Train on board for closing stadium show at 2013 jamboree

Three-time Grammy winners Train will headline the closing stadium show at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Boy Scouts of America announced today.

For my money, this is the biggest musical act to perform at a national Scout jamboree since the Beach Boys in 1985. And I’m told it’s the earliest in the jamboree planning cycle that a headliner has signed on. That’s good news for participants and staff already registered for the jamboree, and it’s yet another enticing reason for Scouts and Scouters not registered to join us next summer in West Virginia.

You surely know Train, the pop-rock group from San Francisco that has performed together since 1994. And you know their hits, including “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and recent singles “Drive By” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”

Train — consisting of Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar), and Scott Underwood (drums) — will perform Saturday, July 20, at the closing event, called the “Celebration of Scouting” show. They’ll light up the new stage at the stadium (the area called the arena at past jamborees) in front of tens of thousands of excited Scouts, Scouters, and visitors.

Train’s a big name for the jamboree, but they certainly aren’t the first recognizable people to speak, sing, or perform on the event’s big stage.

This isn’t a complete list, but here are some big-name guests at past arena/stadium shows (note that I’m only including in-person guests, not those who appeared via video):

2010: Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, rock band Switchfoot, WWE personality Sgt. Slaughter.

2005: President George W. Bush, zoologist Jim Fowler

2001: (original show was rained out)

1997: President Bill Clinton

1993: Country singer Louise Mandrell

1989:Eagle Scout and acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, country singer Lee Greenwood

1985: Music legends The Beach Boys, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Nancy Reagan

1981:Entertainer Burl Ives, country quartet the Oak Ridge Boys

1977: Burl Ives

1973: Actor Danny Thomas, comedian and actor Bob Hope

1969: Wife of Scouting’s founder Olave Baden-Powell

1964: President Lyndon Johnson, TV personality Dan Blocker, entertainer Lorne Greene, Olave Baden-Powell

1960: Gunsmoke star James Arness, singers The Lennon Sisters

1953: President Dwight Eisenhower, cowboy Roy Rogers, actress Doris Day, actress Debbie Reynolds, screen legend Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope

1950: President Harry Truman, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower

Any to add?

I’d love to add to the list above to make it complete and accurate. If you have additions, please leave a comment below.

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Hear Some Train

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14 thoughts on “Train on board for closing stadium show at 2013 jamboree

  1. You forgot Nancy Reagan at the 1985 National Scout Jamboree. I can remember her flying in to the show as a visitor. They landed the helicopters right in the arena! It was an awesome site for a then 11 year old to see.

  2. In 2001 there were two arena shows. The second was rained out, the first on 25 July had the Osmonds: Second Generation as the headliners, a Latino group Tropic Zone and a girl band 3 of Hearts. Obviously the boys loved the girls!

  3. Reblogged this on mykajigger and commented:
    OK, so this is now overachieving for today, but I just LOVE that Train will be playing the BSA Jamboree next year. I love Train’s music, but I also love that Train uses proceeds from their own wine label to support charities, AND I love that Train considers a Scout event to be worthwhile. In a time when so many people are criticizing BSA, its values, and its policies, rock stars still see something there. I don’t know or care if Train is being well paid to play — it doesn’t matter. They don’t need the money that bad, and if they were of a mind to do it, they could easily make a political statement via public press release saying, “BSA asked us to play but philosophically we just didn’t feel like we could do that, considering…blah blah blah.”

    • I re-read this today after Train’s announcement that they won’t play at Jambo unless the BSA “makes the right decision” and changes the policy. Scouting for all!

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  8. I have been told by several that the 1969 Jamboree had a message from the Astronuts going to the Moon landing.

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