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Grammy-winning Train bound for ETSU

staff report • May 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

The Grammy Award-winning band Train will steam into East Tennessee State University in Johnson City on Friday, April 26 for a 7 p.m. concert at the ETSU/Mountain States Health Alliance Athletic Center (Minidome).

Opening the show — the major spring event sponsored by ETSU’s Student Government Association — will be The Dirty Guv’nahs, a grassroots band from Knoxville.

Traditionally, the SGA’s spring concerts have been limited to attendance by ETSU students and employees only, but this year’s event is open to the public.

ETSU students may receive one free ticket with their ID. Tickets for the general public (18 and older) are $15 each and may be purchased at www.etsu.edu/sga  . The concert is open to those 18 years of age and older, and attendees must present a valid ID along with their tickets at the door.

Lead singer Pat Monahan left his hometown of Erie, Penn., in 1993 and headed to California, where he teamed up with Rob Hotchkiss from the Los Angeles band the Apostles. After making exhaustive appearances in low-key coffeehouses, they decided to form a full band and enlisted former Apostles members Jim Stafford and bassist Charlie Colin. Colin brought along his good friend, drummer Scott Underwood, and Train was on its way.

In 1997, the guys went on tour, opening for the likes of Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows. They knew they had arrived when they sold out a performance at San Francisco’s prestigious Fillmore venue.

The band achieved mainstream success in 1998 with the release of its self-titled debut album, which produced the hit “Meet Virginia.” Train’s 2001 album “Drops of Jupiter” con - tained the lead single by the same name, which won two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album was certified double platinum in the United States and Canada, and remains the band’s best-selling album to date.

Train’s third studio album, “My Private Nation,” released in 2003, was certified platinum in the United States with the hit “Calling All Angels.” Following the departures of Hotchkiss and Colin, the band released its fourth album, “For Me, It’s You” in 2006, with Brandon Bush (keyboards) and Johnny Colt (bass). Despite a generally positive reception from critics, the album was commercially unsuccessful. Train then went on a three-year hiatus.

In late 2009, Train roared back into the mainstream with the release of its “Save Me, San Francisco” album, featuring the hit singles “Hey, Soul Sister,” “If It’s Love” and “Marry Me.” The band’s sixth studio album, “California 37” was released in 2012. “Drive By,” the album’s first single, reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a Top 10 in the UK, the band’s first Top 20 single since 2009.

Since 2008, Jerry Becker (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Hector Maldonado (bass, guitar, percussion, backing vocals) have been touring and recording with the group around the world, and they’ll hit the road again this summer for the band’s Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour with The Script, Gavin DeGraw, Ashley Monroe and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call ETSU’s Student Organization Resource Center at (423) 439-6633.

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