Train lead singer Pat Monahan is a man of few words.
He’s looking forward to his band’s tour with the Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone, which begins June 7 in Auburn, Washington. It pulls into Ak-Chin Pavilion on June 12.
The set will be all-encompassing, with hits like “Meet Virginia,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” and “Calling All Angels.” But fans should be prepared for more.
“Expect to hear all the songs you recognize from Train and some surprises,” Monahan says. “I always like to include all the acts and do at least one song with the other artists. I like to try to bring everybody together.”
The tour promotes the Grammy-winning band’s greatest hits collection that features a cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” with Kenny G.
Train released its debut album in 1998 with the tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia,” and has gone on to receive eight Grammy nominations and three wins.
Outside of music, Train partakes in other ventures with its Drops of Jupiter wine portfolio. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Train’s 2016 covers album, “Does Led Zeppelin II,” saw all band proceeds going to Family House.
Monahan says the greatest hits collection was his manager’s idea and it was “based on math.”
“It was based on these songs being in the top 10 on some chart,” Monahan adds. “There were songs that were on the radio and probably 10 other songs that were on the radio that didn’t go that distance. They didn’t make it.
“A greatest hits album is an interesting way to look at life. Musically, my favorite songs are rarely my favorite artists’ biggest hits. I didn’t want the album to be called the ‘Best of’ because, for a lot of people, it’s not the best of or the biggest radio hits.”
He calls 2018’s “Call Me Sir,” with Travie McCoy and Cam, one of his favorite songs. He’s still surprised it was successful.
“Honestly, our last single, ‘Call Me Sir,’ really should have hit bigger,” Monahan says. “It never really made it to that place. Travie McCoy did a great rap on it.”
Monahan is penning songs, with the hopes of releasing a Train album in fall or winter, with a 2020 tour. A few of the songs remind him of Train’s early days.
“I liked that,” he adds. “That’s what I want. I love pop music and if you make a folk-rock record during the time we were making folk records, nobody would have ever heard them.
“Things have changed so much.” You don’t need to be a pop band to be heard. You can make music that you love and people will find it.”
Train w/Goo Goo Dolls and Allen Stone
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, livenation.com, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, tickets start at $22.25.