Western Herald – Just announced: Matchbox Twenty coming to Miller Auditorium

Just announced: Matchbox Twenty coming to Miller Auditorium

Craig Manning
A&E Editor

Matchbox Twenty is coming to Kalamazoo.

The platinum-selling pop-rock act, currently playing in support of their recent no. 1 album, “North,” just released their 2013 American tour itinerary. Amidst major markets like Columbus, Ohio and their native Orlando, Fla., the band will also play Kalamazoo’s Miller Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

For the band’s fan community at matchboxtwenty.com, pre-sale tickets for all events will be available between tomorrow (Nov. 13) and Thursday (Nov. 15). Remaining tickets will then be made available to the general public on Friday, Nov. 16.

Tickets will be available at the Miller Auditorium box office beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. They can be purchased either in person, online at www.millerauditorium.com or over the phone at 269-387-2300 or 800-228-9858.

Ticket prices will range from $38 to $78.

Matchbox Twenty came to prominence in the mid-90s with the release of their debut album, “Yourself or Someone Like You.” The record spawned smash radio singles “3 a.m.,” “Push,” “Long Day” and “Real World,” and has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Later albums, 2000’s “Mad Season” and 2002’s “More Than You Think You Are” were nearly as successful, with hits like “If You’re Gone,” “Bent,” “Unwell,” “Disease” and “Bright Lights” working to maintain the band’s presence on mainstream airwaves.

Following the success of “More Than You Think You Are,” frontman Rob Thomas launched a successful solo career which has thus far encompassed 2005’s “Something to Be” and 2009’s “Cradlesong.”

Meanwhile, Matchbox Twenty has been in and out of hiatuses for the better part of the past decade, returning briefly in 2007 to drop their greatest hits collection, “Exile on Mainstream,” which also included an EP worth of new material.

“North,” which released on Sept. 2 of this year, was the band’s first full-length record in a decade and their only release to land the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The first two singles, the catchy pop of “She’s so Mean” and the traditional lovelorn balladry of “Overjoyed,” have both garnered a fair amount of attention and acclaim.

The band currently includes Thomas, guitarist Kyle Cook, bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette. Thomas, Yale and Doucette have been playing together since 1993, when their original band, Tabitha’s Secret, formed in Orlando. Kyle Cook and rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor joined the trio in 1995 (the latter left the band a decade later). The group dubbed themselves Matchbox Twenty and signed with Atlantic Records, where they have remained ever since.

For a full list of Matchbox Twenty tour dates and for a chance to buy pre-sale tickets, visit matchboxtwenty.com/events


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