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Matchbox 20 lead singer Rob Thomas dealt with sudden fame the old-fashioned way -- by looking for happiness in a bottle.

"I was hung over for the last two years," Thomas says in Sunday's React magazine. "Why did I drink too much? Everyone wants to meet you, and you feel this pressure to be the life of the party. I thought it was easier to make small talk with strangers when you're bombed."

Thomas, who quit the heavy drinking with his girlfriend's help, called his boozing a lapse in professionalism.

"People are paying good money to see us," he said. "We owe them a good show. (Musicians) have no business being on stage hung over. We have to remember why we're in this whole thing in the first place."

Matchbox 20 became a marquee rock 'n' roll band after their chart-topping debut album, "Yourself or Someone Like You," was released almost two years ago.