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Rob Thomas

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  • Born: Landstuhl, Germany
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: www.robthomasmusic.com/
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  • Rob Thomas


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

As the lead singer and principal songwriter for Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas found success with a blend of '70s rock influences, slick hooks, and 1990s post-grunge crunch. The Florida-based band broke through in 1996 with "Push" and never looked back, issuing single after single, scoring hits in various radio formats, and watching their debut LP, Yourself or Someone Like You, go platinum 12 times over in the U.S. Thomas himself won numerous songwriting awards as the scribe of such Matchbox hits (including "Real World," "If You're Gone," "Bent," and "Mad Season"), and he later parlayed that success into a career as a solo artist.

Rob Thomas was born February 14, 1972, on an Army base in Landstuhl, Germany. His parents divorced, and the ex-Army brat spent most of his childhood in South Carolina and Florida. After dropping out of high school at 17, he bounced around the South singing in pickup rock bands before relocating to Orlando in 1993. There, he helped form the band Tabitha's Secret, a precursor to Matchbox Twenty. Although the group enjoyed some regional success, Thomas eventually left the lineup with bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette in tow, and the departing musicians formed Matchbox Twenty with guitarists Adam Gaynor and Kyle Cook. The band's multi-platinum debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, established Matchbox Twenty as a superstar act, but Thomas wasn't individually well known.

That all changed when Thomas co-wrote the chart-topping single "Smooth" for the Carlos Santana album Supernatural. "Smooth" was ubiquitous in 1999, and it made Thomas a star. The track took home three Grammys, including the coveted "Song of the Year" award, and Thomas landed on People's "Most Beautiful People" list. Meanwhile, he also married model Marisol Maldonado. Mad Season (2000) and More Than You Think You Are (2002) continued Matchbox Twenty's success, but after years of touring in support of both records, the bandmembers decided they needed a break, and Thomas used the hiatus to write and record his first solo album. When "Lonely No More" debuted in early 2005, its sleek and funky dance-pop sound was closer to Justin Timberlake than Matchbox, and it helped stir up anticipation for the April release of the chart-topping Something to Be. Rob Thomas returned to the Matchbox Twenty fold several years later, but he also maintained work on his solo material, the second batch of which arrived in 2009 under the title cradlesong.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
02.20.16 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Vic Australia
02.22.16 Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre Canberra, Act Australia
02.24.16 Sydney Opera House Sydney, Nsw Australia
02.26.16 State Theatre Sydney, New South Wales Australia
02.27.16 Hope Estate Pokolbin, Nsw Australia
02.28.16 Sirromet Winery Mount Cotton, Qld Australia
03.02.16 Kings Park Perth, ?? Australia
03.05.16 Rochford Wines Coldstream, Vic Australia
07.15.16 Peabody Opera House St. Louis, MO US
07.17.16 Memphis Botanic Garden Memphis, TN US


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