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Danielle Nussbaum
March 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

On next week’s iZombie, Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas sings the Super Max jingle in a commercial starring Big Bad Vaughn Du Clark (Steven Weber). “Life’s a bitch. This is the slap,” Du Clark zings, holding a can of the energy drink.

iZombie co-creator Rob Thomas — same name, different dude — and the rock star have been sharing an identity crisis for years, so it’s no surprise that the two finally get a chance to work together.

“After Veronica Mars became really popular, I would get all these congratulations. People couldn’t believe I’m making all these records, and I still have time to do Party Down and Veronica Mars,” says musician Thomas, laughing. “[Other] Rob would be at a hotel in Vegas where Carlos [Santana] was playing, and he’d get people asking if he was going to sing. We kept sending traffic back and forth to each other, so we became like pen pals.”

Their names brought them together, but musician Thomas — a self-described crazy TV fan — became an iZombie enthusiast on his own. “I just kept hearing more and more about it. I didn’t know until the first episode when I saw Rob’s name,” he says. Once he started bingeing, he was hooked. “The show is this great hybrid lampooning the whole zombie genre, but doing it with characters you really care about and storylines that are really interesting.”

Although we just hear a few bars on next week’s episode, the musician will appear in person in the finale on April 12, as he headlines the Super Max party. We’re sure it’ll be quite the rager.

iZombie airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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