Rock sensation Matchbox Twenty played the show of a lifetime to fans and followers at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on June 28, 2003 a stopover on their 'More Than You Think You Are' 2003 tour. Rolling out hit after hit, the band played with the intensity of the multi-platinum artists they are, while creating an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of their early club days. Grammy awards, critical acclaim, and a huge fanbase are just a few of the things Matchbox 20 have going in their favor, and this live release offers a great insight into their magnetism as live performers. This show was recorded at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, on June 28, 2003, and sees the band running through a vast variety of hits from their back catalogue.
The Candlebox of 2016 isn't the Candlebox of 1996, lacking many of its members – only mainstay lead vocalist Kevin Martin and drummer Dave Krusen remain – and also most of the grunge signifiers that turned the band into a chart-topper in the glory days of '90s alt-rock. Two decades on, Pearl Jam isn't a touchstone: Matchbox Twenty is, as is Third Eye Blind, two titans of the smoother post-grunge movement that ushered bands like Candlebox out of the charts. Perhaps the Seattle-based quintet, which is now essentially a vehicle for Martin's music, is slightly behind the curve by concentrating on this sound, yet the broader lines, slower tempos, and emphatic pleading suit a band now in middle age: it's adult alternative rock the way they used to do it back in the day.