SteelHeart frontman Miljenko Matijevic reveals there’s a lot more to come from the movie ‘Rock Star’
SteelHeart lead vocalist Miljenko Matijevic was recently interviewed by Tom Amoriello Jr. for Boston Rock Radio and the singer was asked about his experience with the cult favourite movie Rock Star.
Matijevic replied: “The best way to describe the experience is “fun.” We had no choice but to enjoy the process of creating history together. The band, the producer, the engineers, and everyone who was involved with the project were amazing and a pleasure to work with. We ate, drank, and rocked like “Rock Stars” every day we worked on the album. There was no shortage of fun. One day when we were in rehearsal the music director came in and asked if we had any songs from any of our previous albums or had written something recently that may work in the movie. The first time I played them “We All Die Young”, they all immediately wanted to add the song in the movie. That made my day! The original version of that song is on my album called Wait. [There’s] some really great songs on that album. You should give it a spin! There is a lot more to come from that movie, I can’t talk about it right now but I am certain you will hear about it soon.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Miljenko Matijevic by Tom Amoriello Jr. at Boston Rock Radio‘s website.
Wikipedia summarizes the movie Rock Star as follows (with slight edits): “Rock Star is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Herek and starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. It tells the story of Chris “Izzy” Cole, a tribute band singer who ascended to the position of lead vocalist of his favorite band, which was inspired by the real-life story of Tim “Ripper” Owens, singer in a Judas Priest tribute band who was chosen to replace singer Rob Halford when he left the band.”
In terms of the cast for the movie, Wikipedia indicates: “The band members are portrayed by ex-Dokken and current Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, Black Label Society founder and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, actor Dominic West, and ex-Foreigner and Black Country Communion drummer Jason Bonham (the son of the late John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin). Myles Kennedy, who was at the time the lead vocalist of The Mayfield Four and now the frontman of Alter Bridge and Slash‘s solo project, makes a cameo appearance.
The singing voice for Wahlberg‘s character was provided by Steelheart frontman Miljenko Matijevic for the Steel Dragon songs, and the final number was dubbed by Brian Vander Ark. Jeff Scott Soto (of Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul SirkUS, and Journey) provided the voice of the singer Wahlberg‘s character replaces. Kennedy is the only actor whose actual voice is used. Ralph Saenz (Steel Panther) also appears briefly, as the singer auditioning ahead of Chris at the studio.
Blood Pollution (Chris Cole‘s former band and a Steel Dragon tribute band) is also made up of known musical artists, including guitarist Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), drummer Blas Elias (Slaughter), and bassist Brian Vander Ark (The Verve Pipe, who also contributed a song to the film’s soundtrack). Actor Timothy Olyphant portrays Blood Pollution‘s guitarist, Rob Malcolm. Bradley, the singer who replaces Chris in Blood Pollution, is played by Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins.”
Steel Dragon‘s “We All Die Young” video:
no! This is not Mark Wahlberg’s voice (Marky Mark) This voice belongs to Miljenko Matijevic. We All Die Young is a song by vocalist Miljenko Matijevic (Stee…