Of all the bands that managed to go diamond (that's 10 million albums sold) back in the mid-'90s, when conditions were right for it, Matchbox Twenty looked the most like one-superhit wonders. It wasn't their fault; it just seemed like there were 10 million themselves-or-someones-like-them doing similar (if less effective) open-hearted post-grunge. Between "Smooth" and Mad Season, it didn't work out that way; Rob Thomas and company, as it turned out, had more hooks than we were giving them credit for.
If you're interested in hearing all of them -- I'm a "Bent," "Real World," "Push" guy, in that order -- I have good news: They're playing Comerica Theatre on Friday, July 26. Tickets go on sale a week from today, which leaves you just enough time to dig up your "Back 2 Good" CD single.
After the jump: Two songs from the past 10 years they'll probably play.More »