Rob Thomas – A profile in news pictures and videos. Matchbox 20′s frontman – Rob Thomas
Kick Starting a series of articles dedicated to each one of the Matchsticks and serving as my debut MB20 Plus piece; what follows is a dedication to the matchbox 20 front man and all round good guy: Rob Thomas.
Rob Thomas, was born on Valentines Day 1972 in West Germany (his Parent’s were serving in the U.S Army). Rob dropped out of school in the 12th Grade aged 17 and spent the next few years crashing on sofas and in the back of friend’s cars.
Rob was the principle songwriter behind Matchbox Twenty for both Yourself or Someone Like You and Mad Season, with a little more collaboration from the rest of the band for their third Studio Album “More than You Think You Are”.
Rob also had hugh writing success outside of Matchbox 20, writing for artists such a Mick Jagger and Willy Nelson, but nothing was more successful than his collaboration with Santana, penning the song Smooth, which became worldwide smash hit, and made Thomas a household name accross the globe.
Following a MB20 2003 world tour, long time Matchbox 20 Rythmn Guitarist Adam Gaynor left the band and Matchbox 20 took a hiatus to focus on their own respective musical endeavours.
In 2007, Matchbox 20 reformed (minus Adam Gaynor) to pen 6 new tracks for release alongside a greatest hits album, of which followed a short lived world tour (short lived compared with previous matchbox 20 tours which had lasted years at a time).
With Matchbox 20′s future still uncertain, Rob Thomas went back to writing and later released his second studio album “Cradlesong”. Another smash hit for the Man, Rob toured the USA and Austrailia, this time failing to make it out to Europe.
Rob later returned to Matchbox 20 who have since returned back to the studio, to write what is to be the band’s 4th full studio album, but their first as a completely collaborative record. Keeping fans up to date with each development in real time as it’s happening. 2012 promises to be an exciting year for Matchbox Twenty and Rob Thomas fans alike, with the likely release of the album and the inevitable following world tour.