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Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford of Train performing in January 2011
|Origin||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop rock, roots rock, blues rock, soft rock, adult alternative|
|Associated acts||Ashley Monroe|
|Past members||Rob Hotchkiss
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. 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 number 10 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.
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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, KoЯn, 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) 
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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. 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". 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) 
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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. 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.
California 37 (2012–present) 
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."  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" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. #11 on iTunes (peak of #7), #15 CHR/POP (current peak), #12 AC (current peak), #4 Hot AC ( peak of # 2 ), and #17 AAA.[expand acronym] On July 23, it was certified 2xRIAA Platinum.
A Summer 2012 tour occurred across the East coast of the United States.
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 
As of December 27, 2012, the third single from the album, "Mermaid", was released.
Train was scheduled to perform at the Boy Scouts of America upcoming 2013 National Scout Jamboree, along with singer Carly Rae Jepsen. 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." 
Train plans to tour the United States from July 17 - August 24, 2013 in 19 headlining shows titled Mermaids of Alcatraz. The tour includes singer Gavin DeGraw and the band The Script. Country music singer Ashley Monroe, will join part of the tour where she plans to sing "Bruises" and one or two of her songs from her album.
Performances and Media Appearances 
This is a list of major performances by Train at various events and television shows. It does not include concerts from its regular tours.
|2002-04-17[note 1]||MTV Icon episode "Aerosmith"||Performed "Dream On"|
|2009-12-16||CSI: NY episode "Second Chances"||Performed "Hey Soul Sister" and "Calling All Angels". Monahan is questioned as a possible suspect.|
|2010-05-26||Bon Jovi concert, MetLife Stadium||special guest star, opener|
|2010-07-12||2010 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, Angel Stadium of Anaheim||Performed "Calling All Angels" prior to the contest|
|2011-03-12||Shakira's The Sun Comes Out World Tour, Bogota|||
|2011-04-08||San Francisco Giants home opener||Performed "Save Me, San Francisco" and sang the National Anthem|
|2012-01-02||2012 Discover Orange Bowl, Miami||Halftime show|
|2012-02-26||2012 Daytona 500||Monahan sang the National Anthem|
|2012-03-27||Late Show with David Letterman||Performed "Drive By"|
|2012-03-27||The Howard Stern Show||Performed "Drive By" and three other songs including a Van Halen cover|
|2012-04-01||Academy of Country Music Awards||Performed "Marry Me" with Martina McBride|
|2012-04-17||Dancing with the Stars (United States)||Performed "Drive By"|
|2012-05-22||Opie and Anthony, Sirius XM||Performed acoustic set|
|2012-05-22||Q102 Springle Ball 2012||Performed "Drive By", "Hey Soul Sister", and "Drops of Jupiter"|
|2012-05-25[note 2]||The View||Performed "Drive By" for Elisabeth Hasselback's birthday celebration|
|2012-06-10||Dancing with the Stars (Australia)||Performed "Drive By"|
|2012-07-12||Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|2012-09-24||Sesame Street episode "Get Lost, Mr. Chips"||season opener, performed "Five By", a parody of "Drive By", with Elmo and Count von Count|
|2012-10-28||NFL pre-season game "St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots", Wembley Stadium, London|
|2012-12-31||NBC New Year's Eve with Carson Daly||performed "Mermaid" and cover of John Lennon's "Imagine"|
|2013-01-27||2013 Pro Bowl||Pre-game performance|
|2013-02-01||VH1's The Best Super Bowl Concert Ever|
In popular culture 
"Calling All Angels" became 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.
The band was parodied in the "Band Face-Off" sketch on the January 26, 2013 airing of Saturday Night Live, where they invade a bar and get in a conflict with Adam Levine, and are later joined by Jason Mraz and John Mayer. Train made a statement afterwards that they approved of the parody.
- 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
|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.
|2010||Train||Favorite Band, Duo or Group (Pop/Rock)||Nominated|
|Favorite Artist (Adult)||Nominated|
|2012||Train||Favorite Artist (Adult)||Nominated|
Billboard Music Awards
|2011||Train||Top Rock Artist||Won|
|2011||"Hey, Soul Sister"||Top Rock Song||Won|
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
|2011||"Hey, Soul Sister"||Song of the Year||Won|
CMT Music Awards
|2011||"A Broken Wing" (with Martina McBride)||CMT Performance of the Year||Nominated|
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
|2011||"Hey, Soul Sister"||Favorite Song||Nominated|
Peoples Choice Awards
See also 
- MTV Icon "Aerosmith" event occurred on April 14, 2002, and was broadcast on April 17, 2002.
- Train's performance on The View was taped on May 24, 2012, and broadcast on May 25.
- Up for Discussion (2009-09-14). "Train Tries To Follow A Massive Hit - Again - on 'California 37'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- Farley, Mike (2004-10-29). "Interview with Rob Hotchkiss". BullzEye.com.
- "Behind the Music: Train". VH1.
- "Train Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "Train Reveal Details Of New Album & May UK Tour Dates & Tickets - Stereoboard UK". Stereoboard.com. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "Recording Industry Association of America - Searchable Database - Drive By". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-04-26. - if necessary, search Artist Name: Train, Single Name: Drive By
- "Band demanding removal of song from site" Gaynz.Com 30.07.2012: http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/2/article_12060.php
- 8/3/2012 (2012-08-03). "50 Ways to Say Goodbye - Train - Billboard.com". Billboard. Text "http://www.billboard.com/artist/430350/train/chart " ignored (help);
- "Carly Rae Jepsen and Train Refuse to Perform at Boy Scout Jamboree | TIME.com". Newsfeed.time.com. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Train Won't Play At Boy Scouts Jamboree Unless BSA Lifts Ban On Gay Scouts, Band Says". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Train Tour 2013 "Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour" with The Script and Gavin DeGraw Tickets Dates and Schedule Available at Doremitickets.com". PRWeb.com (Press release). February 8, 2013.
- "Ashley Monroe will be joining us on our Mermaids Of Alcatraz Tour! - Train". Savemesanfrancisco.com. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
- "Singer Steven Tyler attends the MTV Icon tribute honoring the rock... | WireImage | 811840". WireImage. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Aerosmith Is MTV's Newest 'Icon'". Billboard. 2002-03-19. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
- "Train Featured on CSI: New York | Fender News & Tech Talk | Fender Guitar". Fender.com. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- By Matthew Perpetua (2011-11-17). "Train's Pat Monahan Talks New Album, Acting Gigs | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Concierto de Shakira en Bogotá - Noticias de Entretenimiento, Espectáculos, Arte y Cultura en Colombia". Eltiempo.Com. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- Nolte, Carol; Kane, Will (April 8, 2011). "Fans go giddy with joy as Giants start game". SFGate.com. Hearst Communications. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- Marr, Madeleine (2011-12-30). "Train to headline Orange Bowl halftime show - People". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "Pat Monahan of Multiplatinum, Grammy-Winning Group Train to sing National Anthem for 54th annual Daytona 500". Daytona International Speedway. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- ""Drive By" on Letterman - Train". Trainline.com. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "The web’s hottest cam girl - The Howard Stern Show". Howardstern.com. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "Martina McBride and Pat Monahan perform during wedding at Academy of Country Music awards". Newsday.com. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- Graham, Mark (2012-04-18). "Tuned In: Train Does A Dancing With The Stars “Drive By,” While We Say A Fond Goodbye To Gavin DeGraw – | VH1 Tuner". Vh1.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- SesameStreet (September 19, 2012). Sesame Street: Train - "Five By" (YouTube).
- "NBC's New Year's Eve - All Bios - Newest - NBC Official Site". Nbc.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Top-notch festivities surround Pro Bowl". Honolulupulse.com. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Train gears up for tonight's 'Best Super Bowl Concert Ever'". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Smith, Marcia C. (August 16, 2011). "Kid builds Angel Stadium from scratch". Orange County Register.
- "One Tree Hill Music - #1.06 Life in a Glass House". www.oth-music.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "One Tree Hill Music - #8.13 The Other Half of Me". www.oth-music.com. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "American band Train will rock Manila on December 7 | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Korb, Michael (2010-04-28). "Pat Monahan drives Train into 'Dancing With the Stars'". Zap2it. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- "Adam Levine, Maroon 5, & Train in ‘SNL’ Bar Skit [VIDEO] | Flint's Best Mix". Wcrz.com. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- Voss, Erik (2013-01-28). "'SNL' Review: Adam Levine Hosts a Stellar Night". Splitsider. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- "Train & John Mayer Approve of Adam Levine's "SNL" Sketch Poking Fun at Them". ABC News Radio. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-04-28.