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Matchbox Twenty are a band that have “spawned more No. 1 songs and spent more weeks atop the … adult top 40 charts than any artist” (Neilson); who are the only pop-rock band in the American top 10, whose current single Unwell “has occupied the No. 1 spot on the adult top 40 chart for 18 weeks” (USAToday). Their profile at Yahoo give you everything from videos to reviews. Well worth a visit.
There’s a reason I’m telling you all this? Because they came to visit us at Wembley Arena last night. It was amazing. When you hear a band and like their music, it’s one thing. When you go to their concert and get doubly blown away by their enthusiasm, personality and musical ability… well, that’s another. 9 of us trooped up to the Arena last night and got some of the best seating in the almost full arena. After the supporting band, Maroon5, limbered us up, out Matchbox Twenty came to the cries of “Bring on the box!” from Jac. And so began what must rate as the best moment of the year so far for me. Rob Thomas, the lead singer, always manages to sound amazed that people like his band, and that he’d always wanted to play at Wembley Arena. True, he may just be saying that, but I think he means it. He also made a memorable quote about time being a currency, which I’m sure Jac will pick up and play with on his site.
The net result of all this? Well, confirmation that in our eyes Matchbox Twenty are a collection of gods (a gaggle? a herd…?). Simply Superb.