Saturday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.
Vibrant Arena at the MARK, 1201 River Drive, Moline IL
Playing the Moline amphitheater on their national “Slow Dream Tour” in support of their May 26 release Where the Light Goes – the band's fifth album and their first in more than a decade – the rockers of Matchbox play the Vibrant Arena at the MARK on June 17, the Grammy-nominated chart-toppers lauded for such smash singles as “Bent,” “Unwell,” and “How Far We've Come.”
Formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995, and presently composed of Rob Thomas (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Brian Yale (bass guitar), Paul Doucette (drums, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Kyle Cook (lead guitar, vocals), Matchbox Twenty released their debut studio album Yourself or Someone Like You in the fall of 1996. The album's lead single "Long Day" was moderately successful, while the album's second single "Push" received large amounts of airplay in the United States. As it was not released for commercial sale, "Push" was deemed ineligible to appear on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. It did, however, peak at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and became a top-10 hit in countries such as Australia and Canada. With the success of "Push" and follow-up singles "3AM," "Real World," and "Back 2 Good," Yourself or Someone Like You eventually peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified 12x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Following the success of their debut album, Matchbox Twenty released their second studio offering Mad Season in May of 2000. The album was a commercial success, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200, and its lead single "Bent" became the band's first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Second single "If You're Gone" peaked at number five on the Hot 100, and Mad Season spawned three additional singles: "Angry," "Last Beautiful Girl," and the album's title track. More Than You Think You Are, the band's third studio album, was released in 2002 and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200, earning double-platinum certification and finding "Unwell" peaking at number five on the Hot 100.
After a hiatus that allowed Thomas to focus on his solo career, Matchbox Twenty reunited to record six new songs for the compilation album Exile on Mainstream, which was released in October of 2007. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 while lead single "How Far We've Come" was platinum-certified and became a top-10 hit in Australia and Canada. Since then, North, the band's fourth studio album, was released in September of 2012 and became Matchbox Twenty's first album to top the Billboard 200. And after a decade out of the studio, the band re-entered it for Where the Light Goes, an avidly anticipated project whose first single "Wild Dogs (Running in a Slow Dream)" was released earlier this year on St. Patrick's Day.
Matchbox Twenty brings their “Slow Dream Tour” to Moline on June 17 alongside guest artist Matt Nathanson, admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert event is $42-115, and tickets are available by calling (800)745-3000 and visiting VibrantArena.com.