Matchbox Twenty Rocks a Sold Out Crowd in The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

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Matchbox Twenty Rocks a Sold Out Crowd in The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas
Friday night at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort was rockin’ as Matchbox Twenty performed to a sold out crowd in the amazing concert theater (Photo credit: Ed Graff)

Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas
Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Ed Graff.

Playing hits spanning the band’s career, including chart-toppping songs from their new album North “She’s So Mean” and “Overjoyed,” fans were energetic singing along with singer Rob Thomas and standing and dancing in their seats during the show.

Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas
Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Ed Graff.

Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas
Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Ed Graff.

Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas
Matchbox Twenty performs at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Ed Graff.

North is a direction. It’s a place. It’s a marker of progress — and an intended destination. North is also the title of Matchbox Twenty’s fourth album, the quartet’s first release in five years, and their first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It is also the band’s first set of all-new material in a decade. And like other connotations of the word, the 12-song set represents a determined journey, a carefully considered path that combines earnest melodicism with sly and even snarky fun as well as a new internal world order that has made Matchbox Twenty a tighter and even more collaborative band than ever before in its 17-year career.

North finds Matchbox Twenty–Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cool and Brian Yale – honed and fine-tuned, from the roof-raising arena-sized anthem “Put Your Hands Up” to the kinetic beat of “Our Song” to the rich craft of “Overjoyed” and “Parade.”  “English Town” and “I Will” are the group at its balladic best. And then there’s “She’s So Mean,” North‘s high-energy, harmony-laden first single which is already topping the charts.