Patrick Monahan sings what he feels.
Many times, Monahan has romance in his heart. The lead vocalist for San Francisco-based rock band Train sings about love in “Drops of Jupiter” — “She acts like summer and walks like rain” — and “Drive By” — “Oh I swear to ya, I’ll be there for ya …”
They’re catchy and bouncy pieces, songs that might convince people to raise a fist or sing along with the band.
Monahan wants people singing with his crew, which plays the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield and rock jam band O.A.R. open the show.
The 45-year-old Monahan recently inducted 1970s and 1980s rockers Journey into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
“There’s a kindred part of us that is connected, not just San Francisco,” Monahan said of the two bands during a telephone interview from home in the state of Washington. “Steve Perry was writing about chivalry and loving romance, things like that that were probably not as popular.”
Chivalry and love set to music can be tricky — they can get a rock band into trouble.
“That kind of thing ruined the band Foreigner,” Monahan said. “Foreigner was a rock band and they all of a sudden had ‘I Want to Know What Love Is,’ it was the biggest song in the world but it ruined their touring career.
“I’ve just never been afraid of talking about things that I liked,” Monahan continued. “My dad, he loved Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer and all that music that felt good. He was like, ‘Why would people watch a movie that was about something sad? Aren’t we all trying to get away from that?'”
If Train’s songs…
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