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Train began their journey around two and half decades ago and pop rock music has just not been the same since then. They have raised the bar and in the process cemented their status right up there among the greatest in history.
It wasn’t an easy journey though. They had to bide their time to make their mark on the industry. Theirs is a story of perseverance and belief in what they were doing. These are two traits that have served a lot of artists well over the years. Now the Grammy winners will be busy for the rest of the year and beyond and if you are a fan, then this is as good a time as any to book your Train tickets.
Early Life and Influences
Train have been inspired by quite a few names but there is band they cite as their biggest inspirations. That is none other than the iconic Led Zeppelin. They are such big fans of the great band that they even did a Led Zeppelin cover album in 2016. Titled “Train Does Led Zeppelin II,” it caused quite a stir. The album also happens to be Train’s first ever cover album. Patrick Monahan, the lead singer said:
"Our favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and they made a huge impression on our lives musically." "So I thought, why don't we record one of their albums, just for the fun of it for our fans. The hard part was deciding which one."
They certainly have come a long way since making their debut in the early 1990s. Pat Monahan was the founder of “Rogues Gallery,” a Led Zeppelin cover band. The band broke up and Monahan relocated to California to start all over again. That is where he met Rob Hotchkiss.
The two of them hit it off immediately and decided to form a band. They needed more members though and that is when they added Scott Underwood and Charlie Colin to complete Train’s first ever line-up. They began to tour around the US extensively and also came out with a self-titled CD in 1997.
Breakthrough and Recognition
Train came out with their first studio album in 1998. It was an eponymous effort that hit the stores on February 24, 1998. The track “Meet Virginia” became their first major hit and went to the twentieth spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The record did exceptionally well on the commercial front and was certified platinum. That was the breakthrough they had been looking for and with momentum on their side, Train went to work on their next record.
The album was titled “Drops of Jupiter”, but before releasing it, Train released the track “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me).” The song turned out to be a massive hit and spent fifty-four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and won two Grammy Awards too. The album was then released on March 27, 2001 and it did even better than its predecessor. Drops of Jupiter went multi-platinum and went as high as the sixth spot on the Billboard 200. The success was not restricted to the US only. The album was certified quadruple platinum in Australia and twice platinum across the border in Canada.
Notable Works and Album Releases
Train’s next album was titled “My Private Nation” and it was released in June of 2003. It received a lot of critical acclaim with AllMusic giving it four and a half stars out of five. The album made it to the sixth spot on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the United States.
In 2004, Train came out with their first ever live album, titled “Alive at Last.” It got three stars from AllMusic and also won the band a Radio Music Award. Their next two albums “For Me, It’s You” and “Save me, San Francisco” were released in 2006 and 2009 respectively. The latter went gold in the US, platinum in Australia and silver in the United Kingdom.
“California 37” was their sixth studio album and it received three stars out of five from Rolling Stone. The album also charted at the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 and to number two on the Billboard Rock Albums. California 37 was certified gold in the UK, US and Australia.
Their most recent album was titled “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat” and it received three and a half stars out of five from AllMusic. It also went to the eighth spot on the US Billboard 200 and to number five on the Australian Albums.
Train, in total, have come out with ten studio albums and two live albums. They have sold over thirty million albums around the world as well. On top of that, they have also won three Grammy Awards and two Billboard Music Awards in the process.
Train Tour Tickets
In January, 2017, Train announced their “Play That Song Tour”, which began on May 12, 2017. Train tour tickets for the trek have been in huge demand, but the road trip is about to conclude. That however does not mean that this will be the end of their live performances for the year. Train will be performing different dates for the rest of 2017 and even after that. So, book your tickets and catch them live in concert.