Posted in Happenings on 16. May, 2012
TRAIN LIVE IN CONCERT
Over the course of 15 years, Train has made its mark on music history with their Grammy-Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” Since forming in San Francisco in 1994, the multi-platinum selling band has traveled a long, successful and sometimes arduous journey. And that journey culminates with their very first Live Concert in Malaysia 16th June at KL Live. TRAIN Live in Malaysia is jointly organized and promoted by JS Concert Productions and Fatboys.
What started as two guys with strong voices and one guitar became San Francisco’s Train by 1994. It was in late 1993 that Patrick Monahan left Erie, Pennsylvania and met up with the Los Angeles band, the Apostles. Lead singer/guitarist Rob Hotchkiss and fellow guitarist Jim Stafford had basically disbanded by this time, but the chance meeting with Patrick Monahan proved fortuitous as Hotchkiss extended an invitation to the crooning Monahan to become a two-man band. After making exhaustive appearances in low-key coffeehouses, they decided to form a full band and enlisted former Apostles’ members Stafford and bassist Charlie Colin. Colin brought along his good friend, drummer Scott Underwood and Train was on its way.
Train settled in San Francisco to develop their sound in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. In an unlikely scenario, executives from Columbia Records expressed an interest and, in a somewhat cooperative strategy, farmed the fledgling band out to the minors — in this instance, Aware Records — where they could grow naturally and unhurriedly.
Train attempted to get signed under Columbia Records in 1996 but were rejected. By 1997 they were touring nationally, opening concerts for groups such as Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows.
The band members financed their self-titled debut, which cost them a total of $25,000 to produce. Columbia Records agreed to sign Train under Aware Records after hearing their first album. Their song “Free” saw significant airplay on mainstream rock radio, later being featured in the TV show Party of Five. Train then released the song “Meet Virginia” as a single. The song became a major hit on modern adult contemporary radio stations, and became a top 20 pop hit. The success of “Meet Virginia” helped their album graduate from the Top Heatseekers chart and enter the top half of the Billboard 200 album chart.
Prior to the release of their second album, the band issued the single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)”. The song entered the Hot 100 on March 10, 2001, and spent over a year on the chart (53 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.
The album Drops of Jupiter was released on March 27, 2001, and became Train’s first multiplatinum album, due in part to the strength of the leading single. Drops of Jupiter was produced by Brendan O’ Brien, who had previously worked for artists such as Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. The album was Train’s first top 10 album, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200. The album was also a top 10 hit in the UK, where it peaked at number 8. “She’s on Fire”, the second single from Drops of Jupiter was a modest success on radio and was featured in the 2001 comedy The Animal with Rob Schneider.
In 2002, founder Rob Hotchkiss left the band to pursue a solo career, after having contributed to 6 of the 11 songs on the upcoming My Private Nation album. Also in 2002, Train was chosen to do a cover of Aerosmith’s classic rock song “Dream On” on an episode of MTV’s show Icon that was dedicated entirely to Aerosmith. Train now performs the song live at many of their concerts.
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. The album’s second single was “When I Look To The Sky”, which was also a Hot 100 hit. The song was also used for the trailer of the 2004 movie Jersey Girl. 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. 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” reached #9 on the Billboard Adult Top 40. The band released their first live album, Alive at Last, in 2004. Also in 2004, Train won a Radio Music Award for best artist.
Train began recording their fourth studio album, For Me, It’s You, The album saw disappointing sales, and For Me, It’s You is the only Train album yet to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album was the only Train album to include members Johnny Colt on bass (formerly of The Black Crowes original line up) and Brandon Bush on keyboards.
Starting in November 2006, the band took a break from recording and touring to be with friends and family. Train announced in April of 2009 that the band would be returning to its three original members with the departure of Johnny Colt and Brandon Bush. On August 11, 2009, Train released their first single in over 3 years, “Hey Soul Sister,” from their new album Save Me San Francisco, . It is also the band’s most commercially successful single to date, reaching number one in 16 countries It is the 8th most downloaded song in history, the most downloaded song of all time for Columbia Records, the top-selling song on iTunes in 2010 and the second overall best-selling song in the US in 2010.Train released the follow-up single, “If It’s Love” and the third single “Marry Me.
California 37 is the sixth studio album from pop rock band Train. It was preceded by the lead single “Drive By” on January 10, 2012. “Drive By” charted at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s fifth top 20 hit in the US. Internationally, the song became a top ten hit in 12 countries.
Catch TRAIN Live at KL Live on Saturday, 16th June .
Tickets are available at the following outlets; Rock Corner -KLCC, The Curve, Subang Parade, One Utama, The Gardens, Midvalley, The Curve; Victoria Music Centre –Sg.Wang, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Tropicana City Mall, Amcorp Mall, The Guitar Store outlets – Cheras, Desa Sri Hartamas, Damansara Perdana, Kepong, Puchong and at KL Live.
Tickets are also available online at www.ticketpro.com.my. Hotline – 03-78807999.
Tickets are priced @ RM 288 (Rock Zone); RM198 ( Upper Tier) ; RM 138 (Regular) and early birds will get 20% discount vaild until May 31st.
TRAIN Live in Malaysia is jointly organized and promoted by JS Concert Productions and Fatboys.
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