Matchbox Twenty News from the Road

"Last Beautiful Girl" Set as Next Single

August 10, 2001 – Matchbox Twenty have announced a number of activities surrounding their "Matchbox Twenty - Tour 2001." Train will be special guests on all dates, with an assortment of other artists such as the Old 97s, Pete Yorn, Seven Mary Three, Peter Stuart, and Davíd Garza (see tour dates below).

"Last Beautiful Girl" is set as the next single from the band's RIAA triple-platinum second album, Mad Season. The track will ship to all radio formats later this month. A top 5 hit at Modern Adult radio, the band's most recent single, "Mad Season," is currently residing in the upper reaches of Billboard's "Adult Top 40" chart, where it is now #9. The song is also continuing its stay on the "Top 40 Tracks" ranking in its 17th week on the chart. In addition, "Mad Season" is in its 15th week on the "Hot 100," while the track's companion video clip remains a favorite at VH1, MTV, MTV2, and MuchMoreMusic. "Mad Season" is the third consecutive hit single from the CD, following the RIAA gold, #1 Billboard pop single, "Bent," and the #1 Hot AC (for 12 weeks), #2 AC, and top five pop smash, "If You're Gone." After spending 35 weeks on the Billboard "Hot 100," "If You're Gone" continues to be a radio favorite, currently standing at #3 on the magazine's "Adult Contemporary" chart, and #12 on the "Adult Top 40 Tracks" ranking.

Matchbox Twenty have donated front row tickets to VH1 Save the Music. The foundation is a non-profit initiative with two primary missions: to restore music education programs in America's public schools, and to raise awareness of the positive impact music participation has on students. VH1 Save the Music purchases new musical instruments to restore music education programs that had been cut due to budget reductions in the past, or to save programs at risk of elimination due lack of instruments. The foundation also conducts awareness campaigns, musical instrument drives and fundraising events. Music education programs have eroded in many cities and communities across the country over the past 30 years.

The band has also donated a quantity of front row tickets to Musicians on Call, an organization with the mission of using music to promote and complement the healing process in health care facilities. Founded in 1999, Musicians on Call seeks to raise awareness of the beneficial effects of music and entertainment for people in health care facilities. To date, the organization has accomplished this through room-to-room hospital performances by both local musicians and national celebrities, weekly music lessons, a musical instrument loan program, a CD library donation program, as well as special projects with individual patients.

Furthermore, Matchbox Twenty have recently taken a leadership role in a number of other music-related charity organizations. Earlier this year, they joined the Recording Artists Coalition (RAC), the trade association representing the legislative and business interests of recording artists. RAC was co-founded by Don Henley and Sheryl Crow in response to the "work for hire" amendment to copyright law which would have denied artists the right to regain ownership of their copyrights. After winning a repeal of the legislation in 2000, RAC has expanded its agenda to address all issues that effect artists in the music industry, including inordinately long recording contracts, fair payment of performance royalties, and the lack of proper health care for artists. Matchbox Twenty were the first artists to include contributions to RAC from their live performances, leading the way for all 125 RAC members to incorporate contributions as a part of doing business.

Matchbox Twenty - Tour 2001 with special guests Train on all dates, plus Old 97s 7/31 - 8/12; Seven Mary Three 8/14 - 9/2; Davíd Garza 9/4 - 9/14; Pete Yorn 9/15 - 9/28 (except*); and Peter Stuart on select dates:


10Clarkston, Michigan DTE Energy Music Theatre
11Burgettstown, PennsylvaniaPost-Gazette Pavilion
12Scranton, Pennsylvania Coors Light Amphitheater
14Darien Center, New York Darien Lake PAC
15Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium
17Mansfield, Massachusetts Tweeter Center
18Hartford, Connecticut Meadows Music Centre
19Saratoga Springs, New YorkSaratoga Performing Arts Center
21Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
23Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
24Wantagh, New York Jones Beach Amphitheater
26Virginia Beach, Virginia Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
28Knoxville, TennesseeThompson-Boling Arena
29Pelham, Alabama Oak Mountain Amphitheater
31Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheater
1 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
2 Jacksonville, Florida Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Civic Center
5 Lafayette, LouisianaCajundome
7 Selma, Texas Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8 The Woodlands, TexasCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9 Dallas, Texas Smirnoff Amphitheater
11Bossier City, Louisiana CenturyTel Center
12Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Convention Center
14North Little Rock, Arkansas Alltel Arena
15Maryland Heights, MissouriRiverport Amphitheatre
16Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheatre
18Englewood, Colorado Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
20West Valley, Utah E Center
21Bozeman, Montana Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
22George, Washington Gorge Amphitheatre
24Marysville, California Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre *
25Concord, California Chronicle Pavilion
28Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond
29Phoenix, ArizonaDesert Sky Pavilion