MATCH­BOX AT 20

SINGER-SONG­WRITER ROB THOMAS TALKS ABOUT MATCH­BOX TWENTY’S RE­UNION FOR THIS SUM­MER’S A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF EV­ERY­THING TOUR WITH COUNT­ING CROWS. BY SPENCER LUBITZ

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Singer-song­writer Rob Thomas talks about Match­box Twenty’s re­union for this sum­mer’s A Brief His­tory of Ev­ery­thing tour with Count­ing Crows.

Some­thing tells us that Rob Thomas isn’t giv­ing us a his­tory of ev­ery­thing he’s done in Ve­gas, but we caught up with him be­fore his tour be­gin­ning this sum­mer.

What are you most look­ing for­ward to about this tour? There are songs that we haven’t played in 20 years; we’re go­ing to be play­ing ev­ery­thing that’s on that first record. It’s a good prob­lem to have get­ting 20 years of songs in one tour. Any fa­vorite songs to per­form live? I think as far as sin­gles go, our song “Red Lights.” When we put it out we fi­nally re­ally started to un­der­stand who we were as a band and show­case our per­son­al­i­ties. What can fans ex­pect to see? Adam [Du­ritz, lead singer of Count­ing Crows] and I have been friends for over 20 years. At the end of the day, it’s all about play­ing good songs. Be­tween us we have 45 years of mu­sic—there’s go­ing to be a lit­tle some­thing for ev­ery­one. What do you like to do in town? My wife and I love to stay at En­core. We love An­drea’s res­tau­rant, and we al­ways have to have brunch out­side at Ter­race Point Café. Do you have any fa­vorite mem­o­ries of Las Ve­gas? [Laughs] I’m not sure. One of the good things about when we came up, was that we did it be­fore TMZ and be­fore Twit­ter. You could fall out of a club and no one was there to catch it with a cam­era. Man­dalay Bay Events Cen­ter, July 29; 877632-7400; axs.com

Meet your Match­box! FROM LEFT: Brian Yale, Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, and Kyle Cook.

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