Chicago Night 1 #RNRTour added to database

The setlist database has been updated to include last night’s set from Chicago Night 1 of the RNR Tour.
As a reminder, setlists will be on the blog under the “setlist” tag as soon as I get them throughout the course of the tour and will be added to the database sometime later. I will always post when the database has been updated so you can view the setlists on the tour pages or update your account with what songs you’ve heard live.

Update the list of songs you’ve heard live –

See how many times songs have been played live –

Running total of NEW songs added to the database: 6

*Note: We have been working on incorporating the lyrics section into the database, which has caused some craziness due to EPs and songs being on multiple releases that has caused some weird output on the songs you’ve heard live page.  We had hoped to have this project completed before tour but were unsuccessful. Pardon the mess on the page – but all of the song counts should be accurate. We will get back to work on this after the tour concludes.

The underrated wisdom of the Hanson brothers


This past Oct. 2, I was sitting in a bar at Universal Studios. My husband and I had just toasted my brother and his brand-new (like, of the past hour) fiancée, and we were on our second drinks in preparation of the madness of Halloween Horror Nights; since we’d spent the entire day at the parks already, we needed something to keep our adrenaline going. Our twenties are gone, after all, and the Orlando heat and humidity like to stick around for longer than acceptable. Which makes theme-park days oh so fun.

The guy in the bar who’d been playing guitar and singing to entertain everyone for the past hour wrapped up a rendition of “Blister in the Sun” and promptly began on something else.

“Is this ‘Jack and Diane’?” my husband asked.

As a casual John Cougar Mellencamp fangirl, I listened intently. And then my eyes grew wide.

“Dude, no, he’s playing ‘MMMBop.’ HE’S PLAYING ‘MMMBOP.’”

And he was.

Being in a public place, completely sober Jen would’ve bobbed her head up and down to the music and either mouthed the words or sang along under her breath. But two-drinks-in-and-yet-to-have-dinner Jen said, “THIS IS MY JAM!” loudly and waved her arms around while everyone else in the bar side-eyed this guy like, “Is he serious right now?” and a few even threw looks in my direction that clearly said, “Gurl, aren’t you like 30?” YES, SIR, but the youngest member of Hanson is almost 30, so there.

Slightly buzzed Jen was right to react this way, though, because she (and every single Hanson fan, as we will tell you) has to overcompensate to make up for the naysayers – the ones whom we’ve been silently rolling our eyes at for years every time we mention Hanson. Yes, THAT Hanson – the band that became famous in summer 1997, when its members’ median age was 14 and I was 12. But I’m used to it, and to be honest, I don’t care anymore. Because Hanson has given me so much, and that’s enough.

When I felt lost at 12 years old, I could listen to “Weird” from their first studio album, Middle of Nowhere (the same album as “MMMBop”) – the anthem for kids who felt out of place. When I was crushing on a guy who barely looked in my direction freshman year of high school, I could listen to “If Only” from their follow-up album This Time Around and maybe work up the courage to mention homecoming in his presence. My favorite Hanson song to date, “This Time Around” (which is obviously from the same album), taught me that being knocked down to the point where you feel completely defeated can become your time to shine the brightest, if you let it.

But by high school, I never would’ve admitted in a million years to being a Hanson fan. Because then, I really didn’t understand the impact they’d have on my life. It wasn’t until I saw them live for the first time, in 2003 – my freshman year of college, when my then-suitemate dragged me to one of their shows – that I saw how not only their lyrics and music, but their dedication to the world around them would inspire me.

These guys left their record label and opened their own 12 years ago this month. They called their label 3CG Records, after their early compilation 3 Car Garage – originally recorded when they were all under 15 years old. Their journey in breaking out on their own and the struggles they endured as brothers and businessmen to make the music they wanted to make and stay true to their roots birthed a documentary called Strong Enough to Break, as well as their most inspired (and best, in my opinion) album: 2004’s Underneath. The lyrics and melodies on that album got me through so many tough first-year-away-from-home moments it’s not even funny. I even named my cat, Penny, after my favorite song on that album: “Penny and Me,” whose music video starred Samaire Armstrong of The O.C. fame.

Since 2003, these guys (who are all long since men now, each with multiple children of their own) have embarked on multiple ventures even outside of music that have made them that much more worthy of respect. Between 2004 and 2006 they recorded the 2007 album The Walk in Africa, and used the accompanying tour to promote the fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa. In fact, they still hold group walks when they’re touring to continue to raise awareness for this cause.

Today, Hanson is still rooted in pop music, with their signature blues, rock, and soul influences. They play a lot of oldies – both of their own, as well as covers of some of their favorite inspirations, like Bill Withers, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson. They also maaaay have covered Taylor Swift and TLC. The music video for their most recent single – “Get the Girl Back,” from their 2013 album Anthem – starred Nikki Reed and Kat Dennings, both of whom are self-proclaimed Hanson fans.

And to this day, Hanson still plays “MMMBop” at pretty much every single show. I’ve seen them more times than I can count, and not once did they leave it off the set list. People ask why, and I tell them the truth: They know what they owe their success to, they’re grateful, and they hold their heads high. And they should, because “MMMBop” is an amazing, deep song that doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

At that show in fall of 2003, I became a born-again Hanson fan. I haven’t looked back since, and I’ve never once in the past 12 years hesitated to defend this amazing group of musicians who have worked tooth and nail for what they have today, as well as the respectable legacy they have both taken from and left on the music industry. They’ve inspired me to be who I am and never apologize for it. Because I’ll only live once, and my life is too short to pretend to be anything other than myself – and that includes being a Hanson fan. And a Zac girl. Because even when I’m 95, I will still be a Zac girl.

Happy birthday, 3CG Records – and thank you, Hanson, for living the life we should all aspire to live.

Stream Hanson’s Chicago concert for free Thursday

Tulsa World

The Hop Jam

The Hop Jam

Isaac, Zac and Taylor Hanson take a bow after performing at last year’s Hop Jam in the Brady Arts District. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World file

You may not be able to make it to the House of Blues in Chicago for Hanson’s concert, but you can be there in spirit.

Yahoo Live will be streaming the concert for free starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Stream the show on the Live Nation Channel at The concert can also be streamed on the Yahoo Screen app for mobile phones and TV-connected devices like Apple TV, Roku or Xbox.

The show is their second in Chicago this week. Tulsa natives Hanson kicked off their Roots & Rock n’ Roll Tour on Wednesday in Chicago. Each tour stop features two nights of music: The first night featuring iconic cover songs with the second night featuring songs from Hanson’s extensive catalog, including their biggest hits. Tickets are sold as a two-night package.

Upcoming shows include:

  • Oct. 10-11 at Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto
  • Oct. 13-14 at the House of Blues in Cleveland
  • Oct. 16-17 at Irving Plaza in New York City
  • Oct. 19-20 at Center Stage in Atlanta
  • Oct. 22-23 in the House of Blues in New Orleans
  • Oct. 24-25 at the House of Blues in Dallas
  • Oct. 29-30 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, Oregon
  • Nov. 1-2 in Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre
  • Nov. 3-4 at The Filmore in San Francisco.

Unfortunately for Tulsa fans, none of the tour stops are in Tulsa. Ticket information and more info about the shows is at

What Do Hanson, A$AP Rocky, Shawn Mendes And Lindsey Stirling Have In Common?


A$AP Rocky closes out the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Music Festival in Philadelphia. (Photo by Uyen Cao).

A$AP Rocky closes out the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Music Festival in Philadelphia. (Photo by Uyen Cao).

At first glance, it would seem that Hanson, A$AP Rocky, Shawn Mendes and Lindsey Stirling have precisely nothing in common, aside from being successful musical acts under the age of 30 (Zac Hanson is still 29). Last night in Philadelphia, it became clear that they shared a bit more.

These four acts came together yesterday to co-headline the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit Music Festival, a free ticketed concert for people who take action to help end extreme poverty around the world in partnership with Global Citizen. They all showed their commitment to the cause by foregoing their usual five- and six-figure performance fees, playing instead for travel and lodging–and a chance to give back.

The show began at dusk on Live Nation’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, a 7,500-plus capacity outdoor venue in the shadow of Philadelphia’s iconic Ben Franklin Bridge. The line wrapped around the block before doors opened, as scalpers tried to hawk tickets and bootleg t-shirts.

Prior to the show, 17-year-old singer-songwriter Mendes met rap fashionista Rocky and collaborated on an improvised song. Then NBC reporter Ronan Farrow–the night’s emcee–introduced him to the packed house, and Mendes kicked off the festival with a rollicking set that included a smattering of his own hits as well as Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

Performing @ForbesUnder30 music festival Tuesday in Philly with #GlobalCitizen ! Details here— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) October 2, 2015

Next up was Hanson, and the Oklahoma-born trio did not disappoint. Before the concert, the group polled fans on Twitter to see if they’d prefer to hear a cover of The Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back” or Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

The latter won out, and Hanson mixed it in with the band’s own deep catalogue of funky pop-rock. The three brothers closed their set with the obligatory and sublimely enjoyable “Mmmbop” and an energetic Led Zeppelin cover.

Dancing dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling went third, whirling across the stage as she played a string of her most popular songs including “Shatter Me.” Backstage, Hanson looked on from the wings with great interest.

Then Mixed By Ali, a Grammy award-winning DJ who tours with Kendrick Lamar, played a thumping hip-hop set before giving way to A$SAP Rocky. The charismatic Harlem rapper closed out the night by treating fans to a handful of favorites including A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba” and his own “Goldie.”

A$AP Rocky

As Rocky brought his set to an end, he condensed the opinion of many of the summit’s attendees to five words: “This shit is f—ing inspirational!”


Setlist: Chicago, IL Night 1 10/7/15

Twist and Shout
Shake a Tailfeather
I Want To Take You Higher
Hold On Im Coming
I’ve Got Soul
You May Be Right
Movin’ Out
Voice In The Chorus
God Only Knows
Stand By Me
This Time Around
Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard
Penny and Me
Dancing In The Streets
Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours
Chain of Fools
Never Been To Spain
You Can’t Stop Us
I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Yahoo to Steam Hanson, Live in Chicago, This Thursday, October 8

Artist Direct

For Hanson fans, it’s been a few years too many since the release of 2013’s Anthem. And with nothing more than the benevolent will to serve those fans (oh, and to plug a new Yahoo Screen app for iOS and Android) internet tech giant Yahoo announced today it will live stream the Grammy-nominated pop trio from their concert this Thursday at Chicago’s House of Blues.

The three brothers are stopping through the Windy City as part of their Roots and Rock N Roll tour, a special 10-city run across the U.S. and Canada, with two concerts at each stop; the first night featuring “iconic covers and more,” the second, “iconic Hanson songs and more.” And if you’ve longed for the day when the boy-turned-man band might offer up a different product alongside its buoyant, pleasing pop, say a cheekily-named new craft beer, the tour also serves as an introduction to the band’s craft beer, Mmmhops Pale Ale, now available in select cities.

“This is a special tour so we felt it deserved a special party, plus we are thrilled to be able to share our Mmmhops Pale Ale with a lot of our fans for the first time,” said Taylor Hanson.

“This tour is all about celebrating our musical journey,” said Isaac Hanson. “Each night will be a totally unique experience,” added Isaac Hanson.

According to Yahoo!, the show “will be available to fans across the U.S. for free through the Yahoo Screen App for iOS and Android, on connected devices (Apple TV, Roku, XBox), and desktop at”

To keep up with Hanson, check out their website:

To purchase tickets for one of the remaining dates on the Roots and Rock N Roll tour, visit

Hanson Roots and Rock N Roll tour dates

Enjoy this clip of “Already Home” from a recent Live in New York Show:


Forbes Under 30 Music Festival: A$AP Rocky disappointing, Hanson triumphant


(Photo at the source)

It’s quite possible that A$AP Rocky and Shawn Mendes have never shared a bill before. That is, until Forbes tried to hone in on millennial tastes and booked the pop singer and the rapper, along with grown-up brother band Hanson and electric violinist Lindsey Stirling for the Under 30 Summit closing concert Tuesday night at Festival Pier.

In between writing impromptu songs about Dior jackets backstage, Mendes and Rocky bookended an evening of eclectic performances, aimed at running the gamut of twentysomethings’ tastes, though plagued by talent cancellations.

The show’s original lineup consisted of Avicii, Hanson and Stirling and was then amended with Mendes and Fetty Wap replacing Avicii. Following Fetty Wap’s motorcycle accident, it was announced A$AP Rocky would take the final slot on the lineup.

The free concert was open not only to Summit attendees but also to the public, though the crowd was largely comprised of nametag-wearing young influencers from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, still in their heels and blazers. The second-annual summit took place on Monday, Oct. 5 and Tuesday, Oct. 6.

That’s not to say that acoustic-guitar-toting Mendes wasn’t greeted by a high-pitched welcome from the crowd. The Vine-turned-Billboard-chart-topping star sailed charmingly through a stripped-down set including single “Stitches” and a cover of Plain White T’s “Hey There, Delilah.”

Though early in the evening, the true stars of the night were Hanson, who put the younger performers to shame. Sliding seamlessly through their nearly two-decade repertoire, Hanson hit on funky grooves, tight harmonies, and fan-favorites like “MMMBop” and “Penny and Me.” Paired with triumphant covers of “I Want to Take You Higher” and “Dancing in the Street,” Hanson excelled despite being sandwiched in the middle of an awkward progression of artists.

Having the tough task of following Hanson, Lindsey Stirling made her way across the stage, shimmying and high kicking through intricate violin runs augmented by live percussion. On paper, a dancing violinist comes off as a gag performance as opposed to a touring act. As a result, Stirling’s quirkiness became an Instagram-worthy moment for concertgoers. Talented? Extremely. Spellbinding? Definitely. Appropriate for the occasion? Maybe not.

Less of a booming finale and more of a disappointing showboating scheme, A$AP Rocky finally took to the stage after a 35-minute delay tactic consisting of two DJ/hype men attempting to rouse an already anticipatory crowd. With a noise ordinance going into effect at 11 p.m., Rocky had a measly 25 minutes to deliver on what many came to the show specifically to see. An ignited audience danced along to “M’s” and A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba,” though the rapper’s entitlement — Rocky frequently is 20-plus minutes late to shows — outweighed any act of showmanship.

The concert was the finale to an off-base festival that, on the surface, served as a glorified, high-priced networking opportunity. While discussions from Tinder co-founder and CEO Sean Rad served utility in terms of inspiring strong leadership skills, some talks faltered under lack of focus — like Michelle Phan’s offhanded comment that depression is bred from boredom.

The largest oversight was the lack of Philadelphia influence — both on-stage at the concert and during summit sessions. The festival’s major talks drew no inspiration from the city in which it was held, from the chefs highlighted at the opening food festival to the panel called “How to be a boss when you haven’t had a boss.”