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IrishMicKris1660 karma

Do you think it was irresponsible for Simba to abandon his Kingdom after his father's death?

thisisrobthomas2700 karma

he needed to go get the life experience it takes to become the lion king.

thisisrobthomas1359 karma

thanx guys. gotta go get to sleep for an early morning. i'll do another one of these in a short time.

imsomadatmyrents1318 karma

What's the best state in the US?

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dipset331227 karma

What was it like being on Always Sunny in Philadelphia? How did you get the "role" and what was Sinbad like?

thisisrobthomas1684 karma

just a fan and invited them to a show and they invited me to be on the show.

dwperr21019 karma

You, Scott Stapp, Stephen Jenkins. Cage match, what weapon you bringing in?

thisisrobthomas2843 karma

good songs.

lorim61911 karma

Personal question...what would your grandmother think of your success today?

thisisrobthomas2338 karma

she would probably get drunk and ask me for money.

aomara905 karma

Do you have a favorite quote?

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Pardner904 karma

I would like to know your opinion on ants.

thisisrobthomas2330 karma

fucking small, man.

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thisisrobthomas2449 karma

i put up a pic. if you can't see it, it's because i'm too stupid to know how to post it. if i were lying, i would say i'm bono.

krystalonix861 karma

T or A

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DJBJ856 karma

Hey, Unwell is a pretty good song. Got me through some tough times. Thanks for that. Was there something you were struggling with while you wrote it? It sounds like it was written by someone who was depressed or something similar.

thisisrobthomas1566 karma

that's a pretty good question. i suffer from panic attacks in a business where that sucks.

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thisisrobthomas1282 karma

i think "maybe" we will

thisisrobthomas735 karma

posted proof.

lowspeedlowdrag682 karma

What's your favorite song off of "August and Everything After"?

thisisrobthomas1296 karma

anna begins.

jgilbert93664 karma

Are you a breaking bad fan?

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Master2u662 karma

Would you choose to be famous again, knowing what you know now?

thisisrobthomas1286 karma

only if i'm famous for songwriting.

MrTravesty605 karma

I see you've been using reddit for awhile. What's your favorite subreddit?

thisisrobthomas1359 karma

mine is funny. my wife's is aww.

aomara595 karma

What is your biggest fear?

thisisrobthomas2025 karma

spiders. and death. and death by spiders.

randomarc589 karma

What's your favorite note in the musical alphabet?

thisisrobthomas1649 karma

dm is the saddest of all chords.

Master2u556 karma

What is it like being rich?

thisisrobthomas1367 karma

i was REALLY poor. having a little money is better.

tenderlegs553 karma

Hey Rob, what is the hardest part about song writing? And where do you find your inspiration?

thisisrobthomas1465 karma

inspiration is easy. finishing a song is hard. inspiration is everywhere.

BigMirror565504 karma

Hey Rom I am a HUGE fan!! My mom has seen you play in St. Louis every year that you have been here and I get to come with her next time. My friend and I are going to be playing a show at our high school for charity and we are covering She's So Mean, do you have any advice or anything for us? It would help us get more attention and money if we can tell people that Rob Thomas supports us.

thisisrobthomas1582 karma

just have fun with it. tell everyone i support you. if they have a problem with it, i will rip out their throats.

norris4886491 karma

I just wanted to thank you for the "It gets better" video you did. My son was having a terrible time with bullies at school. I showed it to him from my FB page. It did him the world of good. He started holding his head up. He's 13 now and doing very well. Fans for life

thisisrobthomas911 karma

sweet. so glad. kids can be mean and stupid. give him my love.

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thisisrobthomas743 karma

how big are you?

captainchrismo393 karma

How did you get to be so friggin' awesome?

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mtchbox2ofan386 karma

Are you currently reading any good books? Have any reccomendations?

thisisrobthomas1086 karma

liked THE BOOK THEIF a lot.

thisisrobthomas1332 karma

ooops. the book thief.

DawnaB367 karma

Hardest part about your job is?

thisisrobthomas957 karma

being away from my family.

Daveseagull360 karma

What was it like working with Santana on Smooth and the guys on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?

thisisrobthomas609 karma

two great perks of an already great job.

aomara316 karma

who influenced you to be a singer/songwriter?

thisisrobthomas742 karma

tom petty, willie nelson...just songwriters.

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thisisrobthomas1547 karma

all jokes aside. i never slept with tom cruise. funny rumor, but i'm SO more of a ryan gosling fan.

CircleOfJerk284 karma

What are you gonna do tomorrow?

thisisrobthomas652 karma

going to london.

Wisdom_from_the_Ages284 karma

[Original question: What's with the name?]*

Anyway, whose idea was the Santana collaboration?

What's your opinion on the apparent death of actual lead guitar? It seems to have gone missing in popular music.

thisisrobthomas677 karma

just saw a jersey with a 20 on it and a matchbox patch. i was just supposed to write the santana song, but he liked my voice so i wound up singing it too. thanks, carlos.

Citrous_Oyster272 karma

As a musician, how do you get noticed? How do you reach as many people as possible?

thisisrobthomas1177 karma

write good songs. or fuck a celebrity.

vese270 karma

Pancakes or waffles?

thisisrobthomas1223 karma

turkey bacon.

supframage250 karma

what are your tips for aspiring musicians?

thisisrobthomas887 karma

do this because you love it. not because you want to be famous.

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Firegivesme227 karma

What was working with Santana on Smooth like? Great song by the way.

thisisrobthomas1585 karma

it was great, but i TOTALLY thought they said i was going to work with santa.

EmilySparrow221 karma

I was gonna ask what life with Gwyneth Paltrow is like, then I realised. My bad. I like your song about the world coming to an end though.

thisisrobthomas366 karma

well played. thanx.

yosemitemark207 karma

Do you think rock is dead? Will it ever be like it was in the 90s?

thisisrobthomas934 karma

i hope not. on both accounts.

beckers_wolfman204 karma

Hey Rob! Life Long fan! I first saw you (and MB20) when I was four (fifteen years ago!) at a Live X with the (heartbreakingly!) now dead radio station, 99x (in Atlanta). Couple of questions for ya:

Three major radio stations in our market have recently flipped to Top 40/Top 20 formats, giving us a total of seven frequencies to listen to basically the same music. Other stations are changing to sports and talk radio, giving fewer options for modern alternative/rock. It seems that there is a shift for everything besides pop music from the traditional FM broadcast to online streaming/online radio type deals. What are your thoughts on this shift? Are services like Pandora and Spotify something you see as a good thing or a negative thing for the music industry?


Having been a solo act and the lead singer of a successful band, what would you say the difference is between the two? Is there any significant change while touring, recording, producing, etc.?

Thanks so much and I can’t wait for you to come back to Atlanta! :)

thisisrobthomas381 karma

i think anytime you limit the ways for people to hear different music, it's a bad thing. even when it gives me more airplay. solo, for me, means a little more autonomy but a band means i can still be surprised by what we will come up with.

nysfl165 karma

Can you tell me more about I WILL? I assume that one of you have a close association with someone who is affected by Alzheimer's Disease. How do you get through that song without crying? I can't, and I'm just listening!

thisisrobthomas315 karma

it was just a back story that i created for the lyrics. not personal. just couldn't imagine it.

B217149 karma

Hello Rob! I am a 14 year old who is a big fan of your music from Mass. My mother is also a really big fan, and we have questions for you!

*My question is how does your son feel about your fame? Does he get to travel with you? Does he see you a lot?

*My mother's question is will MB20 be playing Mohegan Sun and what is the story behind Overjoyed?

Thanks for doing this IAmA! We love the new album, you and your band are awesome! Can't wait for more!

thisisrobthomas300 karma

my son doesn't like when people stop me for pics. not sure about the u.s. schedule. just know that we will tour in jan or feb. doing a solo borgata three day run in jan for sidewalk angels.

juliawasham145 karma

When (hopefully not if) will we see a autobiography?

thisisrobthomas1163 karma

my autobiography is my music.

JohnStud139 karma

Why do you keep making music?

thisisrobthomas459 karma

i love the feeling of writing a new song. when it's done, you feel so creative and then you feel like a hack and have to write again.

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What is your favorite song that you've written? How did your wife react when you wrote the song "Diamonds?"

thisisrobthomas397 karma

we were both going through a hard time. she cried. i cried. it was like a lifetime moment.

Ronald_McFondlled124 karma

I think the most important question is, are you happy doing this?

thisisrobthomas258 karma

very. thanx.

pmcotton87 karma

music has changed over the past 10 years (rap, hip-hop, indie), has that influenced the way you write music?

thisisrobthomas322 karma

no, just the way you record it. you want to sound "current" but not like your chasing someone else's sound.

rena4mbt86 karma

Hey Rob. When can we expect US tour dates to be announced? Thanks!

thisisrobthomas193 karma

touring the states starting late jan-early feb.

carmelion70 karma

Can you describe, in one word, the feeling you get when a song like 3 a.m. starts during a concert and you know everyone there knows the words, has some sort of connection to the song, and will be singing along?

thisisrobthomas144 karma

i don't listen to my own music, but it's that feeling that makes it fun to play live every night.

ShesSoMean69 karma

What in the world is that tattoo on your wrist?

thisisrobthomas288 karma

represents cat's cradle. my and my wife's favorite vonnegut novel.

tlott67 karma

Matchbox20 was my favorite band when I was a teenager and I was so happy when I found out that Matchbox20 was putting out a new album! Here are my questions:

  • What made you want to go solo and did you always know that you would eventually come back to the band?

  • Are ya'll coming anywhere near South Georgia for your US tour? That would be great if you were.

  • How pumped are you that North is ya'lls first #1 album on Billboard?!

PS, You tweeted me once and it was the best day of my life. I love you and your music! Have fun in Europe!

thisisrobthomas113 karma

just wanted to work with some new people. not sure about touring and totally pumped. thanx.

irwinlg5855 karma

How was working on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and would you like to pursue more acting?

thisisrobthomas141 karma

i get a lot of acting offers, but it seems like another job. just like that i can do stuff like that when i want to.

CFB102945 karma

Hey Rob

I'm a huge fan, and have been for about 6 years now. I have a few questions that I'm dying to know, and I'd appreciate a reply :)

What is your favorite song to perform live? Do you know when the tour around USA will start? Also, will you and the rest of the guys continue to make albums?

Thanks, Colleen

thisisrobthomas106 karma

i like to play a song called SO SAD SO LONELY a lot live, but i like a lot of them live.

soyousaid24 karma

Hey man whats your favorite cereal? Also what's you favorite chord?

thisisrobthomas87 karma

froot loops. and G is the people's chord.