Steelheart is a rock band based in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States, formed in 1989.

Miljenko Matijevic - picture by Simone van den Boom.jpg
Background information
Also known asRed Alert
OriginNorwalk, Connecticut, United States
Years active1989–present
LabelsMCA, MCM/Steelheart
MembersMiljenko Matijevic
Mike Humbert
Joe Pessia
Marten Andersson
Past membersChris Risola
Frank DiConstanzo
James Ward
John Fowler
Kenny Kanowski
Vincent Mele
Alex Makarovich
Sigve Sjursen
Bill Lonero
Jack Wilkenson
Joe Henderson
Rev Jones
Uros Raskovski
Uros Raskovski with Steelheart at Rockfest 80's
Uros Raskovski with Steelheart at Rockfest 80's music festival on November 4, 2017 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.


Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert[1] whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (lead guitar), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and Miljenko Matijevic ('Mike', vocals). Frank DiCostanzo joined as a rhythm guitarist and John Fowler replaced Jack Wilkenson. Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990.[2] The second single "I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)" reached No. 23 on the Billboard charts.[3]

Steelheart's second album, Tangled in Reins, was released in 1992,[4] reaching No. 144 on the Billboard charts. The single "Mama Don't You Cry" charted No. 1 in many East Asian Countries,[citation needed] including Hong Kong, leading to an Asian tour in September, 1992. Towards the end of their tour of Asia, Steelheart was asked by Slaughter to open for them at a show in Denver, Colorado[2] on Halloween night in 1992. While performing “Dancing in the Fire,” from their “Tangled in Reins” album, Matijevic attempted to climb an unsecured lighting truss, which toppled over and both he and the truss fell to the stage. In attempting to evade it, the truss landed on top of him, crushing him face first into the stage and Matijevic suffered a broken nose, cheekbone, jaw and a twisted spine.[5]

Miljenko Matijevic at Rockfest 80's in Pembroke Pines, Florida on November 4, 2017.

In 1996 a revamped lineup of Steelheart emerged with guitarist Kenny Kanowski, bassist Vincent Mele and drummer Alex Makarovich, leaving Matijevic as the only original member.[2][6] The new Steelheart recorded and released the album Wait. Original member James Ward joined Steelheart on the tour supporting the album. Though the album failed to chart in the US, the track "We All Die Young" was featured in the motion picture Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.

In 2016, Steelheart appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 melodic/hard rock festival with Marten Andersson from Lynch Mob and Lizzy Borden on bass, held in Nottingham, United Kingdom on October 22, as the headline act of the second day.[7]

Band membersEdit

Current membersEdit

  • Miljenko Matijevic – lead vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitar, piano (1990–1992, 1996, 2006–present)
  • Joe Pessia – lead and rhythm guitar (2017–present)
  • Marten Andersson – bass (2016–present)
  • Mike Humbert – drums, percussion (2006–present)

Past membersEdit

  • Chris Risola – lead guitar, backing vocals (1990–1992, 2006–2014)
  • Frank DiCostanzo – rhythm guitar, bass, backing vocals (1990–1992)
  • James Ward – bass, piano, backing vocals (1990–1992, 1996)
  • John Fowler – drums, backing vocals (1990–1992; died 2008)
  • Kenny Kanowski – lead guitar (1996; died 2017)
  • Vincent Mele – bass (1996)
  • Alex Makarovich – drums (1996)
  • Bill Lonero – lead guitar (2008)
  • Jack Wilkenson – drums (1990)
  • John Moss – lead guitar (1991)
  • Rev Jones – bass (2007–2016)
  • Uros Raskovski – lead and rhythm guitar (2006–2008, 2009–2010, 2014–2017)





Year Single Chart positions
US Hot 100 US Main Rock
1990 "Can't Stop Me Lovin' You"
1991 "I'll Never Let You Go" 23 24
"She's Gone" 59
"Everybody Loves Eileen" 34
1992 "Mama Don't You Cry"
1996 "Wait"
2008 "Good 2B Alive"
2011 "Black Dog" (Led Zeppelin cover)
2017 "Got Me Runnin"
"Lips of Rain"

Video albumsEdit

Year Title Certifications
2006 Steelheart – Still Hard


  1. ^ "Artist Biography". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  2. ^ a b c "Meet The Band".
  3. ^ "Steelheart I'll Never Let You Go Chart History".
  4. ^ "Steelheart - Tangled In Reins". Discogs.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Steelheart - Biography - Billboard".
  7. ^ "Rockingham 2016". Songkick.

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