Matchbox Twenty Teams With Train for Summer Tour

Matchbox Twenty recently wrapped an extensive North American arena tour — but now the band is giving fans a chance to hear its hits outside, with an lengthy tour of amphitheaters kicking off July 31 in Fargo, N.D.

Backing Rob Thomas and his popular rock act will be Train, which recently released its sophomore LP, Drops of Jupiter.

Through August the tour will move from the Midwest to the East Coast, before crossing to the West Coast in September, hitting a total of 30 cities.

The songs from Mad Season by Matchbox Twenty — released last May — are still getting radio airplay, and the LP is hanging in at No. 77 on the Billboard 200. The group recently taped an episode of Storytellers, which will air on cable station VH1 on June 1.

The first single from Train's album — "Drops of Jupiter (Don't Tell Me)" — is at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Matchbox Twenty tour dates: July

July 31 — Fargodome, Fargo, N.D.

August

Aug. 1 — Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. Aug. 3 — Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, Ill. Aug. 4 — Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Aug. 5 — Molson Amphitheater, Toronto, Ontario Aug. 7 — Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. Aug. 8 — Polaris Amphitheater, Columbus, Ohio Aug. 10 — DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, Mich. Aug. 11 — Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. Aug. 12 — Coors Light Amphitheater, Scranton, Pa. Aug. 14 — (Darien Lakes PAC, Buffalo, N.Y. Aug. 15 — Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa. Aug. 17 — Tweeter Center, Mansfield, Mass. Aug, 18 — Meadows Music Center, Wallingford, Conn. Aug. 19 — Saratoga PAC, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 21 — PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. Aug. 23 — Tweeter Center, Camden, N.J. Aug. 24 — Jones Beach, Wantagh, N.Y. Aug. 31 — Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater, Atlanta, Ga.

September

Sept. 8 — Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, Texas Sept. 12 — Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Okla. Sept. 14 — Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Ark. Sept. 15 — Riverport Amphitheater, St. Louis, Mo. Sept. 16 — Sandstone Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, Kan. Sept. 18 — Fiddler's Green, Denver, Colo. Sept. 20 — E Center, Salt Lake City, Utah Sept. 22 — Gorge, George, Wash. Sept. 24 — Sacramento Valley Amphitheater, Sacramento, Calif. Sept. 25 — Chronicle Pavilion, Concord, Calif. Sept. 29 — Desert Sky Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.

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