Bring Hanson to Newcastle is gaining momentum

By | March 16, 2018

The Herald

If there’s one thing Topics likes to see, it’s Newcastle being promoted as a great place to go.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes’s passion for talking up the city must be rubbing off on us.

Each and every one of us are ambassadors for our city and region, aren’t we? We’re parochial. We love our town.

Which is why we were delighted to see the actions of a group of hardcore, passionate, fervent and (just slightly) obsessive fans of the cult band Hanson.

Now, many of you would only know this band from the 1997 hit, MMMBop.

The Hanson brothers – Isaac, Taylor and Zac – were young, baby-faced whipper-snappers back then, but have since released six albums and built a largely underground but passionate following.

As such, there’s a Facebook group called Bring Hanson to Newcastle. This campaign, which includes a petition, was spearheaded by Emily Fuller, Samantha Nay and Helen Gregory. The girls are doing their bit to promote Newcastle.

You see, lead singer Taylor is known for wearing a black cap with the initials “TUL”, which is the airport code for Tulsa – the band’s hometown.

“We all travelled to Tulsa in May last year, where we talked their ears off about Newcastle,” Helen said.

When the band came to Australia last June, the girls made their own “TUL” black caps and wore them to multiple shows.

They also made black caps with the initials “NTL” – the airport code for Newcastle.

The girls gave NTL hats to the band.

“When we met them at the Sydney show, we said ‘look we’re representing your hometown, feel free to promote ours’,” said Helen, who reports for the Herald when she’s not following Hanson around the world.

“You’re gonna need to know this airport code for when you come to Newcastle – hopefully soon,” the girls told the band.

The girls wondered if they’d ever see the hats again.

After the show, Zac came out of the Enmore Theatre wearing his NTL hat.

“The next day he was photographed by another fan in Sydney wearing the hat. We were pretty chuffed by that,” Helen said.

Then, earlier this week – nine months after the Sydney show – Taylor’s daughter Penny was seen in a photo on Instagram wearing the hat.

Penny Hanson wearing the Newcastle hat.

Penny Hanson wearing the Newcastle hat.

What does it all mean? Well, we reckon it might just mean that Hanson will be coming to Newcastle on their next Australian tour.


SXSW: Hanson Deliver the Hits, Hint at ‘Next Big Project’

By | March 16, 2018


Jiro Schneider

Hanson has a storied history with South By Southwest, from busking on the streets of Austin as youths and famously singing a capella at the closing barbeque and softball tournament before signing its major label deal in the mid-90s to headlining a tribute to fellow Oklahoman Leon Russell at last year’s Texas Recording Academy chapter Block Party. The brothers added to that legacy on Thursday afternoon by coming in from Oklahoma especially for a rare, and lightly publicized, trio performance at the John Lennon Come Together For Education day party at the Belmont.

The group turned in a generous and intimate 12-song, 55-minute show that fit the event with plenty of songwriting stories as Hanson worked through acoustic renditions of “Strong Enough To Break,” “Penny & Me,” “Madeline,” “Weird,” “On And On” and “MMMBop” — the platter played to a sea of cell phone cameras — before plugging in for “Thinking ‘Bout You,” “Been There Before,” “Where’s the Love,” This Time Around,” “A Minute Without You” and “Lost Without Each Other.”

“We kinda consider ourselves locals,” Zac Hanson told Billboard afterwards. “Tulsa’s not far away, so to support music in this region makes a lot of sense. It seemed like a cool way to come and be part of the festival without doing the rigamarole, and it really connects to something we see in sort of our immediate future.”

Taylor Hanson — who turned 35 on Wednesday — teased that at the beginning of the show, telling the Fansons in front of him that the group was “quietly plotting the rest of our year.” That will include a tour Hanson plans to announce in April, as well as the group’s “next big project” that the brothers were being circumspect about on Thursday.  “It’s very musical,” Taylor said. And though Zac said the group is “in the studio right now recording new music,” Taylor added that “we don’t really think about our music under the terms of, like, records anymore. Some of it’s a product of 2018 and some of it is a product of being a band that tries to think about the bigger picture, the kdea of long-term, of songs living past your lifetime.

“Year 26 for our band this year — we just need to make sure every project we do is exciting and challenging for us, and hopefully it’s a great story.

Hanson’s 2018 may also include more partnerships with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and, according to Taylor, “making our project an opportunity to talk about the importance of supporting music in every school and in every community. The whole idea of creativity is so important to American culture, so important to our future.”  And, Zac, added, “it’s really about our love of seeing music education grow for kids. We all have kids. We started as kids. One of the first things we did as a band was playing in schools. So if we can help that keep going and grow, we want to.”


Happy Birthday, Taylor Hanson! Celebrate with a look back at Hanson through the years

By | March 14, 2018

Tulsa world

More than 25 years after Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson’s first performance at Mayfest, they have seen the world, played “MMMBop” more times than they can fathom, built an enormous and fervent fanbase, and weathered tension between record labels and themselves.

The creativity of the Tulsa-native brothers, so many years after they started their career as pre-teens, shows no signs of slowing.

Remember Hanson? The Middle Brother Is Now a Father of 5 Celebrating His 35th Birthday

By | March 14, 2018


The Hanson brothers hold a special place in the heart of any 90s kid. With their shaggy hair and perfectly balanced grunge and hippie style, brothers Zac, Isaac, and Taylor Hanson powered the tween cultural zeitgeist–which ran on “mmmbops” and incoherent strings of “bop dee boos” until Y2K.

Now, well into the 2000s, fewer people might have realized the three brothers didn’t vanish when the Millennium came around, and they’re all adults now just like the rest of us. In fact, today, March 14, is middle-brother and lead singer Taylor Hanson’s 35th birthday. That makes his baby brother, Zac Hanson, 32, and the band elder, Isaac Hanson, 37.

If you’re already feeling weird about the decades that seem to have vaporized between your youth and present state, this next news probably won’t make you feel too hot either. Taylor Hanson is a father! He has three sons and two girls with his wife of nine years, Natalie Anne Bryant.

The only good news to come out of this mind-bending continuum is that the lead singer’s former 90s heartthrob status has withstood the test of time.

Taylor Hanson, once every teenaged girl’s imaginary boyfriend, can now be every late-20-year-old girl’s imaginary husband.

It’s easy to sit around mourning the loss of our teen years, wistfully acknowledging that in an mmmbop they’re gone … but in this case, we might not have to. Hanson, it turns out, is still touring and even released a Greatest Hits album last September.

The musically-include brothers have also ventured into the craft beer space, founding Hanson Brothers Beer in their home of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

So, kick back with a cold Mmmhops Pale Ale (yes, real name) and daydream about the good ol’ days of Hanson, butterfly clips, and training bras. At least you can drink now.

Today in History for March 14th

By | March 14, 2018

Daily Freeman

Today is Wednesday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2018. There are 292 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 14, 1923, President Warren G. Harding became the first chief executive to file an income tax return, paying a levy of $17,990 on his $75,000 salary.

On this date:

In 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry.

In 1885, the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera “The Mikado” premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London.

In 1900, Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act.

In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order designed to prevent Japanese laborers from immigrating to the United States as part of a “gentlemen’s agreement” with Japan.

In 1939, the republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation of Czech areas and the separation of Slovakia.

In 1951, during the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul.

In 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.)

In 1967, the body of President John F. Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

In 1975, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a sendup of the legend of King Arthur, had its world premiere in Los Angeles. Academy Award-winning actress Susan Hayward, 57, died in Los Angeles.

In 1980, a LOT Polish Airlines jet crashed while attempting to land in Warsaw, killing all 87 people aboard, including 22 members of a U.S. amateur boxing team.

In 1990, the Soviet Congress of People’s Deputies held a secret ballot that elected Mikhail S. Gorbachev to a new, powerful presidency.

In 1998, India’s Congress party picked Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of assassinated prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, as its new president.

Ten years ago: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama denounced inflammatory remarks from his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who had railed against the United States and accused its leaders of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism. A tornado ripped into the Georgia Dome during the Southeastern Conference tournament, sending debris tumbling from the ceiling and prompting fans to flee. Protests led by Buddhist monks against Chinese rule in Tibet turned violent, leading to an extensive crackdown by China’s military. Lindsey Vonn completed the first American sweep of the overall World Cup titles in 25 years, a day after Bode Miller won his second overall crown in Bormio, Italy.

Five years ago: During his first full day as pontiff, Pope Francis stopped by his Vatican hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself. Some 10,000 workers from across the European Union protested outside a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, demanding they end years of austerity and focus instead on curbing runaway unemployment with more spending. A nearly 19-hour standoff in Herkimer, New York, came to an end inside a cluttered, abandoned bar as police SWAT teams killed the suspect in four fatal shootings. The NHL’s realignment plan was approved by the league’s board of governors.

One year ago: A blustery late-season storm plastered the Northeast with sleet and snow, paralyzing much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor but falling well short of predicted snow totals in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, according to highly sought-after tax documents disclosed by a reporter. Declaring “enough is enough,” Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, told senators that he intended to fix the problem that led to current and former Corps members sharing nude photos of female Marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them. Mitch Seavey won his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the fastest and oldest champion at age 57. Seavey also set a time record of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes and 13 seconds.

(Stations: “Derrick,” one name only, is correct)

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Phil Phillips (Song: “Sea of Love”) is 92. Former astronaut Frank Borman is 90. Actor Michael Caine is 85. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 85. Actor Raymond J. Barry is 79. Movie director Wolfgang Petersen is 77. Country singer Michael Martin Murphey is 73. Rock musician Walt Parazaider (payr-ah-ZAY’-der)(Chicago) is 73. Actor Steve Kanaly is 72. Comedian Billy Crystal is 70. Former Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is 70. Actor-writer-comedian-radio personality Rick Dees is 67. Country singer Jann Browne is 64. Actor Adrian Zmed is 64. Prince Albert II, the ruler of Monaco, is 60. Actress Laila Robins is 59. Actress Tamara Tunie (tuh-MAH’-ruh TOO’-nee) is 59. Actress Penny Johnson Jerald is 58. Producer-director-writer Kevin Williamson is 53. Actress Elise Neal is 52. Actor Gary Anthony Williams is 52. Actress Megan Follows is 50. Rock musician Michael Bland is 49. Country singer Kristian Bush is 48. Rock musician Derrick is 46. Actress Betsy Brandt is 45. Actress Grace Park is 44. Actor Daniel Gillies is 42. Actor Corey Stoll is 42. Actor Jake Fogelnest is 39. Actor Chris Klein is 39. Actor Ryan Cartwright (TV: “Kevin Can Wait”) is 37. Actress Kate Maberly is 36. Singer-musician Taylor Hanson (Hanson) is 35. Actor Jamie Bell is 32. Rock musician Este Haim (HY’-uhm) (Haim) is 32. Actor Ansel Elgort is 24. Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles is 21. Actor James Freedson-Jackson (Film: “The Strange Ones”) is 16.

Thought for Today: “The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.” — John Maynard Keynes, British economist (1883-1946).


Tuesday Trivia

By | March 13, 2018


The song by The Weekend Isaac was obsessed with was I Can’t Feel My Face.

Which song does Zac play bass on?

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After baking a cake asking them not to perform, PETA will protest Hanson’s concert today at SeaWorld

By | March 12, 2018

Orlando Weekly


  • Photo via Hanson/Facebook

Despite the efforts of an online petition and a special protest cake, Hanson and SeaWorld, two things that have been consistently panned by critics for years, will join forces for a concert in Orlando this afternoon.

Hanson, the band that wrote “MmmBop” nearly 20 years ago, has gotten quite a bit of flack for not canceling today’s show. Along with the protest cake, which was sent to their studio office and featured a little orca made of frosting, an online petition also made the rounds, gathering more than 4o thousand signatures.
“After hearing this and finding out how SeaWorld neglects and mistreats animals in its care, numerous bands have decided to cancel their appearances. Please do the same and move this show to a different venue. Your fanbase will support your decision and respect you for it,” reads the petition.

Hanson supporters and PETA protesters are expected to be at today’s performance with signs that read “Shout It Out: SeaWorld Kills,” a reference to the band’s album from 2010.

“Hanson’s loyal fans who care about animals would follow Isaac, Taylor, and Zac just about anywhere—except SeaWorld, where orcas are kept inside tiny concrete tanks and denied everything that’s natural and important to them,” said PETA Associate Director of Youth Campaigns Rachelle Owen, a Hanson super-fan who helped to organize outreach efforts to the band.

While Hanson still maintains a very hardcore fanbase, it’s difficult to distinguish if the outrage is coming mostly from PETA, or from diehard Hanson fans who also passionately hate SeaWorld. I guess we’ll find out.

Hanson is expected to perform at the Seven Seas Festival at SeaWorld at 5 p.m.

Lori Cherry, Public Relations Director for SeaWorld, sent over the following statement regarding the petition and today’s planned protest. “SeaWorld does not mistreat animals in anyway. The claims in this petition are false. To the contrary, our veterinarians, zoologists, marine biologists and other animal care specialists treat every single animal with love, compassion and the highest standards of care. In addition, our team has rescued more than 31,000 animals. Each ticket, each visit, each experience at our parks helps fund wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, habitat protections and ocean health initiatives.”

Back To The Island 2019

By | March 9, 2018


Fan Club Exclusive:  The Back To The Island destination concert event is a rare musical escape that takes music fans to a world-class resort destination on the Caribbean shore, to enjoy connecting with other music fans in a beautiful place, while sharing once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences with HANSON as your host.

Throughout this one-of-a-kind experience, guests are invited to relax in the tropical beauty of Jamaica with the soundtrack of twenty-six years of HANSON music as their tour guide. Back To The Island 2019 will feature rare performances and exclusive events hosted by the band each day.

Come take part in the seventh annual BTTI and escape to the tropics to kick off HANSON’s 26th year together on the beaches of the Caribbean. We can’t wait to return and we hope you’ll join us when we head Back To The Island!

Pre-sale begins March 19th!

For more details about Back To The Island 2019, CLICK HERE.

All those attending Back To The Island must be Fan Club members at the time of reservation. IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN CLUB MEMBER, JOIN NOW!

HNET Newsletter- Mar 8, 2018

By | March 8, 2018


Roosevelt asks, what is #hansonstringtheory ?


Today, we are asking a question rather than sharing a story.  We have been together for nearly 26 years making music and traveling the world.  We have our own form of time (HANSON Time), which interestingly is both a term of endearment and indignation. Wouldn’t it make sense that a band with such a deep grasp on the relativity of time would have their own string theory?  We have been pondering this question for the better part of a year and we have only cracked it this week.  More soon.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac


It’s 2018! Remember to renew your membership for 2018.  You can find your current expiration date by going to your My Account page.

Lucy Hale Is On a Mission to Meet the Hanson Brothers

By | March 8, 2018

Just Jared

Lucy Hale is still obsessed with Hanson!

The 28-year-old actress opened up about her love for the brother band while making an appearance on The Tonight Show on Tuesday (March 6) in New York City.

“I will remember the day I turned on MTV and I saw little Zac Hanson with his dreadlocks playing the drums and I was like ‘This is it, this is what love feels like,'” Lucy joked.

She added that while she hasn’t met the group, they’ve had a lot of close encounters.

“Almost meeting, almost going to shows, almost songwriting with them! I amost got to write a song with them and it just hasn’t happened,” she explained.

Check out all Lucy had to say in the video below…