Matchbox Bent On Newcastle Return

By Linda Barnier & Michael Gadd, Newcastle Herald (Australia)

NEWCASTLE has proven a happy hunting ground for Florida five-piece Matchbox 20 in the past, with the band, left, attracting sell-out entertainment centre crowds on both its previous tours.

Now, The Word can tell you the group that brought us sing-along singles Push and 3am is on its way back.

Matchbox 20 is slated for a Newcastle return on Tuesday, July 29, with its latest album More Than You Think You Are.

The show is one of only five scheduled for the band's Australian tour.

Last time in Newcastle (November 2000) the band brought Mad Season by Matchbox 20 with its catchy stadium rock singles such as Bent.

In 1998 it was the debut 10million-selling debut Yourself Or Someone Like You, with radio scorchers 3am, Real World and Push.

The band's latest effort features the backing vocals of none other than Mick Jagger, who co-wrote the song Disease with lead singer Rob Thomas.

The Rolling Stones frontman was returning the favour after Thomas helped him with the opening track, Visions of Paradise, from his 2001 solo effort, Goddess In The Doorway.

Thomas has also penned tracks for latin pop star Marc Anthony, country legend Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana with whom he shared the 1999 hit duet Smooth.

Tickets to the Newcastle show go on sale Friday, June 13, through Ticketek.