Rob Thomas announces solo tour

Aug. 15, 2005 at 3:46 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas is hitting the road for a 43-date solo tour beginning in October.

Thomas is launching a tour Oct. 5 in Albany, N.Y., to support his album "...Something to Be," RollingStone.com reported Monday.

It marks Thomas' first full-blown solo trek.

Thomas told Rolling Stone his 1999 Grammy-winning collaboration with Carlos Santana gave him the confidence to make a move without the band.

"Carlos kind of fortified my belief that I'm a songwriter, and this is what I'm supposed to do," Thomas said. "It just gave me the confidence to be able to say, 'OK, I can step off for the next couple years and just be on my own.'"

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