is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty
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IrishMicKris1660 karma2012-09-17 00:23:56 UTC
Do you think it was irresponsible for Simba to abandon his Kingdom after his father's death?
thisisrobthomas2700 karma2012-09-17 00:48:12 UTC
he needed to go get the life experience it takes to become the lion king.
thisisrobthomas1359 karma2012-09-17 01:05:00 UTC
thanx guys. gotta go get to sleep for an early morning. i'll do another one of these in a short time.
imsomadatmyrents1318 karma2012-09-17 00:25:14 UTC
What's the best state in the US?
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dipset331227 karma2012-09-17 00:00:20 UTC
What was it like being on Always Sunny in Philadelphia? How did you get the "role" and what was Sinbad like?
thisisrobthomas1684 karma2012-09-17 00:06:38 UTC
just a fan and invited them to a show and they invited me to be on the show.
dwperr21019 karma2012-09-17 00:07:45 UTC
You, Scott Stapp, Stephen Jenkins. Cage match, what weapon you bringing in?
thisisrobthomas2843 karma2012-09-17 00:20:30 UTC
lorim61911 karma2012-09-17 00:02:33 UTC
Personal question...what would your grandmother think of your success today?
thisisrobthomas2338 karma2012-09-17 00:16:12 UTC
she would probably get drunk and ask me for money.
aomara905 karma2012-09-17 00:10:40 UTC
Do you have a favorite quote?
thisisrobthomas2242 karma2012-09-17 00:26:01 UTC
Pardner904 karma2012-09-17 00:24:38 UTC
I would like to know your opinion on ants.
thisisrobthomas2330 karma2012-09-17 00:49:15 UTC
fucking small, man.
thorlichman897 karma2012-09-16 23:55:24 UTC
ROB THOMAS WHY ARE YOU YELLING CAN YOU PLEASE PROVIDE SOME PROOF?
thisisrobthomas2449 karma2012-09-17 00:10:47 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:00:36 UTC
T or A
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DJBJ856 karma2012-09-17 00:10:54 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:28:17 UTC
that's a pretty good question. i suffer from panic attacks in a business where that sucks.
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thisisrobthomas1282 karma2012-09-17 00:18:45 UTC
i think "maybe" we will
thisisrobthomas735 karma2012-09-17 00:13:36 UTC
lowspeedlowdrag682 karma2012-09-17 00:02:26 UTC
What's your favorite song off of "August and Everything After"?
thisisrobthomas1296 karma2012-09-17 00:15:39 UTC
jgilbert93664 karma2012-09-17 00:12:14 UTC
Are you a breaking bad fan?
thisisrobthomas1202 karma2012-09-17 00:31:25 UTC
Master2u662 karma2012-09-16 23:55:28 UTC
Would you choose to be famous again, knowing what you know now?
thisisrobthomas1286 karma2012-09-17 00:01:26 UTC
only if i'm famous for songwriting.
MrTravesty605 karma2012-09-17 00:15:52 UTC
I see you've been using reddit for awhile. What's your favorite subreddit?
thisisrobthomas1359 karma2012-09-17 00:37:01 UTC
mine is funny. my wife's is aww.
aomara595 karma2012-09-17 00:11:29 UTC
What is your biggest fear?
thisisrobthomas2025 karma2012-09-17 00:30:00 UTC
spiders. and death. and death by spiders.
randomarc589 karma2012-09-16 23:59:53 UTC
What's your favorite note in the musical alphabet?
thisisrobthomas1649 karma2012-09-17 00:06:09 UTC
dm is the saddest of all chords.
Master2u556 karma2012-09-16 23:55:49 UTC
What is it like being rich?
thisisrobthomas1367 karma2012-09-17 00:01:50 UTC
i was REALLY poor. having a little money is better.
tenderlegs553 karma2012-09-16 23:54:53 UTC
Hey Rob, what is the hardest part about song writing? And where do you find your inspiration?
thisisrobthomas1465 karma2012-09-16 23:57:40 UTC
inspiration is easy. finishing a song is hard. inspiration is everywhere.
BigMirror565504 karma2012-09-17 00:08:51 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:22:50 UTC
just have fun with it. tell everyone i support you. if they have a problem with it, i will rip out their throats.
norris4886491 karma2012-09-17 00:22:40 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:47:04 UTC
sweet. so glad. kids can be mean and stupid. give him my love.
akamme447 karma2012-09-17 00:10:01 UTC
thisisrobthomas743 karma2012-09-17 00:25:29 UTC
how big are you?
captainchrismo393 karma2012-09-17 00:03:05 UTC
How did you get to be so friggin' awesome?
thisisrobthomas1752 karma2012-09-17 00:16:29 UTC
mtchbox2ofan386 karma2012-09-17 00:01:11 UTC
Are you currently reading any good books? Have any reccomendations?
thisisrobthomas1086 karma2012-09-17 00:07:59 UTC
liked THE BOOK THEIF a lot.
thisisrobthomas1332 karma2012-09-17 00:08:13 UTC
ooops. the book thief.
DawnaB367 karma2012-09-17 00:02:32 UTC
Hardest part about your job is?
thisisrobthomas957 karma2012-09-17 00:15:50 UTC
being away from my family.
Daveseagull360 karma2012-09-17 00:05:58 UTC
What was it like working with Santana on Smooth and the guys on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?
thisisrobthomas609 karma2012-09-17 00:19:43 UTC
two great perks of an already great job.
aomara316 karma2012-09-17 00:01:02 UTC
who influenced you to be a singer/songwriter?
thisisrobthomas742 karma2012-09-17 00:07:28 UTC
tom petty, willie nelson...just songwriters.
kukurio296 karma2012-09-17 00:41:38 UTC
thisisrobthomas1547 karma2012-09-17 00:51:01 UTC
all jokes aside. i never slept with tom cruise. funny rumor, but i'm SO more of a ryan gosling fan.
CircleOfJerk284 karma2012-09-17 00:11:42 UTC
What are you gonna do tomorrow?
thisisrobthomas652 karma2012-09-17 00:31:20 UTC
going to london.
Wisdom_from_the_Ages284 karma2012-09-17 00:01:55 UTC
[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 karma2012-09-17 00:10:10 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:15:03 UTC
As a musician, how do you get noticed? How do you reach as many people as possible?
thisisrobthomas1177 karma2012-09-17 00:34:28 UTC
write good songs. or fuck a celebrity.
vese270 karma2012-09-17 00:15:00 UTC
Pancakes or waffles?
thisisrobthomas1223 karma2012-09-17 00:34:14 UTC
supframage250 karma2012-09-17 00:08:04 UTC
what are your tips for aspiring musicians?
thisisrobthomas887 karma2012-09-17 00:21:29 UTC
do this because you love it. not because you want to be famous.
thisisrobthomas231 karma2012-09-17 01:05:55 UTC
http://imgur.com/i2gGz it was me.
Firegivesme227 karma2012-09-17 00:09:04 UTC
What was working with Santana on Smooth like? Great song by the way.
thisisrobthomas1585 karma2012-09-17 00:24:15 UTC
it was great, but i TOTALLY thought they said i was going to work with santa.
EmilySparrow221 karma2012-09-17 00:14:05 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:33:02 UTC
well played. thanx.
yosemitemark207 karma2012-09-17 00:11:25 UTC
Do you think rock is dead? Will it ever be like it was in the 90s?
thisisrobthomas934 karma2012-09-17 00:29:39 UTC
i hope not. on both accounts.
beckers_wolfman204 karma2012-09-16 23:55:04 UTC
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 karma2012-09-16 23:59:40 UTC
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 karma2012-09-16 23:57:20 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:04:20 UTC
it was just a back story that i created for the lyrics. not personal. just couldn't imagine it.
B217149 karma2012-09-16 23:57:02 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:03:37 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:06:11 UTC
When (hopefully not if) will we see a autobiography?
thisisrobthomas1163 karma2012-09-17 00:19:58 UTC
my autobiography is my music.
JohnStud139 karma2012-09-17 00:01:39 UTC
Why do you keep making music?
thisisrobthomas459 karma2012-09-17 00:09:19 UTC
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.
[deleted]129 karma2012-09-17 00:18:05 UTC
What is your favorite song that you've written? How did your wife react when you wrote the song "Diamonds?"
thisisrobthomas397 karma2012-09-17 00:39:05 UTC
we were both going through a hard time. she cried. i cried. it was like a lifetime moment.
Ronald_McFondlled124 karma2012-09-17 00:18:13 UTC
I think the most important question is, are you happy doing this?
thisisrobthomas258 karma2012-09-17 00:40:31 UTC
pmcotton87 karma2012-09-17 00:03:19 UTC
music has changed over the past 10 years (rap, hip-hop, indie), has that influenced the way you write music?
thisisrobthomas322 karma2012-09-17 00:16:58 UTC
no, just the way you record it. you want to sound "current" but not like your chasing someone else's sound.
rena4mbt86 karma2012-09-16 23:58:39 UTC
Hey Rob. When can we expect US tour dates to be announced? Thanks!
thisisrobthomas193 karma2012-09-17 00:05:03 UTC
touring the states starting late jan-early feb.
carmelion70 karma2012-09-17 00:15:25 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:36:19 UTC
i don't listen to my own music, but it's that feeling that makes it fun to play live every night.
ShesSoMean69 karma2012-09-17 00:26:42 UTC
What in the world is that tattoo on your wrist?
thisisrobthomas288 karma2012-09-17 00:52:10 UTC
represents cat's cradle. my and my wife's favorite vonnegut novel.
tlott67 karma2012-09-16 23:53:43 UTC
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 karma2012-09-16 23:55:48 UTC
just wanted to work with some new people. not sure about touring and totally pumped. thanx.
irwinlg5855 karma2012-09-17 00:07:49 UTC
How was working on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and would you like to pursue more acting?
thisisrobthomas141 karma2012-09-17 00:21:07 UTC
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 karma2012-09-17 00:04:10 UTC
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?
thisisrobthomas106 karma2012-09-17 00:18:21 UTC
i like to play a song called SO SAD SO LONELY a lot live, but i like a lot of them live.
soyousaid24 karma2012-09-17 00:27:16 UTC
Hey man whats your favorite cereal? Also what's you favorite chord?
thisisrobthomas87 karma2012-09-17 00:52:44 UTC
froot loops. and G is the people's chord.
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