Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Feeds

Train's Pat Monahan Talks Ashley Monroe and Going Country

08/07/2013
.
(Radio.com) Pat Monahan doesn't want to go home. While Train's Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour with The Script, Gavin DeGraw and Ashley Monroe will come to a close Aug. 14, Monahan checked in from the road with Radio.com to discuss "the funnest tour we've ever had," what to expect from Train's next album, the possibility of a country-leaning solo album, and his approach to songwriting.

Radio.com: Tell us about your Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour. Have fans really been dressing up as mermaids every night?: Pat Monahan: It's really fun. Our greatest gift is that families like what we do. Kids don't have to drag their parents and parents don't have to drag their kids. They all want to come. We try to make it an old school family event. What would people do if they were going to the Grateful Dead or The Rocky Horror Picture Show? We called the tour the Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour to give it a little edge and include guys. Hundreds of people are dressing up every night and it's so fun. They come up onstage for "Mermaid" and the winners get upgrades of their concert tickets. I love seeing that because some of these kids are way back on the grass and then they get to be way up front.

Radio.com: How do you select which fans make it on stage during your performance of "Mermaid?": Pat Monahan: We actually have one guy who we hired to be the judge of it. He has a booth, it's the mermaid booth. You sign up; he'll take pictures of you. Most of these events there's an obvious winner; there's a family that's really decked out. The other day there was a guy with a convict outfit on with stripes. It looked like he just escaped Alcatraz and then he had his wife and daughters all dressed as mermaids. It was pretty great. He was the obvious winner. Some people come with tails that they can't even walk in so their boyfriends or husbands have to carry them. Or they get wheeled in on a radio flyer wagon, we saw that the first night, that was crazy.

Radio.com: Your single "Bruises" with Ashley Monroe is doing well on AC radio right now. Can you tell us the story behind the song and how you teamed up with Ashley? Pat Monahan: Ashley's been a friend of mine for a long time. I met her when she was 19. The guy that used to run Columbia Records introduced her to me because she wanted to write with me. When I met her I realized that I was the lucky one to be in the room with her. She's a great writer. She has written a lot of hit songs in Nashville for a lot of other artists. Now she has a new album out now called Like A Rose, which I think is going to be a favorite record if you get it. I wrote the song in New York. It was just real easy. I run into people I went to high school with and realize how much older we are, and how much more we've been through and a lot of it isn't all that fun and it makes us more beautiful if you can see it that way. That song was really easy to write because it is a very true story and Ashley was the perfect girl to sing on it.

Radio.com: You seem to fit in well with the country community. Do you have any other country collaborations in the works?: Pat Monahan: I think maybe a smarter thing for me to do would be to write in Nashville, which I plan on doing for myself and other people. If and when I create a solo album, somewhere down the line, or a solo project, maybe it would be more country leaning. I think at this point we have to stick to who we are. I've seen a lot of people try to make that switch and it hasn't gone well. The Nashville community, you can't slip something by them. They know if you're for real or not. I think I write that way naturally but I wouldn't want them to think I'm trying to sneak into their community without a formal invitation.

Radio.com: So in a few years we may hear a country-tinged solo album? Pat Monahan: Maybe. There's always something country on every Train record. "Bruises" is country leaning I think on some level. A song called "Feels Good At First," which I think may be the best song on the record for some people, that's country leaning. There's always going to be something but to make a full-blown country record might be a little while. more on this story

Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission.

Train Tour Dates/Tickets

Train CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Train T-shirts and Posters

Train CDs, vinyl and rarities


Share this article


.


...end


advertisement


.
advertisement

.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Stone Temple Pilots Add Tour Dates- Slipknot's Corey Taylor Turned Down VH1's Rock Of Love- Blink-182 May Make New Album With Matt Skiba- Skid Row Rejected $500K Reunion- more

Day in Pop: Ariana Grande Working On New Music?- Hootie And The Blowfish To Reunite On Letterman- Amy Winehouse's Family Upset Over 'Amy' Documentary- Jay Z Defends Tidal- more

Why Van Halen Didn't Fake New Live Album- Motley Crue's Vince Neil Reveals Only Reason For Reunion- Motorhead Forced To Cancel Monsters Of Rock Due To Lemmy's Health- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

advertisement
.
 
Reviews
.

Get To Know... Alexander Cardinale

Umphrey's McGee - The London Session: A Day at Abbey Road Studios

Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview


. .
.
Today's Rock News
.

Stone Temple Pilots Add Tour Dates

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Turned Down VH1's Rock Of Love

Blink-182 May Make New Album With Matt Skiba

Skid Row Rejected $500K Reunion According To Bach

Metallica Win Loudness War

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Devastated By Loss Of Ozzy's Friendship

Kid Rock Breaking Records With Summer Tour

Motorhead Say Lemmy Is Feeling Better, Reveal Illness Details

Jack White Ends Acoustic Tour With Message 'Music is Sacred'

Motley Crue Think More Bands Should Do Retirement Contracts

Elvis Presley Songwriter Sid Tepper Dead at 96

Prime Evil Era Venom Members Reunite

Refused Release First New Song in 17 Years

Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, Chris Squire On Billy Sherwood Album

Iron Maiden Release Behind The Scenes Video Of Remasters Project

The Who Release Video From Classic Quadrophenia Release

Visconti and Woodmansey Releasing Live Version of David Bowie Classic

Stratovarius Releasing New Album This Summer

Soulfly Releasing New Album 'Arch Angel' This Summer

Jethro Tull Streaming Rare Live Performance Of 'Aqualung'

Behemoth To Make 'Redefining' Album

Muse Lead KROQ Weenie Roast Lineup, Talk New Album

Slipknot Releasing Their Own Collectable Zippo Line

Marilyn Manson's Latest CD Changes Color When Played

Rush's Alex Lifeson Appears On Renman Live

Singled Out: Raven's Destroy All Monsters





Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

Ariana Grande Working On New Music?

Hootie And The Blowfish To Reunite On Letterman

Amy Winehouse's Family Upset Over 'Amy' Documentary

Jay Z Defends Tidal In A Series Of Online Posts

Fun.'s Nate Ruess Reveals New Single

Justin Bieber Crashes High School Prom

Mariah Carey Releases 'Infinity' Lyric Video

Brandon Flowers Releases 'Lonely Town' Video

Miranda Lambert Talks Makeup-Less Photo For People

Nas May Be Releasing New Album This Summer

D'Angelo Announces Summer Tour Dates

Randy Houser Reveals New Single 'We Went'

Country Star Eric Paslay Got Married This Past Weekend

Billy Corgan Teams Up With TNA Wrestling

John Stamos Calls Out Olsen Twins Over 'Fuller House' Reboot Claims

New 'Ted 2" NSFW Trailer Released

Chief Keef Releases 'Sosa Chamberlain' Video

Judge Rules On Taking Kid To Pink Concert

Heart's Ann Wilson Gets Married

Sesame Street Parody 'Avengers'

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
AudioNationRadio.com Rock Show Radio (4 streaming stations) The Screen Door A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five thecopycat.biz Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!



 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2015 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.