On Friday, fans can see the band live at the Reno Events Center. And Matchbox Twenty is bringing friends along. Also playing the 7 p.m. show is the multi-platinum and Grammy award winning Alanis Morissette, who has been rocking the music charts since her angry but genius debut “Jagged Little Pill” in 1995.
And opening for both acts will be MuteMath, self-described as electro-alternative rock. Hailing from New Orleans, the band has one Grammy award nomination under its belt and its second album is expected later this year.
Fans shouldn’t take this Matchbox Twenty show for granted as it almost wasn’t going to happen. Rob Thomas’ solo career delivered hit after hit with “Lonely No More,” “This is How a Heart Breaks” and “Street Corner Symphony” and won him three Grammys and two Billboard Songwriter of the Year awards. Thomas’ success and the departure of guitarist Adam Gaynor left many to wonder if the band would ever reunite.
Matchbox Twenty had talked about releasing a greatest hits album, which many fans have said is long overdue. Since the band’s 1996 debut “Yourself or Someone Like You,” the band has sold more than 37 million records worldwide. Three years after its release, the debut album went diamond, selling more than 10 million copies in the United States alone thanks to the hits “3 a.m.,” “Push,” “Real World,” and “Long Day.” The albums “Mad Season” and “More Than You Think You Are” also went multi-platinum.
Finally giving in to demands for a greatest hits compilation, Matchbox Twenty – still without Gaynor – got together with plans of choosing its hits and maybe making one new song before parting ways again. But after meeting they had a change of heart. The result was 2007’s “Exile on Mainstream,” featuring six new tracks and 11 of the band’s hits from its previous three albums.
“How Far We’ve Come,” the first single released off of “Exile,” has climbed as high as No. 5 on the music charts. The apocalyptic lyrics and the impassioned sound make it difficult not to sing along.
Now the band is taking all its hits, new and old, on a world tour. And fans should swarm to Matchbox Twenty’s “Exile in America” tour because it may be the last.
Tickets to see Matchbox Twenty with Alanis Morissette and MuteMath are $85.50, $65.50, $55.50 and $45.50. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 888-288-1833, online at www.downtownreno.com and at Circus Circus’ Main Cashier’s Cage, the Eldorado Showroom Box Office and Silver Legacy’s Box Office.