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Location: Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
From: August 14, 2012 at 7:00pm
Details: Train concert
With special guests Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer
August 14 at 7:00pm
Reserved Seat Tickets: $65.00 / $49.50 / $39.50
TRAIN is I, Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar) and Scott Underwood (drums). There are a bunch of others, past and present that have helped us do what we do on and off the road, but the three of us have been here since the start in 1994. Wow! 1994? Really? We started playing as Train in San Francisco at a place called Mad Dog In The Fog. How I remember that I have no clue. Obviously, it left an impression because I guarantee I was in my cups. We were paid in beer for a while until they became aware of how many pints we could put away.
In 1996 Columbia Records flew us to New York City for a showcase in a club named Don Hill’s. We were told all we had to do was show up and we’d have a record deal, but we weren’t even invited to their offices the next day. The quote from the boss there at the time was, “I didn’t see anything special.” And you know what? He was probably right. So we flew back to San Francisco with our tails tucked between our legs, and realized we had to get our shit together. We borrowed $25K from some friends and parents, and made a record ourselves in Southern California. Columbia heard it and actually came back around to sign us, which never happens. We toured relentlessly in a van with a trailer, put out a few singles including “Free,” “Meet Virginia,” and “I Am” and went on to sell a million albums.
After record one, we made a few more, won a couple of Grammys for “Drops of Jupiter,” toured the world, made a bunch of money, lost a few band mates, lost a ton of money, lost a few more band mates and finally hit a place in 2007 when it became quite evident that Train had been infected with a pretty robust case of the Jack-ass.
So, here we are today. California 37 is our latest album. We just finished it a few days ago and we are kind of surprised how much we all love it. We actually feel as if we are improving over time, which in life is totally logical but in the music business is pretty much unheard of. The album has eleven songs that were written over the course of the past three years while touring the globe playing “Marry Me” and ukulele for everyone. We asked our good friend, Butch Walker (Pink, Katy Perry, Weezer) to produce it. He’s an incredible producer and singer and writer and….Jeez what is he NOT good at? Oh yeah, Words With Friends! We seem to be having more fun now than ever, except when my managers made me get a haircut a month ago. And yes, they did it in a really mean way.
Where was I? Oh yeah, fun. What an honor to get to make music that people care about. Seeing “Drive By” (our first single off of California 37) do so well so fast is crazy to us. We get to see our band on iTunes, right alongside some of our favorites when we visit the media download Mecca. There you have it. I left out a whole bunch of b******t that doesn’t matter and maybe I even left out a few things that do (like the fact that we have a wine company, made three brilliant wines AND have more in the works), but you can always schedule an interview to get the rest or better yet just write something that makes us sound great and Jimmy or Scott will give you a back rub. I recommend Jimmy!
See you soon in the town you call home.
Love, TRAIN: Pat, Jimmy and Scott