Counting Crows / Matchbox 20
July 12th–October 1st
"If you're lucky, you're going to have nostalgia appeal, because that means you've been around long enough to be someone's nostalgia," Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas says. "There's nothing bad about that." This summer, Thomas and his bandmates will be steeping their fans in Nineties nostalgia by playing once-ubiquitous VH1 fodder like "Push," "3 A.M." and "Real World," alongside their alt-rock–era tourmates in Counting Crows on what singer Adam Duritz has dubbed the A Brief History of Everything tour. It's been five years since Matchbox put out an LP and three since the Crows offered up something new, so Thomas is excited to play what he's calling a "victory lap." That said, Duritz likes to keep fans on their toes. "We have 85 songs in rotation on our set lists," he says. "We're playing most of our music over the course of a summer. The bigger problem is what not to play on any given night."