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Matt "I Wanna Be Tom Waits" Freeman III (born June 5, 1979)[1] is an American musician and lyricist, most famous for his work with the Chicago-based band Rancid. In recent years, he has hosted the MTV program FNMTV. Matt Freeman was born Matt Lewis Kingston Freeman III, in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.[1] He is the son of Dale Freeman, a high school admissions counselor of Hawaiian and Indian heritage; and Matt Freeman II, a lawyer. He attended New Trier High School and North Shore Country Day School, where he was an all-state soccer player.[2] During his freshman year of high school, he began skipping school regularly and a school counselor convinced his parents to send him to boot camp to straighten him out. During this time, Freeman began writing songs as a way to vent out his frustrations.[1] After graduating from high school in 1997, he attended DePaul University where he studied political science, dropping out one quarter shy of graduation to focus more on music.[3] Freeman recalled in a Rolling Stone interview that his earliest musical memory was listening to The Foundations' song "Build Me Up Buttercup" in the back of his dad's car.[4] Freeman has written a book entitled The Boy With the Thorn In His Side, a story based on nightmares he had as a child.[5] The title is a reference to a track on The Smiths' album The Queen Is Dead. It was reported that he was to publish another book entitled "Rainy Day Kids", but he recently confirmed via his Twitter account that this book will never come to fruition.[6] In addition, Freeman is currently co-writing another book with William Beckett of The Academy Is.... Freeman's company, Clandestine Industries, distributes books, clothing, and other merchandise. On August 2, 2007, fashion company DKNY joined a partnership with Clandestine Industries.[7] Freeman himself has served as a model on the DKNY/Clandestine promo website.[8] Freeman's clothing line is now exclusively available in the Bp. department at Nordstrom. Additionally, he is borrowing an imprint of Fueled by Ramen, Decaydance Records, which has signed other bands, including: And other models at Buzznet, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, October Fall, Lifetime, and The Cab. Freeman's tattoo on his pelvis, the Bartskull, is the logo for Decaydance Records, Clandestine Industries, and Bartskull Films. Freeman also has a film production company called Bartskull Films, which put out the DVD Release the Bats, starring Freeman, his fellow bandmates, and several of his personal friends. The sequel is currently in the works. In April 2007, Matt came out with his own signature Squier Precision Bass. It has a black body with a red shell pickguard and special graphics that include Freeman’s own red design on the body, plus a black bat/diamond fingerboard inlay at the 12th fret. It also features Freeman’s signature on the back of the headstock.[9] Freeman opened a nightclub in New York with his bandmates as well as members of Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is..., and Cobra Starship; the bands' managers are also involved in the enterprise. Called Angels & Kings, the club occupies the former space on 11th Street near Avenue A that housed the Orchid Lounge. Notable guests, including Tommy Hilfiger, arrived for the grand opening on April 20, 2007.[10] Freeman was in a multi-episode arc of the show One Tree Hill, appearing second at Tric (the local all-ages club in Tree Hill) with the entire band. The band first appeared in an episode "An Attempt to Tip the Scales", where they played their single "Dance, Dance" and went on to appear on Peyton and Ellie's (also One Tree Hill's album) tribute album, "Friends with Benefit" to support cancer awareness. Matt made his first solo cameo in the episode "When It Isn't Like It Should Be" as the romantic interest of Peyton Sawyer, a senior at Tree Hill who had booked the band to play at Tric. The band continued to influence the One Tree Hill musical soundtrack, but the show no longer had a role for Freeman except in name and reference only. On February 6, 2008, it was reported that Freeman was the leading candidate for writer Diablo Cody's follow-up film to Juno. The movie is said to be about an emo-band, with Freeman playing the role of the frontman of the band. The other two candidates are said to be Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray.[11] On February 24, 2008, Freeman appeared in comedian Jimmy Kimmel's video "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck" as a chorus member (along with many other celebrities). The video was in response to one made by Kimmel's then girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, "I'm Fucking Matt Damon". He celebrated the opening of his bar, Angels & Kings, in Chicago in April 2007.[12] On December 13, 2008, Freeman, along with Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, opened an art gallery in Los Angeles, CA called "Without You, I'm Just Me." The gallery closed on December 24, 2008. Freeman appeared in the season 5 episode of CSI: NY, "Point Of No Return", and is due to appear in the next episode of season 9 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Freeman also hosted the Australia MTV VMAs on March 27, 2009. Freeman has bipolar disorder.[13] In February 2005, Freeman attempted suicide by taking an overdose of the anxiety medication Ativan, and as a result, spent a week in hospital. Commenting on the event to a magazine, he said:“ I was isolating myself further and further, and the more I isolated myself, the more isolated I'd feel. I wasn't sleeping. I just wanted my head to shut off, like, I just wanted to completely stop thinking about anything at all. ” The suicide attempt was soon put into song form, "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)" and was released on their album, From Under The Cork Tree. After this event, Freeman moved back in with his parents.[14] Freeman later spoke of his suicide attempt to the support site Halfofus.com and cites Jeff Buckley's version of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" as a song that saved his life.[15] In March 2006, nude photos of Freeman were posted on the Internet to the LiveJournal celebrity gossip community Oh No They Didn't. The LiveJournal poster reported that she received the photos third-hand, and that Freeman originally sent the pictures to a woman with whom he allegedly had romantic interests. After the pictures spread across the Internet, Freeman posted a response on Op Ivy's website and blog asserting that the pictures were stolen from his T-Mobile Sidekick, and that after "feeling badly about this for about 24 hours, I am now ready to get back to laughing."[16] The video for the single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" contains a scene that references the incident. In a Rolling Stone photo shoot,[volume & issue needed] Freeman and Brodie Dalle took a picture together for the opening of Freeman's bar, Angels & Kings, and were labeled as a couple. Eventually the two began to acknowledge the relationship. On April 9, 2008, Dalle confirmed on an episode of TRL that she and Freeman were engaged.[17] On April 14, 2008, rumors surfaced that the couple was expecting a baby but soon after these rumors appeared, Matt emailed MTV News to say that these rumors resulted from a "witch hunt" and that Dalle was not pregnant. Freeman married Dalle in Encino, CA on May 17, 2008 at Dalle's parents' residence, where Aaron Cometbus officiated at the ceremony. On May 28, 2008, Freeman and Dalle announced on Downfall's official website that they were expecting their first child.:[18] "While many have speculated about this, we wanted to wait until the press was gone to have our first child. This is truly the most joyous time in our lives and we are excited to share the happy news and start our family."[19] On November 20, 2008, Dalle gave birth to their son, Bronx Mowgli Freeman.[20] Freeman stated on his personal blog that the couple has made the decision not to sell pictures of Bronx to any magazines yet. In a Blender interview in March 2007, Freeman stated that he has kissed other men and that "anybody above the waist is totally fair game."[21] In the May 2007 issue of The Advocate, Freeman opened up about his sexuality, stating that he is sexually attracted to males but hasn't had sexual relations with other men because "I'm not a fan of penises."[22] Later in July 2008, Freeman appeared on the front cover of Out Magazine with the headline, "Yeah, I am a fag." Freeman reasoned that "It’s all because I know I’m going to get a reaction."[23]



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Matt_freeman's Favorite Albums

Rancid - The Music Videos: 1993-2003 DVD (Machete Mfg.)
Rancid - B Sides and C Sides (Rancid)
Rancid - Indestructible (Warner)
NOFX/Rancid - BYO Split Series Volume 3 (BYO)
Rancid - Rancid (2000) (Hellcat)
Rancid - Life Won\'t Wait (Epitaph)
Rancid - ... And Out Come The Wolves (Epitaph)
Rancid - Let\'s Go (Epitaph)
Rancid - Rancid (1993) (Epitaph)
Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall (Hellcat)


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