Matchbox Twenty Members Eye Solo Projects

Once matchbox twenty gets off the road next month, the group plans to take time to pursue solo ventures. Rob Thomas will continue work on a solo album, while guitarist Kyle Cook is working on a set wi

Once matchbox twenty gets off the road next month, the pop/rock combo plans to take time to pursue solo ventures. Rob Thomas will continue work on a solo album, while guitarist Kyle Cook is working on an album with his band the New Left. Drummer Paul Doucette is making a solo album as well, while guitarist Adam Gaynor "has been talking to some people about writing," according to Thomas.

"In between records, that's our time to have another musical identity than just the five of us together," he continues. "In between records, everybody's gone out and worked with other people and done something else. Whenever we came back, we brought those new experiences back with us, and we became a better band."

Thomas is excited about he and his colleagues devoting their time to non-matchbox pursuits. "I think that the next plateau for us is to see what we'll do on our own," he admits." It's nice, because on our iPods, we're all listening to each other's demos, and we're all big supporters of each other's projects."

As previously reported, matchbox earlier this month released "EP," featuring live cuts and rare tracks. "The EP is for the fans and the music geeks out there," Thomas says. "We were talking about it last night -- we have vaults and vaults of live stuff and covers and other things because we've recorded almost every show. Brian will be going through more recordings after this tour -- maybe we'll release more of this stuff to our fans."