Matthew Tuck

Matt Tuck Pictures, Images and PhotosMatthew James “Matt” Tuck (born January 20, 1980) in Bridgend, Wales, UK, is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine. He performs alongside Michael Paget (lead guitar), Jason James (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). Tuck can also play keyboards, the recorder and harmonica. Before he was in Bullet for My Valentine he worked at a Virgin Megastore in Wales.

Instruments

Matthew Tuck currently plays a Randy Rhoads Jackson Matt Tuck Signature guitar equipped with a EMG 85 pickup in the neck position and a EMG 81 in bridge position. The guitar has custom inlays, Sperzel locking tuners and a reversed Jackson head. The controls consists of two separate volume knobs, one for each pickup and a 3-way toggle for pickup selection. The guitar is availible in three colors: white with black bevels, black with silver sparkling bevels, and sparkling silver with black bevels. For live performances he has used Mesa/Boogie, Peavey and Fender heads through Mesa/Boogie Rectifier cabinets. He also uses a Morley Bad Horsie Wah pedal and an Ibanez Tube Screamer

Tuck also owns a Gibson Flying V, which he can be seen using during the live performance of Hand of Blood on a 2005 episode of Die Sarah Kuttner Show. However, he tends to use his Jackson models for the majority of live shows.

Matt, as well as Jason James and Michael Paget use Rotosound strings on their instruments.

Influences

Matthew Tuck has cited Metallica as being his main musical influence. At the age of 14, Tuck discovered the band through the music television channel MTV where the video for the single “Enter Sandman” was aired, which inspired him to begin learning guitar.

He has also mentioned Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Pantera and Megadeth as being heavy influences in his songwriting.

Personal life

Matt has a girlfriend whose name is Charlotte, and between her and Matt, they have a baby boy name Evann who was born on March 25, 2010. His previous relationship ended in a break-up, and he said in an interview on the magazine Kerrang “I wrote some songs to a difficult relation, now is over, and I’m getting over all fine as I can, “Your Betrayal” was the first song of this album I wrote to this person” He is also a supporter of PETA, having stated in an interview that he does not eat at KFC because of their cruelty to animals.

Matthew James Tuck

Tuck performing live in Gothenburg, Sweden, on the 19th November 2010
Background information
Born January 20, 1980 (1980-01-20) (age 31)
Bridgend, Wales, UK
Genres Thrash metal, heavy metal, metalcore
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Recorder, Harmonica
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Bullet for My Valentine

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