SOURCE: Atlantic Records

November 12, 2007 10:44 ET

"Exile In America": MATCHBOX TWENTY Returning to the Road for First Cross-Country Tour in Over Four Years; Alanis Morissette and MUTEMATH to Be Special Guests; Itinerary Kicks Off January 25th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Melisma/Atlantic recording group MATCHBOX TWENTY has announced their first North American concert tour in over four years. The cross-country "Exile In America" itinerary will also feature Special Guests Alanis Morissette and MUTEMATH. The tour kicks off on January 25th at Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and will hit major arenas across the U.S. and Canada through mid-March. One highlight of the 33-city itinerary will be a special Valentine's Day show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, November 17th.

"We're all completely pumped about getting back together and heading out on the road after all this time, especially since we have a bunch of new songs to play for everyone," said vocalist Rob Thomas. "And we're thrilled to be joined by the brilliant Alanis Morissette and the fantastic New Orleans band MUTEMATH. It's going to be a great show, and we can't wait to get out there."

"I can't wait to share some new songs, connect with people around North America again, and join MATCHBOX TWENTY's traveling circus," shared Alanis Morissette. "So psyched!"

MATCHBOX TWENTY last toured in 2003, wrapping up their SRO global itinerary in December of that year. The tour, which earned acclaim from coast to coast and around the globe, was highlighted by sold-out shows at three of the world's premier rock venues -- New York's Madison Square Garden, London's Wembley Arena, and Los Angeles' Staples Center. MATCHBOX TWENTY reunited two years later for two sold-out New Year's shows in Las Vegas. The 2008 dates will mark the band's first tour as a four-piece, with Paul Doucette shifting from drummer to guitarist in the band line-up -- which also includes vocalist Rob Thomas, guitarist Kyle Cook, and bassist Brian Yale.

The announcement of MATCHBOX TWENTY's return to the concert trail follows the release of the band's new album, "EXILE ON MAINSTREAM," which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, while also premiering at #1 on SoundScan's Current Alternative Albums chart. This marked the biggest first week of the year for a greatest hits collection, with the #3 premiere also matching the group's previous highest Billboard 200 debut, 2000's "MAD SEASON."

A look back and a look ahead, "EXILE ON MAINSTREAM" features the smash single and video, "How Far We've Come." The first album from the group in five years, it combines a six-track EP of new songs, marking the band's first work with Grammy-winning producer Steve Lillywhite, with a retrospective of the band's greatest hits culled from their three previous albums, produced by Grammy winner Matt Serletic.

MATCHBOX TWENTY has sold some 30 million records to date. They were named Best New Band in the 1997 Rolling Stone Readers Poll, and followed the RIAA Diamond Award success of their 1996 breakthrough debut, "YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU," with two more multi-platinum sets -- 2000's "MAD SEASON" and 2002's "MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE." Among their many accolades are five Grammy nominations and three American Music Award nominations, while vocalist and songwriter Rob Thomas has earned three Grammy Awards, 11 BMI Awards, and has been twice named Billboard Songwriter of the Year.

Since 1995 Alanis Morissette has become one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, seven Grammy Awards, and a dedicated fan base that extends throughout the world, with album sales exceeding 40 million. Morissette's 1995 debut, "JAGGED LITTLE PILL," was followed by such eclectic and acclaimed albums as "SUPPOSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE" (1998), "MTV UNPLUGGED" (1999), "UNDER RUG SWEPT" (2002), "SO-CALLED CHAOS" (2004), "JAGGED LITTLE PILL ACOUSTIC" (2005), her greatest hits album, "THE COLLECTION" (2005), as well as musical contributions to theatrical releases. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her new studio album, "FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT," which will be released in 2008 on Maverick Records. In addition, Morissette recently announced her first lead film role as "Sylvia" in the film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel "Radio Free Albemuth."

It's a daunting task to describe the sound of Nashville-based quartet MUTEMATH. Their self-titled Teleprompt/Warner Bros. Records album debut draws from an eclectic confluence of influences and styles that form some kind of intelligent, melodic rock music that feels both familiar and brand new at the same time. Alternative Press magazine recently named MUTEMATH the "#1 Band You Need To See Live Before You Die." The band's recent live television appearances on Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, and Ferguson have blown minds and made lasting impressions. This will be the band's most extensive tour to date.

                       MATCHBOX TWENTY
                     "EXILE IN AMERICA"
                      WINTER 2008 TOUR
        SPECIAL GUESTS:  ALANIS MORISSETTE AND MUTEMATH

January
25              Hollywood, FL          Hard Rock Live
26              Tampa, FL              St. Pete Times Forum
28              Atlanta, GA            Philips Arena
29              Charlotte, NC          Cricket Arena
February
1               Chicago, IL            Sears Centre
2               Detroit, MI            Palace of Auburn Hills
4               St. Paul, MN           Xcel Energy Center
5               Milwaukee, WI          Bradley Center
7               Cleveland, OH          Quicken Loans Arena
8               Fairfax, VA            Patriot Center
12              Verona, NY             Turning Stone Resort & Casino*
14              New York, NY           Madison Square Garden
15              Atlantic City, NJ      Borgata Hotel Event Center**
16              Niagara Falls, NY      Seneca Niagara Casino Theatre
18              Uncasville, CT         Mohegan Sun Arena
19              Reading, PA            Sovereign Center
21              Albany, NY             Times Union Center
22              Toronto, ON            Air Canada Centre
25              Kansas City, MO        Sprint Center
26              Omaha, NE              Qwest Center
28              Houston, TX            Toyota Center
29              Dallas, TX            Nokia Theatre
March
2               Oklahoma City, OK      Ford Center
4               Colorado Springs, CO   World Arena
5               Denver, CO             Broomfield Events Center
6               Salt Lake City, UT     E Center
8               Seattle, WA            Key Arena
9               Vancouver, BC          General Motors Place
12              San Jose, CA           HP Pavilion
14              Reno, NV               Reno Events Center
16              Los Angeles, CA        Staples Center
17              Phoenix, AZ            Cricket Pavilion
18              Las Vegas, NV          The Pearl Concert Theater

*Alanis Morissette not performing on this show (to be confirmed)
**MUTEMATH not performing on this show

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