Pop-rock powerhouse - Train - has reemerged from years of decline with their hit single "Hey, Soul Sister" and are on tour. The single has sold five million digital copies and has made Train's comeback nothing short of monumental. The Grammy Award winners are currently on tour with Maroon 5 throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Train concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for Train tour dates and concert information.
After bouncing around several cover bands, front-man Patrick Monahan packed his bags and headed from Erie, Pennsylvania to the Golden State. He met and teamed up with Rob Hotchkiss in San Francisco and soon recruited guitarist Jimmy Stafford, bassist Charlie Colin, and drummer Scott Underwood to form Train. Their initial efforts to secure a recording contract proved difficult and they were forced to self-produce and independently release their debut effort in 1996. Remarkably, without a contract, Train tour dates were booked on the opening stage for Barenaked Ladies, Hootie & The Blowfish, and the Counting Crows on their respective tours. Their self-titled debut featured the hit single "Meet Virginia" which peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and secured Platinum status for the album.
Train was soon picked up by Columbia and headed to the studio to record the follow-up to their independent debut. The single and album - Drops of Jupiter - blew sales of their debut album out of the water. The single spent over a year on the charts, garnered Train a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, and the album obtained double-Platinum status and remains their highest selling album to-date. Train tour dates were booked on the Drops of Jupiter Tour and they recorded a live DVD at their tour stop in San Francisco at the Warfield.
In 2003, Train returned with their third disc, My Private Nation, which featured the hit single "Calling All Angels". It became their third Platinum album and was nominated for two awards at the 2004 Grammy ceremonies. Train tour dates were scheduled on the international My Private Nation Tour. They recorded Alive at Last at tour stops in Atlanta and released it in 2004. Train then released the tepidly received For Me, It's You album in 2005. It debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 but quickly fell off the charts; Train subsequently went on hiatus and fell from public memory.
They returned in 2009 with "Hey, Soul Sister", the biggest single of their career and the biggest single of 2010 with five million digital copies sold in the US alone. The album, Save Me San Francisco, also featured the hit "Marry Me" and was certified Gold in the US. Train was awarded their third Grammy in 2011 for "Hey, Soul Sister" and scheduled their first co-headlining tour in over five years. Train tour dates will have the band traveling with Maroon 5 throughout 2011. In addition, Train concert performances are scheduled alongside Shakira for her South American international tour. Train surprised us with their return to the mainstream in 2009 and we are sure glad they did. Don't miss them when they come to your area. Use Eventful for Train tour dates and concert tour information.
Irish indie rock band The Script has been on the music scene for ten years, regardless of whether or not you've been to a tour date or even heard one of their songs. Even though they have but two albums -- the first self-titled album was released in 2008 -- the trio has been garnering massive amounts of attention from fans, critics, and DJs in the UK and Ireland for the past four years. The Script's concert dates have enticed thousands of fans and have been hugely successful throughout Europe. Now The Script is catching the eye of Americans with their 2010 release of Science & Faith and their upcoming concert dates on VH1's Best Cruise Ever tour with headliners Train, Lifehouse, and Colbie Caillat. After the cruise, they'll have a number of UK tour dates in 2011; a great opportunity for both fans and those with a piquing interest.
The formation of The Script began in a club in Dublin, when lead singer Danny O'Donoghue met guitarist Mark Sheehan and the two hit it off based on shared tastes in music. The two were later members of Irish boy band MyTown together, but the quartet got lost in the boy band explosion of the mid 90's. The duo moved to the US and began creating demos for other artists; but upon returning to Ireland they met drummer Glen Power, who was working on a solo album. The plans of all three artists changed when Sheehan and O'Donoghue took Power to Los Angeles to collaborate, and the three hit it off instantly.
Before The Script could get their careers off the ground, the bandmates suffered a number of individual losses. First, Sheehan's mother became terminally ill and passed away ten months later; then O'Donoghue's father died of heart attack just four months later. It was an emotionally distraught time for the band that ended up inspiring beautifully lyrical songs, including the hit song "We Cry". The song appeared on The Script's self-titled release in 2008 and soon became a hit single favored by critics, singles charts, and played on both Irish and British radio stations. The success of the album had The Script opening concert dates for incredible UK stars like Paul McCartney and U2, catapulting the band's fame.
The Script's newest album, Science & Faith, has created their new hit single "For the First Time". The song was a huge success, debuting on Irish charts at #1 and peaking on UK charts at #4. The album is also the cause for The Script's 2011 tour dates on the Science & Faith tour, beginning March 24 in the UK. While initially there was only one scheduled US tour date for 2011, more concert dates have been added. The US tour dates for 2011 will end on June 10 at the Today Show Summer Concert Series in NYC. Even with additional concert dates, fans shouldn't miss an opportunity to catch one of the final 2011 tour dates for The Script.
With one of the most recognizable voices of our time, combined with blue eyed soul vocals, freewheeling melodies and earthy charm; singer, songwriter, and musician Gavin DeGraw, has enjoyed success since breaking through in 2003 with his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” He followed that up with his self-titled second album, which debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008 (earning Gavin his first Top 10 album and spawning the hit singles “In Love With A Girl” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” After releasing 2009’s Free, a gift to die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of his live favorites, Gavin decided it was time to shake things up. “Not only do I love a challenge, but I also wanted something new to sing,” Gavin explains. “I’ve listened to my favorite songs 5,000 times, and I love them, but sometimes it’s hard to go home and put on that album and listen to it for the five thousand and first time. I needed to write something I found interesting both melodically and rhythmically and that meant stepping outside my wheelhouse.”
On Gavin’s new album SWEETER, the New York native experimented with new sounds, thanks, in part, to collaborating with a host of top-notch producers he’d wanted to work with for a while, including fellow groove-minded piano player OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele), Butch Walker (Weezer, Avril Lavigne), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), and Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Matt Nathanson). “The creation of every song began with an interview to select the right producer,” Gavin says. “It was like speed-dating. I’d play them the songs I was working on and ask which ones they liked the best, and then ask them to produce those they were most passionate about.”
Gavin took another departure from his usual way of working, enlisting co-writers for the first time, such as Tedder, who co-wrote and produced the album’s vigorous hit single “Not Over You” (about the struggle to let go of an old flame) and its title track “Sweeter,” as well as Andrew Frampton, who has worked with The Script and Natasha Bedingfield. “Co-writing with other people changed everything for me,” Gavin says. “Not only did it open my mind to new ideas, but it changed the way I wrote on my own. Playing all these different styles with other musicians led me to think about things differently when I was working by myself. I was able to tap into things I do live, dabbling with some of that late ’60s, early ’70s R&B stuff, and record all the styles of music that I like and put them on one album. It was great to take the leash off and experiment. Although it doesn’t stray too far from what I’ve done, I think SWEETER is the first album I’ve made that has caught my true sound, and that was the result of taking risks.”
Recorded in several locations, including Tedder’s studio in Denver, Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Walker’s space in Venice, CA (where Bob Dylan recorded some tracks in the ’70s), and the legendary Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, SWEETER finds Gavin in a provocative mood, which infuses several songs with a potent, swaggering strut on sexually charged songs like “Sweeter” (on which he sings about wanting to hook up with another guy’s girl) and one of his favorite tracks, “Radiation” (about knowing a lover is bad for you, but every now and then, you can’t resist making that late-night call). “Those songs are designed to be fun while also being truthful. I think a lot of people can relate to the lyric, ‘If you get an invitation, I’m probably drunk,’” Gavin says with a laugh.
“This is the first album I’ve made where I felt ready to explore the more sexual side of my nature in my music,” he continues. “It’s not only about my feelings of being in love, although I do tap into those elements on this album on songs like ‘Soldier’ and ‘You Know Where I’m At.’ This is the funkiest, sultriest record I’ve ever made. It satisfied a lot of things for me that I wanted to have satisfied musically.”
SWEETER’s racier moments are balanced out by more emotionally transparent moments, like “Run Every Time,” which addresses a reluctance to commit to a relationship, as well as romantic, uplifting songs like “Soldier” and “You Know Where I’m At,” which convey a vulnerability while still managing to feel distinctly masculine. “The question for me became, ‘How do you expose your vulnerability without seeming like somebody who gets kicked around, and, at the same time, describe your ability to get past something without sounding cocky,” Gavin says. “That’s always tricky, because you know you’re being judged on the lyrics and they’re all very personal.”
That willingness to explore what’s meaningful to him and express it in a universal way is what has made Gavin a compelling artist, one who connects with listeners not only through his recordings, but also through his live appearances. Gavin has toured the globe, performing sold-out headlining shows as well as festivals with a variety of artists. Around the release of SWEETER, Gavin hit the road with TRAIN and Maroon 5 for an extensive North American tour, playing these new songs for fans for the very first time. “I want to take people from the beginning to the end of their emotions, for however long they’re with me,” he says. “I want to woo people. I do. I want both women and men to love it, because I feel this album satisfies in a masculine way while still having a feminine touch.”