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Train Members Happy To Be Back On Track

of the Oakland Press

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With a successful new album — “Save Me, San Francisco,” which came out in October and launched the hits “Hey, Soul Sister” and “If It’s Love” — Train could probably be on a headline track this summer. But frontman Pat Monahan says that supporting John Mayer is “a great fit.”

“His fans, I’m told, are really psyched about us being out with him,” says Monahan, 41, who formed the San Francisco-based group in 1994 with guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood. “And I know that a lot of our fans are psyched that this was the bill, too, because they usually wait till we’re headlining, but they’re coming in droves to see the show because they know John’s there as well.”

Train’s current pull is the mark of a comeback of sorts the group has made with “Save Me,” ending a commercial dry spell that follows early decade hits such as “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Calling All Angels.” The band even took a short hiatus, during which it broomed touring band members and its management company, in order to re-evaluate and re-focus the Train’s direction.

“We were having problems as a band,” acknowledges Monahan, who released a solo album, “Last of Seven,” during the interim. “We knew that we were on a road to being one of those bands that, like many of our friends, didn’t exist anymore. We wanted to discuss what those problems were that were keeping us from being relevant, even to ourselves.

“Jimmy and Scott and I had been through a lot together, and we had to stop being afraid to say what we were thinking. It was, ‘Look, our careers, our livelihood, is on the line here. Here’s what I want — what do you guys want?’ And we all wanted the same thing, so we actually were right on track before we put the album together, and we just stayed true to that.”

Train performs with John Mayer at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $69.50 pavilion and $36 lawn, with a $99 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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