Multi-platinum-selling band Train is set to pay homage to one of their biggest musical inspirations with the first cover album of their career called Does Led Zeppelin II. The album is set for release on June 3rd on Crush Music in association with Atlantic Records, Led Zeppelin’s record label, which released the original Led Zeppelin II in October 1969. The nine-track collection follows the original Led Zeppelin II track listing, including classic hit songs such as “Ramble On” and “Whole Lotta Love.” The album, available for pre-order now, will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl, digital download and all streaming services.
The decision to do a Led Zeppelin cover album took shape when the band recently performed the complete Led Zeppelin II album on this year’s annual Sail Across the Sun cruise. “Our favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and they made a huge impression on our lives musically,” said lead singer Pat Monahan. “So I thought, why don’t we record one of their albums, just for the fun of it for our fans. The hard part was deciding which one.”
Monahan went on to explain the recording process: “They are so hard to record, especially when you are trying to get as close a version as you can to the original. The mixes, the time that they put in, it’s crazy how great they were as a band. They were virtuosos at what they did.” Overall though, Monahan said the band just wants fans to enjoy the album. “I would love it if people get a dose of what’s hiding underneath Train’s songs, our influences, but we basically did this for the fun of it.”
Train has booked a limited series of performances to support the album release, including two major broadcast appearances. The band will perform on June 1st live on Howard Stern’s radio show and will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on June 10th.
Train will also perform the full album at intimate venues, including: New York’s Irving Plaza on June 1st, Los Angeles’ Troubadour on June 6th, Seattle’s Neumos on June 8th, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on June 4th, as well as being part of the line-up for the 2016 Mountain Jam festival at Hunter Mountain, New York on June 2nd. Concerts and on-sale details are listed below.
Ensuring that the project has a charitable angle, 100 percent of Train’s proceeds from the album will be given to Family House, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with close ties to the band. The organization provides temporary housing to families of ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. “We don’t expect anything financially from this album; anything that comes of it we are happy to give to Family House,” said Monahan.
1. Whole Lotta Love
2. What Is and What Should Never Be
3. The Lemon Song
4. Thank You
6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
7. Ramble On
8. Moby Dick
9. Bring It On Home
June 1 New York, NY Irving Plaza
June 2 Hunter Mountain, NY Mountain Jam Festival
June 6 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
June 8 Seattle, WA Neumos
June 14 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Author: Buddy Iahn
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