01/16/2015

Train returns to the Amphitheater on July 24th

Chart-topping San Francisco-natives Train are taking their latest hit album Bulletproof Picasso on the road with a 40+ city summer tour across North America with special guests The Fray and Matt Nathanson. The Picasso At The Wheel Summer Tour 2015, hits Amphitheater Northwest on July 24th. Fans will have a chance to witness the band perform tracks from the new album—including the Top 10 radio single “Angel in Blue Jeans,” “Cadillac, Cadillac” and their new single “Bulletproof Picasso”—along with their many enigmatic, signature hits from the past 20 years.

Fans are also encouraged to show up early for the Patcast Tailgate tent, where Pat Monahan will periodically make an appearance throughout the tour. Located in the venue parking lot each night, ticket-holders can tailgate and enjoy classic rock DJ, give shout-outs to friends on the Patcast (Pat's weekly podcast), and enter to win various prizes. The Patcast tent will also be the place for fans to register for the Mermaid Costume Contest and a chance to be brought onstage.

Tickets for the show at Amphitheater Northwest go on sale Saturday, January 24th.

Bulletproof Picasso—the band’s 7th studio album—debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 in September 2014 and earned rave reviews. USA Today’s Elysa Gardner remarks that “the best tracks… are the driving and high-spirited ones, where Pat Monahan’s sweet, keening tenor – evoking cative here of a Wings-era Paul McCartney – rides meaty but crisply percussive arrangements” and Billboard’s Richard Bienstock says the band’s “wholehearted embrace of pop has unshackled Train, allowing it to revel in anything-goes stylistic tourism” that all feels “oddly cohesive, with the band’s rocker roots showing an impressive pliability to move within pop’s boundaries.”

Train has successfully traveled the nearly-unnavigable path of a contemporary, hit-making rock band while keeping their heads. The climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994. The original 5-member band tenaciously built a loyal following, leading up to their own self-titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first unlikely radio hit, with 2001’s Drops Of Jupiter garnering multi-platinum status thanks to the double-Grammy winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40. In their typical ‘you-gotta’-nail-it-down-motherfucker’ style, the quixotic song snared the Best Rock Song trophy by beating out Coldplay and two U2 songs. The group won another Grammy in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the #1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco. Their most recent album, 2012’s California 37 launched the hit “Drive By,” which reached the Top 10 in 13 countries.

They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including 3 Grammy Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. Additionally, Train's award-winning Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. has recently released their 6th varietal, 'Bulletproof Picasso' sauvignon blanc. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.