Chattanooga Now Train pulls into Chattanooga

Chattanooga Now Train pulls into Chattanooga

May 13th, 2011 by Holly Leber in Chattnow Music


What: Train in concert.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

Admission: $36 and $50.

Phone: 757-5050.



1998: "Train"

2001: "Drops of Jupiter"

2003: "My Private Nation"

2006: "For Me, It's You"

2009: "Save Me San Francisco"

In 2009, Train lead vocalist Patrick Monahan told the Chattanooga Times Free Press: "There's never an environment I don't dig playing music."

At that time, the band was preparing for its visit to play the Coca-Cola Stage at Riverbend. This week, they'll make a return to the Scenic City, albeit to play in a different environment, the Tivoli Theatre.

At the time of the band's last visit, Train was preparing to release the album "Save Me San Francisco," which was the product of a reunion of sorts following the band members taking some time off to pursue individual products.

"We needed something to get us excited again, and time is really helpful," Monahan said before that visit, speaking on the experience recording "Save Me" and on taking a break. "I want to enjoy this, and I want to make sure we're all equally aware of how lucky we are to have music in our bodies. I think we're all in that place right now."

Time gave the musicians the material to create an album that has garnered the band a Grammy Award, multiple spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and a multiplatinum single, "Hey Soul Sister." The latest music has been heard on television shows such as "The Bachelor," "One Tree Hill" and "CSI: New York."

"Hey Soul Sister," the album's first single, was covered on the hit Fox television show "Glee."

Monahan said at the time that the two songs that best represented the band were "Meet Virginia" and "When I Look to the Sky." "There's quirky, and then there's sentimental."

On "Save Me San Francisco," the band has brought out the sentimental with its third single, "Marry Me," while "Hey Soul Sister" gears more toward the fans who appreciate the group's crafty wordsmithing.

The goal for the new record, he said, "was going back to roots and going back to a very organic kind of sound."

And while he said the band was looking forward to visiting the South, a particular tour goal Monahan expressed was playing the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., hometown of Train's drummer, Scott Underwood.

They accomplished that goal in 2010 and will return again this summer, playing SPAC alongside Maroon 5. And then, they'll keep on going.

"To me this is a long life," Monahan said. "It's not about one record; it's about a career."