Review and photo by Peter Coates
The original band’s front man Patrick Monahan is Train now, offering up a greatest hits set, with a terrific sound and production, supported by a band of very competent session musicians and two female backing vocalists bulking up the harmonies.
Words and Pics: Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au
Having missed all but the closing bars of opening act, Victoria’s Ryan Meeking & The Few thanks to the perpetual and chronic lack of parking in Sydney’s Newtown and Enmore areas; I got into the warm and cosy confines of the iconic Enmore Theatre just before San Francisco chart botherers Train took to the stage.
Formed in 1994, the group shot to fame with their smash ‘Drops of Jupiter’ – a track that won them two Grammy awards and made the album double platinum in the US. After a three-year hiatus, the band returned with its latest album, ‘Save Me San Francisco’ in 2009 and is currently owning the Aussie charts with the single ‘Hey, Soul Sister’. Now that we all know who they are, it was a surprise to see the Enmore at less than capacity, considering that it isn’t the biggest venue in the city. Regardless, it was a pretty busy evening, with the audience full of well-dressed folk of wildly disparate ages- mainly female and in very fine voice each time vocalist Patrick Monahan pulled a rock move or hit a high note.
Train make their triumphant return to Australia this June on the back of their ARIA, platinum, number one hit single Hey, Soul Sister.
Currently tearing across the US before heading onto the UK and Europe, Train play theatre shows on Australia’s east coast – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – before continuing onto New Zealand. Continue reading
The John Butler Trio blasts into this week’s ARIA Album Chart…
For the third consecutive week, an Aussie act tops the ARIA Album Chart, with The John Butler Trio racing to #1 on debut with their new album “April Uprising”. It is the third number one album of Butler’s career, following the success of “Sunrise Over Sea” in March 2004 and “Grand National” in April 2007. Train continues to dominate the ARIA Singles Chart this week, with the platinum smash “Hey, Soul Sister” holding for a third consecutive week at one and topping the ARIA Singles, Physical Singles and Digital Track Charts simultaneously for a second time.
Kevin Rudolph enjoys a second Australian top 10 single as “I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)” featuring Birdman, Jay Sean and Lil Wayne debuts at #4 on the ARIA Singles Chart, following on from the massive success of “Let It Rock”, which peaked at #3 early last year. In its sixth week in the top 20, “I Like That” from Richard Vission & Static Revenger featuring Luciana finally cracks the top 10, moving up from 17 to 7 this week. “Nothin’ On You” from B.o.B. (featuring Bruno Mars) races up 11 places to #14, followed by Florence + The Machine, reaching a new highpoint of #17 with the infectious hit “You’ve Got The Love”. Miley Cyrus also experiences some strong forward momentum, going from 38 to 28 with “When I Look At You”. Top 40 debuts this week are headed by Sean Kingston featuring Justin Bieber with “Eenie Meenie” at #30, Chiddy Bang with “Opposite Of Adults” at 36 and The John Butler Trio with “Close To You” at 38. The John Butler Trio also features at #40 with “One Way Road” re-entering the top 40 after twelve weeks in the chart.
ALL STAR CAST OF AUSTRALIAN TALENT ADDED TO THE BACARDI EXPRESS TOUR 2010
Check out the Photo Galleries of The Bacardi Express Show @ The Tivoli, Brisbane 25 March 2010:
LA ROUX and CASSETTE KIDS
All aboard the BACARDI EXPRESS! Australia’s only touring music festival on rails just got a whole lot noisier! Headliners La Roux will be joined by Art vs Science, Yves Klein Blue, Miami Horror and The Cassette Kids, with DJ support from Sampology completing the stellar line up on board the BACARDI EXPRESS 2010.