Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
August 4, 2001
here for a review of Train's latest CD, Drops of Jupiter
When I first saw Train live, it was two years ago when they opened for Ben Folds Five at the Agora Theater in Cleveland, and shortly after "Meet Virginia" became a huge hit.
They were a really great band then, but after a couple years of touring and writing new material, they have transformed into one of the hottest bands in the world. Their show at Blossom on this crisp, cool Saturday night proved just that.
On this particular tour, Train was opening for Matchbox Twenty. Not to take anything away from Matchbox, who put on an electrifying set themselves, but the only drawback was that Train's set was not very long. While they briskly moved through songs like "Something More," "Free," "Respect" and "She's On Fire," the best came at the end when they broke out their biggest hits, "Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter" (the title track from their latest CD). On the latter, guitarist Rob Hotchkiss ditched the guitar and went over to the piano. The crowd went nuts upon hearing the first chord.
For good measure Train threw in a very impressive cover of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" which really showed off lead singer Pat Monahan's incredible vocal range. If you haven't seen Train live, there's not much of a stage show. Just good old-fashioned rock & roll, the way it was meant to be played. Hopefully they will be headlining their next tour and packing venues this big.