Matchbox Twenty have had a busy year so far. Currently in the middle of their North American tour, the band is celebrating their latest blockbuster album, North. The tour stopped in Connecticut last Friday, for a concert and a special Acoustic Café performance at Mohegan Sun. During the sound check, Rob Thomas and the band answered some of the fans’ questions, and talked about their upcoming trip on the high seas at the end of this year!
Aside from Matchbox Twenty, frontman Rob Thomas has enjoyed a successful solo career. His debut solo album, …Something to Be Hit, landed at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart and featured the huge hits, “Lonely No More,” and “This Is How a Heart Breaks.” The album concludes with the ballad “Now Comes the Night,” an all-time favorite of one fan in the audience who asked about the inspiration behind the track.
“It started off with just a little piano melody that had this gospel/ bluesy thing to it,” Thomas explained. “I wrote the first line and I realized that I was just writing a song about death… It was about the people you really want to have around you when your time comes, and when it is all said and done, you have kind of filled [your life] up with a lot of good friends and a lot of good memories.”
Although they have an extensive list of their own hits to choose from, Matchbox Twenty are known to throw in a few covers when they formulate their setlist. What is their absolute favorite band to cover on a nightly basis?
“It switches around. We have been in like a Bowie, R.E.M., INXS world right now,” said Thomas, who sang David Bowie’s “Changes” during the encore later that night. “We used to do Fleetwood Mac, we used to do Jet… My favorite was Jet.”
Matchbox Twenty will be on the road for most of the year, but this December they are taking their tour to sea for “Sail the Seas with Matchbox Twenty.” Fans will be able to take a three day cruise with the band aboard the Carnival Imagination as it sails from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. When asked about how they felt about the excursion, the band jokingly had some reservations…
“Actually, in my life I have never been on a boat. I am not even kidding,” said Paul Doucette. “I have never been on a boat before.”
“I am scared of cruises,” added Thomas. “I was scared of sinking, and I was scared of pirates, and I was scared of tipping over, and now I am scared of being covered poop.”
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