FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Pat Monahan, the vocalist/songwriter of Train, the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum band, will perform the national anthem prior to Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium (6:40 p.m. kickoff).
Train has a history of making musical appearances during sporting events, including a pre-game performance at the 2012 NFL International Series game between the Patriots and St. Louis Rams at Wembley Stadium in London. The Pats went on to win, 45-7. Other appearances include the 2010 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby in Anaheim, Calif., the 2012 Daytona 500, 2012 Discover Orange Bowl and the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl.
Since the band was formed in 1994, Train has sold more than 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide. Five of Train's studio albums have achieved platinum status or better while generating a string of hit singles. The album, "Drops of Jupiter," earned the band two Grammys: Best Rock Song and best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. The 2009 single, "Hey Soul Sister," off the album, "Save Me, San Francisco," earned 6x platinum status and the 2012 album, "California 37," became the band's highest-charting album. Train released its seventh studio album, "Bulletproof Picasso," in September 2014, which includes the hit singles, "Angel in Blue Jeans," "Cadillac, Cadillac" and "Bulletproof Picasso." The band is also embarking on a major summer tour with The Fray and Matt Nathanson supporting the new record.
The Patriots advanced to their 11th AFC Championship Game, and fourth straight, following a thrilling 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 10. The Patriots will meet the Colts in the AFC Championship Game for the third time in franchise history. The Patriots beat the Colts, 24-14, in the 2003 AFC title game at Gillette Stadium and lost 38-34 in the 2006 AFC title game in Indianapolis. Last year in the divisional round, New England defeated the Colts, 43-22, at Gillette Stadium. Sunday's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties with Phil Simms as the color analyst. Tracy Wolfson will work from the sidelines.