WANT TO GO?
Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty, with Kate Earl
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
TICKETS: $37, $57 and $77INFO: Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
The gazz also talked to the Goo Goo Dolls' Johnny Rzeznik. See that story here.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Touring these days is a lot more comfortable for Matchbox Twenty, singer Rob Thomas said.
"We all have our own buses," he explained. "It's a lot more family; there are a lot more kids out on the road.
"It's more fun than it's ever been."
The band behind such monster hits as "Push,""3 AM,""Unwell" and "How Far We've Come" is on the road with fellow pop rockers the Goo Goo Dolls in support of its latest album, "North." The show stops at the Charleston Civic Center Aug. 21.
They (and opening act Kate Earl) have been on the road together since late June, but it's only a fraction of Matchbox Twenty's overall tour. The band, which formed in 1995, has been on the road since October and will be out through the end of this year, said Thomas.
Shows have ranged from the 90-minute set the group is playing at large arenas on this leg of the tour to occasional two-and-a-half hour affairs at more intimate theaters earlier in the tour. The band has plenty of material to choose from to fill the time.
"North," released last August, is Matchbox Twenty's fourth studio album. The band also released "Exile on Mainstream" in 2007, which contained six new songs in addition to 11 of its hits.
"[Choosing the set list] is one of our hardest things," Thomas said.
There are some no-brainers to include, of course.
"If we do a show and don't play '3 AM' or 'Push' at some point, we'll get lynched. There are some songs that people want to hear."
Though the band is obviously excited about its latest album, the guys are sympathetic to what fans want.