The crowd was jumping around and dancing with excitement long before Train’s whistle blew kicking off night 3 of the 40+ dates of Train’s Picasso at the Wheel Summer Tour at Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California on May 23, 2015.
The crowd was bouncing up and down to House of Pain’s song Jump Around as the house lights dimmed and the Train whistle blew causing the already enthusiastic crowd to be even more animated and loud.
Red stage lights and a single backlit spot highlighted guitarist, Jimmy Stafford playing one of his two Ukuleles. Front man, Pat Monahan, made his way into the spotlight kicking off the night with “Just a Memory.” Picking up the pace a bit, “Angel in Blue Jeans” was next, this song is the lead single off their new Album Bulltetproof Picasso released in late summer 2014. Most of the front section was seen singing and swaying along to the song.
After a few more hits, 50 ways to say Goodbye, If it’s Love, Meet Virginia, and Free Pat took a short break allowing the backup singers to fill in for him on vocals. It however wasn’t much of a break, as he jumped on the drums and provided the beat. Pat has some drum skills, but fans prefer him on vocals. The drum interlude was short lived and Monahan found his way back into the main spotlight.
He dedicated the next couple songs to the armed services, Look up to the Sky and Calling all Angels. Calling All Angels became an amazing 15,000+ person sing along with hands raised high in the sky.
Then the young Mermaids and Trainette’s came on stage for their couple minute dance party with Monahan. (You can tell Pat is a parent himself by his interaction with the kids on stage – it’s so adorable.) As the kids exited the stage, he was asking for a little help from his friends. Matt Nathanson, who opened the evening came on stage and sang the cover “With a little help from my Friends.”
Train’s new song “Give it all” is incredible to see live. Not only is Pat giving it his all – you can feel the emotion in his voice. But the lighting director and designer should be given kudos for the design. The lighting to this song encapsulated the mood perfectly. The flickering straight beams of light and the quick blue burst of light in the background is just perfect. Well Done!
“Marry Me” was a bit of a downer. Long time fans are use to having Pat come out into the audience during this song, Most fans have seen impromptu proposals during the song, the lyrics help lead to the proposals. Pat, however, did jump down into the front row barricade and sang from there. It just wasn’t the same.
The night and the hits went on and on for just over 90 minutes. Bulletproof Picasso, an amazing cover of Aerosmith’s Dream On, and their Grammy Award winning Drops of Jupiter finished the evening. The setlist was spot on. The show overall was great – as always. But the energy seemed to slow down by the encore, but that may have been due to the misty rain shower that covered the audience off and on during the night.
Can’t wait to see the next Train show in Southern California. (Kaaboo Festival in September)
For more images from this show www.mismarissa.com/train2015
For more Picasso at the Wheel Summer tour dates.
May 29 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
May 30 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 3 – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
June 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 6 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 7 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
June 9 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
June 10 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
June 11 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Pavilion/Stadium
June 13 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
June 14 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 16 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 19 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 20 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
June 21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
June 23 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 24 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 26 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 27 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 28 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
June 30 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavillion
July 2 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 3 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 10 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 11 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 12 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 15 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 17 – Kansas City, Mo @ Starlight Theatre
July 18 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
July 21 – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
July 22 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
July 24 – Ridgefield, WA @ Amphitheater Northwest
July 25 – Quincy, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre