is a Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band, formed in
in 1994. Their music is difficult to classify, as it
contains traces of country, rock, adult contemporary and
various other genres.
group started out in San Francisco with only two members,
Rob Hotchkiss and Patrick
Monahan, performing in coffee houses and local clubs. After
deciding to form a full band, the duo recruited Jimmy
Stafford on guitar, Charlie Colin
on bass and, at a later date, Scott
Underwood as drummer.
they went on tour, opening concerts for groups such as
Barenaked Ladies and the Counting Crows.
attempted to get signed under Columbia Records in 1996 but
were rejected. The band members financed their self-titled
1998 debut, which cost them a total of $25,000. Columbia
Records agreed to sign Train under
Aware Records after hearing their first album.
first major hit was "Meet Virginia" from their self-titled
debut. Later, Train also had two other songs which reached
#1 on the Billboard Adult Top 40: the title track
from their second album, Drops of Jupiter, and
"Calling All Angels" from 2003's My Private Nation.
Drops Of Jupiter was released in March 2001, the title
track "Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)" was already a hit on
several Billboard charts. By June 2001, Drops Of
Jupiter was RIAA-certified platinum. By April 2002, the
single had spent a total of 53 weeks on the Hot 100. It won
a Best Rock Song Grammy for Train, as well as a Best
Arrangement Grammy for Paul Buckmaster.
Drops Of Jupiter (2001) and My Private Nation
(2003) were recorded at Southern Tracks Recording in
and produced by famed rock producer Brendan O' Brien.
the end of 2002, co-founder Rob Hotchkiss left Train and the
band's third album, My Private Nation, was released
in June 2003 with "Calling All Angels" as the lead single.
The album's second single was "When I Look To The Sky", a
song relating to a lost loved one.
song "Ordinary" is featured in the movie Spider-Man 2.
This song also drew a younger audience with its 'heavier
than the norm' Train sound. The music video for "Ordinary"
was in rotation on MTV.
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" reached #9
on the Billboard Adult Top 40. The band never expected to
release a third single from My Private Nation but its
popularity due to its presence in the Cingular commercial
caused them to release the song.
began recording their fourth studio album, For Me, It's
You, in Atlanta during the summer of 2005. They released
the first single "Cab" on November 14. The album was
released on January 31, 2006.
Me, It's You
is the first Train album that includes new members Johnny
Colt on bass and Brandon Bush on keyboards. It was produced
by Brendan O'Brien.
recent interview with Billboard.com, Pat Monahan stated
while still in the middle of their tour supporting their
latest album "For Me, It's You," Train is ready to get
together to record their fifth studio album.
Patrick Monahan - vocals
Jimmy Stafford - guitar
- bass (2004)
- keyboards (2004)
Charlie Colin - bass (1994–2003)
Rob Hotchkiss - guitar (1994–2002)
Train wrote and recorded a song called "Fall
Out" at Abbey Road Studios for the soundtrack of the movie
We Were Soldiers (2002).
In 2002, Train was chosen to do a cover of
Aerosmith's classic rock staple "Dream On" on an episode
of MTV's Icon which was dedicated entirely to
Aerosmith. Train performed the song with
watching in the audience.
It is rumored that producer Brendan O' Brien
only agreed to produce the band's second album Drops Of
Jupiter after hearing Train's cover version of "Ramble
On". Train is no stranger to doing Led Zeppelin song
covers, as lead singer Patrick Monahan was once in a Led
Zeppelin cover band.
Train's 2006 tour has included a stripped down
acoustic set, featuring a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Going
California". Aerosmith's "Dream On" has been played near
the end of the show.
During concerts, Patrick sometimes tells a joke
about meeting Britney Spears. He claims to have hit on her
"back when she was cute", but she rebuffed him. He
responded by saying "We would be great together. I can
bring a lot to the relationship. I can do lots of things
you can't do... I can sing!” It is unknown if this was
just a joke, or a story about a real event. Patrick also
frequently brings audience members up on stage to sing
"She's On Fire" with him.
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