Rob Thomas, Kyle Cook, Brian Yale and Paul Doucette with Matchbox Twenty performs during the … [+] Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows: A Brief History Of Everything Tour at Lakewood Amphitheatre on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Atlanta. (Photo by Katie Darby/Invision/AP)
In a period that has emboldened Generation X with recent big announcements from Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, a different frequency of ‘90s-nostalgia acts will also hit the road this year.
On Monday, Matchbox 20 and The Wallflowers announced a tandem 50-date North American tour that will begin on July 17 in Bethlehem, Pa. and run through late-September. Dubbed the Matchbox 20 2020 Tour, the band will convene before live audiences for the first time since 2017—when they paired-up with ‘90s “softer-rock” contemporaries Counting Crows.
The tour announcement was first reported by USA Today in an interview with Matchbox 20 lead singer Rob Thomas, who gave fans a reassuring preview of what to expect on stage.
“We’re working on some new songs, but I don’t see the landscape in the world being one that makes sense for us to make an entire album right now,” Thomas said. “We’re going out on [this] anniversary tour, [and] there’s a huge amount of nostalgia that comes with that. There’s 20 years of music that people are going to want to listen to. So for us to just start shoving a whole bunch of brand new music down people’s throats, I don’t think they’re going to love that. But if we come out