Rob Thomas: ‘That Is Not a Photoshopped Ass’ on ‘Chipped Tooth’ Album Cover

July 3, 2019

Rob Thomas would like you to know that’s his real derrière on the cover of his latest solo album, and he’s proud of it. 

“That is not a photoshopped ass, I just want to point that out,” the longtime Matchbox Twenty said during an interview on Mix 94.1’s Mercedes in the Morning.

The cover to Thomas’ album, Chipped Tooth Smile, showcases the singer from behind, wearing a denim jacket and jeans – an intentional throwback, the singer says, inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the U.S.A. and George Michael’s Faith.

Thomas, now 47, didn’t mind showing off backside for the cover, adding that he’s become more health conscious in the 20-plus years since Matchbox Twenty burst onto the scene. 

“I have to be so mindful of stuff when I’m the road because everything is available when you’re out here,” he says. “In the 90s that used to mean something totally different, but now it’s just about trying to keep yourself away from the pizza.

“I feel like if I ever go somewhere and I have, like, an actual really good homemade lasagna, I feel like I’ve just done something really bad. I wouldn’t feel worse if I had had sex with the lasagna, honestly, it feels about the same.” 

Thomas is likely to face the temptation several times over when he returns to Las Vegas this year to headline the annual Bite of Las Vegas festival. Details on additional acts and participating restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks.

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