| WMU News
KALAMAZOO—Multi-platinum rock band Matchbox Twenty brings its North American tour to Western Michigan University with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Miller Auditorium. Phillip Phillips, guitarist and 2012 American Idol winner will open the show. Tickets range from $38 to $78 and are now available at millerauditorium.com or ticketsforcharity.com, by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Box Office.
Tickets purchased through Tickets for Charity fund donations to charities supported by Matchbox Twenty, as well as causes fans themselves can choose to benefit.
In addition to more than 30 million records sold worldwide, Matchbox Twenty—featuring Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale—has also earned countless accolades, including five Grammy nominations, four American Music Award nods and the 2004 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Musical Group.”
“North,” the band’s fourth full-length studio recording and first all-new album in a decade, furthers their pop-rock sound, magnifying the indelible melodies, crafty lyricism, and catchy hooks that have defined their multi-platinum body of work.
The album reached the No. 1 position on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 after its first week in release earlier this year. Fueled by critical acclaim—as well as the hit singles “She’s So Mean” and “Overjoyed”—the album’s success marked the band’s first-ever chart-topper and No. 1 debut.
When Phillip Phillips won the American Idol competition in 2012 he had been playing guitar for fewer than 10 years, having picked up the instrument from his sister's then-boyfriend as a teen. He soon traded working at a pawn shop and playing in an acoustic band with family members to performing for millions on the Idol stage and signing with a major record label.
His first single, "Home," sold over 275,000 downloads, making it a Billboard Hot 100 top-ten debut. The Leesburg, Ga. native is now gearing up to record his first album for Interscope Records, and hopes to feature his guitar mentor, now his brother-in-law, on the recording.
For more information about the Feb. 13 show, contact Bethany Gauthier at (269) 387-2245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.