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GIG REVIEW: Train @ O2 Academy Newcastle

November 9, 2017 12:00 pm


17th October

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Review by Molly davidson

I was truly thrilled with the overall night. The supporting act and the main band were both absolutely amazing. I have personally been a long term Train fan for the better part of 6 years and therefore, when I got the opportunity to see them live, I was all for it. The venue was quaint and arguably intimate, which just enhanced the general vibe of the night. We were close to the main stage due to lining up early, so the whole experience was heightened.

The supporting act was an alternative music option for me personally; Hannah Grace played beforehand. Her music can be compared to the likes of Taylor Swift, as the overriding theme  of her songs  is romance, or they have the intention of empowering women. Personally, I enjoyed the change of pace. I left the event a fan of her music.

Before Train began their opening song, they arrived on stage with the background noises that are familiar with railway trains, which just made the experience more memorable and personal to the band themselves. The band had a set for about 90 minutes, and throughout that time they altered some of their musical styles and even incorporated other popular songs of the time, including references to some mainstream chart pieces.

Throughout the set, the band revisited some of their older songs such as: ’50 ways to say Goodbye’, ‘Drive by’ and the infamous ‘Hey, soul sister’. This was a friendly reminder for the devoted fans in the audience, including myself. The atmosphere was enhanced during these songs, as everyone was familiar with the lyrics. They also played some of their newer pieces such as: ‘Valentine’, ‘Lost and Found’, and ‘Play that song’. All of these songs were played with such enthusiasm; it was clear that the band as a whole – but especially lead singer the Pat Monahan – was invested in providing a memorable show.

Monahan engaged well with the audience with constant conversation. He even came down to the separating bars during the song ‘Bruise’, which is personally my favourite Train song. He also allowed fans  to take photos with him during the performance and threw out some souvenirs from the stage.

What made the night particularly special was the solo performance done by Pat, as he performed a personal rendition of one of their songs. He performed without the use of a microphone, so you could hear the passion in his voice. It was clear that the song meant a lot to both him and the band. The whole arena went silent for this performance (out of respect) and so everyone was given the opportunity to hear the song as best as they could.

Overall, I would recommend this tour to any Train fan; they play a variety of infamous songs, and end the set with their most famous song, ‘Drops of Jupiter’. It was the perfect end to a perfect show.


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