Matchbox Twenty

The precursors of Matchbox Twenty were Tabitha's Secret, a Florida-based band featuring Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette and Brian Yale. The band was approached to sign a deal with Atlantic Records, but internal disputes with the management led Thomas, Doucette and Yale to go it alone and form a new band Matchbox 20.and it was they who signed to Atlantic. Perfecting a streamlined rock'n'roll sound, they released their debut album Yourself Or Someone Like You in 1996, its edgy themes captivated audiences and the album went on to sell over 15 million and turn them into international stars. They had a US Number 1 hit with Push and had further hits with 3AM and Real World. Their second album Mad Season (2000) was also highly successful, including another Number 1 single Bent and the band - re-naming themselves Matchbox Twenty - established themselves as a powerful and compelling live act. Third album More Than You Think You Are included the single Disease written with Mick Jagger, but Matchbox took a break following the departure of rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor, while Rob Thomas released a solo album. They reunited in 2007 with a new album Exile On Mainstream, returning to the US Top 20 with the single How Far We've Come and were back again working on a new album for release in 2011.

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