Ask Rob Thomas Anything You Like!


Rob Thomas, pop star, good guy, and humorous fellow, is always up for an adventure. So this Friday, June 19, he’s sitting down in Manhattan to answer an array of questions from his New York fans. We’re going to shoot the whole thing and put together one of our famous video packages. You liked Ask Weezy? You enjoy Ask Brooke? Get ready for Ask Rob Anything.

Because he’s a renaissance man of sorts – acting silly on on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, acting smart in the Huffington Post - he’d like questions to be as broad as possible. Sports, politics, movies, any and all music queries – let it ride. Hit the comments field below to post your questions and we’ll feed ‘em to the man asap.

Hope you know that Thomas’ new cradlesong CD is being released on June 30. We don’t want you to wait that long, so we’re streaming the entire CD for the next two weeks. Have a listen on The Leak.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Rob, when do you do your best writing? Do

  2. Carla Pirrone says:

    Rob if you could only get one more tattoo what would it be and where would you put it?

  3. Carla Pirrone says:

    Rob what is the story behind Fire On The Mountain?

  4. Lynn DeVries says:

    Rob, I heard that your mother suffered from mental illness and that you wrote “3 AM” about her. My mother was also afflicted with mental illness. Many of your songs touch me deeply because of that. Was “Her Diamonds” inspired by your mother or by someone else? Thanks!! I’m a huge fan. :)

  5. Laura says:


    Are you into flying (as in aviation, aircraft, space travel)?

  6. Allison says:

    Rob, have you seen Whale Wars on Animal Planet? What do you think should be done about the %@`~*$^%@_^++$$ anese whaling ships that are killing hundreds maybe even thousands of whales in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica? They’re supposed to be protected waters but no one is protecting them! Thank you for all that you do for animals! xoxo

  7. valerie says:

    how did u come up with the music vid for her diamounds?
    plz reply im a huge fan i listen to that song like 300 times a day!
    luv forever val.

  8. Daniel Hill says:

    Rob -

    In your mind, how do you want to be thought of 10 or 20 years from now? Who do you want to be compared to? My idea is as the Paul McCartney of our generation. Jason once told me that you’re the Sting of our generation. What do you think?

  9. Daniel Hill says:

    Rob – In your mind, how do you want to be thought of 10 or 20 years from now? Who do you want to be compared to? My idea is as the Paul McCartney of our generation. Jason once told me that you’re the Sting of our generation. What do you think?

  10. Tamara L. Keegan says:


    If there was one song throughout history that you wish you had written and sung, what song is that and why?

    P.S. LOVE your music and cannot wait for the release of your 2nd solo effort! On pins and needles!

  11. Angela Harris says:

    I have trying to find out the answer to this for so long, Rob..Did your grandmother live toward the ball field in Olpympia or Rosewood in Columbia, SC and did you have a sister named Missy (I think) it has been a long time…If so I am just trying to find out if you and her were the kids I used to play with as a child when I would come to my Grandma’s house? I am almost positive it was the you but just want to make sure I am not crazy!

  12. Lori says:

    When will you start touring to promote your new album??? Please, please come to Columbus, Ohio!

  13. Linise Budd says:

    Hey Rob!! Who was your biggest influence in music when you were starting your career?

  14. sarah filep says:

    1.)If you’re not busy on October 17 2010, would you sing at my wedding?

    2.)What is your favorite cartoon (movie or tv show, adult or childrens) of all time and why?

  15. Debbie says:

    Rob, I still love and always will, the song, Back To Good. So many of your songs hold meaning to me, but this one sticks out in particular, I’m not ashamed to say. I would like to know if there was a particular incident/affair that inspired this song and if so, who was involved, you?

  16. Sunday says:

    Are you a big city or small town kind of guy?

  17. Sophia says:

    Rob! Out of all of your solo songs, what is your favourite, and why?

  18. Susan Tabnik says:

    Rob – Will your documentary “My Secret Record” be released on DVD?? If so, any ideas when?

    Thanks for all you do, Rob.

  19. JILL says:

    will u write a song just for me???? love your music!!!!

  20. Susan Tabnik says:

    Rob – Will we ever see MY SECRET RECORD available for purchase on DVD?

  21. Susan Tabnik says:

    Rob – Loved MY SECRET RECORD – will the DVD be available?

  22. Manda says:

    When you’re writing a song, do you know from the beginning whether it’s one for the band or one you’ll record solo?

    P.S. My 3-year-old adores you and wants to know how old he has to be before he can see you in concert.

  23. chimeka hood says:

    are you & marisol going to do a reality show?

  24. Jen says:


    How did you get involved with Pets Alive? Have you visited the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah?

  25. Claire Graham says:

    Hi Rob,

    Do you have any plans to tour in South Africa? Both you and Matchbox Twenty are very popular there and get loads of radio play!

  26. Dixie Ott says:

    Rob, How old were you when you first realized you had a talent for writing music, and when you write, do the words come first, or do you have a melody in mind, or are the words sometimes written for music already composed.
    Music and Lyrics go hand in hand and you are the best song writer to come along in a while. I have always been a fan of Bernie Taupin and Elton John and like them you know how to express deep emotion in lyrics and music.

    To my Favorite song writer,
    All the Best

  27. Carolyn says:

    Hey Rob, if you had a choice to record a duet with anybody in all of the music business, who would it be? And why?

  28. Nicole Jourdan says:

    We all have that one band/singer/song we loved when we were kids, not teenagers, but when you were like 8 or 10… mine was Kenny Rogers, The Gambler… Because I saw it on the Muppet Show…what was yours?

  29. katie crevier says:

    My question for you is where does your inspiration come from? I ask you this because you are the reason my boyfriend picked up a guitar and the reason that music has become such a large part of his everyday life. You have influenced his life so much and have inspired him in so many ways. Thank you.

  30. Kelsey says:

    Justin Timberlake retired “Sexyback” from his tours. Do you ever get so tired of a singing a song you think you would retire it? If so, what song(s)?

  31. Jane says:

    Hi Rob! When you write a song, how does it eventually get published as sheet music? Do you use software (like Finale or Sibelius)? or does someone else do that for you?
    And btw – when will the sheet music for cradlesong be available?

  32. Roberto Limon, Jr says:

    Do you sing YOUR songs when you’re performing concerts with Matchbox Twenty?

  33. Sho says:

    Hey Rob, any chance you might perform on Saturday Night Live?

  34. Denys says:

    At the very end of the song Long Day… what in the heck do you say? I have been trying to figure it out for years… my luck, you don’t say anything, it’s just humming or something LOL but to me it sounds like you say something. Anyway, if you could ease my craziness and let me know, I’d appreciate it! Thanks!!
    BTW, love your tweets – brightens my day to read your comments. funny stuff.
    Tell Mari thanks for letting us strangers in the world enjoy you too. ;-)

  35. jedijen says:

    Will you ever put out an acoustic album? You are sooo awsomely talented when it’s just you un filtered it’s sooo thought provoking an heartfelt!

    How bout another VH1 StoryTellers!!!!!

  36. yasmin khan says:

    HI,ROB hope u doing ok,my question is where did u like playing live most?

  37. Julie K. says:

    Hi Rob, what are some other bands and musicians that’s on your Ipod right now?

  38. *Tamara* says:

    this is gonna be an awsome cd!!!!! i cant wait for it to come out!!!! Rob plz come to texas again!!!!! U rock


  39. yasmin khan says:

    HI,ROB i hope u doing ok,my question is where did u like playing live most i mean which country and city and why? from yasmin

  40. *Tamara* says:

    Rob i think u have the most amazing voice. r u and the band goknna get back together?


  41. Karen Tusack says:

    How do you deal with stagefright (or don’t you have any)?

  42. Monica says:

    I will be 40 in 4 months; but I could so be a groupie. LOVE your music whether with MB20 or just you…..Just me sending this shows you that…LOL….

  43. Sherri S says:

    I have been a huge fan for along time.
    My question is..

    Who is your biggest influence in writing music?

    One of my favorite writers is Bernie Taupin, writer for Elton John. Some of your songs remind me of that quality, lyrically.

  44. Debbie Moore says:

    I am one of that group of 40ish moms who just think you are the MAN. I know why, but why do you think you rock this age group!!!

  45. Melissa P says:

    Why do you say that you do not like the song Mad Season? What is it you don’t like about it?

  46. rockintrini says:

    Hi Rob are you going on tour this year- if not when are you touring.

  47. Joy says:

    Rob, you have written many songs about your relationship with your wife. How does she feel about your life being ‘out there’?

    Also, any new collaborations coming up? I’ve loved those with Santana and Willie Nelson.

    Thanks for all the Tweets and looking forward to the new CD!

  48. Jackie says:

    Now that Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies is on his own, and since you two seem to be trading comments on Twitter, any plans on writing together?

  49. Vikki says:

    1)Apart from your own , is there one particular song in the last ’20 years’ that you wish you had written but not actually sang ?…………. 2)When you gig at certain venues do any of you have any demands ? Examples – You need 100000 packets of revels with all the Maltesers taken out , All the toilet paper must be a certain colour ?

  50. Kelly says:

    Hey Rob!
    Do you and Marisol clean your own house, do your own laundry, and take care of your own yard, or do you hire a service?

  51. Laurie Johnson says:

    When you tour, will you please always try to come home to Birmingham, Alabama? During your last concert there we had to deal with severe weather, and the turnout may not have been what you expected- but we love you and feel you belonged to us before the rest of the world became as blessed as we were. For entirely selfish reasons, I hope you never stop doing what you do. We didn’t get to keep Elvis long enough-I hope you are rocking when you are seventy!

  52. Carla Pirrone says:

    Rob if there was one thing in your past that you could change, what would it be and why?

  53. Nicole from St. Catharines says:

    Rob, do you realize when you are singing, its like you are serenading only to me? My world stands still….

  54. Carla Pirrone says:

    Rob will you ever perform any Tabitha’s Secrets songs on the tour? I mean besides Dear Joan because I know you’ve done that one live.

  55. Mitzi Kay says:

    Hello –
    First, thanks for the music. A specific question about “Her Diamonds”. You captured well what seems to be a frequent emotional dynamic. (Someone you care about is in pain; this clearly affects you, yet you respond to the person/situation by remaining at a distance. Not knowing what to “do”, you do nothing at all.)

    I found this compelling and uncomfortably close to home. How and why did you decide to develop this song? In my experience it’s more typically a male response, but do you think that’s true?


  56. Kathy says:

    Even though I love all kinds of music and many different artists, I would have no problem naming my top five artists who I listen to every single day..(you of course are one of them!) Can you name your top 5 artists who you listen to or would listen to everyday?
    PS….Can’t wait to see you again!!!!

  57. Jeanne says:

    I love the Rock and Roll, but am wondering if you will be putting your mad writing skills to any other projects – the tweets just aren’t enough – a book or sreenplay perhaps in the works?????

  58. Rhonda says:

    Hi Rob,

    You were amazing in the “This is How a Heart Breaks” video. Are you considering an acting career?

  59. Lanie says:

    Hey Rob!

    I absolutely love your music, whether it’s solo or with Matchbox Twenty. I know you’ve worked with Willie Nelson, and you have a few songs that have a country vibe to them. Plus, my mom listens to nothing but country, except for you. She loves your music, too! Have you ever thought of recording and putting a song out on country radio?

  60. Jenny Wichman says:

    What is the one thing about yourself that you dont like to admit?

  61. Michele Brunker says:

    You are such a huge animal supporter and everyone knows how much you love your dogs Tyler and Sammi. Did you have pets when you were growing up? Is there any one that you have especially fond memories of or that was a favorite?

  62. Kate says:

    What was your favorite movie of 2008? What did you like so much about it?

  63. Farrah Racquel says:

    As a huge Rob Thomas fan I couldnt imagine a world with out your music, but if you could choose any other career what would it be?

  64. Tammy Inman says:

    Hi Rob,

    You seem to have such a positive attitude and love for life. Where does that come from and how do you keep yourself positive?


  65. Mary Platz says:

    Do you have “bucket list”? If so, what’s in it?

  66. Debbie says:

    What annoys you the most when you meet fans? What do they say or do that makes you roll your eyes and want to get away as fast as you can?

  67. Leslie Cho says:

    Hi Rob, what is your favorite all time TV show and movie?

  68. Allison says:

    Rob- Will you please go on Dancing With The Stars? I love the way you dance, and I would just love to see you shake your thang every week, and I promise I would vote lots for you!!!! LOVE YOU!!! xoxo

  69. Roseann LoSchiavo says:

    I read your bio and was surprised to learn that you dropped out of high school. I would have put even money on the fact that you were trained professionally. Your words are so articulate. Every song you sing is incredibly well annunciated. How did you begin your singing career? Where do you draw your inspiration from? Sometimes your music feels like it is the sound track of my life. Songs such as Little Wonders, Ever the Same and now Her Diamonds. Your amazing! Thanks for the beautiful music memories.

  70. Susan says:

    Rob – any scoop on release of a “My Secret Record” DVD?? Was at the Nashville Film Festival for premiere.
    THanks for your music – the world needs it.

  71. Stacie says:

    Hi Rob,

    Alot of people really appreciate your recent voicing of your opinion on controversial subjects.
    As a popular musician that reaches many walks of life/views do you think that this poses the threat of clashing with your career? Or do you feel it’s your responsibility to encourage people to make themselves heard?

  72. Chris Matthews says:

    I was wondering……in the top three musicians you ever jammed with, who were they in your mind and who did you click with the best…..?..chris w.t. Matthews

  73. charlotte says:

    will you marry my friend vanessa? she really likes you.

  74. Kris Chavez says:

    Hey Rob,
    WHEN you are honored at the Kennedy Center, who would you like to see perform any of your songs, like you did for The Who?

  75. Kelly says:

    Hi Rob!
    I so love it when a singer also plays instruments in his own songs! My favorite was when you played the piano in “Now Comes The Night”!
    Do you play any instruments in any of your new “cradlesong” songs?

  76. Aurel says:

    I would like to know, other than music what kind of hobbies do you have in your spare time. I like to paint or make jewelry.
    Thank you,

  77. Bryan Hughey says:

    Hey when is matchbox twenty going on tour again?

  78. Heather McDaniel says:

    Elton John as Yellow Brickle Road, Phish has Phish Food…if YOU could create a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, what would it be and what would you call it??

  79. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for doing this! I love what I have heard of the new album which is no suprise to me.
    As for my question….Obviously with touring and writing you have been to some amazing places. What is the most wonderful place you have been to and would love to visit more?

  80. Aurel says:

    I would like to know what hobbies you have. Other than making music. I like to paint or make jewelry. What keeps you busy in your spare time.
    Thank you,

  81. Kelly says:

    Hi Rob!
    I so love it when a singer plays instruments in their own songs! My favorite is when you played piano in “Now Comes The Night”!
    Do you play any instruments for any of your songs on “cradlesong”?

  82. Kris Chavez says:

    What is your favorite music era (50′s,60′s, etc.) and what do you think was the biggest turning point in music history?

  83. Nicole C says:


    Thank you for all you do with your music, and generosity. I have been a fan since 1996.
    You and Marisol have one of the strongest relationships in the biz. What do you two do to keep it that way?

  84. Cheryl says:

    If you had to donate money to a non profit organization what organization would it be and why?

  85. Sabine from Germany says:


    what about Europe? Would love to see u live in Germany!!! =)

    Greetz Sabine

  86. Rebecca Garrett says:

    Many people would love to be able to speak their views and be heard by the world…alot of things can really be brought to light! How do you feel about your ability to express your views on things and have so many people listening?

  87. Sharon says:

    have you thought about a meet and greet for this tour. would you consider a auction to raise money for pets alive and sidewalk angles. it could be a package tix and meet and greet. I would love to bid on that.

  88. Kris chavez says:

    Will you be writing/performing songs for anymore movies? Anything in the works?

  89. Sandi says:

    While you are selecting songs that ultimately make the cd’s final list, do you take into consideration how you will perform them live and how they will mix in with your other songs?

  90. Kris chavez says:

    Do you want to or have you ever been asked to host SNL? You would be hilarious as a guest host!

  91. Cricket says:

    I enjoy your music very much. In “Her Diamonds” I was wondering if you wrote that for someone you knew who was dealing with depression issues. I have a family riddled with depression from severe to mild and that song really hits a strong chord with me. Although I am one of the lucky ones (my depression issues can be solved with a good cry) some of my family members can really get weighed down with theirs and watching them go through it can be hard.

    Just a side note: I love your twitters, I read them everyday, almost like a daily news column. I sometimes respond, even though I am the only one who sees the response.

    Thank You

  92. Kris chavez says:

    Do you have any favorite comments or questions that you have been asked on twitter?

  93. Jason says:

    Hey Rob I’m a big fan. Can’t wait for the new album.
    I’m curious, what is your favorite Michael Jackson song?

  94. Kris chavez says:

    What is the best and worst piece of advice that you have ever recieved?

  95. Kris chavez says:

    What are the top 3 songs (from any artist) that you feel has shaped who you are today?

  96. Carolina says:

    Rob: Existe la posibilidad de que hagas recitales en Argentina?? Te sigo desde los comienzos de MB20 y nunca tuvimos la suerte de verlos en vivo….

  97. Kris chavez says:

    If you were to make a time capsule to be opened in 50 years what 3-5 cd’s would you make sure were included?

    (that is if CD’s can still be played in 50 years) LOL

  98. minisoda says:

    hey rob. two random questions:

    where were you the night of Obama’s historical presidential win? how did you feel when you realized he became president over McCain?

    also, if the story of your life became a movie, who would you want to play YOU?

  99. Nikki Stankoski says:

    Hey Rob,

    If you could be one of the two who would you be, Elvis Presley, or Elvis Costello?

  100. tami says:

    hey rob. two random questions:

    where were you the night of Obama’s historical presidential win? how did you feel when you realized he became president over McCain?

    also, if the story of your life became a movie, who would you want to play YOU?

  101. Kristin Chavez says:

    What is your favorite movie soundtrack of all time?

  102. Charlotte says:

    Hey Rob,

    You make yourself very “accessible” via Twitter, which I appreciate, as I’m sure the other 60,000 followers do, too. What matters to you more? That people like your music or you? In other words, if ultimately you’re about people hearing your music, what is merited in tweeting unadorned? Do you hope the effect of being “connected” as you are to fans, will help foster a stronger loyalty to your actual music? I honestly am a fan of you and your thoughts more than your music. No offense.

  103. Kristin Chavez says:

    How many licks does it REALLY take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? Never got a straight answer from the owl!

  104. Carolina says:

    Rob, te sigo desde los comienzos de MB20 y nunca tuve la suerte de poder ver un recital tuyo en vivo. No existe la posibilidad que visites Argentina??
    Espero que pueda comprar tu nuevo album el 30/06 y que no tenga que esperar ya que solo puede escuchar Her Diamonds gracias a tu pagina. Te sigo todos los dias por Twitter, espero que algun dia me respondas… Besos

  105. Debbie says:

    Hi Rob, are you the kind of guy who lays around on the couch watching sports? What is your favorite sport to watch/play?

  106. Miranda says:

    Are you and your wife planning on having or adopting any children?

  107. Sara says:

    As someone who loves sports and music combined, what would the one song you’d have played as you went up to bat (or took to the court)?

  108. Laura says:


    you did a refrain of a Lionel Richie song – “My Love” during a soundcheck in Vegas in 2004…

    “Life with me i know for sure it ain’t been easy
    But you stayed with me anyway
    And even though you ain’t gonna lose too much by leaving
    I’m so glad you stayed”

    How about adding that cover to your tour?

  109. Emily. says:

    You did a fantastic collaboration with Santana a while back, what made you want to work with him in particular and how do you think it affected your solo career?

  110. Heidi says:

    Is there any chance that you will do a CD with your cover-song of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”?
    This song was great when you did it in concert and I know several of us would really like to see it as a “Bonus Track” sometime :)

    Thanks, Heidi
    Santa Cruz, CA

  111. Debbie Weed says:

    Do you and Marisol plan to have any kids together? And if so will you encourage them to live in the life of music as you do?

  112. Amy says:

    Hey Rob,

    What song did you write that just made you think “wow, that really is a great song?

  113. Melanie Frisbee says:

    Rob, I love your music and I’m curious to know the process of how you write your songs? Words first, then music? Music, then words? Is there a story behind every song? What is it that triggers you to sit down and write a song?

  114. Karin Olsen - Denmark says:

    Hi Rob.

    What is the most crazy thing a fan had ask you or do ?
    Do you become aware of, that some fans to a concert with you, are there for the first time ?

  115. trefusis says:

    hi rob, i’m a fellow reader and know that we share a love for some of the same authors (tom robbins, vonnegut, palahniuk). i’m also a huge nick hornby fan and wanted to recommend him in the off chance you haven’t already read him – start with short story Nipple Jesus, then go to How to Be Good. and my question for you: anything good reading to recommend in return? thank for your music, and for being so generous and genuine with your fans. we adore you. – trefusis

  116. Paula says:

    Hi Rob
    Your song lyrics make it sound like Mari has given you a really hard time during your marriage – and making you feel that you have to earn your place standing next to her. Is this true?

  117. Jamie says:

    Creatively, what’s the difference between creating songs for your own albums vs. a song for a soundtrack (like the “Little Wonders” song you did for the Disney movie)?

    Do you want to work on more soundtracks in the future or would you prefer to stick to solo and MB20 projects?

    Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Rob! Can’t wait till your tour starts!

  118. Meire Felix says:

    Rob, please, answer me! When you come to Brazil? I love your music and your voice! kisses

  119. chastity castle says:

    Have you ever read the Bible?

  120. Tammy Carbone says:

    Is the song ^%$&%(#%*`&!$(~ led “Her Diamonds” written about a special someone? It really is a beautiful song!

  121. Tammy Carbone says:

    I follow you on twitter and you did respond to me twice. Is it you that really responds to people on there or you have someone doing it for you?

  122. Mariela says:

    Where did you get your good looks? :)

  123. Beth Curtis says:

    Besides your music career, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?

  124. Krissy Marrs says:

    Hey Rob. Please help us solve the debate…Star Wars or Star Trek?

  125. lesley loughridge says:

    Rob, please, please tell me that you are planning to visit and play in the UK soon – its been too long, we miss you!! Lesley x

  126. Nathalie Snyder says:

    Do the other members of “Matchbox 20″ ever get upset at you if you spend too much time on the “Rob Thomas” stuff?


  127. Julie Hartnagel says:

    Hi Rob,
    Who decides where you stop on a tour… it based on sales? How many canadian cities will be on your upcoming tour?

  128. Debbie Dragon says:

    What happened to Carrie and Baxter (the horses)? Did those people ever accept your offer to buy them to give back to PetsAlive?

  129. Rob C says:

    why havnt any matchbox twenty songs been on rockband? easily would be the most downloaded songs

  130. Rachel says:

    Hey Rob, can’t wait for the new CD. Have to say, I loved the buzzcut from the past. Any chance it’ll make a return this summer?

  131. kerry says:

    You are very open with your personal life. ie. Twitter, interviews, My Secret Record. Have you ever revealed something about your personal life you wish you hadn’t?

  132. dana g says:

    Hello! I was wondering when you collaborate with another songwriter and it is not working do you decide not to go ahead with the song or do you take what your part is and move on with the song? Or do you continue the song in a different direction? How did the song Unwell come about? How is the rescue group you are working with doing? I know many questions but this is an opportunity. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

  133. Ailie says:

    You, and Mari, have a well deserved reputation for having a very tolerant and understanding relationship with your fan base. You are on record (no pun intended) as saying you never lose sight of the fact that they buy the records that allow you to do what you love for a living. Do you enjoy that aspect of your life/job or is it a pain but part of the job? Dont you ever feel overwhelmed by the attention and just wish you could go for a meal in peace?

  134. Monica Nantz says:

    If you had to chose between being a singer or a songwriter which would you chose? I think I know the answer, but I want to hear you answer this one.

  135. Alison says:

    What is the reason for the Record Company not doing much promo in UK? Enough fans to fill the largest venue in the country and still some left over? why not do a little promotion and increase sales here? and of course more tour dates!! I am genuinely curious?

  136. Peter says:

    What was harder for you-atteptimg to quit using Twitter or trying to make sushi on the Ellen DeGeneres Show?

  137. Chelsea says:


    I don’t know if this has been asked or not (because I’m too lazy to read past the first page) but my question is in the Rhapsody commercial did you get to help pick the clues? And if not do you know all of them?

  138. Chelsea says:

    Hey Rob!

    I don’t know if this has already been asked or not (too lazy to read past the first page) But my question is did you get to help choose the refrences in your Rhapsody commercial? Or if not, do you know them all? ;)

  139. Jedijen(jennifer) says:

    How is it that you keep your self so grounded an real? You always seem so approachable an friendly when seen in public.

  140. Trish Westberg says:

    We would love to know…..

    What is your FAVORITE Girl Scout Cookie?

  141. Christina Meyer says:

    What is you favorite part of songwriting? How often do you collaborate? I would love to write a song with you one day.

  142. Christina Meyer says:

    You are one of my fave songwriters. What is you favorite part of songwriting? How often do you collaborate? What song do you wish that you had written. I would love to write a song with you one day.

  143. Stephanie Anderson says:

    What’s ur inspiration for “Her Diamonds”? Reminds me a lot of Ever The Same. Do u share what your inspiration is for songs you write??

  144. Susan says:

    Hi Rob, just wondering why you feel the need to tell people what each song means or is about rather than let them decide for themselves what it means (to them). I know that you do explain it’s about feeling empathy or sadness or whatever, but I think once people are told about the artist’s interpretation of the song, they find it difficult to get past that and use their imagination and make it personal for them. Love your voice and you’re an amazing songwriter, thank you for sharing your talent with the world.

  145. Charissa Johnsotn says:

    Hello, I would just like to say I love your music but my question for you is did you any collaborations on this album.

  146. Shapell says:

    On you made a comment that Glenn Beck is a “douche bag” I would like to know why you would make such a comment out there and not explain!

  147. Kristin Chavez says:

    Music seems to focus on one genre for a few years and then move on to another. Where do you see music headed for 2010?

  148. Kristin Chavez says:

    As a kid, were you a cop or robber?

  149. Kristin Chavez says:

    Do you think it is fair to judge someones musical talent, or lack of, through a reality talent show?

  150. Kristin Chavez says:

    If you could have included one more song for the Cradlesong album that did not make the cut, which one would it be and why?

  151. Kristin Chavez says:

    When on tour, how do you make your bus a home away from home?

  152. Kristin (kris) Chavez says:

    In your CD liner notes (MB or solo) have you ever forgot to thank someone? You could give them a shout out now!

  153. Kristin (kris) Chavez says:

    Seasame Street or Fraggle Rock?

    PS. Fraggle Rock Rules!!! Just saying.

  154. Andrea Cook says:

    You are an intelligent and caring person with strong views on many contraversial issues. However you were a bit of a bad boy in your early days, living on the road. What would your advice be to young musicians who are starting out?

  155. Gina Korthals says:

    Just curious, if one of your songs comes on in a store or in the car or someplace, do you sing along??

  156. Kristin (kris) Chavez says:

    What is your favorite song to cover on tour, either solo or with Matchbox?

  157. Kristin (kris) Chavez says:

    Has anyone ever covered one of your songs and it really impressed you?

  158. Gina Korthals says:

    What is the last thing you read or watched or heard that completely changed your perspective of something?

  159. Kristin (kris) Chavez says:

    How did the …sunny in Philadelphia gig come about?

  160. Emily says:

    What is your favorite song to sing live and why?

  161. Emily says:

    Allot of your song are about difficult times in your life. Do you ever find it hard to sing or hear some of them?

  162. letica gonzales says:

    Will Rob Thomas go on tour anytime in the coming months?

  163. Alison says:

    So many of us look back at our much younger selves with a sense of unreality as if it happened to some one else, How about you? Can you connect with young Rob or does he seem like another person now?

  164. terri brander says:

    have you seen gail macfarlane sing “disease”? It is fabulous!
    Do you and Mari plan on having children someday?

  165. Emily says:

    What is your favorite song that you have ever written?

  166. terri brander says:

    have you seen gail macfarlane sing “disease” on youtube? It is great! Also, do you and Mari plan on having children someday?

  167. Mariah Hayes says:

    Hey Rob,

    What is the worst job you ever had, before you were famous? And Why?

    Love your music,

  168. Patty says:

    Heyy Rob!
    When you go on tour, do you get to pick or help choose the cities or venues you go to? Don’t forget to come to Albany, NY! Can’t waittt for the new CD to come out! Love ya!

  169. Alison says:

    Do you like performing in the UK, are the audiences different?

  170. Alison says:

    Do you think you will always tour and perform or do you think the behind the scenes stuff like production will pull you more?

  171. Kristin (kris) Chavez says:

    Is there any product that you believe in so much that you would endorse it or lend you name to it?

  172. Alison says:

    Imagine you are a woman for a moment… who would be your type…its okay to say Rob Thomas ..we will quite understand where you are coming from with that!! LOL

  173. Alison says:

    Have you ever put a personal song out there and regretted it and wished it had stayed private?…

  174. Terrie says:

    Does Mari get to do some serious shopping will on tour?

  175. Terrie says:

    Rob, I would like to know, what is the most boring part of being on tour?

  176. Ailie says:

    Whats the worst thing about your job?

  177. Emma Smith says:

    Hey Rob, Would love to start writing lyrics, what tips could you give me?
    Cheers x

  178. Lisa N. says:

    Who do you think is the best writer you’ve worked with, and who do you hope to write with someday?

  179. Cheryl Ann Battista says:

    Hey Rob,

    CMT (Country Music Television) does a show called Crossroads, you may have seen it b 4, but if u could pick 1 country artist to jam with, who would it be?

    Cheryl Ann
    aka rockncountryfan

  180. Ailie says:

    Do you ever get writers block … ?

  181. Alison says:

    Have you ever had a really good song you just couldn’t publish because it would hurt someone?

  182. Alison says:

    Do you write under other names?

  183. Mobo says:

    What song did you write that most made a difference in your life?

    What is up with your Twitter Icon?

  184. vanessa leon says:


    What are your “secrets” for maintaining such a happy/loving marriage?

  185. Rebecca says:

    Rob, I know you live in NY now. What do you miss most about the South?

  186. RTB says:

    I downloaded the 3 singles from iTunes. LOVE all three, can’t wait to hear the rest of the album and the !(%*^@)!@+~__+) le fits perfectly! Meltdown is my new 3am.

    My question is: Not that I’m complaining, but what’s the thinking behind releasing 3 full songs so much earlier than the album, especially when not all are radio singles. Will any others be released before the album comes out?

    Ps. Your tweets make me smile, so cool! :)

  187. missymetz says:

    1. since Matchbox Twenty originated in Tampa,Florida are you a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays?

    2.What was it like working with Santana in the song Smoothe?

  188. Ace says:

    I recently heard you mention somewhere that your wife, Marisol sang some back-up on Cradlesong. Just wondering if she enjoys singing; and if you and her would ever record a song together…like do a sweet little duet? Bet it would sound beautiful!

  189. Lanie says:

    Hey Rob!

    I saw your concert in Atlantic City during the Exile in America Tour. I was just wondering . . . what was your reason for wearing a kilt?

  190. Lisa Cummings says:

    What’s the most vain thing about you?

    What is your worst habit?

    Are you superstitious?

    What do you have in your pockets right now?

  191. Dana Deck says:

    Do you realize how truly talented you are? You are so humble, it seems. When will a new Rob Thomas album be available?

  192. Kelley says:

    How did you come up with the *&%_+*^%^^_)%%% le “Cradlesong” for the new album? Is there a lullaby of sorts on it?

  193. ann says:

    Her Diamonds really spoke to myself(lupus and other combined disorders) and my husband who like you goes through alot emotionally living with the good and the sad. You brought the emotions out with such love and compasion, it truly is beautiful to hear your words and watch the video..THANKS.

    That being said I am a fighter, and I dont like talking about the pain its there and its only a small part of who I am so I feel blessed for the life around me. I love music and yours has been a favorite for some time now. Thanks for being able to melt the ice for me,LOL to you and the beautiful Mari. Best Wishes!!

  194. Eric Collins says:

    Will any of your solo albums, or Matchbox Twenty albums ever make their way to Rock Band as playable songs?

  195. LeAnn says:

    What did you do with all your time before “twitter”?

  196. Rebecca says:

    Rob, how does it feel to rub elbows with ‘famous’ people? Did you ever dream you would get to hang out with people like Willie Nelson, George Michael, etc?

  197. FGMusic Joel says:

    Hey everyone I was wondering if anyone has seen Rob’s latest interview on Cradlesong over at ???!!! It’s a really interesting and in-depth look at the album.

  198. Terrie Smith says:

    What do you on your down time while on tour?

  199. Terrie Smith says:

    Are you still trying to put out My Secret Record?

  200. Terrie Smith says:

    Are there any special things you take on tour, besides Mari & the dogs?

  201. Terrie Smith says:

    What is your fav. songs from Cradlesong?

  202. Jamye says:

    Rob I know that you and your wife have a charity, Sidewalk Angels. Could you elaborate on what inspired you to set it up and what you hope it will achieve. Are you currently coordinating with other charities across the US? Love your music!

  203. Natascha from Nor Cal says:

    Hi Rob!

    If you could only listen to 3 albums for the rest of your life, which three would you choose?

    Your musical genius blows my mind!!! And thanks for the song of the day on twitter :)

  204. Nicole Jourdan says:

    Do you read in the bathroom?

  205. Angie says:

    On your last tour, you played all of Exile on Mainstream, except for Mad Season. Why don’t you like to play Mad Season live?

  206. aquarius3 - julie says:

    hi rob , just wanting to know what ur fav colour is? mine is purple. cheers :)

  207. Vicki says:


    Does Marisol ever threaten to destroy your blackberry to stop you twittering and to have some time with you?

  208. Meredith Privette says:

    Other than 3am ( a personal favorite) have you written any other songs about your mom or other family members besides Mari and your dog?

  209. Cristal says:

    What’s your favorite thing to do on your “off” days?

  210. Shelley n says:

    when are you n mari gonna make some bebbies?? with her looks n ur talent (n looks, heh!) those young’ns won’t want for nothin’!! luv, luv, luv!! shelley n in long beach ca

  211. Chelsea says:

    What song defines you the most right now? I mean, what is your “theme song” :D

  212. gayle roxanne says:

    Hi Rob,
    I’m a huge fan of your work- both solo and with Matchbow Twenty. As I’m sure it has with many, your music has struck such a chord in my life and I love reading your tweets everyday. Thank you! Your song of the day yesterday was Jason Mraz -YOU AND I BOTH… I was lucky enough to see him perform this in an all acoustic set some years ago at the Walt Disney Concert Hall – AMAZING, truly one of those “OMG, am I really here experiencing this?” gave me a whole new appreciation for music kind of moments!. So my question is two parts – A) Have you thought of doing an all acoustic tour or set anywhere, either on your own or with MB? {I would definitely be there if you did!}and B) Is there a live performance that you can recall seeing, that gave you that kind of experience and influenced you to become the artist you are today?

    Thanks for your time,
    Keep doing what you do!
    Much love!
    Gayle Roxanne

  213. gayle roxanne says:

    Hi Rob,
    I’m a huge fan of your work- both solo and with Matchbox Twenty. As I’m sure it has with many, your music has struck such a chord in my life and I love reading your tweets everyday. Thank you! Your song of the day yesterday was Jason Mraz -YOU AND I BOTH… I was lucky enough to see him perform this in an all acoustic set some years ago at the Walt Disney Concert Hall – AMAZING, truly one of those “OMG, am I really here experiencing this?” gave me a whole new appreciation for music kind of moments!. So my question is two parts – A) Have you thought of doing an all acoustic tour or set anywhere, either on your own or with MB? {I would definitely be there if you did!}and B) Is there a live performance that you can recall seeing, that gave you that kind of experience and influenced you to become the artist you are today?

    Thanks for your time,
    Keep doing what you do!
    Much love!
    Gayle Roxanne

  214. Lisa Morey says:

    Hi Rob.

    How did you and Marisol become involved with Blythedale Children’s Hospital? Mari’s t-shirts are beautiful and you guys are awesome for devoting so much of your time to helping other people!

  215. let's see says:

    how do you really feel about porn (referencing rhapsody question #1 about what your grandmother would be most surprised to learn about you)? do you think helps or hinders a relationship?

  216. Janet Green says:

    What advice would you give kids who are thinking about dropping out of high school? How did you continue your education because from your tweets, Huffington Post article and background pictures, you seem to be very knowledgeable on a variety of subjects.

  217. Shannon says:

    Hi Rob!! A few years ago you and Daryl Hall wrote a song together &)$)+%(&)#$^#(^ led “Not Enough Love”, any chance we’ll hear the song anytime soon? XX00

  218. Linda says:

    Hey Rob! What photos do you keep in your wallet?

  219. Tonia Johns says:

    Who is the one person dead or alive you would like to meet????? My person – YOU!!!!!

  220. Tonia Johns says:

    Who would is the one person you would most like to meet? My person is you!!!!!

  221. Heidi Vaughan says:


    I’d like to ask Rob does he ever mention anything in his “public” tweets that he is trying to let anyone person know he was listening to their reply to him?


  222. Heidi says:


    I’d like to know if Rob ever answers anything in his “public” comments on Twitter that lets a person know he received their reply to him?


  223. Debbie Novalski says:

    Would you be interested in visiting an elementary school and talking to kids about music, or anything else?

  224. Caitlin says:

    Dear Rob,
    Would you consider writing us a haiku? My roommate and I have started a project where we collect haikus and add pictures to them, then publish them on our “haiku project” blog. It would be really awesome if you’d consider writing us one, considering your lyric writing prowess.

    Have a lovely time at VH1!

    PS. our blog can be seen here–

  225. aquarius3 - Julie says:

    Hi Rob , Gorgeous , just wanting to know what your fav colour is? Mine is PURPLE. :)

  226. Rhonda-San Jose says:

    Hey Rob,

    Do you play the drums?

  227. Meredith Privette says:

    Aside from 3am (my personal favorite) have you written any other songs about your mom or other family members, aside from Mari and your dog??

  228. Alison says:

    Rob, What do you feel most proud of about yourself?

  229. Arzu says:

    Are you planning to come to Turkey for the tour?

  230. America Delgado says:

    When will you and Carlos Santana play together again???

  231. Chonita Cleveland says:

    What is the last word you say on the CD to the song “Long Day”? In concert it does not sound the same.
    Thank you..I think your songwriting and singing abilties are Awesome!! The BEST!!

  232. Barbara says:

    Hi Rob,
    There is so much passion in your music, your voice and your performances.It makes me wonder, everyone has that one thing that keeps them doing what they love to do. What is yours? What drives you? Thanks for giving me such great music that helps to keep me sane in an insane world.

  233. Katt Stephens says:

    Hi Rob!

    My question is: If you could pick one person in the world (living or dead) you could write a song for or perform a duet with, who would it be and why?

    Thanks and LOVE the new album!


  234. Nick Prenger says:

    is it possible to get the “love me” shirt you wore in the “Unwell” music video anywhere? It’s a really sick shirt.

  235. Rebecca says:

    Hey Rob! I just want to say that Cradlesong is my most favorite song of your record! I will listen to the rest of your songs when I get it from Walmart! And you did a very nice job for the song her diamonds. I believe that this song release a very good postive sign when you wrote for your wife! I am very sorry that she was very sick. I hope that she is very well take care of! Be a good husband and a friend to the woman that you love. That is all!

    Your fan

    P.S.Have you talked to Adam Gaynor lately? Because I’m also a big fan of him too.

  236. Shannon says:

    Hi Rob, A few years ago your wrote a song with Daryl Hall *+!_$*_#$`+%*_~ led “Not Enough Love”, when do you think you’ll release it or will it be a Daryl solo song?

  237. Lora Baker says:

    I would like to know if there is any chance of u or MB coming to Lexington Ky to do a concert?

  238. katie savage says:

    i was just wondering how old u r and what ur middle name is and last how u got in to the music business haha…….:)

  239. Brian says:

    You appear to be very grounded in nearly every aspect of what you share with the public and your fans. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Children? Still with Matchbox?

    When will Matchbox Twenty get a Rock Band or Guitar Hero package?

  240. Dorothy champion says:

    I think it is great that you can share your fears and still manage to show a lot of love for your wife. Keep
    up the good work and continue to put that “woman” first always. By the way tell F.R. I said hello and may he
    take advantage of some of your wisdom and courage. Lastly I must say you are very!!! handsome. May god continue to bless you and your family.

    Stamford, CT
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  241. Laiken says:

    So what does the song Her Diamonds even mean?

  242. Gail Solowski Reinhardt says:

    I have the mother of seven children; Tina,Kathy, Billy, Darren, Kelly Ernie and Tracy. We used to live at one time on Port Charlise in Newport Beach.

    My question to you is: Are you little Robbie Thomas who lived down the street?

    NO matter what your answer is; You have done well. But, if you are Robbie, how are your mom and dad. Gail

  243. Mario says:

    I would love to see you LIVE!

    Would you ever come to Lexington, Kentucky or anywhere NEAR by?

  244. stacey diakow says:

    if you were stuck on an deserted island with just one book which book would it be?


    To me this a big deal, I have seen you from the first time you came out love listening to your music. i don’t know if u remember the 1st concert in pa. i had drawn a picture and almost got kicked out but i had put alot of work into the poster i did. i fell in love with you and your good looks big time. you are so hot i guess i am just another fan. i am glued to the tv when u have new hits. but it is getting harder to see u in concert becsuse i don’t your concerts are getting more and more expensive.i just looked up the prices for your tour in atlantic city, it is out of the question!!!! i have been sick, in and out of the hospital for about a year.i think my grandest dream is to see you upclose, but it will never happen. My husband actually tells ME when you u come back into circulation. I LOVE YOUR VOICE AND YOUR WIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, YOU R A VERY INSPIRATOINAL ROCK SINGER: YOU SHOULD BE ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!! i CAN’T AFFORD YOUR TICKETS ANYMORE AND IT IS VERY UPSETTING TO ME: SOMETIMES MY HUSBAND TELLS ME YOUR BOY IS ON VH1. THIS IS HIS ACTUALLY WORDS: KEEP TRAVELING YOUR THE BEST OUT THE BEST OUT THERE. iF U COULD SEND AN ACTUAL PHOTO AND SIGNED I”D APPRECIATE THE JESTER!!!!!! jUST ONE MORE THING “you are so friggen hot i MELT WHEN I SEE U!!!! BLESS YOU in your sucess. YOU R BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT, THAT IS VERY RARE. PEOPLE FORGET WHERE THEY COME FROM: YOU R AN INSPIRATION TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE!!!! LOVE SUSAN CECCHETELLI : 1 HARNED AVE. APT C5 SOMERDALE, NEW JERSEY

  246. michelle womac says:

    I was wondering if it was a problem for you to transition from your former home to New York City? You have a lot of good small town qualities.

  247. michelle womac says:

    Would you ever consider doing a reality show?



  249. Peter joanson says:

    hey that was an extreme deliver !%_^“`$(##$**^ ign to . Thanks for the grand mail .Loved every to all intents of it.



  251. Ann says:

    Hi Rob,

    My question is, is there a reason why the song You & I & I wasn’t on an album? And would it ever? I love the song…well i love all your music and MB20 of course!

    you’re the best singer/song writer ever…EVER!…You could write a song about poo and it still would be awesome….funny, but still good…lol

    take care



  253. Juanita Shirey says:

    Hi Rob!!!I have been in love with you from the first time I seen you. Matchbox Twenty has been my favorite band since youns first came out. I would be lost w/out your music.Was lucky enough to find out about Tabithas Secret and love that alblum too!Im gonna do everything in my power to see you in Atlantic City cuz you wont be coming to PA and thats the closest you will be to me.It will be my sixth time seeing you and hopefully many more to come!!You are the absolute best,and I will love you always&forever! P.S sorry to hear about Tyler. I know youns must be crushed.I had a dog that I also named Tyler(crazy right?)and he passed years ago,he was like my kid so I feel your pain,stay strong babe!!

  254. Sherry says:

    My questions would be: How does your wife deal with all these fans throwing themselves at you? Are there times when the fans get to be just to much? I am curious because you seem to be really faithful to your wife and that is a rare trait in a Rockstar.

  255. Amanda Popp says:

    I wanted to Ask Rob if he has ever lived in Texas?Even if for a couple of months or weeks.

  256. LuAnne says:

    My question to Rob (the one I wanted to ask when I met him on the set of Someday but couldn’t speak :)

    In the song Rest Stop (MB20) — did that really happen to you and if so, have you had in correspondence with this women since? I bet she is regretting things now.

    You’re the best — can’t wait to see you in Fairfax, Va (Patriot Center) — just upgraded to front row (not center but on the side–good enough).

    LuAnne (Bethesda Maryland)

  257. Joanne Thompson says:

    Dear Rob, I just saw your video Someday and it gets better and better everytime I see it.You really ROCK!!!I would love to be in your next video Meltdown because I have some meltdowns myself. I love your music. Keep up the fantastic writing and KEEP ROCKING.Love ya man.

  258. Joanne Thompson says:

    Dear Rob,I have been a big fan of yours since the nineties. You are so awesome. I did see you in Charlotte for my 50th birthday and you were awesome. Is there any reason why you don’t hold a contest for you fans to be in one of your videos? I sure would love to be in one.Love you man, Joanne.

  259. Diane says:

    what kind of cell phone do you have?

  260. gayle says:

    Am I too nozy to ask what autoimmune disease his wife has. I have several. The video for “Diamonds” is pretty much on the money. Sleep is a gift

  261. Shimon Lidmark says:

    Rob, you are obviously an icon with integrity and a hell of alot of empathy, which is really rare these days. Alot of your songs reflect ideas of empathy and real romance, and contain messages of hope to make the world a better place. Do you believe it is the responsibility of popular artists to become lennon-like icons, who use their statuses as icons to be political activists and try to change the world for the better through their art?

    In case you really do read this, I have to thank you on behalf of our generation for being that kind of icon, whether you do it intentionally or not. Its inspiring and heartening:) Thanks!

  262. Cecie Suknaic says:

    Hey Rob,
    I think that your music is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your song SOMEDAY because it reminds my of all the good things I can do. Thanks for letting me talk to you.

    -Cecie Suknaic
    Austin, TX

    take care and YOUR MUSIC IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE #1

  263. caradec anny says:

    Hi Rob,no concert in France why? with you’re so mutch talent.

  264. Jenny Racovalis says:

    Hi, I was at your concert in Melb @ Rod Laver Arena and you sand a beautiful song that you dedicated to all the Married people. You also mentioned you wanted to put it on your new Album.

    Could you pls,pls email me the lyrics of that song…

  265. Jenny Racovalis says:

    Hi, I was at your concert in Melb @ Rod Laver Arena and you sand a beautiful song that you dedicated to all the Married people. You also mentioned you wanted to put it on your new Album.

    I think it was Saturday Afternoon???

    Could you pls,pls email me the lyrics of that song…

  266. Jeremy Barrett says:

    Rob i need some advice. i feel like you have been where i am now. i’m a singer songwriter and everyone thinks i’m going insane, yet my thought processes make perfect sense to me, my friends, and anyone who will give me a chance to explain myself. I guess what i’m getting at is – In ‘Unwell’ you say, “i know right now you can’t tell but soon enough you’re gonna think of me and how i used to be”, did you get psychiatric help with something or were you just misunderstood?

  267. Lilly says:

    I love diamonds
    n that song hits in so many ways u jus don’t know but first I never did a email but I’m so sad n sic I had to put it down I’m coo cause I got 3sons n Ima do rite by them but diamonds it strait in my book I would luv to hear where your ISP came frm cause
    I got music n don’t money jus fellins

  268. Barbi says:

    Rob I was wondering if you would be interested in well Im just 2 people short of a threesome??????

  269. Angi says:

    What is Rob Thomas talking about when he says, “I hope I never have to choose one over the other?”

    1. Recording solo and with Matchbox Twenty
    2. Career and family
    3. Music and money

    It’s a trivia question on a radio station I listen to and I’ve searched over 50 Rob Thomas quotes sites. It’s driving me nuts, can you help?

    Thanks in advance!

  270. jessica says:

    when did you make something to be