Melisma/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced plans for his first-ever solo concert tour.
The special 11-city, cross-country itinerary heralds the April 19th release of Thomas’ debut solo album, “…SOMETHING TO BE.”
The tour kicks off on Friday, April 15th at The Fillmore in San Francisco and wraps up on April 30th at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
The shows will mark Thomas’ first club tour since matchbox twenty’s first national trek eight years ago.
“Lonely No More,” the first single from “…SOMETHING TO BE,” has proved to be an immediate smash at pop radio across the country.
The track was far and away the #1 most-added track at multiple formats and is only the second track in the history of the Adult Top 40 chart to gain more than 1,000 plays in a single week.
The single leaps into the #3 spot this week at Adult Top 40/Hot AC and into the top 15 at CHR/Pop.
The track’s companion video was recently shot in Los Angeles by acclaimed director Joseph Kahn.
“…SOMETHING TO BE” was produced by Matt Serletic and mixed by Jimmy Douglass and David Thoener.
Making special guest appearances on the album are John Mayer (guitar on “Streetcorner Symphony”), Robert Randolph (lap steel guitar on “I Am An Illusion”), and guitarists Mike Campbell (Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers), Wendy Melvoin (Wendy & Lisa), and Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow).
The core band is rounded out by producer Matt Serletic, who plays keyboards on all the tracks.
One of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, Thomas has earned a string of accolades – both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with matchbox twenty as well as for his collaborations with other artists.
In June 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented Thomas with its first-ever “Starlight Award” – created to recognize a songwriter in the early years of his or her career who is already making a lasting impact.
He has earned 13 BMI Awards, including both songwriter and song of the year, and he was named Billboard’s Songwriter of the Year two years in a row.
Thomas’ smash collaboration with Santana, “Smooth,” earned Thomas three Grammy Awards.
He has also worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, and Bernie Taupin.
Combining all of his projects, Thomas has contributed to sales of some 75 million records.
A Very Special Performance By Rob Thomas Spring 2005
April 15, 2005 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
April 16, 2005 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
April 19, 2005 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
April 20, 2005 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
April 22, 2005 – St. Louis, MO – The Orpheum
April 23, 2005 – Columbus, OH – Promowest Pavilion
April 24, 2005 – Chicago, IL – The Vic
April 26, 2005 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory