Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas returns to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for three nights: Jan. 16, 17 and 18.

Melissa Bring

WHO IS HE: Rob Thomas attained stardom as the lead singer for the post grunge rock group Matchbox 20, amassing a sizeable mainstream audience, selling millions of albums, scoring numerous hit singles and earning predominantly lukewarm reviews from music critics. Thomas’s first major success away from Matchbox 20 came with the song “Smooth,” which was written and sung by Thomas and featured on Santana’s “Supernatural” album. The song topped the charts in 1999 and earned three Grammy Awards including “Song of the Year.” Thomas released his first solo album “Something to Be” in 2005. The album featured the single “Lonely No More” and was more pop and dance oriented than Matchbox 20. In 2009 the singer released “Cradlesong,” which reached #3 on the charts and featured the hit single “Her Diamonds.”

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WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he was never critics’ darling and his band Matchbox 20 seemed lightweight in the 90s coming on the heels of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, it never stopped Thomas from enjoying an incredibly successful career both as the leader of Matchbox 20 and on his own as a solo artist. Thomas’s most recent album “Cradlesong” actually garnered praise from critics in addition to being a commercial hit. He takes to the stage of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box this weekend with two solo albums worth of material and plenty of old hits to draw from.

SHOW INFO: Tickets are $95 and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box.

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