When you log on to Trainline, you are presented with the list of shows being played this summer. With only 3 days before the tour officially begins, you wonder why only 4 of the 50 shows have sold out. I went on-line to a dozen concert locations and good seats are still available for most of them. One in particular, Lenox Mass, has 2457 seats available as of this morning. Considering the place seats just under 6000, it means that is just over half full. Not very good if you ask me. Last year it seems like all of the shows sold out, but the main reason for that is that Maroon 5 was with them. (much more popular and more mainstream). Take them out of the equation, and add in Mat Kearney (who ?) and Andy Grammer (who ?) and Train is pretty much on their own. Perhaps "hard core first generation" Train fans are staying away since Train traded in their hard cutting rock n' roll chops to become the spokes-band for family friendly, bring the little ones, squeaky clean concerts (aka....Disney's new house band). I'll be at a few shows this summer to support the band, but if it turns into a crowd participation free-for-all filled with tweens and their soccer moms, then I might bail along with many others. Just what demographic is Train trying to please these days anyway ? It certainly seems like management has told them to try to appeal to the younger (really younger !) crowd, to put out catchy pop songs with little or no artistic merit, and to make as much money as you can before the interest wears off. Granted, some of the songs on the new CD have a catchy tune that sticks in your head, but with the crappy lyrics on most of them, they will soon be forgotten. And do we really need so many pop culture references in the songs ? Enough already with that. Pat used to be such a clever wordsmith. "The way you move me, everything is groovy". Really ?, is that best you can do ? Perhaps if they spent less time on the road (ooops, sorry, that's where the money is) and more time crafting meaningful songs like they used to do, the fans would come back. I know many people love the new CD, and that's fine, If you makes you happy, go for it. But in terms of leaving a long lasting legacy, the train might have just left the station.
Oh New England Guy...I don't normally write in forums, but I just couldn't let your post go without response. I am sorry you feel let down by the group. I too am a fan and have been for 18 years. I loved them then, and would say I was a "hard core first generation" fan...and guess what?? surprise! I still love them now, so maybe all in all I am just a "hard core" fan no matter what they tend to put out. If Train were really all in it for the money as you say, don't you think they'd have toured this year again with another mainstream band? That way they could be sure to sell out and the money would roll in. No...they are touring with bands that aren't as well known...hmmmm...isn't this how concerts used to be...the more unknown band was given a chance to tour with a more well known band so they could get their music out there to the world? They are booking smaller venues so they can better touch base with their fans, and let us know how much they appreciate us. I would rather watch and participate in a smaller, interactive show than have the band come out, perform, and walk off without acknowleding me at all. I also appreciate the fact that Train appeals to people of all ages...in my personal opinion that says a lot for them. I think it speaks for their talent to appeal to a broader range of people. And although I wouldn't call myself a "soccer mom" (nice labeling), more of a Karate mom...I happened to be a fan before I was ever a mom at all. I am a music lover and although I haven't taken my children to a concert...not even a Disney house band concert (blech)...I would love if they would share that interest and would want to go to a concert we would both enjoy. I attended the concert in Essex Jct. and I have to say I saw whole families there together....from grandparents to grandchildren...and every single person was singing and dancing and having a good time. If you have ever been to a "Disney house band" concert, it is mostly the kids singing and dancing...not their chaperones. Pat is now the father of younger kids again...maybe this is his way of connecting and feeling not so far away from his own family on the road. He is in a happy place and so is his music. Bands change...yes especially if they want to keep on going. They must appeal to the young, or their fans would die out with them. Maybe that would be better in most cases. (that was written with extreme sarcasm, not hatred) If you prefer bands with soulfoul meaning and not squeaky clean concerts, may I suggest Marilyn Manson? I think Train will continue to chug on and once again sell out concerts. Music is their occupation and I believe most people are in their occupation to make money. Can't hold that against them. I would rather they were out touring, making money, and connecting with me as a fan, then holed up somewhere writing and never performing live. Just my humble opinion. If you are not thrilled with the new music then stick with the old...no shame in that. Maybe it's just time for you to get off at this station. (pun intended)
Nice comeback from a true Train Fan!!!!!! :)