Sunday, March 31, 2013 | 11:58 p.m.
Matchbox Twenty, with heartthrob frontman Rob Thomas, rocked a sold-out concert at the Pearl at the Palms on Friday night, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for a photo gallery.
The group, formed in Orlando, Fla., in 1995, consists of singer and pianist Thomas, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Kyle Cook, bass guitarist Brian Yale, drummer, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Paul Doucette and touring drummer Stacy Jones.
The group’s set list included “She’s So Mean” and “Overjoyed” from their new and fourth album “North,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard, a first for the band, and is their first set of all-new music in 10 years.
Matchbox Twenty’s hits from their previous albums “Yourself or Someone Like You,” “Mad Season” and “More Than You Think You Are” include “Push,” “3 am,” “Real World,” “Long Day,” “Back 2 Good,” “Bent,” “Unwell,” “If You’re Gone,” “Bright Lights” and “Disease,” “Exile on Mainstream,” their greatest-hits collection from 2007, spawned their biggest-selling single to date, “How Far We’ve Come.”
Thomas’ solo work includes co-writing and singing Santana’s Grammy Award-winning 1999 smash “Smooth.” He has won three Grammys Awards and collaborated with Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson and Big Boi.
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The Pearl is the Palms premier concert venue, hosting some of the most legendary and popular names in entertainment.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.