Western Herald – Wednesday night’s Matchbox Twenty concert nears capacity

Wednesday night’s Matchbox Twenty concert nears capacity

Craig Manning
A&E Editor

Only 50 tickets remain for Matchbox Twenty’s big show this week at Miller Auditorium. The concert, which will also feature an opening performance by reigning American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening. And judging by the seating chart’s on Miller’s website, the show is barreling towards a sell out, with only scattered seats remaining.

Tickets for the venue’s main floor “Orchestra” section are entirely sold out, while a few single and double-seating options are still available in the Grand Tier and Balcony. Tickets for these sections are running at $58 and $38, respectively.

The massive response for the concert, even despite relatively pricey ticket options, has hardly been a surprise: Matchbox Twenty was one of the biggest acts in the mainstream when most of Western’s current students were growing up, and since the band hasn’t toured since the release of their 2007 greatest hits collection, this current string of concert dates may be the first chance that many younger fans have gotten to see them. Add the respectable success of the band’s latest record, North—which landed at no. 1 on the Billboard album chart last fall—and it isn’t difficult to see why the campus crowd has responded to this event with such enthusiasm.

Meanwhile, Phillips has proven to be a draw on his own. The newly-minted pop star has done quite well for himself since his American Idol coronation, notching over three-million digital sales of his first single—the propulsive acoustic anthem, “Home”—and scoring generally favorable reviews for his debut album, The World From the Side of the Moon. While only time will tell if Phillips will be able to hurdle the one-hit-wonder obstacle, he has thus far enjoyed significantly more success than his recent American Idol brethren, and “Home,” especially, will play well to Miller crowds; unsurprisingly, the song is his set closer.

Matchbox Twenty will still be the main attraction for the vast majority of concertgoers this Wednesday night, and judging from the setlists the band has been playing thus far on the North tour, that buzz will be justified. According to recent posts on Setlist.fm—a user-edited website that allows fans to post concert setlists to the web—the band’s current set is a behemoth. Going on for 25 songs and focusing equally on the band’s latest album and their greatest hits—with a couple of deep cuts and covers thrown in for good measure—fans can expect to hear a lot of their Matchbox Twenty favorites on this tour.

So if you don’t want to miss a marathon set from one of the most successful rock bands of the 1990s generation, or if you want to catch Phillip Phillips before he scores another hit or two and starts playing arenas, make sure to grab one of those last 50 tickets and get to Miller Auditorium this Wednesday night. Tickets can be purchased from Miller’s website, over the phone at 269-387-2300 or 800-228-9858 or in person at the Box Office. To learn more about the North tour, visit www.matchboxtwenty.com.

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