RALPHIE REPORT: Travelin’ Train

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First Posted: 8/5/2013

The band Train took its “Mermaids of Alcatraz” tour to Dallas last weekend. Pat Monahan was looking forward to hanging out with two old friends: Columbia Records EVP of Promotion Lee Leipsner and radio host Kidd Kraddick.

But the beloved host of “Kidd Kraddick In The Morning” died on July 27 at the age of 53. Monahan, along with his band mates Scott Underwood and Jimmy Stafford, were saddened by the news.

“Kidd has been a big supporter of Train for our whole career,” Monahan noted in an interview which aired last week on “The Ralphie Show.” “He’s been in this business a lot longer than we have.”

The timing of Kraddick’s passing hurt Monahan even more.

“Any loss is sad, but to know you were moments away from seeing an old friend, and now you can’t,” the lead singer said. “Our hearts go out to his family.”

Leipsner told All Access that the band would pay tribute to Kraddick at the Gexa Energy Pavilion. Train is currently playing outdoor venues with The Script and Gavin DeGraw in tow. Also sharing the stage with the San Francisco-based artists is country singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe. The songstress is featured on the next single from California 37, “Bruises.”

“We asked (Ashley) two years ago to sing ‘Bruises’ with us,” Monahan revealed. “We didn’t know if radio stations like that around the United States would embrace a country artist.”

So far, so good. The “Hey, Soul Sister,” singer is pleasantly surprised.

“It’s our favorite song on the record,” he said. “The fact that people are responding to it the way that they are… it’s a great ending to this album cycle.”

With that, Monahan also breaks the news that this fourth single from the LP will likely be the last. Train’s proper tour ends in mid-August. The band will play a handful of fairs and festivals through September 1, and then gear up for the “Sail Across The Sun Cruise” next February.

As for Train’s lost friend, a private service was held last Friday for David “Kidd” Kraddick. Plans for a public service have not been announced. On Monday, his morning show continued on 97 BHT with co-hosts Kellie Rasberry, “Big Al” Mack, Jose “J-Si” Chavez, Jenna Page, and Shannon Murphy. Kraddick’s beloved “Kidd’s Kids” charity will also move forward with planned fundraising events. The annual trip that the charity benefits sends chronically and terminally ill children and their families to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Kraddick’s show has asked that in lieu of flowers, to please consider a donation to the charity.

-Listen to “The Ralphie Show” weeknights from 7 p.m.-midnight on 97 BHT.