After multiple postponements, Matchbox Twenty’s long-awaited return to Charlotte proved to be worth the wait, as the band delivered an electrifying performance at PNC Music Pavilion. The “Slow Dream” tour, born out of the postponed “Matchbox Twenty 2020” tour, finally made its way to the city, showcasing the band’s enduring talent and celebrating their latest album, “Where The Light Goes.” With a blend of nostalgic hits and fresh tracks, Matchbox Twenty captivated the crowd, creating an unforgettable night of music.
The anticipation was palpable as the band members, including lead vocalist Rob Thomas, lead guitarist Kyle Cook, bassist Brian Yale, and rhythm guitarist Paul Doucette, took the stage amidst the darkening sky. Thomas expressed his gratitude to the crowd, acknowledging their dedication for holding onto their tickets throughout the multiple postponements caused by the pandemic. The energy in the air was undeniable, and the band wasted no time in igniting the stage.
Matchbox Twenty, known for their timeless hits, last graced PNC Music Pavilion six years ago. The enthusiastic audience eagerly anticipated their return, ready to relive the magic that only Matchbox Twenty can deliver. From the opening chords of “Real World” to the anthemic “How Far We’ve Come,” the crowd swayed and danced to the band’s infectious melodies.
Despite being a veteran group with over 27 years of music under their belt, Matchbox Twenty showcased boundless energy that defied their age. Kyle Cook’s mesmerizing guitar solos, Rob Thomas’s dynamic stage presence, and Paul Doucette’s rhythmic prowess kept the audience captivated throughout the night. The band’s performance of “Bent” featured a memorable guitar solo by Cook, while Thomas spun his mic stand with rock-star flair.
Lead singer Rob Thomas at PNC Music Pavilion on Tuesday night. Benjamin Robson
As the evening progressed, the summer heat intensified, but it did little to dampen the band’s enthusiasm. While fans relied on portable neck fans to cool off, Thomas sported his signature skinny jeans, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to style despite the discomfort. An intriguing tattoo on his forearm, depicting the number 20 within a circle, served as a reminder of the band’s origin and the inspiration behind their unique name.
The performance also had its share of lighthearted moments. Thomas’s good-natured slip-up, accidentally referring to Charlotte as Charleston, elicited laughter from the crowd and showcased the band’s genuine connection with their fans. The evening was filled with hits like “If You’re Gone” and the acoustic rendition of the classic “Mad Season,” showcasing Matchbox Twenty’s versatility and ability to create intimate moments.
One unforgettable highlight of the night was an unidentified young boy who stole the show during “Long Day.” With oversized headphones and an air guitar in hand, his infectious energy captivated the crowd and added an extra layer of excitement to the performance.
As the night came to a close, Matchbox Twenty delivered an encore that left fans craving more. Hits like “3 A.M.” and “Unwell” filled the air, culminating in a powerful rendition of “Push” and the anthemic “Bright Lights.” For their second encore, the band surprised the audience with a cover of “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” bringing the night to an epic conclusion.
Matchbox Twenty’s long-awaited performance in Charlotte proved that third time’s a charm. Despite the multiple postponements, the band delivered an unforgettable night of music, reminding fans why they have remained loyal throughout the years. With their timeless hits and infectious energy, Matchbox Twenty continues to solidify their place as one of the most iconic bands of their generation.