MATT PERFORMS WITH GENE SIMMONS & JOHNNY DEPP FOR MENDING KIDS CHARITY
ACE FREHLEY, MATT STARR & CHRIS WYSE TO PEFORM AT WHO TRIBUTE SHOW IN LOS ANGELES
Matt will be joined by The Cult bassist Chris Wyse & Ace Frehley at The Ox And The Loon, a special event honoring Keith Moon & John Entwistle of The Who. Other perfomers include Michael Anthony (Van Halen) Robert Trujillo (Metallica) Stephen Perkins, Kenny Aronoff, Chad Smith (RHCP) & others. April 24, 2014 House of Blues Hollywood, CA
MATT TO PERFORM AT BONZO BASH NAMM JANUARAY 2014
Catch Matt at the NAMM Show Bonzo Bash, January 23 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The show show is a tribute to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and will include drummers from Korn, Marily Manson, AC/DC, Melissa Ethridge, Billy Idol & others. He will also be signgin at the Ludwig booth Saturday @ 1:00pm. see tour page for details
MATT FEATURED IN CURRENT ISSUE OF NOT SO MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE
When touring with Ace Frehley, Matt plays a custom kit of vintage Ludwig drums covered in "chrome". The restoration was done by east coast drum guru Mark Carter and is documented in the latest issue of Not So Modern Drummer. To read the story & see the pix click here.
MATT STARR ENDORSES VATER DRUM STICKS
In August, Starr joined the Vater Percussion family. “Chad Brandolini (Director Of Artist Relations) & Vater have been great to me & I’m very proud to join their roster with so many legendary drummers. The bottom line is they have the best wood out there. It’s indestructible. And I destroy a lot of gear.”
MATT STARR ON TOUR WITH ACE FREHLEY
The summer of 2012 has been a busy one for drummer/singer & producer Matt Starr. In June, Matt was announced as the new drummer for KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. In addition to playing drums with the legendary axe man, Matt’s duties include singing the vocal parts of KISS frontman Paul Stanley. Starr sings lead on KISS classics “Love Gun”, “I Want You” & “Shout It Out Loud”. Matt says, “Paul is an amazing singer & I take singing his parts very seriously. It’s important for me to really kick ass for all the KISS fans.” The band spent the summer performing throughout the U.S. and is planning to hit the studio this fall and start work on Ace's next studio album.
The first show at New York City’s Best Buy Theatre was attended by David Letterman Band drummer Anton Fig. Anton has played on all of Frehley’s solo releases. “We opened with ‘Rip It Out’, which is the first track on Ace’s 1978 solo LP.” Matt recalls, “It has these 4 killer drum breaks in the middle that were played by Anton. So my first show with Ace, not only do I have my family and all the New York City Ace fans, but I also have Anton standing on the side of the stage watching. I loved it!”
photos: David "Gus" Griesinger
Matt Starr and producer Warren Huart have partnered with Pro Mix Academy to create " P R O D U C I N G A N D RECORDING DRUMS WITH MATT STARR". "This DVD takes the viewer from the very beginning of the session – picking drums, microphones, etc. to hearing the song for the first time , multiple takes and explanation of every decision Matt makes a s w e l l a s bonus material including Matt's drum samples a n d the files f r o m the session for students to mix."
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MATT TO DO UK TOUR WITH LOVE/HATE
Los Angeles rockers LOVE/HATE have announced the UK dates of their Crucified '14 tour. Additional dates including North America will be announced in January. The band features original LOVE/HATE vocalist JIZZY PEARL, ROBBIE CRANE (RATT, Lynch Mob) Bass, KERI KELLI (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit) Guitar & MATT STARR (Ace Frehley) Drums
MATT TO PLAY ALL-STAR BENEFIT FOR FALLEN POLICE OFFICERS
Matt will be joining Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Keith St John (Montrose) and Sean McNabb (Dokken, Quiet Riot) on November 10 at the Recher Theater in Towson, MD for the Rock Harvest benefit. This event is being presented as a Fallen Blue Police Benefit. "I am very grateful to be joining Doug, Keith & Sean as a part of this event. It's a great feeling to give back." Also on the bill are Don Dokken, AJ Pero (Twisted Sister) and members of L.A. Guns.
MATT IS NOW ACCEPTING DRUM STUDENTS
Private lessons are available to students in Los Angeles and Skype lessons are available to students worldwide. For details click here.
"GEORGETOWN TO BE RELEASED FALL 2012
Matt is finishing up work on his first solo release, "Georgetown". The record was made with the help of guitarist/keyboardist T-bone Andersson (Planet of the Abts) and bassist Jorgen Carlsson (Gov't Mule). The record is a stylistic departure for Matt and the first release in over 3 years since The Automatic Music Explosion EP, produced by Mike Chapman (The Sweet, Blondie, The Knack).
"Georgetown" is a collection on songs written by Matt & recorded during 2011-2012. The record is named after the small Connecticut town where his Grandparents lived & where Matt spent many of his summers. "The styles range from straight ahead rock to some sort of Neil Young kinda thing. I'm not sure where it came from but it's all really good. T-bone & Jorgen played some amazing stuff on it as well."
photo: Anu Gunn
NEW ACE FREHLEY CD TO FEATURE SLASH AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS . . .
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist S l a s h has recorded a guest appearance for original K I S S axeman Ace Frehley's forthcoming covers album , due later in the year via SPV/Steamhammer.
Slash wrote on Twitter : " Had a really fun , live session with @Ace_Frehley last night jamming on a #ThinLizzy tune for his new covers album . Good times ! "
Frehley told Billboard.com earlier in the year about his covers disc : "The album's going to be about my influences . I'm probably doing a ROLLING STONES song , a WHO song , possibly a LED ZEPPELIN song, maybe a BEATLES song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me . Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage KISS stuff and a FREHLEY'S COMET track."
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ACE FREHLEY "SPACE INVADER" DEBUTS AT #9 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 & SELLS OVER 19,000 COPIES IN FIRST WEEK
The new solo album by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley debuted at #9 on the Billboard album chart this week, giving the founding KISS guitarist his highest charting solo album ever, out charting his 1978 release It’s also his first top 10 solo record.
NEW ACE FREHLEY RECORD "SPACE INVADER" TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 12, 2014
KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will get back in the groove on his first solo album in half a decade this summer. Space Invader, due out June 24th. It's the first release under a record deal with eOne Music. This is the first record Ace has used a drummer other than Anton Fig. Listen to Ace talk to Eddie Trunk about recording the new record with Matt. Listen here
EUROPE TOUR SEPTEMBER WITH STEAMROLLER
Matt will be joining Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake) & Michael Devin (Whitesnake) for Steamroller's European tour this September. click here for tour dates
BURNING RAIN: "MY LUST YOUR FATE" VIDEO RELEASED
"My Lust Your Fate", a new video from BURNING RAIN, has been released to support the May 18 release of the CD "Epic Obsession"(Frontiers, Warners, Japan). The clip was filmed last month with director Devin DeHaven of Fortress Entertainment (PAPA ROACH, WHITESNAKE, METHOD MAN, TALIB KWELI).
MATT STARR FEATURED IN KISS ARMY MEXICO CURRENT ISSUE
KISS Army Mexico's current issue features an interview with Matt regarding his summer tour with Ace & plans for the new record in 2013.
HOTEL DIABLO CUTOM MERC NOW AVAILABLE AT FORGOTTEN SAINTS LOS ANGELES
Hotel Diablo merch, along with Cody Varona “Psycho California” custom designs are now exclusively available at Forgotten Saints LA.
Cody Varona conjures custom pieces for individuals and styles by hand. She has worked with everyone from Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses to Rihanna, Buckcherry to Black Eyed Peas, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
HOTEL DIABLO WORLD WIDE RELEASES DEBUT
Hotel Diablo announced on June 12 that they have signed a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records for the physical release of their full length debut 'The Return To Psycho, California'. The album was produced by Matt Starr & Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses, Rockstar Supernova) and will be available worldwide September 25 at Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and FYE retailers via Scarlet Records/Entertainment One. VH1 Classic's That Metal Show named the album "Pick Of The Week". Entertainment One (Bush, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society) will be distributing the CD in the US.
MATT AND THE KILLBIRDS...
Matt is currently mixing the debut for Los Angeles indie rock duo The Killbirds. The band consists of Aussie native singer/guitarist Simon Bell & drummer Heath Cooley. Matt describes the band as "loud & nasty with orchestral-like walls of feedback & noise supporting really great melodic songs."