Last Sunday Train brought their Mermaids of Alcatraz tour to PNC Bank Arts Center bringing along The Script for support. I have shot both Train and The Script before, so I knew it was going to be a fantastic show.
The Script bring a lot of energy to their stage show. Singer Danny O'Donoghue spent a lot of time in the crowd making everyone feel like they were a part of the show. At one point he asked someone in the crowd to call an ex and hand him the phone. Someone did, and he sang "Nothing" to some guy who probably had no idea what was going on.
At one point The Script mentioned that it felt like a headlining show for them. I would absolutely have to agree with that- if you didn't know better in advance and you just watched the show and crowd, it definitely felt like The Script were the headliners. They were fantastic and poised to be a widely successful band.
Train were up next and they made sure to keep the energy high. Pat Monahan is a seasoned, fantastic front man. He has a habit of taking cell phones from people in the front row, and taking a picture of him, and them, with their own phone. A nice little something that they can take home with them.
Train have been playing for years now and they have a huge catalog o hits that keeps everyone singing along. At one point, the band brought a bunch of fans who were dressed like mermaids up on the stage. It is things like that they keep people coming back to see them play time and time again.
On a personal note, the lighting for both bands was incredible. And it was also nice shooting two bands that really love playing for the fans. It is easy to see, and fun to watch.
The Mermaids of Alcatraz tour is still going strong. If you are reading this and they are coming to your town, put on your flip flops and go enjoy an incredible night.