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Mar 30, 2015

Rob Thomas to headlining UMB Big Bash at Sprint Center June 22

Kansas City, MO (March 30, 2015) –Multiple-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas has announced plans for a major North American tour with special guests, Plain White T’s. “THE GREAT UNKNOWN 2015” tour includes a stop at Sprint Center on June 22 to headline UMB Big Bash.   UMB Big Bash, a concert to help Kansas City non-profits affect the community in a BIG WAY.  This year’s beneficiaries are Literacy Kansas City and restart, Inc.

Thomas is currently in the studio putting finishing touches on his long awaited third solo album, his first in more than six years. The new album – which follows 2009’s acclaimed “CRADLESONG” – is slated for release in late summer.

Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era – a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and accomplished songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists. Among his countless hits are solo classics like “Lonely No More,” “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” and “Streetcorner Symphony,” Matchbox Twenty favorites including “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent,” and of course  “Smooth,” his 3x RIAA platinum certified worldwide hit collaboration with Santana. Thomas earned three GRAMMY® Awards for his role as co-writer and vocalist on “Smooth,” which topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” for an astounding 12 consecutive weeks and spent 58 total weeks on the chart, the #1 song in Billboard’s “Top Hot 100 Rock Songs” chart history and #2 “Hot 100” song of all time. The #1, multi-platinum “…SOMETHING TO BE,” made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 since the chart was launched.

In 2004, Thomas was the first artist to be honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award,” created to recognize a composer in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact.  He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards, and twice earned the “Songwriter of the Year” crown from both Billboard and BMI. Overall, Thomas has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records.  

Thomas’ most recent solo album, 2009’s “CRADLESONG,” marked still another milestone, generating two #1 singles in “Her Diamonds” and “Someday.”  Rob made Billboard chart history once again as the only male artist with multiple #1 hits at Adult Top 40.  With this coronation, Thomas tied Pink with the most No. 1's by a solo artist in the chart’s history.

In 2012, Matchbox Twenty returned with their first all-new album in a decade, “NORTH.” Fueled by the hit singles, “She’s So Mean,”  “Overjoyed,” and “Our Song,” “NORTH” proved a landmark for the band, their first ever #1 debut and Billboard 200 chart-topper.

Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning on Wednesday, April 1. VIP Packages, including Photo Opportunities with Rob Thomas and exclusive merchandise will be available.  Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, April 3 at 10a.m. at www.sprintcenter.com, Sprint Center Box Office or charge-by-phone at 888.929.7849.