I saw train 3 times in 3 weeks. Even camped out in NY to see them on the Today show from 10 oclock at night! I was very disappointed in the shows. The mucic did sound amazing, but if i never hear Soul Sister again that would be ok! I feel the band is just playing for the new fans. Show them what the old fans knew all along. where are the staples of the show? Save the Day, Get to Me, All american Girl, Free, Mississippi etc..........Bring them back to the Eggplant days. 16 concerts is a forever fan. Do not get me wrong, I am happy that Train has reached the level of success they worked so hard to obtain since becoming a band. The little snippets from the old songs are not enough!!!! Please put them back into the show!
ABSOLUTELY! I could not agree more!
I swore i would never do this again but i am tired of fearing rabid responses for giving an opinion. i agree with you joann and alice.i wish they had played some of the full length songs that were blended into the medley. that doesn't make me "not a true fan" or someone who "we don't want you at any train concerts". train is about being open and self-aware.not about being petty and certainly not about being hateful or small-minded. we are all fans...some of us like the newer songs. some like the older ones. some like both. to express those likes in a respectful manner is part of being of being a community of train fans. and responding in a non-judgemental way is part of being a mature decent human being.lobbing hateful things back and forth is not a conversation about a group of musicians we love. that is something else entirely.
when i saw "ordinary" was on the set list i was very excited. love that song. i was disappointed it wasn't the full version. just saying i would have preferred the full song . did i love the concert? YES!! it was amazing as all train concerts are. filled with a lot of love back and forth with the audience and the band. they were as wonderful as they've always been.and i wouldn't trade the night for anything. and yes i deserved to be there as much as anyone else.i was on my feet the entire time,screaming my head off and looking like a fool i suppose.
i'm begging people not to snipe at the two preceeding comments and mine. we're all fans. no-one's "hating" train on here. just because someone has a different opinion doesn't make them wrong. look out at the audience next time and see what a wide range of people are there. we're anything but ordinary. that's what makes us train fans.
oh and to hear them play eggplant would be amazing!! love that song! i'm going to post this now and duck and cover cause i know what's coming even though it's not in the true spirit of what this band stands for... I hope i'm wrong .....
So glad you decided to offer your take on this, laurie. There will always be detractors and yes, it is sad when they get personal and are quite aggressive in their responses, forgetting that we are all here because we share a keen interest in Train.
For all intents and purposes, I am a new fan. I've heard a lot of their older music, like them a lot but not quite as much as the new songs. So yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the concert I went to a few months ago.
As to the playing of old vs new songs, the concert is, after all, California 37 so I'm guessing they are probably contractually bound by their record company to play most of the songs from that album. I'm also guessing that songs from SMSF are thrown in to please this newer group of fans and of course Drops of Jupiter is virtually their anthem for a vast majority of their fans, old and new. That does not leave them with much time for anything else so I, personally, was thankful for Meet Virginia. From what I've gathered, the set list varies with each concert and they do play some other old songs.
I am sure Train would love to just play their old songs, to bring the same joy to their seasoned fans and loyal followers. Maybe if enough of you "campaign" passionately enough, Train just might do one of those concerts just for fun, just because and just for you :-)
Who knows? Try! As this would be an independent concert (if there is such a thing), due to contracts and depending on sales and marketing plans, they might only be able to do this some months after California 37.
No need to duck, laurie. Your posts, to me, are always civilized so clearly you believe in taking the high road, your fears notwithstanding.
Thanks Mahita. For your nice comments and also a new take on something I hadn't considered. Maybe they are bound by a contract. I hadn't thought of that. It might get tiring to sing the old ones after doing them so often in years past. I know once I strike off in a new direction with painting the old ones look less appealing to me. Maybe it's the same with music that you write and perform. It might have lost the same excitement it once held for them. They might not want to stand still but would prefer to change and grow their music.Who knows? I sure don't.I have NO musical talents whatsoever. I just know what I like. And it's this bands' music. Thanks for your encouragement and
I like your suggestion. Very interesting idea....hmmmmm........
Very well said everyone. While I enjoyed the songs on the tour, I felt there were far too many songs played from the last two albums. I loved SMSF when it came out, but after seeing them perform those songs countless times both live and on TV, I am a bit tired of them. Having 5-6 songs from that album in the show is overkill. You have to keep Soul Sister in there because of the Grammy and Marry Me is a beautiful song and I love the way Pat performs it now (as opposed to the romp through the crowd), but the other songs could and should be replaced by some older songs. They have been played to death over the last 3 summers. I know they keep Meet Virginia in there because of Jimmy's solo (his time to shine), but that too is wearing thin. If they want to represent the first CD, play "I Am" or something like that. I don't know if Train is contractually bound to play lots of songs off of the new CD, but they are certainly trying to promote it. While I don't see a ton of concerts, the ones I do see have the performer play 4-5 songs off of the new album (sometimes less) and then the rest of the show is the hits. If Train would more evenly distribute their songs from their albums, it would make the show more enjoyable. But that's just my opinion, not right and not wrong, just an opinion.