Hanson and fans almost MMMbopped; tent collapses after Williamsburg concert

By | December 11, 2018

Wavy

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – The band Hanson had to cut a holiday performance at the Williamsburg Winery short Sunday afternoon. And it’s a good thing they did or they may have been MMMbopped when the tent they were performing under partially collapsed.

This was their last concert of the year, and the band posted on Instagram that they were feeling festive as the snow fell outside. But the winter storm conditions quickly worsened and the snow total increased so they ended the performance early and got everyone out of the tent.  The heavy snow later caused the tent to partially collapse.

 

10 On Your Side reached out the James City County Fire Department, which confirmed there were no injuries reported. Battalion Chief Alton Catlett said the biggest problem was people had trouble getting out of the parking lot.

The Super Doppler 10 weather team reports five inches of snow fell in Williamsburg Sunday.

Mary Kathleen Grady was at the concert. She told 10 On Your Side there were hundreds of cars stuck in the dirt parking lot, including hers, but a group of strangers helped push her vehicle out to the road. Sarah Brock Mooney shared a similar story and provided this photo.

Monday afternoon, as word of the collapse spread, the Williamsburg Winery posted on their official Facebook page:

“We want to express our sincere gratitude for everyone who attended and was involved with yesterday’s Uncorked and Unplugged with Hanson, Brynn Elliott and Heather Murphy and thank you to our partners in Hampton Roads (94.9 The Point & 101.3 2WD) and in Richmond (Mix981Richmond& Q94 Richmond). The weather conditions that arose unexpectedly after the forecast called for a dusting to a 1/2 inch of snow followed by rain, certainly brought about some challenges. Our primary focus all day, especially when the snow increased, was to make sure everyone got out of the venue safely.

We are so grateful for our Winery team, our Radio partners and our community partners at James City County for working tirelessly all day monitoring the situation and taking the necessary measures to ensure everyone’s safety. A huge thank you to you, the fans, for your passion, feedback and for braving the elements and being patient during the snowfall. We know that the elements brought about less than ideal situations and unexpected circumstances.

Please feel free to contact our radio partners with questions about the show at 757-965-2368.

Thank you and happy holidays



Tuesday Trivia

By | December 11, 2018

TuesdayTrivia

An I Was Born Challenge the guys would like to try next is using para jets.

Which Hanson has a great american motorcycle trip on their bucket list?



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Hanson: Acoustic Christmas for Members

By | December 7, 2018

WEEKLY PIC

This week, we are about to do our final concert of 2018. Hard to believe since it has been such an incredible year of shows and sharing music. It only makes us that much more excited for what is ahead.

MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

This weekend marks the final show of 2018, and if we do say so, it has been a great year!  We are already planning for 2019-2020, talking about what projects will come next and all the places we hope to tour.  What is abundantly clear is there is so much we want to do.  Now, figuring out how to get it created is another thing altogether.

Looking past Christmas into 2019, we are all thinking about Back To The Island.  It looks like we have our musical guests set, and with any luck, we will be able to share that information in the next week.  The Islanders (that’s you!) voted, and the winning set lists for BTTI 2019 are

  • Rock All Night
  • Member’s Only Music
  • Surprise Me! (Hanson’s Choice)

I think it’s gonna be a great year.  These shows, plus R&R, lots of good food, endless drinks and waterfalls, sounds like a trip not to be missed.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, so before we head into another year we have a little Christmas treat for all the Hanson.net members.  Starting next Friday, we will be sharing acoustic performances just for members, singing some of our favorite Christmas songs to help you wring out every last drop of holiday goodness. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Isaac, Taylor And Zac

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Ever wanted to see Smashing Pumpkins and Hanson covering Fleetwood Mac? Well, now you can

By | December 5, 2018

NME

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Stevie Nicks, Billy Corgan and Taylor Hanson Credit: Rex/Getty

Unexpected, eh?

This weekend saw an unlikely collaboration between Smashing Pumpkins and Hanson, as the bands came together to perform a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Landslide’.

The alt-rock veterans were performing in Hanson’s native Tulsa, when they invited the brothers out to join them on the rendition from their ‘Pisces Iscariot’ album.

Turning to guitarist James Iha, frontman Billy Corgan joked: “As you were driving in your limousine today, you saw these kids busking in the corner and you said, ‘Hey kids, come out and play this Fleetwood Mac classic with us tonight’”

Iha then added: “Let’s welcome to the stage, Tulsa’s own Hanson.”



‘It’s time’: ’90s heartthrob Taylor Hanson on coming to Canberra

By | December 4, 2018

Sydney Morning Herald

Hanson: String Theory, Wednesday March 6, 2019, 8pm. Canberra Theatre. Limited seats available. Bookings on (02) 6275 2700 or www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Sometimes, just sometimes, I find it hard to breathe or even talk when I interview someone. Like the time Jamie Oliver cooked me dinner and then sat down next to me to ask how it was. Or the time I met Keanu Reeves and blurted, “You’re so much taller in real life than in your movies”.

Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson don't just do music - they also have a beer brand.
Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson don’t just do music – they also have a beer brand.

I was in this state of near-panic when 1990s heartthrob Taylor Hanson – one third of pop band Hanson – was dialled through to ye olde telephone in The Canberra Times conference room. I expected to hear Taylor as I remembered him in 1997; the high-pitched voice of a global rockstar, all long golden locks and cuteness at the tender age of 14.

But what I got was the voice of a calm, patient and downright charming man from the United States’ deep south. Taylor Hanson is now a father of five, and still a passionate musician who works on new songs daily with brothers Zac and Isaac. Taylor chatted to me ahead of Hanson’s show at Canberra Theatre in March.

Taylor Hanson plays the bongo drums on stage at the 40th annual Grammy Awards in 1998.
Taylor Hanson plays the bongo drums on stage at the 40th annual Grammy Awards in 1998.CREDIT:MARK LENNIHAN

Bree [Hyperventilating]: We’re so excited that you’re coming to Australia.

Taylor: We’re thrilled that this show is coming there – it’s going to be amazing.

Bree: Do you know what that capital of Australia is? A little bit of trivia for you!

Taylor: Um, it’s Canberra?

Bree: [Squeals awkwardly]: Yes! I was so sure you’d say Sydney! So why did you guys include Canberra on your Australian tour?

Taylor: Because it’s been 20 years and we’ve never been. So I think it’s time.

Bree: That little hit you had back in the 1990s – Mmmbop – how do you feel about it now?

Taylor: It’s where we’ve come from – I mean, we’re proud of it. And we’re proud of our history. One of the things that’s really interesting is that the string theory show we’re bringing to Canberra incorporates Mmmbop as well as several other old songs, a lot of brand new songs and super rare songs.

Hanson, from left, Zac, Isaac, center, and Taylor, arrive at Radio City Music Hall in New York, for the 40th annual Grammy Awards in 1998.
Hanson, from left, Zac, Isaac, center, and Taylor, arrive at Radio City Music Hall in New York, for the 40th annual Grammy Awards in 1998.CREDIT:TODD PLITT

We continue to proudly play songs from our history because it’s a part of our story. It’s not like, “Oh man I can’t believe we did that” – we’re proud of the songs we’ve released but at the same time, of course, you try to take people forward, always.

Bree: Who comes to your concerts? Is it literally all of those tween girls from the 1990s all grown up?

Taylor: It’s a mix. There’s a lot of fans that have absolutely grown up with us that are our peers and have been following us for 20 years.

But we’ve had many albums and many tours since the ’90s. So we have fans who came on board on album number three or four. And we’re just old enough now that we have the children of our original fans as new fans; kids aged 12, 13, 14, which is crazy – so it’s a pretty wide range. It’s a bigger range than we ever had in the past and it’s continued to evolve that way just because of the history, there’s more time for people to have connected with Hanson in different eras.

Bree: Speaking of kids, I know that between you, Isaac and Zac, you have 12 children. Is there going to be a ‘Hanson: the next generation’?

Taylor: You will have to ask that generation.

Bree: Are they all musical?

Taylor: There are definitely some that are musical. Not all – but definitely a lot of creativity. But we would never speak for them. Just like I wanted to be a master of my destiny musically, I want the same for my kids.

Bree: What’s the dynamic between the brothers? What’s it like when you’re creating music?

Taylor: We’re different. It’s hard to describe but we all have strong opinions. And the interesting thing about having done this for more than 20 years, you have more experience making records and so there’s certain things that you kind of fall into a rhythm, where you know this brother is going to be more likely to want to sort of jam and play through ideas …

'Mmmbop' reinvented with a full symphony orchestra? Yes please.
‘Mmmbop’ reinvented with a full symphony orchestra? Yes please.

Bree: Which brother is that?

Taylor: That’s more Isaac. But it really just depends on the day. We’re all very opinionated and we all write music and lyrics, and we don’t usually roll over on ideas. There’s usually a good amount of debate.

Bree: Do you get sick of each other? Do you need a break from each other?

Taylor: We’re all dads, we’ve all been involved in business together for years and so we’re not together all the time but we do work together constantly on different levels. It doesn’t mean we’re literally sitting in the same room every day but yeah certainly – either frustrated or, like anybody, we get somewhat sick of each other. But what we’re doing is much deeper than just a fickle frustration.

Hanson arrives for the MTV: Music Television's 20th anniversary celebration in New York in 2001.
Hanson arrives for the MTV: Music Television’s 20th anniversary celebration in New York in 2001.CREDIT:MARK LENNIHAN

Bree: What’s the number one thing you get asked by the media?

Taylor: You’ve already asked a couple of them.

Bree [Gasps]: No! What were they?

Taylor: Whether the kids are musical.

Bree: And the Mmmbop question?

Taylor: Yep.

Bree: So I’ve got a couple of Hanson fanatics here with me actually, who wanted to ask you a question each. First we have Jade.

Jade [Voice cracks with nerves]: Hi Taylor.

Taylor: Hi Jade. Do you like being called a fanatic?

Jade: Um, I don’t know. I’ve probably copped a lot of grief from family and friends for being a Hanson fan and I have stood by you adamantly. I force everyone to listen to the Christmas album at Christmas time. So my question is about merchandise – what is your favourite piece of Hanson merchandise you’ve created? Was it the snow globe you’ve just made? And where can I get one?

Taylor: We’ve done some pretty random items – especially as we’ve had people like yourself who have followed the band for a long time. One of the more fun items was making the Hanson monopoly game, it’s a custom game: “Hansonopoly”. It’s really detailed, it incorporates hotels, houses, clubs and arenas, and you work your way through the music business. The snow globe is really cool. You can get it on hanson.net and it’s inspired by the Christmas record we did last year – but you already knew that!

Jade: Yes I did. This is for Bree’s benefit.

Taylor: You’re giving a little plug there, so thank you.

Bree: And now we have Janette, who has a question for you.

Janette [hyperventilating and clutching a Hanson CD single from 1997]: I’m so excited to be here this morning, I didn’t sleep at all last night. My question is – will you be playing I Will Come to You when you come to Canberra?

Taylor: Oh my gosh – well I’m about to crush your dreams because it’s not in the show that we’re playing next year.

Janette: Oh no.

Taylor: But one of the things that’s important about the show is that it’s not simply “Hanson’s most recognised or greatest hits” – it’s really about a story. So it starts with an aspirational song and builds up and goes through the idea of pushing through challenges. It’s really, really cool and powerful with the orchestra. I can tell you that Where’s the Love and Mmmbop are both in the show.

Bree: Taylor, thank you so much for including Canberra on your tour. We’re beside ourselves. 

Taylor: We’re looking forward to it! Thanks guys.



Tuesday Trivia

By | December 4, 2018

TuesdayTrivia

Isaac advises to sort your legos by their type, not their colors.

What is an I Was Born Challenge the guys would like to try next?



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Bucket List Moments

By | December 1, 2018


WEEKLY PIC

We have been on a lot of different musical journeys and this year has been one of the most rewarding, playing with Symphonies, and recording with Oscar winners and Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Famers. The exciting thing is, you can always get excited about what’s next!


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

This week, we have made the full swing from String Theory into Christmas holiday thanks in no small part to The Beach Boys. It was very cool when we heard Mike Love wanted to record Finally It’s Christmas for his Christmas album, but standing together singing & sharing the stage was surreal.

In modern music, harmony is not so common so it is rare to walk into a rehearsal and in a matter of minutes find your self standing in the round singing five part harmony. What a pleasure.

String Theory has been a bucket list project that we are so excited to bring it to many more places next year, but sharing the stage with icons is also on that list. Here is to 2019 and many more bucket list moments.

Isaac, Taylor And Zac

 


HOLIDAY ORDER DEADLINE!

Place your Christmas Orders by December 14th for delivery before Christmas, December 25th 2018.

Guarantee only available for U.S. Orders due to varying international customs speeds.


POSTER WINNERS!

Fan Club Exclusive: At each stop on the String Theory tour, we are giving away a special one-of-a-kind poster to one lucky Hanson.net member.  The poster design is drawn from a Zac Hanson painting created especially for this project, capturing the boy chronicled in the lyrics of Reaching For The Sky.  Every posted features the show’s date, venue and tour, in a four color screen print themed in the purples and blues of the String Theory art and will be signed by Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson.

Most Recent Winners:
Toronto, ON, CA #1 – radi0chick
Toronto, ON, CA #2 – laura7182

If you’re a Hanson.net members and attending a String Theory show, be sure to use your mobile device to check-in at the show in the  Hanson.net calendar section. Check-ins are open just prior to doors and remain open through the concert. Look for more winners to be announced each week in the hanson.net newsletter.

NOTE: Winners will be contacted via the e-mail in their hanson.net user profile.  Posters will begin shipping in late November.


JOIN HANSON.NET!

With the String Theory album and tour just around the corner, don’t forget to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2018!
During The String Theory enjoy these members benefits.

•    Pre-sale concert tickets
•    Member lines at concerts
•    Meet & Greets opportunities with the band
•    Fan Club Reporter’s interviews
•    Exclusive videos
•    Check-in at the concert to win one of a kind items

You can find your current expiration date by going to your My Account page. Not a member join today!



So you want to go to MOE? [Updated for 2019]

By | November 29, 2018

MOE

This post was originally on my personal blog, ConcertKatie, and has been updated for 2019’s event!

Hanson “Day” is a weekend concert event held yearly in Tulsa, OK.  Hanson usually announces dates in November or December to give international fans time to plan with more details and event tickets going on sale in February or March.  As of 11/29/18 we do not have any official dates for the weekend, though many are assuming since the Tulsa String Theory show is the 3rd weekend in May, the event will be held once again the third weekend in May.

In order to go – you must be a paid Hanson.net member.  If you’re not yet, join!  The 2019 EP should be released at Hanson Day weekend and can be picked up there by members who have paid their membership fees through 2020.  If you paid for your membership in 2018, while you may be a valid member through May 2019 to attend MOE, you won’t be able to pick up your new kit unless you renew early.  (A cut off date is usually announced, but I’d suggest to do it by April)  Your membership will be good for another year from the date you originally joined and you’ll get to pick up the kit and take it home with you at MOE.

(For example – if you join December 18, 2018 as a 2018 member, your membership will be good until December 18, 2019. You will receive the 2018 kit in the mail and be eligible to attend the events, but you won’t be able to pick up the 2019 kit until you renew. If you renew for 2019 on April 1, your membership will be extended until December 18, 2020 making you eligible to pick up your kit at MOE.  Your expiration date can be found on your account profile page on Hanson.net.)  The membership “kit” is just a fancy way of saying Members Only EP.

Where to Stay 

Most of the events happen in the Tulsa Arts District in Downtown Tulsa [formerly known as the Brady Arts District].  Concerts have been held at Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theater. The location for 2019 has not yet been announced.  The closest hotel is the Fairfield Inn.  This hotel is pretty small so it books up fast.  There is also the Hyatt about a half a mile to a mile walk away which is much bigger (and sometimes has cheaper rates available on Priceline). These are the only hotels I have personally stayed at but there are several others within a mile or two of the area – some I have heard of other fans staying at include Aloft, Double Tree and Best Western.  There is supposed to be a new Holiday Inn Express opening in the area during the weekend as well. Some hotels provide airport shuttles.  Those that do not will run you about $20-$30 on a cab or a bit cheaper if you use uber.

Do I Need a Car?

This depends on what you want to do.  If you are coming in early or staying later and want to explore more of Tulsa, I’d say yes.  If you are only coming for Thurs/Fri-Sun, you will probably kept busy with so many Hanson activities that you won’t really need one if you are staying within walking distance.  (Note: If they have a movie night, the theater is a distance from the other activities and you will need a car or cab or uber. Painting was also not close to downtown.  Game Night at the Bond Center was further out but still walking distance for some.)

When Should I Come?

For the past 2 years activities have started with Karaoke on Thursday evening. Typically Thursday afternoon they begin the check in process and open the Hanson store.  In the past, items have sold out after Thursday and were not restocked.  Some years they do end up restocking and putting most items up on the Hanson.net store.  If you want to see more of Tulsa you should probably come early or stay later as they to tend to keep the weekend jam-packed with activities. You may want to wait for the full events schedule to be released before deciding for sure when you want to arrive.

What activities are free?

All activities require a Hanson.net Membership ($40+shipping).  Free with your RSVP is access to the Hanson Store, Hanson Gallery, Photos with the band, State of the Band and the Members Only Concert. If they do another movie in he park, this should be free as well.

The Hop Jam concert on Sunday is also free and open to the public (you do not need to be a Hanson.net member to attend). They do offer VIP upgrades for the beer and music sides and this past year no one could access the beer area without a paid ticket (either for beer tasting or as a designated driver).

What are the add on activities and how much are they?

We won’t know for sure the prices for 2019 and which activities they will be holding until they are announced in hopefully February or March.  Here is a guide based on past events and prices:

Movie Night – $12
Fan Club Dinner – $22 (Friday night and Saturday night, fixed menu, usually at Caz’s or Mexicali’s)
Street Team Leaders Dinner – $22 (for Street Team Leaders only)
Dance party – $15 / $20 at door
Karaoke – $15 / $20 at door
Lectures – $25 / $30 at door
Bowling – $50 (includes a t-shirt)
Listening Party – $15 (included a CD)
Game Night – $50 (includes a game)
Painting Class – $35 (you can take home your painting)

There is a cut off on when you can buy tickets until online.  If any tickets are left, they will be available first come, first serve at the check in table (usually CASH ONLY).  Last year all events sold out in advance.

What are the VIP tickets for Hop Jam?

Past years have had the following VIP tickets. Until the event is officially announced, we don’t know what might change for 2019.  Here are 2017s prices and details:

Unlimited Hop Ticket ($35)
-Unlimited beer tasting
-Commemorative tasting cup
-Event lanyard

Hop Head Ticket ($50)
-Early entry to the festival (1 hour early)
-Limited edition Hop Head Hat
-Unlimited beer tasting
-Commemorative tasting cup
-Event lanyard

Hop Snob Ticket ($65)
-Hop Talks featuring exclusive panels of attending Brewmasters
-Early Entry to the festival (2 hours early)
-Limited edition Hop Head Hat
-Unlimited beer tasting
-Commemorative tasting cup
-Event lanyard

Craft Beer VIP Ticket ($150)
Craft Beer VIP Lounge access – indoor lounge offering air conditioning, seating, real bathrooms, food, unlimited water, soft drinks & featured craft beers
-Hop Talks featuring exclusive panels of attending Brewmasters
-Early Entry to the festival (2 hours early)
-Limited edition Hop Head Hat
-Unlimited beer tasting
-Commemorative tasting cup
-Event lanyard

Music VIP Ticket ($65)
-Reserved concert seating area
-Music VIP Lounge access – indoor lounge offering air conditioning, seating, real bathrooms, food, unlimited water, soft drinks & featured craft beers

What does the schedule typically look like?

The 2018 schedule can be found on the HDay 2018 page: https://hanson.net/hday2018 

Where Should I Fly To?

Tulsa has an International Airport (TUL) that is serviced by many airlines. Oklahoma City is a couple of hours away and also has an airport.  I am not sure the best way to get from OKC to TUL without renting a car – if anyone has any tips or experience in this area let me know and I will add it!

How is the Weather?

Unpredictable.  Pack for all seasons.  Some years have been rainy, windy and cold, others have been so hot that you wish you packed a pair of shorts (or are happy that you did) and some have been all of the above all wrapped into one – and maybe a tornado warning for good measure.  I think a combination of jeans, capris and shorts as well as a hoodie and rain jacket should cover most of your bases.

Where can I eat?

There are a lot of restaurants in the downtown area, some of them include:
Dilly Diner
Caz’s Chowhouse
Mexicali Border Cafe
Sisserou Carribean
Coney Island Hot Dogs
The Tavern
PRYHME Steakhouse
El Guapos
McNellie’s
Chimera Cafe
Joe Mama’s Pizza
Hurts Donut
Rib Crib
Fassler Hall
STG Pizzeria
Fat Guy’s Burgers

RSVP is not yet up on Hanson.net but when it is – Just go to the calendar page once you are logged in and click the button to RSVP! You will be sent an email confirmation there will be no confirmation list posted on the site like there has been in years past.  If you later realize you can no longer attend, just go to the calendar page and unclick the button to un-RSVP.

 

*Note: Last year I made a page to let you know if you needed to renew your membership to pick up your EP at Hanson Day.  I will be modifying it for the 2019 dates eventually!! Stay tuned 🙂



Tuesday Trivia

By | November 27, 2018

TuesdayTrivia

The Hanson who said  “The unexpected is not so bad, it sometimes is what inspires” was Zac. (Belo Horizonte Reporter interview)

How does Isaac advise one to sort their legos?



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