Play that song!
Though Train’s tunes are definitely karaoke go-tos, frontman Pat Monahan says he has own set of standards for when he hits the booth.
“My go-to tracks are ‘Sweet Child of Mine,’ which is ridiculous and also ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ ” Monahan – who stars in karaoke app Smule Sing!’s new commercial – tells PEOPLE. “I love it.”
He adds, “Also, anything from Prince and I’ll try some Queen if I have some friends doing it with me.”
In the new ad, Monahan and other Smule users sing along to Train’s latest chart-topper, “Play That Song.”
“This great app is bringing people together,” Monahan, 48, tells PEOPLE of the partnership. “You can collaborate with friends or artists.”
“I always tell people you can look forward to a lot of pyrotechnics and nudity, and then I wait until they laugh and I tell them the truth,” he jokes of playing arenas. In reality, Monahan says, “We’ll play new songs from the record and incorporate songs that inspired those songs. Like, songs from the Beach Boys and Paul Simon. We always like to bring that stuff in.”
Though the group has been around for over two decades, Monahan says he’s still pushing for each new album to be Train’s best.
“My desire to outdo anything I’ve ever done I think keeps it fresh,” Monahan explains, “As well as our willingness to roll with the times.”
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But does the Pennsylvania native ever get tired of singing some of the band’s more popular tunes – like 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter” and 2009’s “Hey Soul Sister”?
“I grew up listening to the radio and singing along to it and thinking, ‘Wouldn’t that be so weird and crazy if I could be on the other side of the radio and people could be singing along?’ ” says Monahan. “When we perform live and there are people mouthing the words, even if they miss some of the lyrics, it’s pretty incredible. You never get tired of that.”