Rob Thomas will promote his upcoming Atlantic solo debut, "...Something To Be," with an 11-date club tour next month. It is unannounced which musicians will be backing the Matchbox Twenty frontman at the shows. The trek will begin April 15 in San Francisco and wrap April 30 in Washington, D.C. (see tour dates below)
"...Something To Be" is due April 19, with the first single "Lonely No More" already receiving heavy radio play throughout the country. While its still unknown what band will support Thomas on tour, he has had no problem recruiting a very impressive cast for his solo album. Making special guest appearances on the album are John Mayer, Robert Randolph, and guitarists Mike Campbell (Tom Petty´s Heartbreakers), Wendy Melvoin (Wendy and Lisa), and Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow). The rhythm section throughout the album features bass guitarist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and drummer Gerald Hayward (Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé). The core band is rounded out by producer Matt Serletic, who plays keyboards on all the tracks.
Thomas has a number of other songwriting collaborations in the can, including the track "Not Enough Love" for Daryl Hall's next solo album.
"He's always had that classic style to him, deep into the Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and the song's got that kind of soul to it that I never would have found if I hadn't written with him," Thomas told Billboard recently.
Thomas and OutKast's Big Boi have recently completed a song called "My Man," slated for Carlos Santana's new album and performed by Big Boi and Mary J. Blige. "I still have not yet met Big Boi," Thomas says with a laugh. "He sent me a track and I sent it back and I redid some stuff, he redid some stuff, and now it looks like they're going to actually record it. How funny is that?"
Rob Thomas' solo dates:
April 15: San Francisco (Fillmore)
April 16: Ventura, Calif. (Ventura Theatre)
April 19: Los Angeles (Avalon)
April 20: Las Vegas (the Joint)
April 22: St. Louis (Orpheum Theatre)
April 23: Columbus, Ohio (PromoWest Pavilion)
April 24: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
April 26: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
April 27: New York (Irving Plaza)
April 29: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)