BROS – THEY’RE BACK!

’80s su­per spunk pop twins, Matt and Luke Goss are back and ready to chat about their fine bromance.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #209 -

THIRTY YEARS AGO, TWINS MATT AND LUKE GOSS, AND BAND­MATE CRAIG LO­GAN CRE­ATED “BROSMANIA”. (ALTHOUGH IT WAS LESS ABOUT CRAIG AND MORE ABOUT LUKE AND MATT!) NOW BROS ARE BACK AS A “MAN BAND” AND READY TO BE FA­MOUS AGAIN. IN­TER­VIEW BY MARC AN­DREWS.

In 1987, a trio of Bri­tish lads were launched on an un­sus­pect­ing pub­lic and soon be­came the next big thing in pop. Twins Matt and Luke Goss, to­gether with their mate Craig Lo­gan, were called Bros and one year later, with the suc­cess of hits like When Will I Be

Fa­mous, Drop The Boy and I Owe You Noth­ing, their al­bum Push had sold 10 mil­lion copies and they were megas­tars.

A year af­ter that, Craig left the band, find­ing “Brosmania” too much to bear. Matt and Luke sol­diered on for two more al­bums with di­min­ish­ing re­turns un­til they split in 1992.

Lead singer Matt went solo with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess be­fore be­com­ing one of Las Ve­gas’ big­gest acts. Drum­mer brother Luke, mean­while, be­came a movie star ap­pear­ing in In­ter­view With A Hit Man, Hell­boy 2, Blade 2 and the Franken­stein mini-se­ries. Now a movie di­rec­tor, his film Your Move hits cin­e­mas later this year.

That’s around t he same time he and Matt, as a re­formed in­car­na­tion of Bros, will tour t he UK. They’ll also per­form one spe­cial show in Aus­tralia, as a t hank you to t he band’s big­gest sell­ing ter­ri­tor y out­side t heir home­land. It will be t he f irst t ime Bros have toured to­gether in 29 years.

DNA: Why re­unite now?

Matt: We feel we’re at the point in our lives where we’ve done so much as in­di­vid­ual artists [that] as broth­ers we want to make our sound again. We don’t need to do it but we wanted to do it again as Bros.

Luke: It’s a great nos­tal­gic thing. We just want to have some fun. It’s a blast when you have an au­di­ence there. As a film­maker, I don’t see the au­di­ence, so now I can get on stage with Matt as Bros. The fans have shown us they still want that. Be­sides the UK, you’re per­form­ing one huge con­cert in Aus­tralia. Why come Down Un­der? Matt: Aus­tralia gave us some of the best mem­o­ries of our lives. The whole Brosmania thing meant we had six thou­sand peo­ple wait­ing for us at the air­port. We just wanted to come back to Oz.

Luke: It was a fun, joy­ful mem­ory for Matt and me. Aus­tralia was about be­ing a pop star in a fun way. We had a great time and some in­cred­i­ble fans. I have but­ter­flies in my stom­ach about play­ing there again. Craig Lo­gan left the band in 1989. What’s your re­la­tion­ship with him now? Matt: I had lunch with Craig in LA re­cently and he’s great, but my brother and me started this band when we were kids and Bros meant broth­ers.

Luke: This will be the most ac­cu­rate am­bas­sador­ship of what we wanted to do mu­si­cally in our lives. I don’t think this is some­thing Craig would want to do. It wasn’t in his heart like it was in ours. He’s happy work­ing as an ex­ec­u­tive. Bros had a big gay fol­low­ing and you were one of the first bands to em­brace that. Luke: The seg­re­ga­tion of our au­di­ence be­tween gay and straight is such a non-is­sue. I’m deeply proud of our fans in gen­eral. The gay fans are ex­tremely dili­gent in want­ing things to look great and I am proud of that com­mu­nity em­brac­ing us.

Matt: I had 15 pro­pos­als on my stage at Cae­sar’s Palace and 13 of them were gay pro­pos­als. I truly be­lieve love is love and it’s a civil rights is­sue. The rights ex­tended to straight cou­ples should be given to gay cou­ples. I’m quite pas­sion­ate about equal­ity. I take it as a great com­pli­ment we have a gay au­di­ence.

Luke: My brother-in-law is mar­ried to an Aus­tralian man. They have set the bar for what any lov­ing re­la­tion­ship should be. You had a gay man­ager, Tom Watkins, who also man­aged the Pet Shop Boys. Matt: He’s no longer in­volved in what we do. He was a bril­liant man­ager and knew what he was do­ing with my brother and me. He was lucky to have two guys with a tremen­dous work ethic, who just put their heads down for five years.

Luke: For him a band was a com­mod­ity and there was lack of hu­man un­der­stand­ing. What Bros song are you most proud of? Luke: The two big­gest an­thems – I Owe You Noth­ing and When Will I Be Fa­mous. Matt: The im­me­di­acy of those songs… when we play them live the au­di­ence sings the melody back to us. Ev­ery sin­gle per­son in the au­di­ence sings back to you. You’re lucky if you have one but we have a few of them. Any chance of new Bros ma­te­rial? Matt: I have a new sin­gle com­ing out and hav­ing my brother’s en­dorse­ment of that means a lot to me. Luke: It will be a smash, but it makes sense to col­lab­o­rate and make that hap­pen.

BROS NOW MATT AND LUKE GOSS

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