Train is an American band that has been active in the music industry since its debut in 1994. It is a rock band whose music contains influences of alternative rock, roots rock and pop rock. It has been signed onto two record labels; Columbia Records and Aware Records. Its lineup consists of lead vocalist Patrick Monahan, guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Stafford and drummer and percussionist Scott Underwood. It is a band to see live with Train tickets clutched in hand for a performance that a few in the world of rock music today can match.
Train was formed after Patrick Monahan’s Led Zeppelin cover brand dissolved in 1993. He then moved to California from Erie, Pennsylvania and met up with Rob Hotchkiss who was then performing live at local clubs and coffee houses. The two then began performing many a Train concert at local venues with Rob Hotchkiss playing the harmonica and drums whereas Patrick Monahan playing the percussion and drums. They then recruited guitarist Jimmy Stafford, bassist Charlie Colin and drummer Scott Underwood and became a full fledged band in 1994. They then began performing concerts at various Californian venues, moving to national tours by 1997 with bands such as Hootie & the Blowfish, Counting Crows, Cracker and Barenaked Ladies.
In 1998, Train released its self-titled debut with three singles from the album released to the public. The first single, Free, was a hit on radio rock stations with the second single, Meet Virginia, ranking at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This album gained the band national fame and soon the RIAA certified the album platinum. After the success of this album, they began work on their second studio release with producer Brendan O’Brien, renowned for his work with Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. The first single from this album, Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) was released in 2001 and was a massive hit on the charts, ranking high on the Billboard Hot 100 and spending fifty four weeks on them. It also went on to win two Grammy Awards; for the Best Rock Song and the Best Arrangement.
Train’s second album was then released soon after, in 2001, and it became the band’s first multi-platinum certified album. It was a top ten hit in the US, ranking sixth on the Billboard 200, and in the UK charts as well where it ranked eighth. Its second hit single, She’s On Fire, was also popular and went on to be part of the hit 2001 movie, The Animal. The bandmembers then went on tour to support the album and released a live DVD of the band sold out Train concert in San Francisco at the famous venue, The Warfield. In 2002, they worked on an Aerosmith cover for the MTV show, Icon, dedicated to Aerosmith.
In 2003, Train released the album My Private Nation which also spawned two Billboard hit singles. Their songs were then featured on the movie Spiderman 2, the hit TV series Heroes and on MTV. This album was also certified platinum by the RIAA and was followed by a live album in 2004. in 2005, they began work on their fourth album and released its first single, Cab, which ranked ninth on the Adult Top 40 chart and tenth on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2009, they released their fifth album, Save Me San Francisco whose first single ranking in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
Train’s fifth album’s song, Hey Soul Sister, was certified five times platinum by the RIAA, became the Best Selling Single in the history of Columbia Records, the Most Downloaded iTunes Song in 2010 and the Most Played Song in the history of Australian Radio. Yet another song from this album was certified gold and the album itself is platinum certified. With four platinum certified albums and one five times platinum certified single, this is a band whose live Train concert is a must see via Train tickets.
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