A basic obituary isn’t enough to sum up a life, let alone one that had as much impact as Matt’s.
When I met Matt in 1998, I had yet to even dream of being a journalist. Back then, I worked the cash register at Wax Trax, while Matt and the other members of Planes lived in Peoria, Illinois, where they had grown up. Their singer-guitarist, Gared O’Donnell, visited Denver frequently in the ’90s to see his mom, who lived in Colorado.
Strike Anywhere stated, “RIP Matt Bellinger. Devastated to hear of his passing. Planes Mistaken For Stars played an integral part to the early years of Strike Anywheres existence. Kindred spirits and fellow travelers all the way. So many great shows and great memories. Much love to Gared, Mike, Jamie, Chuck and Neil. xoxo”