How to ‘Train’ Your Summer Concert Palette

By Matt Lewis
Editor & Publisher

     I can’t seem to get enough of Train‘s new album, “Bulletproof Picasso.” What’s my favorite song, you ask? I haven’t even listened to the whole thing yet; but seeing their “Picasso At The Wheel Summer Tour 2015” in-person was pretty darn amazing!

Personally, I “fell in-love” with Train‘s music when I bought their album “California 37” back in 2012. I happened to be visiting the Golden State” with an girlfriend. It was the perfect California road-trip soundtrack, and while we never drove on California State Route 37, it didn’t matter. We were about 400 miles (or six hours by car) South in Los Angeles.

The concert, was a pretty standard concert, except for one thing each band seemed to be debuting at least one song for us that night. Who was there? The comical music stylings of Matt Nathanson, The Fray, and of course Train was the headliner.

The Gilbert Gumption‘s  Editor & Publisher, Matthew Aaron Lewis (@matt20hew) talked to Holly Hensley of Gilbert, Ariz. She attended the concert with her roommate and friend, Karissa Shipp. In full disclosure, Mr. Lewis attended Basha High School with both Women. He knew of them, but did not run around in the same circles.

Train Interview


Holly Hensley, 27, Gilbert

The ‘Train’ “Picasso at the Wheel” concert tickets were a birthday present to Ms. Hensley from her Mother. Her birthday was two days before the concert.

She got two tickets; and took Karissa Kay Shipp, who is also her roommate and friend from school.

Her reason for going: (Paraphrase) I’m really into ‘The Fray;’ or at least more so than ‘Train.’

Ms. Hensley said her favorite ‘Train’ songs are “Marry Me” or “Drops of Jupiter” with “Drops of Jupiter possibly having a slight edge.

During the concert, however, Ms. Hensley said her favorite performances by ‘Train’ were either their song “Free” or “Marry Me.” She said she was really hoping that ‘Train’ was going to play “Marry Me,” and she wasn’t disappointed. ‘Train’ did however wait until the later part of their set to play the song. They started with a few new songs then went back to their older works. They played a mix of Radio hits and some of the lesser known songs from their albums.

As for ‘The Fray’ she said it is too hard to choose. She said if she had to choose, her favorite song from them would probably be “Heartbeat.”

She said she was originally introduced to ‘The Fray’s’ music by a T.V. show; some doctor drama, she recalls – either “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Scrubs.” The song – “How to Save a Life.”

She said ‘Train’s’ new albums – and specifically the lyrics – have evolved into “weirdness.”

Her seats were on the lawn at Ak-Chin Pavillion; and she was just fine with that, in fact, she preferred to sit in the grass.

“I didn’t need to know every song (to have a good time),” Ms. Hensley said. “They’re (‘Train’) just awesome to listen to.”

After attending the concert, Ms. Hensley’s interest in ‘Train’s’ latest album “Bulletproof Picasso” was piqued and she says she’s been seeking out their new stuff on Pandora and other streaming music sites such as YouTube. She says she may even buy a few songs from iTunes.

She had heard some songs of “Bulletproof Picasso” on Pandora before the concert and said she wasn’t really paying attention to the lyrics, but really listened to what was being sung about during the concert and got hooked.

When Mrs. Kay Shipp and Ms. Hensley arrived at Ak-Chin Pavillion’s parking lot, they could already hear Matt Nathanson performing.

They rushed in and got their seats. They were a little bummed to find that the only available seats were directly behind a view-obstructing pillar.

During an intermission, thought, they moved and got a better view of the stage.

Ms. Hensley described the lawn seats as a “sweat spot,” that wasn’t too close, or too far away from the stage.

Ms. Hensley said that Mrs. Kay Shipp was also a big fan of ‘The Fray,’ and like her, wasn’t as big a fan of ‘Train.’

She said neither of them were really all that aware of Matt Nathanson’s music.

When asked to sum up the concert in a word or phrase, Ms. Hensley said, “Best. Concert. EVER!” She made sure that I record the proper punctuation and capitalization.

TRANSCRIPT of Interview: ” Coming soon. …”

Below is some multimedia from the concert. Please enjoy!

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Here are my final musings on the concert, written during the concert: “This concert was ‘my’ concert. It was ‘their’ concert. They enjoyed playing for us. We had a good time. Let the Endless Summer* of 2015 begin in the Phoenix-metro area.”

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