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Train (band)

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Train (band)

Train is an American pop rock band from San Francisco, California. The band currently consists of a core trio of Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar), and Scott Underwood (drums).

With a lineup that included original members Monahan, Stafford, Underwood, Rob Hotchkiss, and Charlie Colin, the band achieved mainstream success with its debut album, Train, which was released in 1998 with the hit "Meet Virginia". Train's 2001 album, Drops of Jupiter contained the lead single "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)", which won two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album was certified double platinum in the United States and Canada and remains the band's best-selling album to date.

Train's third studio album, My Private Nation, released in 2003, was certified platinum in the United States with the hit "Calling All Angels". Following the departures of Hotchkiss and Colin, the band released its fourth album, For Me, It's You in 2006, with Brandon Bush (keyboards) and Johnny Colt (bass). Despite a generally positive reception from critics, the album was commercially unsuccessful. Train then went on a three-year hiatus.

In late 2009, Train released the album Save Me, San Francisco, from which album three singles-the RIAA 6x Platinum-certified international hit "Hey, Soul Sister", "If It's Love" and "Marry Me"-reached high positions on the Billboard Hot 100 at number three, 34, and 34, respectively. The album itself has been certified gold by both the RIAA and ARIA and has sold 954,000 units.[1] Since 2008, Jerry Becker (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Hector Maldonado (bass, guitar, percussion, backing vocals) have been touring and recording with the group around the world.

In 2012, Train released their sixth studio album titled California 37. The first single from the album entitled "Drive By" reached No10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a Top 10 in the UK, their first Top 20 single since 2009.


Formation and early years (1994-1997)

Following the dissolution of his Led Zeppelin cover band, singer Pat Monahan left his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania in late 1993. He resettled in California and crossed paths with Rob Hotchkiss, who performed in coffee houses and local clubs. The two shared lead vocals, with Hotchkiss on guitar and harmonica, and Monahan playing percussion, including a modified conga attached to a kick-drum pedal. Hotchkiss had been the lead singer for L.A.-based Apostles. After deciding to form a full band, the duo recruited Jimmy Stafford on guitar, Charlie Colin on bass, and Scott Underwood on drums, thus solidifying Train's lineup in 1994. Train attempted to get signed under Columbia Records in 1996, but were rejected. Subsequently, the band decided to release its first self-titled CD independently. By 1997, they were touring nationally, opening concerts for bands such as Barenaked Ladies, Hootie & the Blowfish, Cracker and Counting Crows.

Commercial and critical success (1998-2002)

Train is the band's self-titled debut album. The album was released on February 24, 1998, with a different track listing from its independent counterpart. It was self-produced for $25,000, and three singles from the album were released. The first single released, "Free", was largely a hit on rock stations. The second single, "Meet Virginia" was a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 20, and the third single was "I Am". The album brought the band national fame, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Following the success of the debut album, the band began working on its second album.

Drops of Jupiter, the band's second album, was produced by Brendan O' Brien, who has also worked with artists such as Pearl Jam, King's X, Bob Dylan, Kon, Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band and Neil Young. Before the release of the second album, the band released the single "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)". The song was a massive hit; it entered the Hot 100 on March 10, 2001, and spent over a year on the chart (54 weeks) before being relegated to the recurrents chart. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, which was written by Paul Buckmaster, known for his string arrangements for Elton John. (The band reportedly hired Buckmaster expressly to create a sound similar to his arrangement for John's "Burn Down The Mission".)

The album Drops of Jupiter was released on March 27, 2001, and became Train's first multi-platinum album, with the success of the lead single. The album was Train's first top ten album, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200. The album was also a top ten hit in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number eight. "She's on Fire", the second single from Drops of Jupiter was a modest success and was featured in the 2001 comedy The Animal. The album was eventually certified double platinum in the United States and in Canada. It was also certified gold in Australia.

During the Drops of Jupiter tour, the band released a live DVD of a sold out concert in the band's hometown of San Francisco at The Warfield. The DVD was titled "Midnight Moon" and featured Train's hits from the first two albums among others. The concert was recorded on May 26, 2001.

Line-up changes (2003-2004)

In 2003, Rob Hotchkiss left the band citing creative differences. According to band interviews, Hotchkiss resented being pushed away as a songwriter and decided to leave.[2] Hotchkiss started pursuing a solo career, after having contributed to six of the 11 songs on the (at the time) upcoming album My Private Nation. His solo album, Midnight Ghost, was released in 2004.

The band's third album, My Private Nation, was released in June 2003 with "Calling All Angels" as the lead single. "Calling All Angels" became Train's third top 20 hit, and was a major hit on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. "Calling All Angels" has been certified RIAA Gold.

In October 2003, bassist Charlie Colin was forced to leave the band because of substance abuse. According to singer Pat Monahan, Colin was "a mess". After a live presentation in Oregon, he called an emergency meeting and told the band that "you can have your bass player, or you can have your singer".[3] In 2004, their non-album song "Ordinary" was featured in the movie Spider-Man 2. In 2007, it was featured again, this time in the NBC series Heroes. The music video for "Ordinary" was in rotation on MTV, but the song only charted on the Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. In July 2005, after the song was featured in an advertising campaign for Cingular, the band released "Get to Me" as the final single from My Private Nation. "Get to Me" (written by Rob Hotchkiss and Pat Monahan) reached number nine on the Billboard Adult Top 40. Paul Buckmaster returned on "My Private Nation" with string arrangements for the tracks "Lincoln Avenue" and "Your Every Color". The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.

The band released their first live album, Alive at Last, in 2004, later winning a Radio Music Award for best artist.

Commercial failure and hiatus (2005-2008)

Train began recording their fourth studio album, For Me, It's You, in Atlanta during the summer of 2005. They released the album's lead single, "Cab", on November 14, 2005. The song peaked at number nine on the Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. The album was released on January 31, 2006 and peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200 chart. However, it failed commercially, becoming the first album of the band's career to fail to receive an RIAA certification. The album was the band's only album to include members Johnny Colt on bass and Brandon Bush playing keyboard.

Starting in November 2006, the band took a three-year hiatus from recording and touring to be with friends and family. The band's lead singer and songwriter Pat Monahan released a solo album, Last of Seven, on September 18, 2007. The album peaked at number 82 on the Billboard 200 chart. Two hit singles off of the album "Her Eyes" and "Two Ways to Say Goodbye" charted at number 9 and number 21 on the Adult Top 40 with "Her Eyes" charting at number 10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles as well. Pat Monahan also wrote "The Truth" for American Idol winner Kris Allen. "The Truth" charted at number 17 on the Adult Top 40.

Reunion and rebound (2009-2011)

On August 11, 2009, Train released its first single in more than three years. The song "Hey, Soul Sister", from their fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco, was released on October 27, 2009. The single was a major success, becoming their second-career top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in its 16th week on the chart, after surging from number 23 to number seven during the week of January 30, 2010, largely because of an 81% increase in digital sales from the previous week. Like their earlier hit "Get to Me", this song gained further popularity when it was used as the commercial soundtrack to launch Samsung's 3D television during the Oscars. It is now their highest-charting single. "Hey Soul Sister" is also the most played song in Australian radio history, the most downloaded iTunes song of 2010, the best selling single in Columbia Records history, and has been certified RIAA 6 x platinum. The album itself peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Train's second single from the album, "If It's Love," peaked at number 33, making it their most successful secondary single from any record. "If It's Love" has been RIAA certified gold. Train released the third single from the record, "Marry Me," on October 25, 2010. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 95, the first time Train has had three consecutive singles on this chart. The song peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Marry Me" was featured on One Tree Hill on February 1, 2011. "Marry Me" has been certified RIAA Gold. Train released a Christmas single called "Shake Up Christmas." It was featured in commercials internationally as part of Coca Cola's Christmas commercial series in 2010. The single charted at number 12 on the "Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks." The single also charted at #99 on Billboard's Hot 100.[4] Train's single "Save Me, San Francisco" peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100, at 22 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and 7 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.[4]

Recent album (2012present)

Train released their sixth studio album titled California 37. Train has been performing the song "Drive By", which is the first single release from the new album, during their 2011 Summer Tour. The country oriented song entitled "Bruises" is set to appear as well with Pat stating, "It could be a really big career song for Train." [5] The album is currently available for purchase on iTunes which includes the bonus track "To be loved" with a complete album download. We Were Made For This is one of Train's favorite songs on "California 37."

The first single from the album entitled "Drive By" is currently #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 (peak of #10), #11 on iTunes (peak of #7), #15 CHR/POP (current peak), #12 AC (current peak), #4 Hot AC ( peak of # 2 ), and #17 AAA. The single has already been certified RIAA Platinum.[6]

A Summer 2012 tour occurred across the East coast of the United States.

As of October 3, 2012, another single from the album, "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" has been on the charts for 16 weeks and reached the top 20 on the Billboard's Hot 100 [7]

As of December 27, 2012, the third single from the album, "Mermaid", was released.

Media and other appearances

In 2002, Train was chosen to do a cover of Aerosmith's classic rock song "Dream On" on an episode of the MTV show, Icon that was dedicated to Aerosmith.

"Calling All Angels" an unofficial anthem of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team; it was played at Angel Stadium before every game during the 2010 season, while the video screen showed a montage of the team's history (in addition, the band performed the song live and in person prior to the Home Run Derby of the 2010 All-Star Game, which was held at Angel Stadium). The song also was featured as a CODA in the first series of the hit CW show One Tree Hill. The album's second single, "When I Look to the Sky", also did well on the Hot 100. The song was also used for the trailer of the 2004 movie Jersey Girl.

On May 26, 2010 Train was a special guest star, opening the show for Bon Jovi becoming the first band to play at MetLife Stadium during its first concert.

Train performed "Save Me, San Francisco" during pre-game festivities at AT&T Park prior to the San Francisco Giants Opening Day home opener on April 8, 2011. The pre-game ceremonies concluded when Giants' pitcher, Brian Wilson, raised the 2010 World Series Championship flag in centerfield and Train performed the National Anthem.[8]

Train performed alongside Shakira in Bogota on March 12, as at part of the South American leg tour of Shakira's The Sun Comes Out World Tour.[9]

Train performed during the halftime show of the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl in Miami.[10]

On February 26, 2012, Pat Monahan performed the American national anthem at the Daytona 500.[11]

Train performed the song "Drive By" on the Late Show with David Letterman.[12]

On March 27, 2012, Train performed their current single "Drive By" and 3 other songs, including a Van Halen cover, on The Howard Stern Show.[13]

On April 1, 2012 Pat Monahan performed a song he wrote "Marry Me" with Martina McBride at the ACM Awards.[14]

On April 18, 2012, California 37 hit #1 on iTunes, the day after being released.

On May 22, 2012, Train performed songs acoustically during the Opie and Anthony show on Sirius XM.

On May 22, 2012, Train performed at Q102's first Springle Ball 2012 including "Drive By", "Hey Soul Sister", and "Drops of Jupiter" Other performers included Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert, Flo Rida, The Wanted, Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone, Chris Rene, Calvin Harris, and Carly Rae Jepsen. On May 25, 2012 (taped on May 24, 2011) they performed "Drive By" on The View for Elisabeth Hassleback's birthday celebration.

On June 10, 2012, Train performed "Drive By" on the Australian Dancing With The Stars.

On July 12, 2012, Train performed at the 2012 Microsoft World Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada.

In late July 2012, Train demanded that the anti-gay Family First New Zealand remove their track "Marry Me" from "Protect Marriage", a Christian website opposed to the introduction of same-sex marriage in New Zealand, due to its unauthorised reproduction [15]

On September 24, 2012, Train appeared on the Sesame Street episode "Get Lost, Mr. Chips" (Season 43 Episode 1) singing "Five By", a parody of their song "Drive By", alongside Count von Count and Elmo.[16]

On October 28, 2012, Train performed at Wembley Stadium in London before the NFL regular season game between the St Louis Rams and the New England Patriots.

On January 27, 2013 Train performed at the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

On February 1, 2013 Train performed at "The Best Super Bowl Concert Ever" on VH1.

Train was scheduled to perform at the Boy Scouts of America upcoming 2013 National Scout Jamboree, along with singer Carly Rae Jepsen.[17] In March 2013, both cited the controversy over the BSA policy on gays as barrier to their performance. Train released a statement saying they "strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen ... We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then." [18] Similarly, Jepsen released a statement saying "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer".[19]


  • Pat Monahan lead vocals, percussion, harmonica, acoustic guitar, trumpet, saxophone, vibraphone, megaphone (1994present)
  • Jimmy Stafford lead guitar, mandolin, ukulele, slide guitar, backing vocals (1994present)
  • Scott Underwood drums, percussion, keyboards, piano, programming (1994present)
  • Jerry Becker rhythm guitar, keyboards, piano, Hammond organ, slide guitar, percussion, backing vocals (2008present)
  • Hector Maldonado bass guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion, backing vocals (2008present)

  • Rob Hotchkiss rhythm guitar, bass guitar, piano, harmonica, backing vocals (1994-2003)
  • Charlie Colin bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals (1994-2003)
  • Brandon Bush keyboards, piano, Hammond organ (2003-2006)
  • Johnny Colt bass guitar, backing vocals (2003-2006)
  • Ana Lenchantin cello, dancing, percussion, backing vocals (2011)
  • Brian Switzer - trumpet (2012-present)


Main article: Train discography
  • Train (1998)
  • Drops of Jupiter (2001)
  • My Private Nation (2003)
  • For Me, It's You (2006)
  • Save Me, San Francisco (2009)
  • California 37 (2012)

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Train have been nominated for eight and won three.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2002 "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
Best Rock Song Won
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Won
2004 "Calling All Angels" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
Best Rock Song Nominated
2011 "Hey, Soul Sister" (Live) Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards are determined by a poll of music buyers, and as a result is more of a representative of public opinion. Train has received two nominations.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 Train Favorite Band, Duo or Group (Pop/Rock) Nominated
Favorite Artist (Adult) Nominated
2012 Train Favorite Artist (Adult) Nominated

Billboard Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 Train Top Rock Artist Won
2011 "Hey, Soul Sister" Top Rock Song Won

ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Hey, Soul Sister" Song of the Year Won

CMT Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "A Broken Wing" (with Martina McBride) CMT Performance of the Year Nominated

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Hey, Soul Sister" Favorite Song Nominated

Peoples Choice Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2013 Train Favorite Band Nominated

See also

  • List of bands from the San Francisco Bay Area


  1. Up for Discussion (2009-09-14). Train Tries To Follow A Massive Hit - Again - on 'California 37'. Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  2. Farley, Mike (2004-10-29). Interview with Rob Hotchkiss.
  3. Behind the Music: Train. VH1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 [[[:Template:BillboardURLbyName]] Train Album & Song Chart History]. Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  5. Train Reveal Details Of New Album & May UK Tour Dates & Tickets - Stereoboard UK. (2012-02-20). Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  6. Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA. Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  7. You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}.8/3/2012 (2012-08-03). . Billboard.
  8. Fans go giddy with joy as Giants start game. (2011-04-08). Retrieved on 2012-07-23.
  9. Concierto de Shakira en Bogotá - Noticias de Entretenimiento, Espectáculos, Arte y Cultura en Colombia. Eltiempo.Com. Retrieved on 2011-07-06.
  10. Marr, Madeleine (2011-12-30). Train to headline Orange Bowl halftime show - People. Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  11. Pat Monahan of Multiplatinum, Grammy-Winning Group Train to sing National Anthem for 54th annual Daytona 500. Daytona International Speedway (2012-02-17). Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  12. Posted by Train on March 27, 2012 at 5:12pm View Blog (2012-03-27). "Drive By" on Letterman - Train. Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  13. The webs hottest cam girl - The Howard Stern Show. (2012-03-27). Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  14. Martina McBride and Pat Monahan perform during wedding at Academy of Country Music awards. Retrieved on 2012-04-27.
  15. "Band demanding removal of song from site" Gaynz.Com 30.07.2012:
  16. IMDB listing for Season 43, Episode 1:
  17. [1]

External links

  • Official website
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