Date: August 11, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: America’s Cup Pavilion
Opening Act(s): The Script, Gavin DeGraw
I should preface this post with the fact that Train can do no wrong in my opinion. I love their music and their live performances. I have seen them several times and have never been disappointed. What I love about Train is that they always look like they are really enjoying themselves on stage.
Their set started with “Calling All Angels”. Pat Monahan reached down and took a few pictures of himself with fans using their phones and cameras. I’ve seen him do this at other shows. This stage was a bit higher than other stages I’ve seen them perform on so he wasn’t able to do as much as I’ve seen him do it in the past. This shows such an appreciation for the fans.
Pat noticed two girls in the audience and said something like “This is what is so great about San Francisco. There are two girls dressed like bananas for absolutely no reason.” This being ‘The Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour’, they brought up all the little girls and a few adults that were dressed like mermaids up on stage to dance during “Mermaid”. Pat said he needed the bananas to come on stage too.
During “Marry Me” Pat Monahan came into the crowd and walked around the venue. Train performed their most recent hits as well as fan favorites “Meet Virginia”, “Get to Me”, “Save Me, San Francisco”, “50 Ways to Say Goodbye”, and “If It’s Love”. They also did a few covers including a Beatles medley, a Bob Marley medley and “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Ashley Monroe came out to sing “Bruises” and then stayed to sing her song “Weed Instead of Roses” which has some hilarious lyrics. Train’s set ended with “Drops of Jupiter” as it has at every show I’ve seen. They then brought out Gavin DeGraw, The Script and Ashley Monroe back on stage to sing a cover of The Band’s “The Weight”. I thought the entire show was fun and energetic.
The Script were surprisingly high energy despite the fact that their songbook is pretty mellow. They performed “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “Breakeven” which are big radio hits. I was disappointed that they didn’t sing “Nothing” which was the one song I wanted to hear the most. Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue came out into the crowd as well. The Script’s set ended with “Hall of Fame”.
Gavin DeGraw was the first opener of the night. He performed behind the piano for songs like “Chariot” and then moved to the front of the stage for his newer songs. Gavin came into the crowd and walked all around the venue. He even went into the 200s section where he covered Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” before he sang “I Don’t Want to Be” during his walk back to the stage. He closed his set with “Not Over You” which is one of his more recent hits.