Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Road To California 37 – All Six Stops

Earlier this year, I found out that the band Train would play six back to back shows in San Francisco, to promote the release of their latest album California 37. 

I have been a fan of the band since the late '90s when I heard the song "Meet Virginia" for the first time. I jumped at the opportunity to buy tickets and check out their show at Slim’s  in San Francisco (if you have never been to Slim’s, you are missing out. It is one of my favorite music venues in San Francisco.)  All six shows sold out within minutes and for obvious reasons. I mean, how often do you get the chance to see one of your favorite bands at a small venue? (the biggest of the six shows was at the Fillmore.)

April 12th could not come soon enough! And so, on that Friday night, at exactly 10:29PM, Train came on stage at Slim’s to the delight of the audience. And of course, I was one rowdy groupie singing along to each song, from their '90s hits to songs from their new album- one of my absolute favorites is the song "Drive By".
There was so much excitement at the venue, the love from the fans was undeniable – the band was also joined on stage by Patrick Jr. and Charlie, Train’s original bass player. At one point during the show, Patrick, the lead singer, brought fans on stage to belt out their best rendition of Journey’s classic "Don’t Stop Believin'". At the end, a lucky fan received a guitar gifted by the band. The lucky fan had been standing outside the venue hours before the doors even opened.


The band performed classics like "Meet Virginia", "Calling All Angels" and of course, a lot of songs from the new album. Train’s final encore was "Drops Of Jupiter". I was in music heaven, to have seen Train’s live performance at such an intimate venue and been able to listen to Patrick recount anecdotes about the band’s experiences was simply priceless.
Their new album, California 37 is available now via iTunes, Amazon and your local stores, the entire album is phenomenal, so I definitely recommend it.
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