Matchbox Twenty is: Kyle Cook * Paul Doucette * Adam Gaynor * Rob Thomas * Brian Yale.
Since making their debut in 1996, Melisma/Atlantic recording group matchbox twenty has become one of the most admired and consistently successful rock bands in recent history, with over 25 million albums sold worldwide. Named as the “Best New Band” in the 1997 Rolling Stone Readers Poll, they have since moved from accomplishment to accomplishment, clearly establishing themselves as an exceptional unit, both in the studio and on stage.
“MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE,” matchbox twenty’s eagerly anticipated third album, was released in November 2002 and debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Produced by the band’s longtime studio collaborator Matt Serletic, the new album quickly sailed past the RIAA platinum mark (for over one million copies sold in the U.S. alone).
The album has thus far yielded two consecutive #1 radio smashes, “Disease” and the current chart-topper, “Unwell.” These mark the two latest additions to matchbox’s ever-growing list of hit singles, including the #1-charting “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent” (which also hit #1 on the prestigious Billboard “Hot 100″), plus such top five favorites as “Read World,” “Back 2 Good,” and “Mad Season.”
“MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE” marks matchbox twenty’s first new music since 2000′s RIAA quadruple-platinum “MAD SEASON BY MATCHBOX TWENTY.”
The quintet made their debut in 1996 with “YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU,” which earned the RIAA’s prestigious Diamond Award and has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.
matchbox twenty lead singer and primary composer Rob Thomas is widely acknowledged as one of the most gifted vocalists and inspired songwriters in contemporary music. Besides his work with the band, Rob has been frequently invited to collaborate with other artists – most notably Santana, for whom he wrote and sang the smash single, “Smooth,” which earned Thomas three Grammy Awards. He has also recently worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Marc Anthony, and Mick Jagger. Combining all of his projects, Rob has been the driving force behind the sales of over 60 million records. He has earned a remarkable 11 BMI Awards, and was named Billboard’s Songwriter of the Year two years in a row.
An exceptional live band, matchbox twenty stands among the top concert draws in North America, and their “mad season” coast-to-coast tour sent ticket phone lines and websites into overdrive – including selling out their debut performance at New York City’s venerable Madison Square Garden in just 10 minutes. On April 25th, the band embarked on their much-anticipated 2003 North American tour, marking their first U.S. dates since the fall of 2001.
matchbox twenty actively supports many charitable causes, including:
PAX — a non-political nonprofit organization dedicated to the issue of gun violence. PAX’s latest initiative is “SPEAK UP,” a campaign to encourage students to anonymously report weapon-related threats in their school via a toll-free number. Long-time supporters of PAX, matchbox twenty included a special “SPEAK UP” insert in copies of their new album, and a pair of front-row tickets in selected markets on their 2003 tour is being auctioned off on eBay to benefit “SPEAK UP.” In addition, the band produced a unique book – entitled “matchbox twenty Sessions 2002″ – documenting the making of “MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE,” with all net proceeds going to PAX.
the matchbox foundation (a charity organization set up by the band to distribute money to various causes), in conjunction with The Hard Rock CafÃ©, sold a limited edition t-shirt which raised over $200,000 for victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
Blythedale Children’s Hospital — Founded more than 100 years ago and located in Westchester, New York, the hospital is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with complex medical and rehabilitative needs. Rob Thomas recently wrote and recorded a special solo song, entitled “A New York Christmas,” in support of the medical center, and he has performed at the hospital’s annual holiday fund-raising concert for three consecutive years.
Pets Alive — a no-kill animal shelter located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and place animals in need. Pets Alive is currently the only retirement home available for New York City carriage horses. Among the band’s activities supporting the shelter, at their May 16th New York area appearance at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, a 50 cents per ticket donation will go to Pets Alive.