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27/04/2024 | Train – The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Carrie Humphries

Triangle

It’s been seven years since Train last hit British shores, so it seems only apt that they have called their latest tour ‘I Know, It’s Been A Long Time Coming’. However, it seems that it was well worth the wait, as there was already an energetic buzz in the air at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, and they took to the stage to rapturous applause.

The band opened with We Were Made for This and Calling All Angels, before beach balls of varying sizes emblazoned with Train’s logo were launched into the audience for Save Me, San Francisco. These were deflected from fan to fan with joy, with some narrowly missing security and band members as they bounced back across the barrier.

Their picture-perfect setlist consisted of tracks from twenty-six years’ worth of studio albums, with a handful of polished cover versions thrown in for good measure. Enigmatic frontman, Pat Monahan’s joy and charm was addictive, as his powerful vocals and witty anecdotes kept the audience entertained. Meanwhile, the Grammy winning band’s musicianship was second to none, as they gave a truly sparkling performance.

There were the enjoyable classic audience sing-alongs throughout the night to the likes of Hey Soul Sister, Angel In Blue Jeans and the mariachi inspired 50 Ways to Say Goodbye. Other highlights included their wonderful support act, Ilsey, returning to the stage to perform a duet of Bruises with them, a top-notch cover of Teddy Swims’ Lose Control, and a very sweet moment during Marry Me, when a couple actually got engaged.

Never a fan of doing traditional encores, Train chose to remain on stage for their final tracks rather than leaving and then returning after persistent applause. Monahan explained that they can do more songs that way, before launching into Son of a Prison Guard. They followed this with a gleaming version of The Eagles’ Hotel California, which featured a throng of guitars and Monahan on drums, before finally closing the night with beautiful grand piano melodies which burst into everyone’s favourite earworm of a song, Drops of Jupiter.

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