Train brought their high-energy show to Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie this past weekend. Train has been together for just over 18 years, but their energy and performance do not show their age at all. Before Train took the stage, Andy Grammer and Mat Kearney (review) got the night started with highly entertaining performances.
Around 9:30 p.m., the lights dimmed and sounds of an approaching train played throughout the theatre. The large black curtain separating the opening acts' equipment from Train's fell to the stage and a dazzling light show began as Train took the stage. More than any act in recent memory (Andy Grammer and Mat Kearney excluded), Train constantly found ways to to get the crowd involved with the performance.
During the second song, lead singer Pat Monahan borrowed an attendee's phone and began taking pictures of himself and guitarist Jimmy Stafford. He then began taking pictures with his own phone to continue the band's tradition of posting pictures to their Twitter account, @train, from each performance. Live tweeting from onstage seems to be the new trend with live performance artists.
Train then delivered a tribute to all the fans who have been with them through their 18 years by playing a medley of songs while projecting images of past album covers on the large screen behind the band. They followed this emotional moment by throwing several beach balls into the crowd. Monahan signed several before kicking them into the crowd.
The following songs all featured heavy crowd interaction. During Save Me, San Francisco, Monahan got the theatre camera and turned it on the crowd so they could see his view during a sing-a-long. Then, approximately 30 females were brought on stage to play the part of the song's title Mermaids. Each lady was given a shirt. Mermaids was followed by Bruises which featured YouTube winner Ellen singing on stage with Monahan. She did an excellent job.
The most emotional moment of the night took place during Train's Marry Me. During the song, a section of the crowd started cheering and pointing. Monahan stopped the song and asked if they just got engaged and congratulated them. After another verse, he had them come on stage. Monahan asked them to dance while he sang the rest of the song to them. The crowd that had been deafening until that point was silent. You could hear people tearing up throughout the theatre. This will definitely be a moment Heath and Amanda never forget.
Train finished up their set with a medley of Soul Sister and Fun.'s We Are Young. The final song was California 37's Drive By. Train thanked the crowd and left the stage. The crowd grew to their loudest and Train came back out for a three song encore featuring California 37, Drops of Jupiter, and Sing Together. Monahan explained that they give out a guitar signed by the entire band to someone that has inspired them throughout the night. Earlier in the show, Monahan signed a shirt and threw to a young 12-year old boy. He instantly turned and gave it to his little sister. The band was impressed by the class of this young man to give up the shirt without a second thought. They brought Jordan on stage and presented him with the guitar.
Train put on a phenomenal show. Verizon Theatre provides one of the nicest medium-sized venues in the nation for live events. The facilities are top-notch and no seat is bad. Check back later this week for upcoming shows at Verizon Theatre. Follow them on Twitter @VerizonTheatre and on Facebook for all the latest venue information. If you have never attended a show here, check out one of the upcoming performances.
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