If you haven’t heard of Matchbox Twenty, where have you been? Actually, to be fair, if you’re living in the UK then there is actually quite a high chance you have no idea who they are. However, if you haven’t heard of them, you are most certainly missing out and I here to rectify this.
Have you ever listened to the song called “Smooth” by Santana? If you have then believe it or not, you actually have heard the sexy and sultry tones of Matchbox Twenty’s lead singer, Rob Thomas.
I have loved Matchbox Twenty for over 10 years. They are an American rock band, originally formed in 1995 (originally known as Matchbox 20), who have a successful career spanning almost 20 years. Rob Thomas – the lead singer, Kyle Cook – lead guitar, Brian Yale – bass guitar, and Paul Douchette – drums, make up the main band, though Matt Beck and Stacy Jones are currently touring with them.
So why am I mentioning them now? Basically because in the last 24 hours I traveled to London and saw them live, for the second time in the last 6 months – and they were amazing. Last night, Matchbox Twenty played at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, just one of their many tour dates in 2013. Their set list included songs from the very beginning, 1996 – right up to their current album “North”, which was released last year. The Hammersmith Apollo was packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time. It was hot, it was loud, but most of all it was just awesome.
This video is from last night, though its not my own. Its a song called “Overjoyed” which is from their latest album and its probably one of my favourites. If you like the sound of it, I also recommend you check out the following:
- Long Day
- Real World
- If You’re Gone
- Mad Season
- I’ll Believe You When
- She’s So Mean
- Our Song
- Overjoyed (the studio version of the live video I posted above)
Matchbox Twenty have five albums and a whole ton more of these amazing songs. There are so many things I love about them, one of the main being Rob Thomas’ voice (I could listen to it for hours) but also their obvious ability to play instruments (and amazingly well at that). This band is timeless, as their career proves, and the variety of their music covers so many different genres, not just rock. For a brief time Rob Thomas also had a solo career and although sucessful, very few of his songs made it over here. In my opinion, this is the best of them – its called Lonely No More and its also worth checking out.
As I’m sure you can tell, I am a huge huge fan. I couldn’t possibly rave about them enough to do them justice. That would also explain my £30 shopping haul last night, for a t-shirt and a programme. To be fair though, the t-shirt was a must since it needs to go with the one I bought last September.
Anyway, having gone to London and back in the space of 24 hours, come straight home to pick up the kids from school, made dinner for them, played on the Wii and then put them to bed – I am now looking to put my feet up and relax with a cup of tea and some of my favourite TV. Till next time…