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Back in February, while talking about baseball, Train lead singer Pat Monahan told me he was done singing the National Anthem at sporting events because of how stressful it is.

You could imagine my surprise when I saw Monahan on national television belting out the anthem, a cappella, before Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as that one, and I sang at the AFC Championship game two years ago in New England,” Monahan said after I played him the clip of us speaking earlier this year. “That was stressful, but nothing like Game 1 in Oakland.

The singer explained why the moment is filled with so much pressure.

“There’s a thing that happens, up until, ‘and the rockets’ red glare,’ all the way up until then, there’s a vast chance of you forgetting all of the words that would just disappear,” he said. “I don’t know why, but I’m so scared for that 48 seconds that it takes years off of my life.”

Monahan agreed to sing the anthem at the urging of his manager. With connections in the Bay Area along with Seattle and Western Pennsylvania, the front man has a number of rooting interests in sports, including the Golden State Warriors.

When I caught up with Pat, it was in a much-more relaxed setting. He and I chatted backstage before the band headlined Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. Our interview was for Mohegan Sun’s Facebook page and broadcasted live on it as we talked in Monahan’s dressing room.

“There are songs that we play every night that I had no idea that they would get the reaction that they’re getting,” the lead singer told me. “There’s a song called “Working Girl” and it goes pretty bananas out there every night.”

Monahan is mixing in the newest from the band’s “A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat” with the classics as well; one in the latter category is his favorite to perform every night.

“’Drops of Jupiter’ will always be the song that has heart for me,” he said in response to a fan question about his favorites on the set list. “Play That Song,” Train’s lead single from its latest LP, also received an honorable mention.

As far as other set list specifics, the band switches out two songs every night. They also pay tribute to Chris Cornell and Gregg Allman, neither of whom had passed away before the “Play That Song Tour” commenced.

The tour, which features support from Natasha Bedingfield and O.A.R., runs through mid-July before Train takes off for the “Fuji Rock Festival” in Niigata, Japan.

Simple Plan has been around the block a couple times, but even drummer Chuck Comeau was a little overwhelmed when the band attempted to film its latest music video in an airport.

“The whole video almost collapsed the night before,” the drummer revealed to “The Ralphie Radio Show” while on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. “It was crazy stressful but in the end we got something really great and the funny thing is, we couldn’t play really loud.”

When almost any music video is filmed, the song is played on set in the background so that the artists and sing and play along to it, as if they’re actually playing the track. If you’ve never been on a music video set before, lead singer Pierre Bouvier explained why the low volume mandate proved tricky during the shoot.

“The point is to get (the music) as loud as possible, so you feel like you’re actually playing it,” said the front man. “So you can feel the energy and you don’t feel all ridiculous moving around like you’re rocking out to a little boom box that’s about level two volume.”

Despite the music, the guys are happy with the final product. Simple Plan decided to film the piece for “Jet Lag,” a track from Get Your Heart On!, in Toronto Pearson International Airport. Thankfully for the pop-rockers, they were able to use a terminal closed to the public and under construction. Still, the band was subject to airport security, getting “frisked” anytime they entered or exited the terminal.

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Simple Plan was also thankful for the hotel right next to the airport, which meant Natasha Bedingfield wouldn’t have to travel far from them to record her parts. Bedingfield is on the track and Bouvier said the initial plan was to make the room look as if Bedingfield was at home.

“But, it’s kind of obvious that it’s a hotel room, right?” Pierre asked. “The art department is going to get fired on that one!” he joked.

Comeau added that if you look closely, you can actually see the airport and airplanes out of Bedingfield’s window during the video. Bouvier quickly threw in that the fact would end up on “Pop Up Video,” and it was until that point that the band showed no signs of their first hit coming back in 2002.