Charlie Colin, founding member of Train, dies at 58 after falling in shower in Brussels

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    Charlie Colin

    23rd May 2024 – (Brussels) Charlie Colin, the renowned bassist and founding member of the iconic American pop-rock band Train, known for their chart-topping hits such as “Drops of Jupiter” and “Meet Virginia,” has passed away at the age of 58. The news of his untimely demise was confirmed by his sister, Carolyn Stephens, to The Associated Press on Wednesday. According to TMZ.com, Colin slipped and fell in the shower while house-sitting for a friend in Brussels, Belgium.

    Born and raised in California and Virginia, Charlie Colin attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After college, he formed a band called Apostles with guitarist Jimmy Stafford and singer Rob Hotchkiss. Following the dissolution of Apostles, Colin spent a year in Singapore, where he focused on writing jingles. Eventually, he reunited with Hotchkiss and Stafford in San Francisco, and together with singer Pat Monahan, they formed Train in the early 1990s. To complete the lineup, Colin recruited drummer Scott Underwood, as revealed in an interview with Colin and Hotchkiss in Berklee’s alumni magazine.

    As a founding member of Train, Charlie Colin contributed to the band’s first three albums: their self-titled debut album in 1998, “Drops of Jupiter” in 2001, and “My Private Nation” in 2003. The latter two albums achieved significant success, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart.

    Train’s breakthrough came with their sophomore album, “Drops of Jupiter,” which featured the eponymous eight-times platinum title track. The song, written by Pat Monahan as a tribute to his late mother, climbed to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also earned Train two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), with contributions from renowned musicians such as Chuck Leavell and Paul Buckmaster.

    In 2003, Charlie Colin left Train due to substance abuse issues. Pat Monahan expressed his admiration for Colin’s talent as a bass player but acknowledged the pain he was experiencing and the impact it had on those around him.

    Following his departure from Train, Colin embarked on various musical projects. In 2015, he reunited with Rob Hotchkiss to form the band Painbirds, alongside Tom Luce. Two years later, he co-founded another band called the Side Deal, featuring Stan Frazier from Sugar Ray and Joel and Scott Owen from the PawnShop Kings.

    Upon learning of Colin’s passing, Train paid tribute to their former bandmate on their official Facebook and social media pages. The heartfelt message expressed their deep affection for Colin, praising his exceptional bass playing and guitar skills, which played a pivotal role in gaining recognition for the band. They fondly remembered him as a sweet and charismatic individual, emphasising his lasting impact on their musical journey.