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MT. MATCHBOX {Mt. La Stella's Tribute to Matchbox Twenty}
Show Reviews

This band is awesome live!

MATCHBOX TWENTY LIVE: RULES

> No Laser Pointers
> No Camcorders
> No Audio Recorders
> No Professional Cameras (SLR, Detachable Lenses or Flashes)
> No Digital Still or Video Cameras
> No Flash Photography of any kind
> Disposable/Single Use Cameras are ok with tour security, however each venue has their own policy about cameras. Those policies may be more restrictive, and as such may lead venue security to confiscate people's cameras.
> Stand in front of your chair and not on your chair or on someone else's shoulders.
> Please keep the aisles clear at all times.
MEET AND GREET RULES
> 2 things to get signed MAX per person
> No camcorders or audio recorders
> Turn off your cell phone.
> If you bring a camera, be sure to return it to your vehicle before entering the venue.
The meet and greets are put on by the local radio stations. The only way to get them is to win passes on the radio.

I've seen Matchbox Twenty live three times and it gets better every time. On this page I'll talk about the shows I attended and also post other reviews of their concerts.

September 23, 2000 - R.P.I. Field House - Troy, NY

I arrived at the show just as the Jayhawks were finishing up their set which meant Matchbox Twenty was up next. I quickly bought my "Mad Season Tour 2000" T-shirt and poster for a grand total of $50 and ran back to my seat. Just as I sat down Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" came on (background music) and some fat guy on the floor treated the crowd to a hilarious dance. Shortly after that the lights dimmed and I halted conversation with my girlfriend and sister to listen to their first song. I was kinda surprised to see them start off with "Bent" but it was great. I was kind of disappointed that they didn't play "Bed of Lies" but the concert still rocked! My seats weren't that great so I couldn't see the band up close like I did at Jones Beach in 1998. Ahh well, Rob Thomas said some funny shit like: "When we play colleges, it's a bunch of hockey arenas. It's like Matchbox Twenty on ice! When we came in here we were freezing our balls off. Now I'm bitching about how hot it is" + "That was Tom Petty, so you know. He's got a bunch of fucking records out, so go buy one cuz he's cool" (after American Girl cover song) + "When y'all go out, please stop by the Rock the Vote booth. I know our choices are Bush and Gore, but one of these assholes are gonna be president sooner or later, so you might as well vote for one of them. Or if you don't even do that, just say 'These choices suck'." During the show someone threw their boxers on stage and Rob said, "Why would you throw your boxers onstage? Let me ask you this, if these are yours, what are you wearing now?" It was great to see such a diverse crowd of teenagers, adults, and different races. It was the type of concert where you just wanted to take in the music and savor the flavor instead of jumping around like you're on a pogo stick. I can't wait to see them again, which will be at Jones Beach once again on June 24th! The night before I return to Albany for my sophomore year of college...

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Matchbox Twenty LIVE

Matchbox Twenty is currently touring with special guest Train! Below are the dates:

7/31 Fargo, ND - FargoDome
8/1 St. Paul, MN - XCEL Energy Center
8/3 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center (The World)
8/4 Cleveland - Blossom
8/5 Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater
8/7 Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/8 Columbus, OH - Polaris Amphitheater
8/10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/11 Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
8/12 Scranton, PA - Coors Light Amphitheater
8/14 Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Pavilion Stadium
8/17 Boston, MA - Tweeter Center
8/18 Hartford, CT - Meadows Music Theatre
8/19 Saratoga Springs, NY - SPAC
8/21 Holmdel, NJ - PNC
8/23 Philadelphia, PA - E Center (Tweeter Waterfront)
8/24 Wantaugh, NY - Jones Beach
8/31 Atlanta, GA - Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
9/7 San Antonio, TX - South TX Amphitheater
9/8 Houston, TX - Woodlands
9/9 Dallas, TX - Smirnoff Amphitheater
9/12 Oklahoma City, OK - Myriad
9/14 Little Rock, AR - Allitel Arena
9/15 St. Louis, MO - Riverport Amphitheater
9/16 Kansas City, KS - Sandstone Amphitheater
9/18 Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green
9/20 Salt Lake City, UT - E Center
9/21 Bozeman, MT - MSU Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
9/22 Seattle, WA - The Gorge
9/24 Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
9/25 Concord, CA - Concord Chronicle Pavilion
9/28 Anaheim, CA - The Pond
9/29 Phoenix, AZ - Desert Sky Amphitheater 16




Matchbox Twenty toured Europe in March 2001. Below were the dates:

6/8 Glasgow Hampton Park
6/10 Dublin R.D.S.
6/13 Huddersfield McAlpine Stadium
6/15 Milton Keynes Milton
Keynes Bowl
6/17 Cardiff Millenium Stadium

CONCERT REVIEWS (anonymous)

JONES BEACH THEATRE, WANTAGH NY USA
This was the third Matchbox Twenty concert I've attended this year. (Madison Square Garden & National Car Rental - Florida) Although I went in to this concert feeling not quite as enthusiastic, that turned around rather quickly! The band was awesome.. and I was totally mesmerized throughout the entire show! Rob's voice was incredible - as always... and the audience was really into it.. probably because the band was. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy performing. Each song came across with the depth and emotion as if it were being done for the first time! Considering they've been touring for months... they are amazing! No costumes, props or acts.. just two hours of GREAT MUSIC! And Rob...

RIVERPORT AMPITHEATER, ST. LOUIS MO USA
This was by far the greatest concert i have ever attended in my life. this is the 3rd time i have seen mb20 in the last year and they keep getting better and better. this was their first concert they did after the terrorist attack on the 11th. rob came out and talked about the events of tuesday and said that the concert was going to be a "celebration of life" and for everyone to have fun for a few hours. he then asked for the audience to participate in a moment of silence and then he walked off stage smoking his cigarette. less that a minute later he returned with his acoustic guitar and as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks he sang cyndi laupers "time after time." after that song he told everyone that from here on out it was going to be a regular saturday night. the band opened up strong with "crutch" and the energy level never came down from that point on. rob took a sign from the audience that read "god bless america" and set it up on the drums for everyone to see. he also came out with a american flag after the encore break and drapped it over the front of the stage. everyone was chanting "usa usa." it was pretty powerful to see everyone come together like that. the opening acts were pete yorn and train. both were really good and i would suggest that you go see both of them if they are every in your area.

MEADOW'S MUSIC THEATRE, HARTFORD CT USA
This concert was amazing! I was on the Matchbox Twenty travel package, and so I got to meet them backstage before this show. If that wasn't great enough, I had this show to look forward to as well! MB20 was so energetic as always, and the crowd just loved it! Pat Monahan of Train brought Kyle Cook out to play on their cover of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On," and he also dragged drummer Paul Doucette out from watching on the sidelines to playing the drums for their song "Free." What else was funny was when Pat of Train said this next song describes Adam Gaynor's sex life. The song is called "Hopeless." Adam came onstage and just gave him the funniest look. I had second row center seats, and I had so much fun dancing and singing along to the songs. This was the best concert of theirs that I have ever attended! I also really enjoyed Train's set; I am a new fan of theirs as a result.

JACKSONVILLE COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE FL USA
First off I would like to thank the MB20 Fan Club for the great seats (3rd row center in front of Rob thank you very much)!! Anyhow, with great opening acts as Seven Mary Three & Train, the guys from Matchbox Twenty wasted no time getting the show started. The energy of the band definitely rubbed off on the crowd as we all sang word for word each song. With a stage production that was both spectacular & yet not too distracting from the music, the band showed what seasoned performers they have become. Having gone to two previous MB20 concerts this summer it was easy to compare each show. The music spoke volumes and each song was performed w/ such energy that the crowd was left wanting that much more. But the lay-out of the stage was what really stood out. As compared to previous shows were the band was moving from different areas to the next, this stage had three plattforms w/video screens below each displaying various images for the different songs. The three plattform were for the keyboardist, one for Paul & his drums and one for the grand piano played by Rob. The only lowlight of the concert was that it had ended but the guys of Matchbox Twenty gave us a night to remember.

MISSISSIPPI COAST COLISEUM, BILOXI MS USA
This was hands down the best concert I've ever seen in my 32 years. I wasn't even a fan when I attended. It was a birthday present for my best friend who is a huge fan. I thought to myself, this shouldn't be too bad. MB20 is ok, and while she enjoys the concert, I'll just stare at Rob. WRONG! I joined the fan club to get good seats and we were in the CENTER of the SECOND ROW! I am hooked! I had never taken the time to listen to what a truly amazing band this is. I've tried numerous times to describe to people what an amazing show this was, but you just can't put it into words. The crowd was pumped! MB20 are the true rock stars of today, very real and unaffected by their fame. So, I went for Rob Thomas and stayed for MB20 and can't wait to see them again. You should check them out if you get a chance.

MOLSON AMPITHEATER, TORONTO ON CANADA
OMG. this was the most amazing concert I have ever been to. They put on such an awesome show. Although Rob didn't talk too much between songs he sounded amazing and so did everyone else, Kyle, Adam, Pookie and Paul. They started out with "Crutch" and finished with "Push" as their final encore. They even played "Hang" to satisfy they fans who consistently begged them to play it!! It almost put me to tears. The same with "Leave" because Rob seemed to have sung it with so much emotion, like he was there. I swear to God I though he was gonna cry himself! It was amazing!


If you've seen Matchbox Twenty in concert and want to contribute a review, please e-mail me at the below address and I'll gladly post your experience!

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