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Rock bands finally team up for tour

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“When I play songs I’ve played a million times, [the crowd isn’t] hearing it that millionth time; they’re hearing it once. So you get this really genuine excitement reaction,” shares Matchbox Twenty drummer and rhythm guitarist Paul Doucette, left. “Especially when we play songs we haven’t played in 20 years, people get really excited about it. So you can either go up there and you can be a selfish performer, or you can be part of the collective. And [that’s what] we’ve always been — we’re part of the collective. This is a shared experience.”

Emerging as mainstream acts of the '90s alternative rock scene only years apart, Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty are not only emblematic of the musical period, but their histories are intertwined as well. When getting their start as a local band in Orlando, Matchbox members were playing covers of Crows' songs at their club gigs. Drummer/rhythm guitarist Paul Doucette even recalls returning to the band after a short absence when he and lead singer Rob Thomas saw each other at a Counting Crows show.

FAQ

‘A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017’

with Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows

WHEN — 6:45 p.m. Monday

WHERE — Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers

COST — $89.50-$125

INFO — 443-5600, arkansasmusicpavilion.com

FYI — Opening for the co-headliners is Rivers and Rust, the side project of Matchbox Twenty’s lead guitar player Kyle Cook.

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