I am a huge fan of the band Train, and I’ve long had a fan girl crush on Pat Monahan. The first time I saw them live was right around the time they released their self-titled album in 1998. The song Meet Virginia was getting tons of radio play. I believe that first show was at a small club in Rhode Island called Lupos, though I won’t swear to that. Regardless of where it was, the band blew me away. Their recorded stuff is great; their live stuff is freakin’ incredible. Let this band loose, with no restraints, up on a stage, and they are a powerful force.
I also saw Pat Monahan back in 2007, when he toured for his solo album, ‘Last of Seven’. (Which is brilliant.) He played a small venue called State Theatre in St. Pete, Florida. I arrived early and claimed a spot right in front of the stage. One of the songs on the album is called Always Midnight. I clearly remember when he did that song. The stage went dark. Pat dropped his mic and came to the edge of the stage. And he sang. Crystal clear. Heartbreaking beauty. And so strong. The man doesn’t even need a mic for his voice to fill a venue.
One thing Train, and Pat Monahan solo, has done in every show I’ve seen is cover a few Led Zeppelin songs. Now Robert Plant is a rock god, and a rare singer is able to do justice to those vocals. Pat Monahan makes it look and sound effortless. Those high notes Robert Plant hit in his prime? Pat Monahan can go there and further. And the band is equal to the task, jamming to those tunes like they’re channeling Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham.
My point in all this? Train is preparing to release a Led Zeppelin cover album. They’re doing Led Zeppelin II in its entirety. I am a die-hard Zeppelin fan, and never thought that I would buy an album of covers – ever. But this one? I’ve already pre-ordered the album.
Train has released the first single off that album – What Is and What Should Never Be.
Another cool thing about this album is that all proceeds go the Family House, which “serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns.” Train is extremely active in charity work, and this album is just one more way in which they’re giving back to their community.
If you happen to spend most of your time in a cave or a convent, and you haven’t heard of Train before, here they are:
Here’s a look at the album:
- Whole Lotta Love
- What Is and What Should Never Be
- The Lemon Song
- Thank You
- Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
- Ramble On
- Moby Dick
- Bring It On Home
Connect, Stream, Purchase:
Please consider making the purchase, both for the great music and for the great cause. And, really, if you ever get the chance to see Train live, don’t hesitate even a fraction of a second. I’ve seen countless bands live over the past few decades, and this band is by far one of the best.
If you like what you hear, please consider making a purchase to support a great charity.