It's no surprise that matchbox twenty's old hits -- including "Push," "3 a.m.," "Bent" and "Unwell" -- are going down a storm on the group's current tour, it's first road trip in nearly five years.
But frontman Rob Thomas says the group is gratified that the material from 2012's "North," the band's first set of all-new material in a decade, is being well-received, too.
"Obviously the older songs always land and are always a lot of fun," notes Thomas, 49, who co-founded matchbox twenty during 1995 in Florida, with the group going on to sell more than 21 million albums -- including the 1996 debut "YOurself or Someone Like You" that sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. alone/ "But there are two songs from the new record, 'English Town' and 'I Will,' that have each become a really great moment in the set.
"You look out now and our audience is literally 16-year-olds to 60-year-olds, and each one of them has their thing. For the 16-year-olds we're like their Elton John; they've never had a time when we didn't exist in their lives. And the 30-year-olds were 15 when our first record came out and the 60-year-olds were in their 30s, so those songs always have this resonance, and that feels great."
"North" became the group's first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in September, and matchbox twenty plans to support the album throughout this year, with an amphitheater tour of North America scheduled for the summer as well as treks through Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. And Thomas -- also known for singing Santana's Grammy Award-winning "Smooth" and for a pair of successful solo albums -- is confident the band will make another album, though he's not putting a timeframe on that yet.
"We made a rule when we first met that we're only going to do this as long as we're having fun and we felt that every product we did took us a step further than the last one," he explains. "We couldn't be more proud of ('North'). It's something we want to go out and promote and play. There's a renewed energy in the band, and we'll make those other decisions when it's the right time."
matchbox twenty and Phillip Phillips perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 375 Riverside Drive. Tickets are $76-$137. Call 1-800-991-8888 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.
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