EIGHTIES pop star Matt Goss is “feeling the love” as he thumps his heart while singing the record he’s pumped his own personal fortune into.
Shades and hat on, the former Bros singer is putting on a special one-off performance for The Sun as he rehearses for a tour of Britain.
Matt Goss after his rehearsal for gigs to support his new albumCredit: Dan Charity
Matt and brother Luke in 1980
From outside a gaggle of ageing Brosettes cheer the sound of their hero.
It’s a very different atmosphere from when he was in the very same space four years ago with his twin brother Luke.
Back then a fly-on-the-wall documentary team captured Matt screaming at his drummer sibling “I am willing to put my head through that f***ing wall right now, that’s how I feel” due to a disagreement about when the keyboard should be played.
Today, Luke is not involved and the impressive seven musicians behind Matt are totally in sync with his desires.
What hasn’t changed is the immense self-belief the 53-year-old south Londoner displayed in the much loved documentary – After The Screaming Stops.
Not only does Matt think he has written an album that could be bigger than Bros’s Push, which sold 10 million copies worldwide, he is plotting to become a politician and movie star.
He dreams of him and Luke, who has starred in Hellboy II and Blade II, playing notorious British gangsters the Kray Twins, fulfilling what he claims were Reggie Kray’s wishes.
Plus he has a few ideas for bringing about world peace.
Matt offered to take part in the concert for Ukraine with Ed Sheeran, but didn’t get the call up.
He remains hopeful that his single Better With You will give the nation the lift it needs following the pandemic – especially after he splashed out £100,000 on a slick video for it.
Aware of all the snarky comments he received when he was in boy band Bros, whose hits When Will I Be Famous? and I Owe You Nothing were written by others, Matt wants the music world to take him seriously.
“Do I think people know I am a multi-instrumentalist? No,” he says.
“What people don’t know is that I can sing pretty much any note…that’s not a quote…I guess it is now.”
Matt says he wanted to try to create a “hate proof” record, but he is dealing with “the same hurdles” he’s hit before.
“As I said to my team I will run the 100m race as long as they get rid of the hurdles,” he adds.
Matt hopes to rejuvenate his pop careerCredit: Splash
The brothers famously had a prickly relationshipCredit: Alamy
This pop tune was written by Matt and has been released on his own label.
That means it doesn’t have the major label backing needed to propel it to the top.
He’s largely funding the band, the studio time and the “Grammy-winning” producers himself.
Matt admits: “There isn’t a day I don’t bring out my card for something.
“But I either want to stay in this game or I don’t. My hope is I get to do that at Wembley Stadium and the 02.”
An 11-year long residency in Las Vegas singing big band tunes means Matt has the funds for another shot at chart success.
So far he has secured a one off concert at The London Palladium on April 23.
Watches ‘saved his life’
One thing no one can accuse Matt of is giving up easily.
When Bros split up in 1992 the duo were left with debts of half a million pounds.
Around £12million had been blown on jewellery, clothes, gifts, bodyguards and extravagant tours.
The Goss twins had to sell almost everything they had to avoid bankruptcy.
Matt reckons flogging his beloved collection of top of the range watches saved him.
He says: “They kept me alive, one by one. I had to sell them. I needed the money, straight after Bros.”
The watches kept me alive, one by one. I had to sell them. I needed the money, straight after Bros
Matt also has his eye on an acting career, having already agreed to star in a psychological thriller titled Cobbler, Killer, Stranger.
But his ambition is to make a movie about notorious 1960s crime lords Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who terrorised the capital and hung out with stars before both being locked up for life.
Matt reveals: “Many years ago when I met Reggie Kray in prison, Reggie was adamant about me and Luke playing him and Ronnie.
“It could still be. That’s one thing I would love to do with Luke.”
The singer, whose dad was a police detective, used to visit Reggie in prison before he died aged 66 in 2000.
Matt continues: “He used to call me a lot and read poetry to me. He gave me his bracelet and matching cufflinks.”
Matt Goss with his twin Luke, who wants to play the Kray brothersCredit: ITV
Reggie Kray (left) with his gangster twin RonnieCredit: Hulton Archive – Getty
He admits he previously steered clear of Hollywood “out of respect” for his brother – even though “this is something I have wanted to do for many years”.
Matt changed his mind because, “as a man I have got the right to have dreams and that’s one of them. I was approached to do this”.
What does Luke think about it?
“I am not sure,” he confesses.
Let’s hope his brother doesn’t get upset, because that would shatter the current harmony.
Matt retains the immense self-belief he displayed in the much loved documentary After The Screaming Stops – which saw him mocked for saying David Brentesque things like: “He was a rectangle and I was a rectangle, which therefore made a square, which became a fortress.”
He even has a “couple of plans in politics”, adding: “I am interested in people.”
Matt and Luke Goss in their ripped jeans heydayCredit: Getty