List of Train members

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Train
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Rock, Pop rock, Roots rock
Years active 1994–present
Members Patrick Monahan
Jimmy Stafford (part-time)
Jerry Becker
Hector Maldonado
Sakai Smith
Nikita Houston
Drew Shoals
Luis Maldonaldo
Past members Rob Hotchkiss
Charlie Colin
Tony Lopacinski
Johnny Colt
Brandon Bush
Scott Underwood

Train is a San Francisan pop rock band that formed in July 1994. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Patrick Monahan and guitarist Rob Hotchkiss. Later, former Apostles members Jimmy Stafford and Charlie Colin playing guitar and bass guitar, joined Train. At a later date, Scott Underwood joined Train, playing drums and keyboards.

The original lineup of five released two studio albums, their eponymous album, Train, which reached platinum, and their double-platinum album, Drops of Jupiter. As the band was recording their third album, later to go platinum, My Private Nation, Rob Hotchkiss left in late 2002, to pursue a solo career, after recording six tracks that would later be on the album. Soon after, bassist Charlie Colin, left Train in October 2003.

For a short time, Train was a trio in 2003. They recruited bassist Johnny Colt, former member of The Black Crowes, and keyboardist Brandon Bush, late in the same year. For touring, the band also recruited guitar player Tony Lopacinski. Lopacinski never took part in recording an album with the band. The remaining five members released the band's fourth studio album in late January 2006, titled For Me, It's You. After the tour for the album, Tony Lopacinski left the band.

The band decided to go on hiatus in November 2006. In May 2009, during the recording of their fifth studio album, Johnny Colt and Brandon Bush decided to depart from Train and the band became a trio once again. In late October 2009, the trio released their fifth studio album, entitled Save Me, San Francisco. Since May 2009, Hector Maldonado (bass/vocals/guitar/percussion) and Jerry Becker (keyboards/guitar) have been part of the touring and recording group. In mid-April 2012, the band released their sixth studio album, California 37. That same year, Sakai Smith and Nikita Houston started touring with the band as backing singers. Smith and Houston would eventually become full-time members of the band in 2014.

In June 2014, Scott Underwood left the band and was replaced by Drew Shoals. After Underwood's departure, the band went on to release their seventh studio album in mid-September 2014, titled Bulletproof Picasso. Their eighth studio album, a special Christmas album titled Christmas in Tahoe was released in mid-November 2015. A few months later in early June 2016, the band released their ninth studio album, a cover album of Led Zeppelin songs titled Train Does Led Zeppelin II.

In October 2016, shortly after the release of their ninth studio album, Jimmy Stafford announced that he would be leaving the band at least temporarily, and was replaced by Luis Maldonaldo. In late January 2017, the band released their tenth studio album titled A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat, Stafford was not featured in the album. Currently, Pat Monahan is the only founding member of the band still playing full-time.

Current lineup[edit]

Pat Monahan
Active: 1994–present
Instruments: lead vocals, trumpet, saxophone, vibraphone, percussion
Release contributions: all Train releases
Jimmy Stafford
Active: 1994–present[note 1]
Instruments: lead guitar, mandolin, ukulele, backing vocals
Release contributions: Train (1998), Drops of Jupiter (2001), My Private Nation (2003), For Me, It's You (2006), Save Me, San Francisco (2009), California 37 (2012), Bulletproof Picasso (2014), Christmas in Tahoe (2015) and Train Does Led Zeppelin II (2016)
Hector Maldonado
Active: 2014–present (2008–2014 touring member)
Instruments: bass, vocals, guitar, percussion
Release contributions: Save Me, San Francisco (2009), California 37 (2012), Bulletproof Picasso (2014), Christmas in Tahoe (2015), Train Does Led Zeppelin II (2016) and A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat (2017)
Jerry Decker
Active: 2014–present (2008–2014 touring member)
Instruments: guitar, keyboards
Release contributions: Save Me, San Francisco (2009), California 37 (2012), Bulletproof Picasso (2014), Christmas in Tahoe (2015), Train Does Led Zeppelin II (2016) and A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat (2017)
Sakai Smith
Active: 2014–present (2008–2014 touring member)
Instruments: Backing vocals
Release contributions: Save Me, San Francisco (2009), Bulletproof Picasso (2014), Christmas in Tahoe (2015), Train Does Led Zeppelin II (2016) and A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat (2017)
Nikita Houston
Active: 2014–present (2008–2014 touring member)
Instruments: Backing vocals
Release contributions: Save Me, San Francisco (2009), Bulletproof Picasso (2014), Christmas in Tahoe (2015), Train Does Led Zeppelin II (2016) and A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat (2017)
Drew Shoals
Active: 2014–present
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: Bulletproof Picasso (2014), Christmas in Tahoe (2015), Train Does Led Zeppelin II (2016) and A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat (2017)
Luis Maldonado
Active: 2016–present
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat (2017)

Former members[edit]

Rob Hotchkiss
Active: 1994–2002
Instruments: rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: Train (1998), Drops of Jupiter (2001) and My Private Nation (2003)
Charlie Colin
Active: 1994–2003
Instruments: bass guitar
Release contributions: Train (1998), Drops of Jupiter (2001) and My Private Nation (2003)
Tony Lopacinski
Active: 2003–2006 (touring member)
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: none
Johnny Colt
Active: 2003–2009
Instruments: bass guitar
Release contributions: For Me, It's You (2006)
Brandon Bush
Active: 2003–2009
Instruments: keyboards, backing vocals
Release contributions: For Me, It's You (2006)
Scott Underwood
Active: 1994–2014
Instruments: drums, keyboards, percussion
Release contributions: Train (1998), Drops of Jupiter (2001), My Private Nation (2003), For Me, It's You (2006), Save Me, San Francisco (2009) and California 37 (2012)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Band lineups[edit]

Personnel Studio albums Billboard Hot 100 singles
July 1994–Late 2002
Late 2002–October 2003
October 2003–May 2009
May 2009–June 2014
June 2014–October 2016
October 2016–present

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stafford was a full-on member of the band from 1994–2006 and 2009–2016. However, since 2016, he has only been a part-time member of the band.