Drummer - Hard Rock, Heavy metal
Bands: Ace Frehley, Kevin DuBrow, Beautiful Creatures, Dizzy Reed, Bang Tango, Hotel Diablo
The 2014 release drew comparisons to 70's KISS and Frehley 1978 solo album. While remaining with Frehley, in 2013 Starr began playing with Burning Rain which was formed by Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich and Montrose vocalist Keith St John. He also toured the UK and U.S. with Love/Hate. In 2004 Starr toured with Quiet Riot front man Kevin DuBrow in support of DuBrow's solo release "In For The Kill". In 2005 Matt co-wrote and recorded Beautiful Creatures sophomore release "Deuce" (Spitfire Records) and toured with the band the same year. The song "Freedom" was placed in the 2009 Sandra Bullock film "The Proposal". "Anyone", also from Deuce was placed in the FX series "Sons Of Anarchy" that aired on October 8 at 10:00 p.m. In late 2004, Starr formed the band Hookers & Blow with Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) and current Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi. The band toured the U.S. in 2004.
He also played with Bang Tango and recorded the CD "Ready To Go" (Shrapnel 2004). The album was produced and mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Taylor Hawkins). In 2007 Starr stepped away from drumming and formed The Automatic Music Explosion as a singer and spent the next 2 years recording with multi-platinum producer Mike Chapman. The two met after Starr showed up the producer's east coast home and asked him to produce the record. Due to lack of label support the record never saw a proper release, however several of the tracks were licensed to various cable television shows and movies including SpongeBob SquarePants. In the summer of 2012 Starr co-produced the debut release of the hard rock band Hotel Diablo's "The Return To Psycho California" along with Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.
In early 2013, Matt was asked to join the rock band Burning Rain for their 2013 release "Epic Obsession". The band features Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, former Montrose singer Keith St. John and Dokken bassist Sean McNabb. This also lead to Starr touring with Aldrich's other band Steamroller which included bassist/singer Michael Devin also of Whitesnake.
In Fall of 2013 Ace Frehley announced on Eddie Trunk's radio show that he had signed a deal with eOne Entertainment and that Starr would be the drummer on the record. This is the first time that a drummer other than Late Night With David Letterman drummer Anton Fig would play on the majority of one of Frehley's records since his 1978 solo LP.
Matt Starr Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 16.