Love them or loathe them, everyone it seems has an opinion on Hanson.
With over 20 years in the business, Hanson have finally come to Cardiff.
Ever since their breakthrough (and biggest) hit MmmBop became the sound of ‘97, they have released album after album of top quality songs.
The group made up of the ever smiling brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac released earlier this year, their ninth studio album Anthem to critical acclaim.
Finally I get the chance of a lifetime to witness the band doing what they do best – playing live.
From the intimate show I witnessed it was quite clear, that this band of brothers have lost none of the charm or musical prowess since they first came over here in 1997.
Kicking straight into Fired Up these seasoned professionals have the crowd eating out of their hands.
From there we are treated to one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
The set covers their entire career, including the best from their latest Anthem.
As this was their first show in Wales, I hope it isn’t their last.
Comparing their talent to the fly-by nature of today’s celebrities is a one-sided affair.
The Hanson brothers have it by the bucketload.
With just drums, guitar, piano and three harmonious voices Hanson put everyone else to shame.
Opening the show was Wales’ very own Sion Russell Edwards who impressed us with his tales of life via the Ed Sheeran/Passenger route of a acoustic guitar and a great voice.
One to watch out for.
1. Look! It’s Darren Criss and Taylor looking somewhat similar to Indiana Jones!
2. Here he is, with his leather jacket and TLC, being super adorable!
3. Older brother, Isaac, joins him for a shot with Ed Sheeran.
*Does anyone else think Issac looks sort of similar to Gunner from Nashville?
4. Knocking a few back with Awolnation? We like your style, mister.
5. He and Ed Helms look like old pals from long ago, at least two hours.
6. This photo of Mr. Hanson and his necklace with Chloë Grace Moretz leaves us wishing we were bead makers.
*Necklace sellers? Jewelers? NEVERMIND.
7. Norah Jones and his bandana look cool cats together.
8. Even Matthew Morrison’s voluminous hair can’t keep up with Taylor’s!
9. Lastly, Taylor joins Nikki Reed and Kat Dennings for a fancy party of sorts. His suit looks marvelous.
Hanson, the American pop rock band of brothers from Oklahoma, may seem like one-hit wonders to many with their catchy ‘MMMbop’ track from 1997 (yes it was that long ago), but life-long fans of the band beg to differ.
A group of dedicated Hanson fans from across the UK and Europe camped outside The Ritz Manchester this morning in high wind and rain ahead of the band’s gig tonight at the venue.
Chris Eason from Stoke-on-Trent, who, along with other fans from as far afield as Greece and Germany, had waited in a sleeping bag at the entrance to The Ritz since the early hours, said: “They’re just the best. Youthful, energetic, committed, dedicated musicians.”
The super fans were also waiting for Hanson to lead a barefoot charity walk around the city centre from 3pm this afternoon, however the band announced the cancellation of the walk via their Twitter page this afternoon, due to extreme winds in the city.
NEWS: Todays one mile barefoot charity walk is canceled do to 25mph winds in Manchester. We will still donate for all who register. -ITZ
— HANSON (@hansonmusic) December 5, 2013
Anneka Clark from Chester, who, along with her two sisters, was first in the queue, said: “We’re waiting out because we couldn’t bear to be at the back of a Hanson concert. We got here at 5am.”
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Skateboarding, long blonde hair and the MMMBop video’s wholesome clips of gigs in the family living room are the first images most of us have of Hanson. That was 1997.
Now, the Tulsa trio – Taylor, Isaac and Zac – are married dads with (mostly) sensible hair. But the music remains.
They are celebrating an incredible 20 years performing together as a band with latest album Anthem, and kicking off their world tour in the UK at the intimate Ritz – a setting that suits them.
Lively Fired Up gets things going and the brothers sound flawless from the outset.
The crowd need no encouragement to go wild, but Where’s The Love really helps them on their way.
It is the token acoustic section where they really excel, though.
Taylor may be the lead singer but Isaac and Zac transition into soloists with ease.
The siblings’ harmonies are spot-on and are laid bare when a deadly hush descends upon the venue as they sing a beautiful acapella version of the Too Much Heaven by another famous trio of brothers, the Bee Gees.
Taylor breaks up the set by sharing songwriting anecdotes, Penny and Me leads the procession of singles down the decades, while A Minute Without You sparks a mass singalong.
After an hour of teasing us, they reach MMMBop, then a festive treat in the encore with a reworked version of Run Run Reindeer.
Usually, one mention of Hanson gets people humming their signature MMMBop, and unable to recall much else.
But, on tonight’s showing especially, they are so much more than just that one song.
Pop-rockers Hanson have called off a planned charity walk in the U.K. as a major storm hits the country.
The brothers were due to host a barefoot trek around Manchester, England on Wednesday afternoon (05Dec13) ahead of the group’s planned show in the city that night, but the event was called off due to the dangerous weather conditions.
A post on the band’s Twitter.com page, reads, “News: Today’s walk with Hanson is cancelled do (due) to extreme winds in Manchester today. We will still donate for all who register!”
The stars have vowed to make donations to their Take The Walk campaign to ensure the charity does not lose money from the cancellation.
The Hanson brothers set up the organisation following a trip to Africa in 2007 and they have hosted barefoot walks all over the world to raise funds for the cause.
When Hanson’s hit, 10 million-selling album Middle Of Nowhere came out, eldest Hanson brother Isaac was a fresh-faced 16-year-old, middle child Taylor had just turned 14, and kid brother Zac was only 11. This past Halloween, Zack turned 28. Taylor’s odometer rolled over to 30 in March. And Isaac just turned 33. No shit. The boys of Hanson are now men. Each is old enough to vote, rent a car, and no longer qualify to be on their parent’s health insurance plan. Every brother is married and, when combined, Hanson has fathered a total of 10 children—some as old as 11. Every brother is not only old enough to drink legally; they’ve apparently been drinking long enough to become beer snobs.
This spring, the brothers Hanson released “Mmmhops” pale ale to the world—or, more accurately, to people who visit their merch table at concerts or out of the way restaurants and liquor stores scattered throughout tornado alley. The Mmmhops Twitter account shows Taylor tipping back the brew with Ed Helms, non-Hayley Williams members of Paramore holding bottles beside Taylor and Isaac, and the two brothers leaving Zac at home for numerous in-store appearances. According to the band, the beer is “inspired by our own love of great beer we set out to craft our own unique American Pale Ale,” and it touts “a refreshing hoppy finish that we hope will stir every beer drinker to say ‘Mmmhops!’”
Just like Hanson, this beer is corny as hell. So, just like Hanson, this beer couldn’t be any good, right?
As an underemployed freelance writer who lives in the notable brewery bastion that is Wisconsin, I drink a lot of beer. I’ve grown to favor darker in-state micro brews such as Central Waters’ Mud Puppy Porter, Hinterland’s seasonal Winterland, Milwaukee Brewing Company’s Black Iron IBA, and Lakefront Eastside Dark, but I most often opt for cheap domestics like Miller High Life, Old Style, Pabst and Old Milwaukee. While I feel I’m well versed and versatile enough in my borderline alcoholism to form a cogent opinion of Mmmhops on my own, what’s the point of being the last to the well-attended party of writers with no real beer assessment credentials to weigh in on it?
That’s why I thought it would be best to allow a professional—an actual Milwaukee Brewer—to aid in my evaluation.
Mike Brenner is a certified Master Brewer. Yes, that’s an actually thing, and as far as Brenner knows, he and New Glarus Brewing’s Dan Carey are the only two Master Brewers in Wisconsin—a state renown for its rich beer history—who run breweries. A home-brewer since Hanson’s heyday in the mid-‘90s, Brenner obtained the Master Brewer diploma after completing an intensive course at Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, America’s oldest brewing school. After, he spent more than almost four months studying throughout Europe, including three months at Germany’s legendary Doemens Academy Munich. Now he runs his own spot, Brenner Brewing Co., where we tasted the beer. In short, this dude knows his shit.
Before getting into the beer, I asked what Mike thought of the band whose beer we were about to partake.
“I’m not really a fan of Hanson,” Brenner said. “I’m amazed at how many women my age fucking love Hanson still. It blows me away. I mean, they liked them the first time around and they still like them.”
I turned the questioning to what characteristics traditional pale ales should have.
“Technically, a pale ale has a little simpler malt bill,” he said. “The grains aren’t super heavy. People have gotten really crazy, especially on the West Coast, with over-hopping pale ales and IPAs. I prefer a pale ale that’s more well-balanced.”
And then, we brought our attention to the black and green cardboard box that encased our beer. In the effort of being as professional as possible while getting drunk off of beer made by dudes who were made ridiculously famous from singing a song of actual nonsense, we used the offical Beer Judge Certification Program scoring guidlines, a rubric made of five simple categories: appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and overall experience.
Immediately, I noticed Mmmhops is brewed by Mustang Brewing in Hanson’s native Oklahoma, a state notorious for its liquor restrictions. The alcohol content wasn’t listed, but all Mustang’s other beers cap off at a paltry 4.0 percent ABV (which is less than Miller Lite). I also took note of the Zythos hops it touted. Brenner consulted his hop index and said that hop variety was high in alpha acid, aromatic, and good for bittering. He also made sure to laughingly quote the “Beer + Music = Awesome” equation on the package. As a token of my gratitude for his time and wisdom, I offered him the QR code scan on the box that was good for a free Hanson download. I poured our beers as he queued up “Fired Up,” the first song off the band’s latest album, Anthem. We were ready to get lit, Hanson-style.
Appearance: Between duel snickers at grown-up Taylor’s cocksure moans layered atop discarded JET guitar licks, we examined Mmmhops’ color and head, while taking in the aroma of the novelty beer frothing in our Brenner Brewing pint glasses. Both the trained expert and the guy who’d mailed a $6 Old Milwaukee rebate on the way to the former’s million-dollar brewery agreed it was pretty standard to most American-style IPAs we’d encountered. It had a light orange, almost sunburst coloration akin countless other brews.
Brenner quickly offered, “It’s got a decent head,” which might be the most inherently funny thing anyone’s ever said about Hanson’s beer.
Smell: Moments after the brew was poured, he habitually hoisted it beneath his nostrils and took an audible whiff.
“Its notes are malty too, and citrusy,” he offered before saying that was consistent with the Zythos characteristics he’d just referenced, which declared the hop variety to be “a strongly aromatic blend of hops with tangerine, lemon, grapefruit and pine notes.” Unfortunately, that statement couldn’t also stand as a dick joke.
Taste: With four senses down (including the feeling of the pint glass in our hand and glorious pop-rock sounds), it came time for the most important one of the evaluation.
“It’s not bad, it’s not amazing,” Brenner started, taking a few extra seconds to choose his next words. “It’s pretty formulaic. It’s like, ‘This is a pale ale,’ which I think is fine. In my mind, a pale ale shouldn’t be too crazy. It’s right down the center. It’s what a pale ale is supposed to be, but it doesn’t take any risks. It’s not too interesting.”
Mike was being pretty reasonable. And though my lacking expertise was becoming more evident with each sip, I shared his opinion. It was a bit more bitter than I’d expected from a basically Christian boy-band, and this was about as safe and sterile a beer could get while still falling beneath the cover of the vast IPA umbrella. Honestly, what bothered me most was that it lacked the typical high ABV content found in IPAs, which felt like a bit of a cop out.
“It reminds me what brew pubs do,” Brenner continued after a couple more sips. “You’re trying to get mass appeal, so you’re trying to create a beer you think [most] people will like. I think this is a beer a lot of people could drink.”
Mouthfeel: It had everything I look for in a beer in terms of mouthfeel. It was wet and, once ingested, made me feel more confident and charming. Really, its bitterness was to my liking and the fruit notes came through to leave a subtle citrus aftertaste. In other words, it felt like a beer feels in your mouth.
Mike Brenner was more articulate in this category, because he’s, you know, a professional brewmaster. “I think it’s more of an IPA than it is a pale ale,” he noted. “Because you’re getting that maltiness that you probably shouldn’t in a pale ale. It’s pretty bitter. It’s a solid beer.”
Overall: “If I were at a party and somebody gave this to me, I’d drink it,” Mike said. “But I wouldn’t be excited about it.”
I agreed, and I guess my quest to learn something more about seminal pop band through drinking their beer was a little misguided. What would it teach me? That these three dudes make an average beer that you’ve probably tasted before and is popular and well liked because it’s so bland it’s nearly offensive? And that says what about their music or cultural influence? Mike suddenly interrupted my thought process, summing up Hanson and their beer with one swooping sentence.
“You’ve had a million beers like this.”
Tyler Maas is awaiting a $6 Old Milwaukee rebate check. He’s on Twitter—@TylerJamesMaas
Day 313: Hanson – Anthem (2013) – Their last two albums wound up in my year-end top fives. There’s nothing horrible here, but nothing that steps above average either. Every band is going to have its issues at times. I hope this is just a bump in the road for them. (4/10)
Mmmbop! Harry Styles and BFF Nick Grimshaw don blonde wigs to dress up as Hanson for Poppy Delevingne’s hen night
He’s already one fifth of the world’s most popular boyband, but now Harry Styles has become part of an old one.
The One Direction star dressed up with best bud Nick Grimshaw and their friend Gillian Orr to become nineties indie band of brothers Hanson on Saturday night.
Donning blonde wigs and grungy clothes, threesome headed off to Poppy Delevingne’s retro hen party at the Groucho Club.
Man, I feel like a woman: The 19-year-old singer got in touch with his feminine side as he and the Radio 1 DJ donned matching platinum blonde wigs for an evening at London’s exclusive Groucho Club
Giggling away as they left a private address to head out to the swanky celebrity hangout, the three certainly looked the part in plaid shirts, ripped jean shorts and baseball shoes.
At the private members club, they joined Poppy, Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, Jaime Winstone, Cara Delevingne and Georgia May Jagger for the hen night, but at the end of the night, Hanson headed back to Grimshaw‘s abode, with Harry sporting an elephant mask on his way out.
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During the night, Harry tweeted a picture of himself with Sienna Miller, who has gotten pally with ever since they sat next to each other on the Burberry London Fashion Week front row.
And while the One Direction heartthrob seemed to be having a whale of a time on a light-hearted night out with his chums, Harry’s appearance came as he was romantically linked to yet another model.
Continuing his apparent penchant for dating catwalk queens, the teen hunk’s latest leading lady is said to be British beauty Daisy.
Harry is said to have become close to the striking model after getting to know her through mutual friends Nick Grimshaw and Kelly Osbourne.
A source told the Sun on Sunday newspaper: ‘When Harry met Daisy there was a real spark. When they see each other they make sure it’s in private at night or with a group of friends.’
The pair are said to have been ‘all over each other’ at model Alexa Chung’s 30th birthday party on November 11, as well as going to Pixie Geldof’s 23rd bash, and also attended a W magazine London Fashion Week party together on September 14.
And Daisy’s ex-boyfriend, Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, is even reportedly aware of the flourishing relationship.
The source added: ‘Matt definitely knows about it because he mixes with a lot of the same people.’
Harry has previously enjoyed high-profile relationships with Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack, who is 15 years his senior, and country music superstar Taylor Swift, as well as being linked to the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kimberly Stewart and model Emma Ostilly.
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“My favorite Christmas album of all-time is the Hanson Christmas album,” Lucy revealed during Monday night’s CMA Country Christmas special. “I was obsessed with Hanson — I’m still obsessed with Hanson!”
You’re in good company, Lucy. Glee star Darren Criss is also fond of the “MMMBop” hitmakers. Darren has spoken out about his passion for the band before, most notably in this behind-the-scenes Glee video. “Any people who know me know that I love Hanson,” he said.
He continued: “I will shout it to the mountain tops, they’re a fantastic band. I have all seven of their albums, I’ve seen them more than any band I’ve ever seen. They’re incredible and any time people make fun of Hanson I’m always like “Well, why don’t you make a better Motown record when you’re eleven, and get back to me.” Cause they were like motown/soul when they were, like, kids. That was cool, it’s like what Michael Jackson did.”
Darren’s dream came true when he starred alongside his pop idols in the music video for Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” back in 2011. Despite his earnest fanboying, Darren seems to be on very friendly terms with his favorite band. If only Lucy had been invited to join the video, too! We know she’s an expert at fangirling — remember when she met Lennon and Maisy Stella for the the first time? — so we could only imagine how Lucy would have reacted to meeting her favorite boy band (sorry, One Direction). We think it would have looked something like this.
Watch Lucy Hale’s CMA Country Christmas interview below, and don’t forget to stick around to watch Lucy’s amazing performance of Mariah Carey’s “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”!