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Train Singer Enjoying Solo Trip

Of the Oakland Press

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Credit Tina Turner with inspiring Train’s Pat Monahan to make his new solo album, “Last of Seven.”

It was a call to write some songs for Turner’s next album that got the singer writing with others — in this case British composer Guy Chambers — and working on a batch of songs that “was a great record. It just wasn’t a Train record.”

“For me to go to Train and say, ‘Guys I wrote a record, let’s go ... ’ wouldn’t have been good for the band,” explains Monahan, 38. “On the same note, it wouldn’t have been great for them to say ‘(No), I’m not recording those songs.’ They were too good to say ‘no’ to.

“So the best thing for me to do, as a major part of the band, was to say that what’s best for the band’s long-term is for me to do this right now and (for) everybody to take some time (off).”

Besides Chambers, Monahan also worked on “Last of Seven” — he’s the youngest in a family of seven children — with Graham Nash, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and singersongwriter Brandi Carlile. Patrick Leonard, who’s been one of Madonna’s major creative partners, was Monahan’s primary collaborator.

Monahan does not consider Train broken up, but “Last of Seven” is more than just a side-project dalliance for him.

“To be honest with you, I want to have a choice,” he says. “I want this record to do really well — well enough where I say, ‘Man, what should I do next? Should I make another (solo) record or should I get the fellas together and make the next Train record?’

“Having that choice makes it easier to be honest when you’re being creative. You want whatever you do to be what you want to do, not what you feel you have to do.”

Pat Monahan and I Nine perform Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 day of show. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloak musictheatre.com. Monahan performs a free acoustic set at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 500 S. Main St., Royal Oak. Call (248) 336-9490.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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