Fans of 1990s alternative rock get ready -- Counting Crows and Mathcbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas are rolling into Las Vegas.
Expect to hear biggest hits from both including "A Long December," "Mr. Jones," "Mad Season" and "3 A.M." as well as hits from their newest albums - "Somewhere Under Wonderland" - and Rob Thomas' solo album - "The Great Unknown."
San Francisco band Counting Crows became a virtual overnight sensation in 1994 when MTV began playing their song, "Mr. Jones."
The single propelled their debut album, "August & Everything After," to No. 4. It remained in the Top 200 for 93 weeks, selling more than six million copies. Another hit single, "Round Here," was also released from the record.
"Recovering the Satellites" followed in 1996 and the album debuted at No. 1 on the charts. It featured another major hit single, "Long December."
In the summer of 1998, Counting Crows released a double live album, "Across the Wire: Live in New York City." "This Desert Life" followed in 1999 and "Hard Candy" was released in 2003. In 2004 the group gained movie fame when their song "Accidentally in Love" was included on the "Shrek 2" soundtrack, earning an Academy Award nomination.
The group released two more studio alums "Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings" (2008) and "Underwater Sunshine" (2012) as well as a variety of individual projects before 2014's "Somewhere Under Wonderland."
Most music followers know Rob Thomas as the singer and songwriter from Matchbox Twenty, a band whose debut album, "Yourself or Someone Like You," went platinum a dozen times over in the United States.
Thomas was born on Valentine's Day 1972 in the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, but grew up in South Carolina and Florida. He dropped out of high school at age 17 to join a few bands and then moved to Orlando in 1993. He was in the band Tabitha's Secret and later formed Matchbox Twenty with some of Tabitha's members. The band was an instant hit with its 1996 debut and topped the charts with almost every release.
But it was the 1999 song "Smooth," which Thomas wrote for Carlos Santana, that made Thomas a household name. Matchbox Twenty released two more albums before taking a hiatus. Thomas was then able to break out on his own with his first solo album, "Something to Be" (2005). The first single from his album, "Lonely No More," peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts.
Thomas has said that going solo has allowed him to be more creative because his songs don't have to be written for a band -- guitars, bass and drums. His personal sound veers away from Matchbox Twenty's post-grunge and verges on pop. His 2005 album featured guest guitarists such as John Mayer and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
Thomas continues to support both Matchbox Twenty and his own solo career. In 2012 he toured in support of Matchbox Twenty's album, "North." His 2009 solo album "Cradlesong" featured the singles "Her Diamonds," "Give Me Meltdown" and "Someday." He is touring with Counting Crows supporting his newest album "The Great Unknown."