Train’s Pat Monahan Promises to Complain Less, Write New Songs

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(Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

Pat Monahan: Train vocalist, shy guy looking for a two-ply Hefty bag, compulsive liar and… complainer?

Well, he thinks so, anyway. According to a post on his personal Tumblr (, which is actually the best name ever), Monahan has decided that he’s “not going to complain anymore,” and that the complaints he makes “are really due to boredom.” (“Except when WiFi is bad and playing Words with Friends is slow,” he added, which is accurate.)

“New rule: If its [sic] not funny and or it isn’t a reflection of my awesome life, don’t say it. Amen,” he continued.

But Monahan and Train aren’t exactly known for their negativity, especially in recent years, with such past hits as the happy-go-lucky “Hey, Soul Sister” and sunny, breezy “Mermaid.” In fact, the band’s most toned-down hit, “Marry Me,” is still a sappy, sweet love song at its core, and goes well with the fact that the band totally performs weddings at their concerts, as drummer Scott Underwood is an ordained minister.

Monahan finished off the post by noting that he would “write some songs next week.” So if you thought these last few singles had been particularly saccharine, just wait until you meet Virginia– I mean, the new Pat Monahan.

You might even be able to hear these new songs on Train’s upcoming Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour dates, posted below.

July 11 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Farm Bureau Live
July 12 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live
July 13 – Darien Lake, N.Y. – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 14 – Toronto, Ontario – Molson Amphitheatre
July 17 – Cleveland, Ohio – Blossom Music Center
July 18 – Clarkston, Mich. – DTE Music Theatre
July 19 – Noblesville, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center
July 20 – Kansas City, Mo. – Starlight Theatre
July 21 – Tinley Park, Ill. – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
July 23 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 24 – Camden, N.J. – Susquehanna Bank Center
July 27 – Mansfield, Mass. – Comcast Center
July 28 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 30 – Charlotte, N.C. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 31 – Atlanta, Ga. – Aarons Amphitheater at Lakewood
Aug. 2 – Woodlands, Texas – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 3 – Dallas, Texas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 4 – Austin, Texas – Tower Amphitheater
Aug. 6 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 7 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Desert Sky Pavilion
Aug. 9 – Irvine, Calif. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 10 – Sacramento, Calif. – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 – San Francisco, Calif. – America’s Cup Pavilion
Aug. 13 – Ridgefield, Wash. – Sleep Country Amphitheater
Aug. 14 – Auburn, Wash. – White River Amphitheater

- Kevin Rutherford,

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