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- Jul 8
Days Time Mon, Jul 8 8pm – 10:30pm Single Ticket Prices $35 to $232 adv
As the lead singer for Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas helped give angst the face of the guy next door. Unlike the grungy Seattleites who defined the first half of the 1990s, Thomas was clean cut and he wasn't opposed to pop hooks or layers of production gloss, a combination that helped camouflage the pain at the heart of Matchbox Twenty's 1996 debut, Yourself or Someone Like You. The band's first record built into a blockbuster, by which time Thomas stepped outside of the confines of the group to co-write and sing "Smooth," a record-breaking smash hit for Santana in 1999. "Smooth" ruled the airwaves during the Y2K era, helping Thomas become a star on his own. While he never left Matchbox Twenty behind, he did pursue a concurrent solo career beginning with 2005's …Something to Be. On his own, Thomas embraced his adult contemporary inclinations without abandoning the confessional qualities of his earliest work.