This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Miljenko Matijevic, lead singer and founder of Steelheart. The band is on their 30th anniversary tour and will be performing this Friday, July 23 at The Golden Nugget Las Vegas. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Miljenko talks about the fire inside of him and his work ethic; his new song for World Peace Day (with a chorus of 350 fans); his massive popularity in Asia; his hunt for a recording studio; the accident that sidelined him for months; re-recording some of the the group’s hits in an acoustic setting; and accepting who he is as an artist.
Miljenko was born in Zagreb, Croatia. He moved to America with his family, at the age of six, and began crafting his singing voice. Miljenko knew in his early teens he wanted to be a rock star. He joined a newly formed band named “Red Alert” in the 1980’s who later changed the name to “SteelHeart.” SteelHeart became popular for the multi-octave range of Miljenko’s singing voice, well- crafted melodies, power ballads as well as heavy hitting, hard driving, edgy guitar riffs. Miljenko also was the voice of Mark Wahlberg’s character Chris “Iggy” Cole in the movie Rock Star.