Matchbox Twenty, Sugar Ray Team For Tour

Pop/rock outfits and Atlantic labelmates matchbox twenty and Sugar Ray will hit the road for a North American tour, set to begin April 25 in New Orleans and last through a July 6 finale in Raleigh, N.

Pop/rock outfits and Atlantic labelmates matchbox twenty and Sugar Ray will hit the road for a North American tour, set to begin April 25 in New Orleans and last through a July 6 finale in Raleigh, N.C. Sugar Ray will be on the bill for all but the first show of the jaunt, while modern rock act Maroon 5 will also support through a May 31 date in Salt Lake City.

Matchbox twenty is touring in support of its latest studio set, "More Than You Think You Are," which debuted in December at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 886,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set has spawned the singles "Disease" and "Unwell," the latter of which just climbed this week inside Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream singles chart.

For all the success the group has had with radio singles in its career, singer Rob Thomas tells that it has a commitment to giving its fans the best that it can in concert. "A band like us, we survive on our fans," he says. "And having a live show is the only way to be a career artist these days. With all the scariness of people worrying about illegal downloading and labels being in such money trouble that it's hard for them to develop an artist over a period of time, it seems like your live show is your only shot to be a career artist.

"We've come a long way," he admits. "When we started it was shaky. We were a shaky live band. And now, I'd put us up there with any live band in the world. I think we're just a great band. But it took beating the crap out of it for a few years to do it."

Before the dates with Sugar Ray, matchbox twenty will perform nine shows in Europe from March 25 through April 5. Tickets for certain stops on the spring jaunt go on sale Friday (March 7); check matchbox twenty's official Web site for more information.

As for Sugar Ray, the group is holed up in the studio with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Fiction Plane) working on its next album, due June 3. Fans can view a photo slide show of the band in the studio on the official Sugar Ray Web site.

Here are matchbox twenty/Sugar Ray's tour dates:

April 25: New Orleans (UNO Lakefront Arena, without Sugar Ray)
April 26: Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)
April 27: St. Louis (Savvis Center)
April 29: Fargo, N.D. (Fargo Dome)
April 30: St. Paul, Minn. (XCEL Energy Center)
May 2: Chicago (United Center)
May 3: Milwaukee (US Cellular Arena)
May 5: Detroit (The Palace)
May 6: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
May 7: Toronto (Air Canada Arena)
May 9: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
May 10: Philadelphia (the Spectrum)
May 12: Boston (Fleet Center)
May 13: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Center)
May 14: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
May 16: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
May 17: Wilkes Barre, Pa. (First Union Arena)
May 19: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless)
May 20: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
May 21: Rochester, N.Y. (BlueCross Arena)
May 23: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
May 24: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel)
May 25: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
May 28: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
May 30: Denver (Pepsi Arena)
May 31: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
June 2: Seattle (Key Arena)
June 3: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena)
June 4: Vancouver (GM Place)
June 7: San Jose, Calif. (Compaq Center)
June 8: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
June 10: Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial Gardens)
June 11: Phoenix (America West Arena)
June 13: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
June 14: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
June 16: Albuquerque, N.M. (Tingley Arena)
June 17: Las Cruces, N.M. (Pan Am Center)
June 19: San Antonio (SBC Center)
June 20: Houston (Compaq Center)
June 21: Dallas (American Airlines Arena)
June 23: Wichita, Kan. (Kansas Coliseum)
June 24: Oklahoma City (Ford Center)
June 25: Bossier City, La. (Century Tel Center)
June 27: Memphis (the Pyramid)
June 29: Atlanta (Phillips Arena)
July 1: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
July 2: Orlando or Tampa, Fla. (venue TBA)
July 3: Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola Civic Center)
July 5: Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Coliseum)
July 6: Raleigh, N.C. (RBC Center)


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