When I found out that Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls are touring together this summer, I immediately searched my residence for listening devices. After all, I’ve been saying for years that the two bands go hand in hand, and that I’d love to see them on a double bill — surely some nefarious eavesdropper had overheard me. After two days and only a buttload of dust bunnies to show for my trouble, I realized there had to be another explanation. I’m still investigating, but in the meantime, let’s take another look at these two accomplished acts.
I’ve mentioned in a recent article my affection for Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas and his Twitter account @ThisIsRobThomas, but I left out what a solid and respectable band I’ve come to see Matchbox Twenty as over the last few years.
They’ve never strayed far from the original sound that caught my ear on their 1996 smash debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, and it’s resulted in four successful albums since, including 2007’s compilation Exile on Mainstream. Their most recent effort, 2012’s North, was the first to feature all new material since 2002’s More Than You Think You Are, and it was their first to hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. I’d say they’re doing pretty well for themselves, wouldn’t you?
What I love about Matchbox Twenty is that I was a fan long before I considered myself as such. It took me nearly fifteen years to realize that the quality hits they’d been quietly cranking out were actually part of my life’s soundtrack. Chances are, they’re part of yours, too.
GOO GOO DOLLS
My stubborn refusal to admit that I’m growing older has me shaking my head in disbelief that Johnny Rzeznik and the Goo Goo Dolls have been around since 1985, but Google don’t lie, folks. The oddly-named bunch from Buffalo have released ten studio albums, but it wasn’t until their fifth, 1995’s A Boy Named Goo, that their weird name became a household one.
How have they done since then? They’ve had 13 Top 10 Adult Top 40 hits, a record equaled only by — who else? — Matchbox Twenty, and their most recent album, 2013’s Magnetic, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, making it their 4th consecutive Top 10 debut. These guys have had an absolute powerhouse of a career spanning almost thirty years — why isn’t anyone making a bigger deal out of this?
The Goo Goo Dolls’ unmistakable sound has echoed through my life for almost twenty years. They’re really an unsung force in the mainstream musical landscape.
Want to see Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls in LA? Pick up tickets to see them perform at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on July 17 or at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on July 20.
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