Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Concert Review: Train Brings Fun To Mohegan Sun

The band Train pulled into the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, August19 bringing along a fourteen year career of pop radio hits. There live show is like an extension of those hits on a more personable and fun level.

As the train whistle blew, the audience went crazy jumping to their feet, dancing to the band’s latest single “50 Ways To Say Goodbye.” The volume in the arena seemed maxed out as Train continued on with “This’ll Be My Year” and “If It’s Love.” There seemed to be an abundance of cameras as Train was filming part of the show for a documentary. They invited original Train bassist Rob Hotchkiss to the stage to perform the deep cut, “I’m About To Come Alive” from their 2003 album “My Private Nation.” They bookend their #1 single, “Calling All Angels” with a tease of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Then the fun started to skyrocket as beach balls were flying around the arena during “Save Me, San Francisco.” About a dozen girls ranging from age 6 to 36 were invited onstage to dance as mermaids for one of the band’s jamming new songs “Mermaid” off their 2012 album “California 37.” A Connecticut singer by the name of Melissa joined lead singer Pat Monahan for a duet of “Bruises,” before the audience sang with Monahan on an acoustic version of “Marry Me.”

After a short, but electrifying drum solo by Scott Underwood, lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford rejoined him on stage with his ukulele for a party-like version of “Hey Soul Sister,” which ended with the chorus of Fun’s “We Are Young.” They kept the tempo going, closing out the set with “Drive By.”

The three-song encore was just like an extension of the main set as they performed the title song from their new album “California 37” and their Grammy-winning single “Drops Of Jupiter.” Before the last song, Train gave away a signed, acoustic guitar to a group of young ladies that were full of energy through the entire 90-minute performance. Then the evening closed with the mostly acoustic “Sing Together.” Train had everybody up, having a good time as no fan left disappointed.

Beginning the night was a thirty minute performance from Andy Grammer, who appealed especially to the younger audience members, performing his pop hits “Fine By Me” and “Keep Your Head Up.” Following Grammer was Matt Kearney performing songs off his 2011 “Top 10” album “Young Love,” including “Ships In the Night” and “Hey Mama.”

Train's Setlist: 50 Ways To Say Goodbye, This'll Be My Year, If It's Love, Meet Virginia, I Got You, I'm About To Come Alive, Free/Respect/She's On Fire/When I Look To The Sky/ Ordinary/For Me It's You. Calling All Angels, Save Me San Francisco, Mermaid, Bruises, Marry Me, Everyday People, Hey Soul Sister, Drive By
Encore: California 37, Drops Of Jupiter, Sing Together

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