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.
Rob Thomas talks about Writing with Mick Jagger
Rob Thomas and Santana – Smooth Music Video
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 2005, Rob Thomas released his debut solo album “Something to Be”. Rob toured extensively off the back of the wildly successful Something to Be, visiting every corner of the planet playing to Matchbox 20 fans and a newly found crowd of Rob Thomas followers. With the launch of his own website, Rob embraced technology and began communicating with fans via twitter and other social media sites, offering a unique and not before seen insight into his world.
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.
Rob Thomas Discography
|Year||Album Details||Peak Chart Positions||Certifications|
|2005||…Something to be
Released April 5th 2005
Aus: 2x Platinum
Released June 30th 2009
|Year||Album Details||Peak Chart Positions|
|2005||…Something More Released 2005, Atlantic Records||–|
|2010||Someday Released March 22nd 2010. Atlantic Records||91|
Rob Thomas Singles
|Year||Single||Peak Chart Positions||Certifications||Album|
|USA||US AC||US Adult||US POP||CAN||UK||AUS||NZ||GER||AUT||SWI|
|2003||A New York Christmas||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||Non Album|
|2005||Lonely No More||6||1||1||6||1||11||3||9||16||24||24||US Gold||Something to be|
|This Is How a Heart Breaks||52||25||3||41||–||67||13||24||–||–||–||US Gold|
|Ever the Same||68||4||2||33||–||–||29||34||–||–||–||US Gold|
|2006||Something to be||–||–||–||–||–||–||40||–||–||–||–|
|2007||Little Wonders||58||11||5||56||22||–||20||–||20||40||13||Meet the Robinsons|
|2009||Her Diamonds||23||2||1||24||27||–||3||35||79||–||–||US Gold||Cradlesong|
|Give me the Meltdown||106||–||–||–||89||–||41||–||–||–||–|
Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol have been avid supports of Pets Alive for several years, donating their time and money to help support the sanctuary and save many animals. Pets Alive have attributed their continued ability to help animals in need to the support of Rob Thomas, Marison Thomas, Matchbox 20 and their fans.
Rob and Mari also established Sidewalk Angels Foundation, a non-profit charity aimed at helping people in need around cities in the USA. The foundation works with many charities to help give aid and assistence to people who are homeless, or lost or forgotten, as well as abandoned or abused animals. The name Sidewalk Angels comes from Rob’s charity single “A New York Christmas” which is re-released each year with the profits going to the foundation.
Rob Thomas Interviews
Interview about his collaborations with Willy Nelson
Rob Thomas Radio Interview