The idea of taking Train off the tracks in 2006 made guitarist Jimmy Stafford feel a bit uneasy.
“At the time, I was a little concerned,” says Stafford, 35, “because we’ve just been a really hard-working band since the beginning. It’s been a constant cycle of recording nonstop, so it’s hard to all of a sudden slam on the breaks. It freaked me out a little.”
But he feels the two-year hiatus between the 2006 album “For Me It’s You” and the new “Save Me, San Francisco,” “probably saved the band and prolonged the life of the band.”
“It’s kind of like a relationship that just goes stale after awhile, as most relationships do,” says Stafford, who wrote a novel, “The Guitar on the Wall,” during the break while frontman Pat Monahan released a solo album. “Sometimes you have to take a step back from what you have to really appreciate what you have.
“I think the fans needed a break from the consistent schedule we were doing, the constant touring and recording. It gave the band a break from each other, too, and we came back just totally feeling revitalized and re-energized and really appreciating what we have.”
Stafford expects Train to promote “Save Me, San Francisco” well into 2010, including trips to Europe and Australia and a first-ever visit to Japan where he says the album’s first single, “Hey, Soul Sister,” is doing well.
Train and Uncle Kracker perform Tuesday (Nov. 3) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32 in advance, $35 day of show with a $177 VIP package that includes a band meet and greet. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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