EMOTIONS were running high when I met Matt Goss.
We’re staying at a central London hotel where the former Bros singer has flown in from his home in the US to talk about his upcoming solo album The Beautiful Unknown.
There were tears in his eyes when he opened up about his late mother Carol, who influenced the record so much, but so much joy when Matt told me how proud he was of The Beautiful Unknown and why it’s time for him to be taken seriously as a solo artist.
Born in South London, Matt now splits his time at home in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, traveling to the UK frequently.
He is feeling sentimental back in his home city and is looking for a base here after a lonely period in his life.
It’s hard for singer as he talks about his beloved late mother, who passed away from cancer in 2014.
Matt, 53, says: “There are so many memories here, and epidemic which means we are separate from everyone.
“In London, playing this new album, I felt very emotional because it felt like people were hearing it for the first time.
“It’s a very soulful record and I’m as proud of it as a pop record. I want to lift people up.”
He described working on the album as “emotional” as he dealt with the pain of losing his mother.
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Wiping away tears, he said: “She has gallbladder cancer that has spread to her entire body, including her liver.
“I was performing at my residence at Caesars Palace when my mother was seriously ill.
“I took her to Atlanta to try homeopathy and was traveling from LA to Vegas to Atlanta.
“It was exhausting, then it became clear that that approach wasn’t working for Mom and she said, ‘I just want to get back with you’.
“So I took Mom back to my home in LA and took care of her.”
‘I want to compete with the big boys’
Tears began to flow as he told about how he had to clean his mother’s lungs every day because of a tumor and once her stomach burst and she was covered in blood.
“It was a violent experience,” he said. Right in the end, she really isn’t herself and is in great pain. Mom was only 67 years old when she passed away.”
It’s about my mother, my family, and my experience with pain. There’s great symbolism in that video. It is important for me to express my feelings on this record. My mom would be so proud of it
Matt needs some respite after opening up about his mother’s final days.
And when he returned to our interview, he apologized for being upset. In 1988, at the height of their fame, Bros brothers Luke and Matt lost their sister Carolyn in a car crash.
Matt said his recent single Somewhere To Fall was affected by the deaths of his mother and sister.
“It’s about my mother, my family, and my experience with grief,” he said. There’s great symbolism in that video. It is important for me to express my feelings on this record. My mother would be very proud of that. “
Matt smiled as he told me how a friend compared The Beautiful Unknown to George Michael’s classic album Faith.
“She said, ‘Matt, this is your Belief’. She didn’t compare it to that record, but how important it is to George in the way that this makes sense to me. It’s a record that I can travel and share my music again. ”
It also showcases Matt’s soulful voice, and is rooted in classical pop music.
He said, “I don’t want to go down the nostalgic route, I want to compete with the big boys, and I think this album has done that.
That’s when the two stopped communicating and became warriors. I got out of a relationship where I loved this woman, but we just couldn’t see each other halfway and it got a little toxic.
“It is current and contemporary. It has to be, or else I wouldn’t be sitting here with you. I wouldn’t want to waste your time with something that isn’t real. ”
Somewhere To Fall isn’t the only song inspired by an idol. The album’s title track is “a bit of a bow to The Beatles and Billy Joel. I love this song”.
Matt says he’s especially proud of the ballad Soldiers Of War – his favorite song from the album.
He added: “It was one of the last songs I wrote. I feel like we need a moment of relief because we’re all blasters. It just has a George Michael element to that song, which I love.
‘I Love This Woman But It’s Turning Toxic’
“That’s when the two stopped communicating and became warriors. I was about to get out of a relationship where I loved this woman, but we couldn’t meet halfway and it became a bit toxic.
“And that is where Soldiers Of War originates. You know, we were once defenders of love.
“Then you turn into these self-destructive people.”
Matt has been open about finding love and says he has yet to meet the right person to settle down with – a surprise to hear from a man who was once one of the most famous men. 80s.
He said: “My last girlfriend just wanted to be on social media all the time and that’s not how I wanted to live.
It’s a song about hope coming out of a dark situation. It also has a bit of Stevie (Wonder, Matt’s idol) in it.
“I said, ‘We can have a life together where we hold hands and hang out and have dinner as girlfriends or boyfriends or you post our lives online. I realized that life on social media wouldn’t be right for me.
“And so there’s a song on the album called Saved, about the pain you have to go through to find joy, and that’s the right person.
“Even though the song is about infidelity, it’s positive – how you broke my heart but saved my life.
“It is a song about hope emerging from a dark situation. It also has a bit of Stevie (Wonder, Matt’s idol) in it too. ”
As Bros, with his twin brother Luke and classmate Craig Logan, Matt was in Britain’s biggest band when they released the songs When Will I Be Famous and I Owe You Nothing in the late years. 80.
With good looks and catchy pop songs, they’ve sold over 16 million records worldwide and revamped for two 30th anniversary gigs in 2017 at the O2 Arena in London.
Today, Matt is still dapper and handsome at the age of 53 and says: “We’re just young in Bros And that’s why I still feel young.
I am very grateful to the fans who stayed interested. “
He hopes this new album connects with his fans. And Matt still has no shortage of them, after enjoying a successful 12 years in Las Vegas.
He’s proud of what he’s accomplished there, including the Icon Award at Caesars Palace in 2018 and being given the keys to the Las Vegas Strip.
He also saw August 8 declared as Matt Goss Day there.
“Las Vegas has been an incredible learning curve for me,” he said. I am very proud of my residence and have won many awards.
“I am proud of receiving the Icon Award and having my own day. I love America. I was lucky enough to film at Prince’s Paisley Park. Prince is unbelievable. Small guy, low voice.
‘PlayStation is how Luke and I connect’
“And I also recently played for President Joe Biden, who is lovely.
“He was honest and very very kind. He asked me about my mother and talked about his late son. He is a gentleman to me.
“But I don’t know why I always have to go outside the US to be successful.”
Matt specifically mentioned wanting the record to be a hit in the UK. His last album, 2013’s Life You Imagine, peaked at number 27.
He said: “I’m not saying I wasn’t successful here because I’ve played Royal Albert Hall many times and I won the best performance of 2016 at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
“The last thing I did was Proms, performing for 60,000 people in Hyde Park.”
Matt and his brother Luke have gained popularity again after the 2018 documentary Bros: After The Screaming Stops was a huge and unexpected success.
I can’t tell you how many people say, ‘That tells me we’re not the only dysfunctional family’.
The cameras followed the estranged brothers afterward as they kicked off Bros’ comeback, and ironic scenes included Matt talking about conker fights, which he said was banned in the UK , and asked the Gallagher brothers to end their feud and reform Oasis.
He also explains why he’s not superstitious thanks to Stevie Wonder, how the letters H, O, M and E “personify the house” for him, and his house rules. like: “You break it, you fix it. But you can break whatever you want.”
The film has been viewed 20 million times globally and won a Bafta, and Matt – who can also see the humorous side of the film – said: “My brother and I are so much closer because of it. .
‘In a good place and the album shows it’
“It swept the whole country. It is the most downloaded documentary in history and is on every plane in the world.
“I can’t tell you how many people say, ‘That tells me we’re not the only dysfunctional family.
“It was a compliment because we were dysfunctional.
“We have to learn each other’s languages again. But me and Luke today? Well, we’re there for each other.
“Seeing there was a PlayStation there (he pointed to a console), the hotel booked one for me, because that’s how Luke and I connected.
“We’re there for each other. We’re together now. We always feel we have to apologize. I’m done with that. I’m a grown man and I won’t apologize for anything more. .
“I’m ready for the next chapter. I feel very watched by my family in heaven. They are looking at everything and I have a deep desire to make my mother proud.
“And my grandmother, my grandfather, and my sister.” I feel very watched and protected. I’m in a good place and this album shows it. “
l The Beautiful Unknown will premiere on March 25.
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