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About Matchbox Twenty
Vocalist and piano player Rob Thomas met up with bass guitarist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette when they played in the Orlando band Tabitha’s Secret. In 1995 they left to form Matchbox Twenty, recruiting Kyle Cook on lead guitar and Adam Gaynor on rhythm guitar. They released their first studio album Yourself Or Someone Like You the following year which spawned several singles including Push, 3 AM, Long Day and Real World. The album sold steadily both within the US and abroad, achieving diamond status in their home country. The band’s second album, Mad Season, reached number 31 in the UK album chart and helped to cement their position as one of America’s top rock bands.
The band’s third album, More Than You Think You Are, was not as commercially successful although its lead single, Disease, co-written by Mick Jagger, did well internationally. The group disbanded in 2005 with Adam Gaynor leaving and Rob Thomas pursuing a successful solo career. However, Matchbox Twenty reformed in 2007 releasing Exile on Mainstream, which combined new material with some of their greatest hits. The album did well on the Billboard album charts and reached the number nine position in the Irish album charts.
Rob Thomas once again took some time out to work on solo projects before getting back together with Matchbox Twenty in 2010 to commence recording on other studio album. North was released in 2012 reaching number 19 in Ireland and number 14 in the UK. The band has received nominations for several awards including American Music Awards, MTV awards and Grammys, winning Favourite Music Group at the 2004 People’s Choice Awards.
Matchbox Twenty has toured throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Their 2004 Atlanta gig was recorded and released as a DVD under the title Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox 20. In 2008 they joined Alanis Morisette on a tour of North America before heading off to Australia and New Zealand where they have a strong and committed fanbase. This was also the year in which they paid their visit to the UK. They commenced a worldwide tour to promote North in 2012 playing throughout Australasia and with appearances at Dublin and London before heading on to South America and Asia. They donated a proportion of all ticket sales purchased through their website to charity.