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Rob Thomas

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Palms Casino Resort

Venue: The Pearl

4321 W. Flamingo Rd.

Las Vegas, NV

Show Times: 8pm

Age Restriction: 5

$71.60 - $144.30

Rob Thomas

Most music followers know Rob Thomas as the singer and songwriter from Matchbox Twenty, a band whose debut album, "Yourself or Someone Like You," went platinum a dozen times over in the United States. However, some may be surprised that the multitalented frontman is now touring on his own.

Thomas was born on Valentine's Day 1972 in the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, but grew up in South Carolina and Florida. He dropped out of high school at age 17 to join a few bands and then moved to Orlando in 1993. He was in the band Tabitha's Secret and later formed Matchbox Twenty with some of Tabitha's members. The band was an instant hit with its 1996 debut and topped the charts with almost every release.

But it was the 1999 song "Smooth," which Thomas wrote for Carlos Santana, that made Thomas a household name. Matchbox Twenty released two more albums before taking a hiatus. Thomas was then able to break out on his own with his first solo album, "Something to Be" (2005). The first single from his album, "Lonely No More," peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts.

Thomas has said that going solo has allowed him to be more creative because his songs don't have to be written for a band -- guitars, bass and drums. His new sound veers away from Matchbox Twenty's post-grunge and verges on pop. His 2005 album featured guest guitarists such as John Mayer and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

Thomas just completed a tour with his band in support of Matchbox Twenty's recently released album, "North." His most recent solo album "Cradlesong" featured the singles "Her Diamonds," "Give Me Meltdown" and "Someday." He is working on a third solo album.

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