Matchbox Twenty one stop in Chicago on the “A Brief History of Everything Tour” 2017

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinely Park, Il, USA, September 17th, 2017

Review by Coren McLead

Clearly, the summer touring season has ended. Fall is here and next will be the harsh reality of winter.

I, on the other hand, wanted one last thrill to my summer. I work hard so I can get amazing opportunities to cover bands I love. One band which takes the top spot for me is the ever wonderful Matchbox Twenty. Ever since I was a naive 17 year old high school girl, Matchbox Twenty has been on consent rotation in my life…. I simply love every aspect of this band…. (Especially Rob Thomas…. #justsaying)

When I got the news I was approved to be in the photo pit to take photos of #Mb20, I was beyond excited and quickly very nervous. This was considered “bucket list” for me. I could not wrap my head around the fact my dream was becoming a true reality.

If you’re a friend of mine, you know my passion for Matchbox Twenty. On Sunday September 17th, I arrived at The Hollywood Casino Amped Theatre wearing my vintage Mb20 racer jacket I purchased at my very 1st Mb20 concert when I was 18 years old.

Well, at about 8 pm on a somewhat breezy evening, I was entering into the photo pit. I was shaking. I was sweating. I was about to burst into tears due to me being #overjoyed that this was about to happen…. I was about to snap photos of Matchbox Twenty.

While standing in the pit with other photographers, fans in the audience noticed my jacket and they were loving it. I was pacing back and forth, adjusting my camera settings and praying I was on my game that night.

I am not one to be shy. I was talking with few people in the audience. One lady gave me a heads up their 1st song will be “Real World…” I was prepared…

Well, the lights went dim. Hundreds of thousands of fans all screamed and the 1st few riffs of “Real World” came across from the amazing Kyle Cook. Than the man who has been my inspiration came roaring out on the stage like a lion. It was Rob Thomas and my time to shine!

I could not believe the insane amount of energy Rob, Kyle, Paul and Adam were displaying. This was my 22nd time seeing Mb20 live and I swear it was like my 1st time seeing them in 1998…

I loved how Rob is such an astounding performer and singer. He was running all over the stage. I am glad I get my cardio on 5 times a week. Clearly, I had to keep up with this handsome man to get a great shot.

The 2nd song of the evening was “Girl Like That…” I’ve always had a special nond with this song I’m particular. (Listen to it. You will know why… ;))

Each member of Matchbox Twenty was so on. I respect the hell out of each one of them. Paul was originally the drummer. Now he’s rhythm guitar and later I saw he plays the piano. My mouth dropped. Brian is a spectacular bass player.

There was a 2 song limit in the pit. After my “workout” taking photos of Mb20, I had to take a moment to reflect. With everything that has happened this year: the good, the bad and the ugly, I finally felt at peace. I wiped away a few tears as I made my journey to my seat to watch the rest of the show.

I got to witness “Mad Season,” “Disease,” “3 am,” “Unwell,” and the one that started it all “Push” all live. It was truly a great history of music and I am so happy I got to be there!

Thank you Matchbox Twenty! You are truly a class act and I will always be a #foreverfan… #CHEERS

Matchbox Twenty Setlist

  • Real World
  • Girl Like That
  • She’s So Mean
  • Bent
  • Downfall
  • (Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan) snippet)
  • If You’re Gone
  • Hand Me Down
  • How Far We’ve Come
  • Disease
  • Mad Season
  • So Sad So Lonely
  • English Town
  • Hang
  • Unwell
  • Back 2 Good
  • Push