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Train's Pat Monahan on football and music

March, 28, 2013

Growing up in Pennsylvania, it's no wonder that Pat Monahan, lead singer of Train, became a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

He always dreamed of becoming Terry Bradshaw and winning Super Bowls.

Instead, the 44-year-old Monahan went into music and formed the San Francisco trio called Train and has cranked out six studio albums, including the recent California 37.

It hasn't always been great as some albums flopped, members have come and gone, and the haters are filling up social media, calling their music cheesy.

You'd think that maybe Monahan would make a trade and become Bradshaw these days. But that's not the case.

"I think I'd be like how Bradshaw still is viewed: winning four Super Bowls and still being considered one of the worst Super Bowl quarterbacks ever," Monahan said. "I think our lives are parallel. I don't think I'd want to trade it for him, even now."

But Monahan, over the past few years, has been more accepting of his lot in life. And he has channeled that energy into his new family and his new music. With a string of recent sold-out shows, it appears Train is back.

"Over time, I learned to laugh about it instead of suffering from it," Monahan said. "It hurt, some of those really ridiculous stuff. I didn't understand what to do with that emotion."

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Josh Cribbs, NFL players in Train video

February, 22, 2013
Josh CribbsPhoto Courtesy of TrainJosh Cribbs talks with Pat Monahan of Train during a video shoot for "Mermaid."
Pat Monahan and his band Train hung out with Pro Bowl running back Josh Cribbs on the set of the video "Mermaid," Train's newest single. The video was shot in Hawaii during the Pro Bowl a few weeks ago. Others featured in the video include Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen and a host of other NFL players. Look for the "Mermaid" video to premiere Monday on VH1.

"I had an amazing time in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl with Josh Cribbs and all the other NFL players," Monahan said. "The fact that we got to shoot our 'Mermaid' video there and include them made it an experience that will forever be a highlight in our careers."