelheart to perform one last show that took place in Denver. While performing “Dancing in the Fire,” Mili decided to climb a lighting truss, which was improperly secured and caused Milli to have a near fatal accident. Steelheart ended that night.
In 2001, Mili recorded the vocals for Mark Wahlberg’s character in the movie Rock Star also starring Jennifer Aniston. Mili recorded eight songs for the movie, three of which appeared on the soundtrack including the single “We All Die Young” from his third album, Wait; also produced “Wait” reaching #1 in many Asian countries. From May to July of 2010, Mili toured worldwide with Manzarek-Krieger, formed by Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, as their new vocalist.
Although Steelheart began as a glam band in the early ‘90s, Mili has transformed Steelheart with their current line-up with Milijenko Matijevic (lead vocals), Uros Raskovski (guitars), Rev Jones (bass), and Mike Humbert (drums) and has turned it away from the glam scene. Their new sound is modern and edgy while still retaining overtones of Mili’s roots.