Lake Macquarie News (Australia)
MATCHBOX Twenty's More Than You Think You Are tour comes to Newcastle Entertainment Centre on July 29.
Exploding on to the Australian scene in 1998, Matchbox Twenty swept all before it with its eclectic combination of harder edged but ultra-melodic rock.
The band's live performances drew such strong critical acclaim and frenetic audience response that it toured Australia twice in the same year, both visits drawing sell-out crowds.
The unmistakable vocals of Rob Thomas have since grown in both strength and maturity, beautifully framed by the heartfelt harmonies and chiming twin guitar arrangements of Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor, and complemented by the inventive, propulsive rhythm section of bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul .
Released in November 2002 the current album More Than You Think You Are made a top 10 debut on the ARIA charts and is already platinum and rising.
The band's most critically acclaimed album to date marks Matchbox Twenty's first new music since the quadruple-platinum Mad Season was released in May 2000.
This followed on from the 1996 debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, which in Australia alone has achieved nine platinum sales while on its way to worldwide sales of more than 12 million copies.
For song-writer Thomas his latest work carries the same "instant classic" feel as previous hits.