Concert Review | Hanson with Columbus Symphony

By | July 15, 2018

Columbus Dispatch

Back in 1997, three adolescent brothers known as Hanson burned up pop charts with their hit single “MmmBop,” then nearly faded into obscurity.

Mention the name of a one-hit wonder, and the question always is the same: “Whatever happened to them?” In Hanson’s case, they’re now in their 30s; they’re still a band, and they’re still achieving new goals.

To celebrate Hanson’s 25-year anniversary, the brothers had an ambitious idea: String Theory, a 90-minute “musical manifesto” from their repertoire, arranged for their band and symphony orchestra. String Theory had its world premiere with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at last night’s Picnic with the Pops.

Along their journey, the brothers traded stardom for business sense, developing a loyal fan base – many of whom were at the Columbus Commons for last night’s concert – and releasing 7 more full-length albums over the past 20 years. Not a chronological retrospective, String Theory is a nod to the relativity of space and time, a spirited walk through the brothers’ history from the dreams of childhood to the achievements of adulthood.

Beginning with “Reaching for the Sky,” the work progressed through ambitions (including “Where’s the Love,” “Chasing Down My Dreams”) to adolescence and relationships (“Yearbook Song,” “Tragic Symphony,” and “Me, Myself and I”), to doubt (“This Time Around”), and finally to achievement of those childhood dreams (“You Can’t Stop Us,” “No Rest for the Weary”). Hardly surprising, the culmination of String Theory is “I Was Born,” itself a manifesto of self-assurance.

In this setting, their trademark hit “MmmBop” took on some of its original, more searching character, focusing more on orchestra and acoustic guitar than rhythm and spunk.

The legendary arranger David Campbell developed the orchestrations, and they were much more substantial than the usual pop-orchestra chords and figures. Although the trio usually overpowered the orchestra, the more scaled-back songs revealed rich strings and clear winds.

Sometimes the songs venture toward edgier rock. Sometimes the brothers switch instruments. No matter what, String Theory is fully polished and professional. Even better, Hanson’s music is as polished and catchy as it ever was, and last night’s audience was thrilled.

Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz also led the orchestra in a set of popular music from films. In particular, music from the Lord of the Rings movies was stirring, with intensity from the brass matched with depth from the strings. The real draw last night, though, was that one-hit wonder band who proved they truly are much more.



HNET Newsletter- July 12, 2018

By | July 13, 2018


WEEKLY PIC

In this pic our esteemed collaborator David Campbell and Taylor are reviewing charts for our new String Theory project, which premiers this WEEKEND in Columbus for the first time in front of an audience. We hope to see you there.


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

We are so excited to play our very first String Theory Show this weekend in Columbus.  This project has been a long time in the works, and since it includes music from all throughout our career, we really feel like it wouldn’t be possible without the last 25+ years of writing songs and touring and the journey we have been on.  String Theory is also a double album.  We are recording the Symphony in Prague, as we speak, and it will be ready for mixing and mastering over the summer. Columbus is this weekend, and then… THE WORLD!!!  As is the nature of tours they take a long time to plan, but we have even more shows in the works for 2018, and we are almost ready to announce them.  Keep an eye out for more info before the end of the month.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac


STRING THEORY TOUR!

HANSON String Theory is a musical manifesto with new and career spanning works from HANSON, arranged by David Campbell, performed with the world’s leading symphonies.

More show dates coming in July!

Jul 14, 2018 – Columbus Symphony @ Bicentennial Stage/Columbus Commons – GET TICKETS
Aug 2, 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA, US – Pittsburgh Symphony @ Heinz Hall – GET TICKETS
Aug 4, 2018 – Vienna, VA, US – National Symphony Orchestra @ Wolf Trap – GET TICKETS
Sep 8, 2018 – Denver Symphony @ Boettcher Concert Hall – GET TICKETS
Oct 20, 2018 – Atlanta Symphony @ Atlanta Symphony Hall – GET TICKETS
Oct 21, 2018 – Nashville Symphony @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – GET TICKETS
Jan 5, 2019 – Fort Worth Symphony @ Bass Performance Hall – FAN CLUB PRE-SALE 
May 17, 2019 – Tulsa, OK, US – Tulsa Symphony @ Tulsa Performing Arts Center – GET TICKETS

Tickets On Sale Now!

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Life in the 614 podcast: Playing Hanson with the Pops

By | July 12, 2018

Columbus Dispatch

Stuart Chafetz, the new principle Columbus Symphony Pops conductor, talks about the upcoming Picnic with the Pops concert with ’90s boy band Hanson and what he loves about bringing music to the masses in this week’s installment of “Life in the 614,” the official podcast of the features department at The Columbus Dispatch.

Pops concerts attract a whole different audience for the symphony, he said, and in this case there’s a built-in level of super fans. Thought their voices have dropped an octave since their 1997 hit “MMMBop,” the trio of brothers who make up Hanson continue to make music. The upcoming performance, titled “Hanson String Theory,” takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the John F. Columbus Commons. For more information, call 1-800-745-3000 or columbussymphony.com.

 



Tuesday Trivia

By | July 10, 2018

TuesdayTrivia

Taylor said  “If you are tired enough you can sleep on a rock”?

Where is Zac’s favorite place to visit in the US?



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BLUESFEST DAY 2: JETHRO TULL, BROCKHAMPTON, AND HANSON BRING VARIETY TO THE LEBRETON FLATS

By | July 8, 2018

Charlatan

What happens when you take the three brothers responsible for one of the 90s’ biggest earworms, a rising hip-hop supergroup, the rock veteran who famously made the flute a legitimate instrument for his genre, and combine them all together?  You would get a really weird Spotify playlist, but you also get the line-up for the second night of Ottawa Bluesfest.

The night after Bryan Adams and Passenger delivered brilliant sets to their respective crowds, Bluesfest took a turn for the obscure, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Out of obscurity came a series of distinctly enjoyable performances.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the kids who made that “MMMBop” song? Well, they’re still together, making music and touring, and they kicked things off on the City Stage. Pop-rock band Hanson originally started playing music together in 1992 when brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson were all under the age of 12. In 1997, lead singer Taylor was 14 when “MMMBop” became a global success and kickstarted their careers.

Two decades later, the group has shown incredible growth in talent and maturity. Being in their 30s, the songs they recorded as teenagers now have a more contemporary adult sound, but they still bring a youthful and energetic vibe to their live shows.

Lots of longtime fans crowded the front of the stage to take in the performance. They sang along to classics, and were genuinely pleased by Hanson’s newer material. Although a handful of people noticeably left after “MMMBop,” most stayed until the end, and a few lucky fans were able to grab a quick selfie with Taylor when he held an impromptu meet-and-greet at the side of the stage.



HNET Newsletter- July 7, 2018

By | July 8, 2018


WEEKLY PIC

HANSON & The Tulsa Symphony – String Theory Rehearsals


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

This has been a big week no matter how you look at it. Months of preparation in the studio and in the rehearsal hall led to our first time to rehearse with a full symphony, accompanied by our Tulsa Symphony and conducted by our symphonic arranger and collaborator, David Campbell. This special project brings together songs both new and old to tell a musical story and frames our music in a way that brings new life to every chord. We are only weeks away from sharing it live for the first time coming up in Columbus, followed by concerts with some of the nation’s most renowned symphonies (and many more to announce).

Inside the HANSON HQ, we are also preparing cool new products and special content that we think all HANSON fans will find engaging and will accompany this epic initiative with cool mementos to add to the String Theory experience, so stay tuned for more news over the next couple weeks as more news is shared.

Have a great week!

Isaac,Taylor and Zac


STRING THEORY TOUR!

HANSON String Theory is a musical manifesto with new and career spanning works from HANSON, arranged by David Campbell, performed with the world’s leading symphonies.

More show dates coming in July!

Jul 14, 2018 – Columbus Symphony @ Bicentennial Stage/Columbus Commons – GET TICKETS
Aug 2, 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA, US – Pittsburgh Symphony @ Heinz Hall – GET TICKETS
Aug 4, 2018 – Vienna, VA, US – National Symphony Orchestra @ Wolf Trap – GET TICKETS
Sep 8, 2018 – Denver Symphony @ Boettcher Concert Hall – GET TICKETS
Oct 20, 2018 – Atlanta Symphony @ Atlanta Symphony Hall – GET TICKETS
Oct 21, 2018 – Nashville Symphony @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – GET TICKETS
Jan 5, 2019 – Fort Worth Symphony @ Bass Performance Hall – FAN CLUB PRE-SALE 
May 17, 2019 – Tulsa, OK, US – Tulsa Symphony @ Tulsa Performing Arts Center – GET TICKETS

Tickets On Sale Now!

For information on all HANSON shows, CLICK HERE.


SPECIAL SHOWS 2018

Jul 8, 2018 – Kansas City, MO, US – Voodoo Lounge – GET TICKETS
Aug 10, 2018 – Indianapolis, IN, US – Indiana State Fair – GET TICKETS
Aug 11, 2018 – West Allis, WI, US – Wisconsin State Fair – GET TICKETS
Aug 16, 2018 – Escanaba, MI, US – Upper Peninsula State Fair – GET TICKETS
*NEW* – Aug 30, 2018 – Syracuse, NY, US – NY State Fair – GET TICKETS
Oct 29 – Oct 31 – Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA – America Gardens Theater -Disneyworld – Epcot –
[Eat To The Beat Concert at Epcot Food and Wine Festival]

Tickets On Sale Now!

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HANSON

By | July 6, 2018

Ladygunn

Photos / Kate Cauthen
Styling / Emmy Briggs
Hair / Michael Moreno
Grooming / Doria Riker
Set Assistant / Kate Kippen
Story / Alyssa Hardy

Anyone over the age of 25 knows exactly who you’re talking about when you say the names Taylor, Isaac and Zac. “Oh, MMMbop,” they will likely sing back to you completely off key. What many don’t realize, however, is that the three brothers who make up the eponymous band Hanson and who became famous before two of them even hit puberty, are still touring and making albums, own their own record label, and most surprisingly, have their own beer.

 

When I met the brothers, it was at a studio in the East Village of New York City across from a mural of Debbie Harry’s face. They walked into the building quietly, each one dressed in an outfit that was uniquely their own. Isaac, the oldest and the most ebullient of the three, wore a black suit, a look that his youngest brother Zac tells me is something he wears every day. Taylor, the middle brother, whose photo I admittedly had plastered all over my grade school bedroom, is now a husband and father of five children (all three brothers are married with children). He’s the most serious of the three, joking occasionally, but remaining business-minded throughout our interaction.

 

While I half-heartedly expected to meet the playful boys that I remember from my youth, their seriousness shouldn’t have surprised me. They have been working their whole lives with the weight of being child stars constantly following them. “The main thing about our band is that we really got into this for making music, as funny as that sounds,” Taylor says. “I mean the idea of just succeeding, being successful no matter what, you know, kind of on any terms was never for us. Just the idea of sex and drugs, like that’s the cool, just to be rock and roll, you know? I mean, come on, we’re all human, but we got into it so young, it was truly about making music and about being artists and about being creative.” Zac jokingly adds, “What are you saying? Sex and drugs isn’t a draw for an eight-year-old?”

 

 

Our interview was just a few short weeks after the group celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first album, Middle of Nowhere, that went 4-times platinum in 1997. Since then they have made six studio albums and have toured the country 15 times. They have one of the most unique and enduring fan bases of any 90s pop group. Not only do they sell out these tours regularly, most fans I spoke with told me they’d seen them at every single tour since the beginning. Yes, 15 tours and multiple shows within each one. The kicker is that it’s not for nostalgia’s sake. Unlike going to a New Kids On The Block tour or even Backstreet Boys, these fans are just as excited and rabid about their new work as they are about hearing “MMMbop” for the 40th time live.

 

Zac explains, “The fans who have connected with us have deeply connected with us. They’ve grabbed that idea that the music is about life and truth and there’s real things in it. And they tattoo it on their arms.” The tattoo comment is not a metaphor either. There are thousands of fans with their logo proudly displayed in permanent ink. He continues, “What we’re really doing is just creating fuel for connection, fuel for people to connect with each other. Fans, they give you their trust when they follow you. And you know, keeping that as long as possible. I mean, that’s the hardest thing there is.”

 

 

The word “connection” doesn’t even scratch the surface of Hanson’s unique (and very female) fanbase. During their Christmas tour at New York City’s PlayStation Theater, I watched as two fans who hadn’t seen each other “since the last show,” congratulated one another on their respective life milestones. They had not known each other before they became superfans of the band but had since become friends. This is a scenario that plays out over and over again around the world. Taylor explains, “I really believe that music lifts people up and brings people together. And we really believe every single person matters. That’s actually who we are.”

 

In a moment in entertainment where the number of likes on Instagram is just as much currency as how good your album is, Hanson doesn’t want to fit in. They use social media to connect with the fans that love them, they put out albums that they believe in and aren’t at the mercy of a record label. As they head into their third decade as a band, it doesn’t look like they have any plans to slow down, only plans to grow more into their own. Zac summarizes, “Over time, the characteristic that will define our band is we’re a band devoted to this idea of craftsmanship, right? It’s about this legacy idea. It’s about creating things in songs that speak an element of reality—truth into the world.”

 

 

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Tuesday Trivia

By | July 3, 2018

TuesdayTrivia

Zac’s kids favorite Members Only song is “Siren Call”

Finish this Taylor quote –  “If you are tired enough you can sleep on a __”?



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NYS Fair 2018: Hanson to play free Chevy Court show

By | June 26, 2018

Syracuse

Hanson, pictured here in 2017, is performing at the 2018 New York State Fair.

Hanson, pictured here in 2017, is performing at the 2018 New York State Fair. (Provided Photo)

GEDDES, N.Y. – Hanson, the trio of brothers whose 1997 hit “MMMBop” vaulted the then-teenagers into mega stardom, are coming to the New York State Fair this summer.

The band, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, will perform on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. at Chevy Court.

The concert, like all Chevy Court concerts during the state fair, is free with fair admission.

“We are very excited to bring Isaac, Taylor and Zac to Chevy Court,” Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner said in a statement. “They’ve known what they wanted to do since they were very young and they’ve made music loved by millions. It’s another great show in a season of excellent and diverse musical entertainment.”

Aug. 30 is one of two Three Dollar Thursdays at the New York State Fair, when admission is only $3. It is also Armed Forced Day, when admission is free for any current or retired military member.

The band’s last CNY show came on New Year’s Eve in 2013 at a frigidly cold First Night celebration at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool.



Tuesday Trivia

By | June 26, 2018

TuesdayTrivia

The Hanson most likely to be found eating an Aussie meat pie would be Zac.

 

What is the favorite members only song of Zac’s children ?



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