Rob Thomas confirmed the co-headlining tour that the Internet had been predicting when he visited the Hartford, Connecticut radio station 96.5 Tic. The frontman said that joint outings are always more fun, citing Matchbox’s 2001 summer tour with Train and their 2008 road trip with Alanis Morissette.
Other bands are also trying to feed off of ’90s nostalgia with format-specific outings including the Under The Sun Tour featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball, which is also happening this summer.
“When you think about a summer tour, you want to put together a package,” he said. “You are putting together that whole night of music from the minute people sit down. You want to have what is going to feel like a whole night that everybody is going to enjoy…It’s not going to be one band for one group of people, and one band for another.”
Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls have been sharing fans for the last two decades. Matchbox first caught people’s attentions with “3 A.M.” from their 1996 debut, Yourself Or Someone Like You.
The Goo Goo Dolls had a hit with “Name” off their 1995 album, A Boy Named Goo, but the band really made a name for themselves in 1998 with “Iris” off the City Of Angels soundtrack. The single, which Thomas said was one of his favorites from the band, spent a record setting 18 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.The band is now gearing up for the May 7 release of Magnetic, their first studio album in three years.
With all the hits the Goo Goo’s have racked up over the years, including “Slide” off of their sixth album Dizzy Up The Girl, the members of Matchbox Twenty say it won’t be easy to take the stage after them.
“They have a lot of songs that a lot of people know,” said MB20’s guitarist Paul Doucette. “It’s going to be a tough act for us to follow, [but] we like a challenge!”
The two bands kick off their tour in Manchester, NH on June 25. Check here for a full list of tourdates.
Additional reporting by Tyler Roman, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford.
Correction March 15: Magnetic is the Goo Goo Dolls first studio album in three years, not seven.