by Malcolm MayhewA few months ago, singer was flipping through a music-industry magazine when he came across an ad for the band’s then-upcoming second disc.
In the ad, a picture of Thomas was prominently featured. A headline above it trumpeted him as the writer of “Smooth,” Thomas’ Grammy-winning duet with Carlos Santana, as well as ’s string of hits from its debut CD, “Yourself or Someone Like You,” which has now sold more than 10 million copies.
The rest of , though, was in the far bottom corner of the ad, separated from Thomas.
Needless to say, Thomas was not happy.
“The label did it without my knowledge,” Thomas said in a recent telephone interview as the group was kicking off a tour to promote its second CD, “Mad Season by .”
“I know what they were trying to do, to tie together `Smooth’ with our new record to help sell it. Even the guys (in ) were like, `Yeah, man, let’s tie them together.’ But if we did that, we would be saying something about ourselves that we don’t want to say.'”
Original Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)