My mom, sister and I have been going to Matchbox Twenty/Rob Thomas concerts since 2003.
Yes, when we did the math we sat there aghast at how fast time flies and also that we might be stalkers. Regardless, we have spent a lot of our lives enjoying Rob Thomas and his various bands, though it had been a while – way too long – since we’d seen him last. I’m not exactly sure how my mom discovered him, but I’m thinking she just liked him on the radio or something and then before we knew it, there was a shrine of photos and newspaper clippings of him next to our computer. I’m…I’m not joking.
And by the way, he always has the BEST openers. Going to his concerts, I’ve seen Train, Maroon 5 before they were popular (*pushes up hipster glasses*), Sara Barielles and now Plain White T’s and probably soon-to-be-popular, Vinyl Station. So yes, what I’m already saying is that a Rob Thomas concert is worth the money so go see him.
Anyway, the actual trip. We went to Akron since the concert was at the Akron Civil Theater, which was particularly fun because of all the Cleveland Cavs and Lebron and Akron hype that was going on at the time.
The Civil Theater is BEAUTIFUL. Like, I’ve been to a lot of theaters from Cleveland to Pittsburgh to even New York City, and this is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever seen. I mean LOOK. Actually, this is where I saw the Sleeping Beauty ballet right when I suddenly was mononucleosed. That was my first time there, and even with my swollen lymph nodes and unabled-to-breath-ness, I was still like “holy shit this theater is gorgeous.”
So after we got settled in our seats with our beer/Mike’s Hard Lemonade/KitKat, the show started!
–Vinyl Station was the opening act. They’re a soft rock band, pretty similar to Matchbox Twenty actually. Their music ranges to mellow to upbeat rock, and they’re very good at both. Apparently the more fun rocking, upbeat music is from the new album they were promoting. My sister got a signed CD of their first album and we listened to it in the car. It’s really, really good chilling out music. Also, they were adorable and seemed very humbled to be there, which is always refreshing.
-Next up were the Plain White T’s, who you probably know as the ones who sing Hey There, Delilah since it was on the radio every second of forever. We missed like, 2 of their songs because four drunk idiots took 10 minutes to order 4 drinks from the bar I mean HONESTLY HURRY UP THE BAND IS PLAYING JUST SAY WHAT YOU WANT, GIVE THEM THE MONEY AND WALK AWAY HOW HARD IS IT GAHH. Fortunately they played quite a few songs, and we got to sit happily drinking our alcohol while singing along to Hey There Delilah and my personal favorite, Rhythm of Love. And look, I’ll be honest, a lot of times at concerts, if it’s a song I love, I can’t help but get teary eyed. I don’t know, music and emotions, man. Rhythm of Love was like that for me. SO GOOD.
-Then Rob Thomas came outtt *flails.* And let me just say, he looks, sounds, and acts exactly the same as he did in 2003. Vampire-Rob performed a lot of songs from his latest album, Something To Be, but also some fantastic stuff from his new album apparently is coming out this summer at some point, that I will definitely buy/get on Spotify.
His shows are always very well done, with a fantastic band and his wonderful stage presence. He always seems so cool and relaxed and genuinely happy to be up there. He’s so comfortable talking to the honest that kind of feels like he’s only talking to you, that you kind of forget that you’re in a hall filled with 1,500 other people. Except when drunk idiots stand up right in front of you without any self awareness that, um, there are people behind them. What I’m saying is, if you see his concert in a theater, you may want to try and get tickets in the front row of any section for a slightly more enjoyable experience. But either way, you should be good.
But even the drunken idiots were just a tiny fraction of the rest of the concert experience, which was great. I really hope we don’t wait too long until we see him again.