Having just finished up a round of arena shows with Everclear and Lifehouse (see “Matchbox Twenty Light Up Road With Everclear, Lifehouse” ), Matchbox Twenty will soon get some fresh air with a planned tour of amphitheaters with Train on board to open.
The details of the tour are now being worked out, according to a spokesperson for Matchbox Twenty’s label. Train suggested the tour would begin in late July, but no firm dates have been nailed down for the trek.
In the meantime, Train have a tour of their own underway, which they kicked off in Seattle on April 14 (see “Train Making U.S. Stops” ). The band said they’re excited to be able to bring Drops of Jupiter to their fans around the country.
“People can expect to hear this new record,” said Pat Monahan, the band’s lead singer and primary songwriter. “More so, probably, than the first one.”
Drops of Jupiter, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and currently sits at #18, is the second release from San Francisco band Train.
“So far people are reacting really positively to the stuff that we have,” drummer Scott Underwood said. “It’s actually ended up being a lot of fun for us.”
The band is charging full-steam ahead on the charts, with their radio hit “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me).” The single is at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100, up from last week’s #47 spot.
The album almost went to market without its prized hit single — a “Drops of Jupiter”-free record was all ready to go when inspiration for the title track struck.
“I woke up one day after about three minutes of sleep and I said ‘Ah! I have this lyric in my head and I know better than to go to bed now.’ So I stayed up late.” Monahan said. “And lyrically, I think ‘Drops of Jupiter’ was just so unusual that it took over the name [of the album] and the buzz that was behind it.”
When asked whether attendees of their current slate of shows can expect to hear an acoustic version of the song, the band said maybe, maybe not.
“It depends on how much cash we’re offered. We’re all about the cash, really,” Monahan joked.
“Yeah, throw some big bucks our way and we’ll do whatever you want,” Underwood chimed in.
All joking aside, the band said finding an acoustic version of the song on their Web site someday isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility.
“We’ll definitely put it on the Web site at some point,” Monahan said.
In addition to their dates with Matchbox Twenty and their own headlining shows, Train are making the requisite television stops, including one on June 4 at “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”