On The Right Track

Train stops by the GRAMMY Museum to discuss their career, influences and more
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    Train's Pat Monahan performs at the GRAMMY Museum
August 05, 2010 -- 12:08 pm PDT

Alternative rockers Train were the featured guests at An Evening With Train at the GRAMMY Museum on July 19. The San Francisco-based band, which includes vocalist Pat Monahan, guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood, took the stage before an intimate audience of 200 to discuss their career, musical influences and most recent album, Save Me, San Francisco.

GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman moderated the discussion, which was followed by a special performance and a meet-and-greet opportunity.

Asked about when he knew he wanted to be a professional musician, Monahan said: "When I was really young I went to an Aerosmith concert and Joey Kramer threw a drumstick into the crowd. It hit me right in the chest. I felt like I was knighted."

The band also shared some of the lessons they've learned during their career. "We learned the hard way that success does not equal happiness," said Underwood. "You have to find happiness along the way, or you're just not going to find it."

"Winning a GRAMMY is an amazing thing, absolutely an amazing thing. But what we've learned is that the journey there — the journey to get to that place — is way better. Way better," said Monahan.

After forming in 1994, Train toured with the likes of Barenaked Ladies and Counting Crows, and in 1998 released their self-titled debut featuring the hit "Meet Virginia." In 2001 the band released Drops Of Jupiter and the title track won a GRAMMY for Best Rock Song. "Hey, Soul Sister," a single from Save Me, San Francisco, has gone triple platinum and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Upcoming events at the GRAMMY Museum include An Evening With John Mellencamp (Aug. 17), American Express Presents The Drop: JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys (Aug. 23) and Reel To Reel: The Love Project Journey (Aug. 25).

For more information on the GRAMMY Museum, visit www.grammymuseum.org.

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