Rob Thomas Took His Time To Ensure 'Chip Tooth Smile' Was Just Right

"There was no expectation, which was a really good place to be in."

February 20, 2019
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Friend of the 'Big Show' Rob Thomas has officially announced the release of his highly anticipated fourth solo album Chip Tooth Smile which is set to arrive in stores and on streaming services April 26th. His brand new single "One Less Day (Dying Young)" was just released today, February 20th, and to celebrate, Rob dropped by to talk with Scott Shannon and Patty Steele about the exciting news. 

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Each year for the past God-knows-how-many, Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has been a big part of Scott Shannon's Blythdale Children's Hospital broadcast, which as you can imagine, is all about the kids that day. So, Scott doesn't get too many chances to sit down to talk with Rob about music. Today, release day for "One Less Day (Dying Young)" turned out to be the perfect chance.

"It's funny, because I spent the whole year just making a record, so it felt like I wasn't doing anything, it was just a no pressure situation," Thomas tells Scott and Patty. "I didn't even let the label know I was starting one until I was halfway through and kind of knew where I was going."

"There was no expectation, which was a really good place to be in. The summer before I had just gone out with Matchbox, no new music, it was just the 20th anniversary tour. Then I was left with (the decision of) I could never make a record again, or take all the time in the world, or put one out in a week. It was up to me so I just waited until I had it right."

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Scott wonders if taking your time with a project can be a pitfall, and that's where, Rob says, the support of his peers, including producer Butch Walker, came in.

"When I got about halfway through, that was when I started letting everybody in on it because then they started giving me the pressure to have to wrap it up. I probably wrote 60 or more songs because I did it over a two or so year period. I was just writing all the time."

Patty joked that it sounds like, as a departure from some of his Matchbox Twenty songs, he doesn't have any angst on this album, and Rob agrees.

"Yeah, there's very little angst," Rob laughed. "I mean I'm 47, what am I angsty about anymore? By the way, when you're 47 it's not called angst anymore -- it's called 'reasonable expectations that things are gonna be crappy.' That is not angst, that is called life experience and you're probably right!" 

Speaking of life experiences, be sure to watch the full interview above where Rob explains the sweet story he has about his wife, Marisol, behind the album's title.

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Thomas will celebrate Chip Tooth Smile with an extensive North American summer tour with special guest Abby Anderson. Catch him live at New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre on May 28th and again when he's back in the area in July and August at the Borgata in Atlantic City, The Beacon Theatre in NYC, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Take a look at a full list of dates below.

Chip Tooth Tour Dates:

March 29, 2019 | Chumash Casino | Santa Ynez, CA 

May 28, 2019 | Count Basie Theatre | Red Bank, NJ 

May 30, 2019 | FireKeepers Casino | Battle Creek, MI 

May 31, 2019 | Hard Rock Rocksino | Northfield, OH

June 1, 2019 | Meadow Brook | Rochester Hills, MI

June 3, 2019P | NC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center | Cincinnati, OH

June 4, 2019 | Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn | Indianapolis, IN

June 7, 2019 | Breese Stevens | Madison, WI

June 8, 2019 | Mystic Lake Casino | Prior Lake, MN

June 10, 2019 | Levitt Pavilion | Denver, CO

June 11, 2019 | The Depot | Salt Lake City, UT

June 13, 2019 | Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery | Woodinville, WA

June 14, 2019 | Moda Center | Portland, OR

June 16, 2019 | Mountain Winery | Saratoga, CA

June 18, 2019 | The Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, CA

June 20, 2019 | Humphrey's By The Bay | San Diego, CA

June 23, 2019 | Comerica Theatre | Phoenix, AZ

June 25, 2019 | ACL Live | Austin, TX

June 26, 2019 | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory | Irving, TX

June 28, 2019 | Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land | Sugar Land, TX

June 29, 2019 | Saenger Theatre | New Orleans, LA

June 30, 2019 | Tuscaloosa Amphitheater | Tuscaloosa, AL

July 2, 2019 | Mizner Park Amphitheater | Boca Raton, FL

July 3, 2019 | Hard Rock Live | Orlando, FL

July 5, 2019 | Mahaffey Theater | St. Petersburg, FL

July 6, 2019 | Daily's Place | Jacksonville, FL

July 8, 2019 | STATE BANK AMPHITHEATRE AT CHASTAIN PARK | Atlanta, GA

July 9, 2019 | Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Nashville, TN

July 11, 2019 | Red Hat Amphitheatre | Raleigh, NC

July 12, 2019 | The Anthem | Washington, DC

July 13, 2019 | The Met Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA

July 15, 2019 | Sands Bethlehem Event Center | Bethlehem, PA

July 17, 2019 | Bergen Performing Arts Center | Englewood, NJ

July 18, 2019 | Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion | Boston, MA

July 20, 2019 | Casino Rama Entertainment Centre | Rama, ON

July 21, 2019 | CMAC | Canandaigua, NY 

July 23, 2019 | Lakeview Amphitheater | Syracuse, NY

July 24, 2019 | SPAC | Saratoga, NY

July 25, 2019 | Meadowbrook | Gilford, NH

July 27, 2019 | Borgata | Atlantic City, NJ

July 29, 2019 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

July 30, 2019 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY

August 2, 2019 | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY

August 3, 2019 | Mayo Performing Arts Center | Morristown, NJ

August 4, 2019 | Mohegan Sun | Uncasville, CT