::phone number being dialed::
D.J.: Hi, Barney Rubble please.
Rob: Yeah, this is me.
D.J.: Oh, it's Barney!
Rob: Hey, what are you doiní, man?
D.J.: ::laughs:: Barney Rubble?
D.J.: Joe Perry used to use Dick Laughman.
Rob: Oh, yes. You know, the best one Iíve heard recently was Fred Zepplin.
D.J.: ::laughs:: No, this is really Rob Thomas, isnít it? I think!
Rob: It is. Is this really John Garabedian?
D.J.: John GarabEEdian. (He was referring to Rob pronunciation of his name in an earlier commercial.)
Rob: ::laughs:: How yah been, man?
D.J.: I been great. How you been?
Rob: Good, man. Busy.
D.J.: Well, Iím glad. Hold on one second, weíre gonna play some commercials and then weíre gonna put you on the radio and stuff anÖ.
D.J.: Ötalk about the world.
(They do the unthinkable and actually make Rob wait while they play commercials. Unforgivable, in my opinion.)
D.J.: Open House Party with Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty. Hello, hello, hello!
Rob: Hello, hello, hellooo!
D.J. Two Grammy nominations: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album.
Rob: I know! Can you believe it!? To see the Grammy Nominee and then see Matchbox Twenty next to it. It feels good.
D.J.: I know, yeah. You look great in the video. Youíve dropped some weight!
Rob: Man, you know, thatís what a good woman will do for yah.
D.J.: What, does she keep you dancing or going to the gym?
Rob: Uh..All of it at the same time!
D.J.: Or something elseÖ
Rob: ::laughs:: Yeah..Naw, you know what it was? I just got tired of there being something else. You know what I mean?
Rob: It was like, you put out a good record and then the first time I see my face in Rolling Stone itís making fun of me for being fat. I think that hit the nail on the head for me.
D.J.: Did they do that!? (I donít know what planet this man lives on.)
Rob: Oh, yeah. But I gotta give them credit, man. It was clever at least. It was like a big picture of me from the (unintelligible) Festival and it was a bad picture on top of it. It said something about how the road to success leads to the deli tray.
D.J.: Whatís your downfall though? Was it beer or chipsÖ?
Rob: Well, yeah at the time that was what it was. All the drinking. You donít realize how bloated you get from just drinkiní whiskey all the time and drinkiní yaegermeister shots all night.
D.J.: But you have a wife whoís one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen in my life.
Rob: Oh, sheís great. She really is.
D.J.: She keeps you on the straight and narrow, huh?
Rob: Yeah, she has to. You know, you canít just have a beautiful model wife and be fat. ::laughs::
D.J.: Is she with child yet or anything?
Rob: No, not yet. Sheís been really busy. Actually just yesterday I was with her. She had her first runway show. I went to it.
D.J.: Oh! So what have you been doing with your time off?
Rob: Well, Iíve been at home. Still trying to get the house together. Hasnít quite come together yet. And Iíve been doing a lot of writing.
D.J.: Have you done any stuff for other people?
Rob: Yeah, I just wrote three songs on the new Willie Nelson record.
Rob: Yeah. Iím not doing any more singing with other people. Itís just kind of writing projects that Iíve been workiní on here and there.
D.J.: How do people approach you?
Rob: Umm..FunnyÖCuz we get a lot of stuff. My publisher gets stuff all the time. But I donít wanna be a hired gun songwriter. I donít wanna start writing all the pop hits for the Backstreet Boys, you know what I mean? So its been hard just turning down a lot of stuff. But then you get something like Willie Nelson, who is a legend. Cuz it wasnít something that I wanted to doÖto be a songwriter outside of the band.
D.J.: Did you write with Willie Nelson or just write some songs for him?
Rob: Well, we started writiní one together but the ones that ended up on the record were just ones that I had written that he just really liked a lot.
D.J.: Yeah, so how do you write songs?
Rob: I dunno, I just usually get depressed and sit down at the piano, I guess. ::laughs::
Rob: I guess thatís whyÖ.Cuz Iím a pretty happy guy most of the time. I donít take myself too seriously or take any of this too seriously and itís funny cuz we come up with all this depressing music sometimes.
D.J.: Well, people like the drama, I guessÖ
Rob: Yeah, thatís the only reason why. Like, if Iím feeling good Iím not writiní. Iím out enjoying the fact that I feel good. If I feel bad, thatís when Iíll sit down and start writiní.
D.J.: So what about the new single. Whatís it gonna be from the new album?
Rob: Itís gonna be Mad Season.
D.J.: Oh! Alright!
Rob: Weíre actuallyÖIn three days weíre kicking off to go shoot the video for it.
D.J.: Well, should we play that?! Or should we play If Youíre Gone?
Rob: Play Mad Season, man!!
D.J.: Letís get the new thing going!
Rob: Yeah, letís do it, baby!
D.J.: Alright, everybody! ::cheering in background as music starts:: Here it is! Matchbox Twenty. Rob Thomas. Have a great night!
Rob: Right on! You too, man.
D.J.: Weíll see you soon.