THE ACCIDENT THAT NEARLY KILLED ONE OF THE BEST MALE VOCALIST OF ALL TIME

On November 1, 1992 radio rang out with the news of STEELHEART’s vocalist Miljenko “Mili” Matijevic defies death during their concert the previous night. It was Halloween night in Denver, Colorado the end of U.S. tour in support of Great White, when Steelheart was invited to open an additional show for the band Slaughter.


Steelheart was performing "Dancing in the Fire" from the "Tangled in Reins" album when Matijevic was involved in a serious accident. Matijevic decided to climb a lighting truss which was for some reason improperly secured so as Matijevic climbed the rig it broke free. Matijevic tried to dodge the 1000 pound piece of equipment to no avail, it hit him in the back of the head, driving him face first into the stage.


The outcome of the accident was a broken nose, cheekbone, jaw, twisted spine, and severe memory loss. Matijevic miraculously found the strength to walk off the stage and was immediately taken to the hospital. The incident marked the end of Steelheart as the world knew it. That was the last time the original lineup of STEELHEART would ever perform together.


Matijevic had a long, pain stricken, difficult road to recovery as the accident did far more damage than anyone could have known at the time of the accident which left Matijevic to fight this battle alone for a long time. Over the span of four years Matijevic fought the good fight and while he lost everything he never gave up and in his words...  “...I had lost my family, my home, and my money, but I had found myself.”


Today Oct, 19, 2011 Miljenko “Mili” Matijevic is alive and well with a voice that still places him in the category of “One Of The  Best Male Vocalist Of All Time”... and he is pumping out some outstanding work so stay tuned because Mili is just warming up!

LIVE ACTUAL FOOTAGE OF THE STAGE ACCIDENT IN DENVER HALLOWEEN 1992

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