Matthew "Matt" Letley (Kent, 1961) has recorded and toured with (amongst many others) Bob Geldof, A-Ha, Pet Shop Boys, David Essex, Hank Marvin, Gary Brooker, Judie Tzuke, Snowy White and Vanessa-Mae.
Matte Letley in an interview on StatusQUo.com (16-08-2001): "There are many drummers I like. I was brought up on jazz as well as being into the Beatles and the Stones. The first drummer I remember seeing 'live' was Buddy Rich who I thought was awesome. I think I was seven at the time. I bought his album called "The Driver", the first album I ever bought and played it continuously. In my teens I was interested in ELP, Genesis, Yes and Frank Zappa, as well as Quo ( I remember buying "Rain" and "Roll Over"- still got them!). In my mid teens I was more into jazz/funk and listening to anything Steve Gadd played on. Nowadays I like anything which is good - classical, jazz, rock, whatever."
When drummer Jeff Rich decided to leave Status Quo after 15 years of touring and recording, to concentrate full time on presenting masterclasses, he was replaced by Matt Letley. Matt's first tour with Status Quo started on May 19th 2000 in Keil, Germany.
Letley also plays on Quo bassist John "Rhino" Edwards' solo album "Rhino's Revenge".
Matthew "Matt" Letley is an English rock drummer, most recently in the English rock band, Status Quo.CareerLetley attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, in Rochester, Kent. His first recordings, with his brother Mark's progressive rock band Sindelfingen, were made when he was only 12; a live track including him was added to a CD reissue of their rare album Odgipig (he joined after the recording of the original album). As a drummer he played for a number of well-known artists, including a-ha, Bob Geldof, Vanessa Mae, Hank Marvin and Kim Wilde. In April 2015 Matt Letley produced and recorded drum section for the song of Russian alternative rock band 208 Talks of Angels.Having joined Status Quo in 2000, his first tour with the band was in Germany. In 2006, Letley was part of Status Quo's Just Doin' It tour. Since joining the band Letley often performed a drum solo, 'The Killer', as part of the song "Gerdundula". When "Gerdundula" was dropped from the Quo set, his solo was typically performed during "In the Army Now".On 17 December 2012 Letley announced, via his website, that he would be leaving Status Quo after 12 years. His final concert was on 19 December, at The O2 Arena as the final date of the band's 2012 winter tour.