AXS TV’s popular original interview series “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar” returns with another all-new episode on Sunday, April 26. The Red Rocker sits down with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas in Fontana, California. The episode airs at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
In a sneak peek clip of the installment, Hagar asks Thomas how he came to sing on what would be the Grammy-winning smash hit “Smooth” with Carlos Santana. Thomas explains that he wasn’t originally supposed to sing on it – just be the writer.
He says, “I think that just because my voice was on the demo, it kept getting passed around and they kept trying to figure out who was going to sing it and one day Carlos was like, ‘Does this guy sing?’ and they said, ‘Yeah, he’s in a band.’ Carlos says, ‘I believe him. Let’s just have him do it.’
Because of that, I got a chance to write with Willie Nelson. I got a chance to write with Mick Jagger. Basically, if you had an AARP card, I was your man.”
As of 2018, Billboard ranked Smooth as the second most successful song of all time. Thomas earned three Grammy awards for the track including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2000.
Rock lovers everywhere can appreciate Sammy Hagar’s easy, laid-back interview style with his famous guests. Hagar and Thomas cover a wide range of subjects during their time together. Thomas discusses how his songwriting for Matchbox Twenty differs from his solo work, how he deals with fame, what country icon Willie Nelson taught him about marriage, his future Matchbox Twenty plans, and more.
For a sweet bonus, the pair hits the stage together to deliver a sizzling performance of “Smooth” in front of a thunderous live crowd.
Be sure to tune in to “Rock & Roll Road Trip” this Sunday, April 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT to watch all of Rob Thomas and Sammy Hagar’s candid, must-see interview – only on AXS TV.