Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Train and O.A.R. added to summer concert series
Posted May 24, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Two more musical acts have joined the list of performers to take the stage at Tropicana Field this summer as part of the Rays Summer Concert Series.
Train returns for the second time and will perform at the conclusion of the Rays-Red Sox game on Friday, July 13.
O.A.R. will perform after the Rays-Athletics game on Friday, August 24.
Other acts scheduled to perform are LL COOL J (June 2 vs. BAL); ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson (June 17 vs. MIA); Earth Wind & Fire (June 30 vs. DET); and The Wiggles (August 5 vs. BAL).
The concerts are free with the purchase of that date’s game ticket. Fans can watch the concerts on the field by purchasing field access passes available at raysbaseball.com/concerts.
Train – July 13, Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Formed in 1994 in San Francisco, Calif., Train is best known for their hit singles “Meet Virginia,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey, Soul Sister” and most recently “Drive By.” The band consists of lead vocalist Pat Monahan, drummer Scott Underwood and guitarist Jimmy Stafford. Train has won three Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Song in 2002 and two Billboard Music Awards. Their self-titled debut album was certified platinum while the song “Meet Virginia” became a Top 40 hit. In 2001, Train released their single “Drops of Jupiter,” which remained in the Top 40 for nearly 40 weeks and helped their second album sell more than 3-million copies. Train’s third album, My Private Nation went platinum largely due to their successful single, “Calling All Angels” which was the band’s third Top 20 hit. In 2009, Train released “Hey, Soul Sister” from their album Save Me, San Francisco. Train’s most recent album California 37 was released in early 2012 and their first single “Drive By” is currently climbing up the Billboard Top 100 charts. “Drive By” marks Train’s third Hot 100 Top 10.
O.A.R. – August 24, Rays vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m.
O.A.R. released their seventh studio album, King, in August 2011. It debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard charts, making it their highest debut to date. Since forming the band in 1996, O.A.R. has remained true to the basic principles of song writing and performing live for masses of faithful fans dating back to their start at Ohio State University. They’ve produced several studio hits including “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker,” “Night Shift” and “Love and Memories,” which was performed at the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby in 2006. King has a strong act to follow as 2008’s All Sides produced the band’s first ever certified platinum single “Shattered” and earned them a spot on performing songwriter’s list of the 100 Most Influential Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years.