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09/05/2021, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles

Multi-GRAMMY and Billboard award-winning band Train performed at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on September 5, 2021. Band celebrates incredible 20th Anniversary milestone of Drops of Jupiter.

All Photos: Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks


The house lights at Vina Robles Amphitheatre dimmed at 8:15 and you could hear a train approaching in the distance. The lonesome whistle of a freight is getting louder as you can hear the tracks speed by as it is fast approaching getting even louder until it’s thunder is right upon you, at this instance the band Train walks on stage and bursts into their opening number “She’s On Fire.”

“Meet Virginia,” the band’s first top 20 hit from 1999 followed at which point lead singer Pat Monahan introduced the newest member of the Train Family, from San Luis Obispo, Taylor Locke. The frontman stated that since it was like a hometown show for Taylor they should let him have a second guitar solo after his scorching fret showcase that received thunderous applause.

Highlights from the night’s setlist included “Mai Tais” the bands single released in 2019 featuring Skylar Grey, “Save Me San Francisco,” “Calling All Angels,” and mega hits “Soul Sister,” and the nights closer “Drops of Jupiter.”
The band celebrated the Drops of Jupiter album’s 20th Anniversary this past June with a live worldwide dtream from The Wiltern in Los Angeles


TRAIN have released the previously announced special edition of their multi-platinum album Drops of Jupiter. In celebration of the incredible 20th anniversary milestone, the Drops of Jupiter reissue features all 11 original tracks from the 2001 album as well as six bonus tracks of B-sides and rarities including “It’s Love,” “This Is Not Your Life,” “Sharks,” “Sweet Rain,” an acoustic version of “Ramble On,” and a live rendition of smash hit “Drops of Jupiter” from May 2001. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Drops of Jupiter is available digitally HERE and, for the first time ever, as a limited-edition pressed on bronze vinyl for sale HERE.

When first released on March 27, 2001, Train’s career-defining album, Drops of Jupiter, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 and broke the band to multi-platinum status thanks to the doubbursts into their opening number “She’s On fle GRAMMY Award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40, has been certified 6x platinum in the US, and earned the 2001 GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Song. With sales of more than 2 million copies worldwide in the first year alone and certified 2x platinum in the US and Canada, the album remains the group’s best-selling to date.

Train frontman Pat Monahan reflects on making the iconic album:
“Making the album Drops of Jupiter was one of the highlights of my career and I’m sure it’s the same for the others involved. From desperately trying to write songs that matter, to finally landing on a gem and having Chuck Leavell play piano on it and having Paul Buckmaster arrange the strings, it was a whirlwind of tragedy and beauty. The song itself came shortly after the loss of mother and I’m sure that she wrote it with me in a living room in Erie, PA. This album took us around the world many times and opened our eyes and hearts to the world, filling room after arena with love and full voice sing togethers. What a magical time. What a magical record to be a part of. Still in a state of gratitude. Thank you all for making it as special as it is even to this day.”


Following the special 20th anniversary release of Drops of Jupiter, Train is celebrating 10 years of their award-winning portfolio of California wines, Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co, with the debut of a limited reserve 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. Created in 2011 to bring to life the band’s passion for connecting with friends and fans through music and wine, Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. has sold over 10 million bottles and won over 100 medals.

The exclusive, new Cabernet will continue to support Family House, a non-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Of the upcoming launch, Pat shares:
“Over 10 years ago, Train partnered with winemaker James Foster to make a great Northern California red wine to support Family House and to give wine lovers a great taste of the Bay Area. Here we are today celebrating 10 years of Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. and also coincidentally 20 years of Drops of Jupiter. Now, after selling 10 million bottles of the many different Save Me, San Francisco varietals, it’s time to go BIG! We’re very excited to announce our first Limited Reserve. It’s a 2018 Cab from Monterey…a big, beautiful ready to drink Cabernet Sauvignon. James and I are so excited about this wine that we thought about keeping it to ourselves but that’s like holding on to a song that should be heard over and over again. There was only enough juice to make 200 cases so they will be gone very quickly. Don’t miss out on this very limited chance to get some of this very limited Cabernet. You can give me a thank you hug as soon as we can all be together again. Love you guys! Cheers!”



About Train


Train has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. Their climb to the top began in 1994, as the original 5-member band tenaciously built a loyal hometown following, leading up to their debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of "Meet Virginia" gave them their first unlikely radio hit and 2001’s “Drops Of Jupiter” broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double-Grammy Award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40. The group won another GRAMMY award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the No.1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010 from their multi-platinum album “Save Me, San Francisco." They've sold more than 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including three GRAMMY Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors.

Train has had 12 albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their 2014 “Bulletproof Picasso” reaching No. 4 in 2012 and 2017’s “a girl a bottle a boat” debuting at No. 8. “Play That Song,” the lead single from “a girl a bottle a boat,” went platinum in four countries including the U.S., hit Top 5 on the US iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, and charted at Adult Top 40. This past summer, Train took over amphitheaters across the country on a co-headline tour with the Goo Goo Dolls. Train frontman, Pat Monahan, partakes in other ventures outside of music, including his newly-launched Drops of Jupiter® wine portfolio. Proceeds from his wine business support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.



About Vina Robles Amphitheatre


Welcome to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, where European Inspiration meets California Character and the stars always shine. Here, two of California's great compositions meet, as exceptional wine and intimate live music are paired to create an unforgettable wine country experience.

The 3,300 seat boutique amphitheatre is nestled on a picturesque, oak-dotted hillside in Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. With its opening in the summer of 2013, the Vina Robles Amphitheatre became one of the largest outdoor venues for arts and entertainment in San Luis Obispo County. Featuring a style reminiscent of the California missions, guests are able to immerse themselves in a unique and intimate concert adventure as they enjoy modern amenities and first class hospitality. The concert season runs from May through November and features top tier acts from around the world in all genres. Various seating options all within 150 feet from the stage, including regular, VIP and general admission lawn seating, make events accessible to anyone in the community. We look forward to sharing our love of wine and the arts with you soon. For more information about the Vina Robles Winery, Click Here


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