The Wallflowers announce Upstate NY concert; what about Matchbox Twenty tour?

The Wallflowers are coming to Upstate New York for at least one concert this year. Will there be more?

The Jakob Dylan-led band will perform at The Egg in Albany on Wednesday, May 3, according to DSP Shows. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 8.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 20, at theegg.org. Prices are $39.50, $49.50 and $59.50; additional fees may apply.

The Wallflowers first rose to fame in the ‘90s with hits like “One Headlight,” “The Difference,” “Three Marlenas” and “6th Avenue Heartache.” Dylan, the song of music legend Bob Dylan, has also released a lot of solo material, but continued to work with the band and released a new Wallflowers album, “Exit Wounds,” in 2021.

“The Wallflowers is much of my life’s work,” Dylan said in a statement. “It’s pretty hard to get a good band name, so if you have one, keep it.”

But will The Wallflowers still be a part of Matchbox Twenty’s upcoming tour? The Rob Thomas-led rock band was originally set to tour in 2020 with The Wallflowers as the opening act, but postponed shows multiple times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Matchbox Twenty rescheduled its three Upstate New York stops for July 29, 2023, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, July 30 at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview (St. Joe’s Amp) in Syracuse, and Aug. 1 at Darien Lake Amphitheater. No opening act is listed on the official Ticketmaster pages for those shows, but the Wallflowers’ Facebook page still lists them as the opener for more than 20 Matchbox Twenty concerts, including at SPAC. That means Albany could make a nice warmup for the tour.

Matchbox Twenty is best known for late ‘90s and early 2000s songs like “Push,” “Back 2 Good,” “Real World,” “3AM,” “Bent” and “Unwell.” Thomas, who also had big hits with “Lonely No More” and the Santana collaboration “Smooth,” recently announced a new Matchbox Twenty album will be released this year.

Live Nation did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Matchbox Twenty’s opening act.


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