Jimmy Stafford, Train - Image By Ros O'Gorman

Jimmy Stafford, Train - Image By Ros O'Gorman

EXCLUSIVE: Train To Play At AFL Football Match

by Paul Cashmere on May 10, 2012

in Live,News

US rock band Train will perform at an AFL football match during their upcoming Australian tour.

Jimmy Stafford, Train - Image By Ros O'Gorman

Jimmy Stafford, Train - Image By Ros O'Gorman

In an interview with Noise11.com, guitarist Jimmy Stafford confirmed that the band were in discussions to play at one of the AFL games when they are in Melbourne. “I don’t know which team. I heard Pat (Monahan) talking about it this morning,” Jimmy said.

This won’t be the first time Train have played at an Australian football match. They did it as well when they were last down under.

“We love doing stuff like that,” he said. “We play American football games and Pat sings the national anthem every once in a while at baseball games. It’s fun for me because I’m a big sports fan. It allows me a day off at the game to watch some sports, you know”.

Train may also add an Australian cover to their setlist for the tour. “We are all fans of Australian music and we were just talking this morning about what a great band INXS is,” he said. “We did the whole A Day On The Green tour with them the last time we were there two summers ago. We had such a great time touring with those guys. Their show is just hit after hit after hit, every single song for two hours. We were just saying this morning that maybe we should learn an INXS song for the Australian tour. Last time we played there we played an INXS song. We played ‘Devil Inside’. I remember in Sydney Andrew Farriss came and sat in with us”.

However, covers don’t always work out. “Covers are interesting. We love doing them but we find when you are in a certain country they don’t always want you to do a cover of one of their people. Sometimes that’s a little cliché. For example, Pat and I were in Manchester, UK. That’s the home of Oasis. We thought we’d bust out a piece of an Oasis song and as soon as Pat started singing it the crowd started booing. They didn’t want to hear their hometown boys. So we played a Beastie Boys song instead,” Jimmy said.

Train Australian dates are:

June 7, Sydney, Opera House
June 9, Melbourne, Palais Theatre
June 11, Brisbane, The Tivoli

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