Hanson’s 25th Anniversary

By | October 6, 2017

ET Canada

Sibling trio Hanson are celebrating 25 years in the music business with a greatest hits album. The band is in Toronto, telling Cheryl Hickey how things have changed in the 20 years since they released their hit single “MMMBop”.



The top 20 songs that made your car playlist 20 years ago

By | October 6, 2017

Smooth

Wow, time flies when you have music like this

So, 20 years is a long time. When you think about how much has changed in the world over 20 years it’s crazy to think how we even lived in 1997.

No social media, no answering machines and no ways to stream songs. Such a simpler time.

Well, when it comes to music, we’ve come a long way.

A time when girl pop bands topped the music charts, and film clips were a staple every Saturday morning (I miss this the most), you probably taped these songs and played it on repeat while cruisin’ in your ’97 Corolla.

To celebrate carsales’ 20th birthday, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to remember the classics that made your car playlist 20 years ago:

5.    MMMBop, Hanson

The instant classic that no one knows the meaning of, MMMBop swept the charts globally, hitting #1 in 27 countries. The trio of brothers were nominated for two Grammy’s, making youngest brother Zac, 8, the youngest ever songwriter to be nominated.



Here’s proof that we’ve traveled in time: 9 reasons the ’90s are back

By | October 6, 2017

Detroit Free Press

HANSON

(Photo: TODD PLITT, AP)

Hanson — the musical brothers who brought us the the infectious “MMMBop” in 1997  — is back on tour.

Really.

And the (former) teen heart-throbs are  appearing tonight at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit.

But that’s not the only sign that we’ve somehow traveled back in time to the 1990s.

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Hanson continues to make its musical mark 25 years later

By | October 6, 2017

Chicago Sun Times

Brothers Zac (from left), Taylor and Isaac Hanson of Hanson. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

Throughout their 25 years of making music together, the brotherly trio of Hanson – Isaac, Taylor and Zac – have toured the world many times over, winning over throngs of new fans with their catchy mix of R&B, pop, and rock.

Hanson – Middle of Everywhere 25th Anniversary Tour; Finally It’s Christmas Live
When: 6:30 pm October 7; December 1 and 3
Where: House of Blues 329 N Dearborn St.
Tickets: $44-50+. Sold Out
Info: houseofblues.com/chicago

Chicago is one place for which they’ve developed an especially deep reverence. Most years it’s almost like clockwork that the band routes its tours through the city. The brothers will perform two separate times this year at the House of Blues: Oct. 14 in celebration of their 25th anniversary and new collection “Middle of Everywhere ‑ The Greatest Hits,” and Dec. 1 and 3 to promote their first Christmas album in 20 years, “Finally It’s Christmas.”

“Chicago has been one of our favorite places to play for years,” says Taylor Hanson. “It’s one place we’ll consistently play two shows on tour. It’s not only that people will come out and see us but I think fans like to travel to that city. It’s a great city and I always enjoy coming back. Chicago can’t get rid of us.”

One of Taylor’s favorite Chicago memories is when the band played the House of Blues during a 2003 acoustic tour. He recalls “how the entire room was bouncing with fans” and what a “dynamic space it was.” For this tour, Taylor is most excited about seeing a multi-generational audience.

“With this tour, you see fans [that] have grown up with us and connected with along the way,” he says. “There are also fans that might be the children of the fans that got turned onto our music.”

Starting at ages 11, 9 and 6,  in 1992, the brothers set out to make music together and quickly hitting the jackpot with their chart-topping hit “MMMBop.” While some bands have crumbled to pressures and friction that comes with that kind of sudden success, Hanson has remained steadfast in its pursuit of making quality music.

“We haven’t avoided the pressures. We haven’t dodged challenges. We’ve just been stubborn about continuing to adjust and adapt and continue to do what we started doing, which is to focus on the music,” Taylor says. “We’re really focused on creating great music. That quality and that ability to make that connection with fans is really the thing that ties it all together.”

Taylor adds that it’s critical to take on risks and be confident in what you’re doing. Their ability to learn from their experiences and take on the challenges and hard decisions is a major reason they’ve lasted this long.

“We’re not trying to react to the next single or next trend,” says Taylor. “Our goal has been to make our future in a way that’s more long-term with what we are building. Having that focus has allowed us to weather the storm because we realize that our goal is not simply to popular in a moment but to create a connection to people and hopefully invest in them.”

Their new greatest hits collection is a testament to their staying power.

“One thing that’s really clear when you hear the record is there really is a continuity in our influences,” says Taylor. “You can hear our musical influences, whether you’re listen to our first record or our latest. … There’s a span of time and different life experiences, and peoples’ voices are higher many years ago when we were kids. But the common thread is these songs. You could put them right up next to each other and you still hear the foundation of this band.”

The collection also features new single “We Were Born,” which celebrates the idea that everyone has the potential to make their mark on the world. The song’s video features 11 of the trio’s 12 children, further embellishing the full-circle nature of the song for the band.

“To see our kids singing along, it’s a metaphor to our own life experiences,” says Taylor. “It’s like looking back at ourselves through them. We want people to be engaged by the message of the song and connect a little bit more with our story, which is: We chose to jump out there and go after our dream of making music when we were, in many cases, the ages of our kids.”

“There’s great possibilities when you’re crazy enough to go after what you imagine yourself doing, to go after the thing you feel you were born to do.”



Hanson at Saint Andrews, 5 Things To Know

By | October 6, 2017

The Oakland Press

Hanson performs Friday, Oct. 6, at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit (Photo courtesy of 3CG Records)Hanson performs Friday, Oct. 6, at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit (Photo courtesy of 3CG Records)

Twenty-five years of Hanson? And 20 years of “MMMbop?” How crazy is that?

But it’s true. The three brothers from Oklahoma, who set the world on fire with their “Middle Of Nowhere” album’s sales of 10 million copies worldwide two decades ago, are now adults and fathers, and they’ve have survived and even creatively thrived as an independent act with their own label and their own vision, mixing music with philanthropic projects and even their own beer, Mmmhops.

The men don’t mind remembering their time as boys, however, and this year the group is celebrating its anniversaries on the Middle Of Everywhere World Tour, along with the release of a “Middle Of Everywhere — The Greatest Hits” album and, on Oct. 27, its second holiday album, “Finally It’s Christmas”…

• Isaac Hanson, the trio’s guitar-playing oldest brother, says that this year’s anniversaries have crept up on him and his siblings. “To some degree there’s a lot of it that just feels like yesterday,” Hanson, 36, says by phone. “But at the same time we were doing our first a capella gigs back in ‘92, and that does feel like a long time ago. There’s a lot of hours and a lot of years of work, but we’ve been very consistent about the way we do things since then. We have full-on trip-out moments where we’ll be talking about something, some performance we’ve done or something, and I’ll go, ‘Wait a second — that was 10 years ago!’ It all kind of blends after a point.”

• The Hanson of 2017, of course, is different than the group of 20 years ago. “For me, honestly, the biggest takeaway I have right now is it really feels like we’re throwing the gloves off,” Hanson explains. “Once you’ve been doing this for this long, it just really feels like there’s no reason to not just pursue every crazy idea. You’ve crossed a certain threshold where it’s like, ‘OK, I guess there are no rules anymore.’ It’s very freeing in that sense.”

• Hanson never repeated the massive success of “Middle Of Nowhere” or “MMMbop,” but that was never the key to building a career according to Isaac. “When we wrote ‘MMMbop’ we weren’t chasing a hit,” he explains. “We’re trying to just write songs we like and feel good about; If they happen to be hits and hit the world at the right time and right way and can transcend beyond just your immediate fan base, then that’s great. But the first thing you’ve got to do is do music you’re proud of and you care about. So you’ve got to start there. And then the next thing is you’ve got to care for the people who show up and support you and build a robust fan base. Those are the cores and that’s what we focus on.”

• The upcoming “Finally It’s Christmas” celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hanson’s first holiday album, “Snowed In” and answers fan requests for another seasonal record. “Ever since the very beginning of that ‘Snowed In’ record coming out, people are constantly going, ‘Are you guys ever gonna make another (holiday) record?’” Isaac says. “It was one of our favorite records we made, a really fun record to make, so we always felt like maybe one day we’ll make another one when it’s the right time. The 10th anniversary went by; That’s not it. The 15th went by; Definitely not the time. Then a couple years ago we started thinking, ‘Y’know, if we’re going to make a Christmas record again, the 20th anniversary seems about right.’ And it’s funny that back then we had younger brothers and sister who made random voiceover-type cameos at the very end of ‘Snowed In,’ and now we have kids who are about the same age. Things like that made us think this seemed about right.”

• Hanson has plans for 2018 and 2019 that Isaac says, “will remain a secret,” though he acknowledges that “there will definitely be new music in a variety of different forms.” As for the future beyond that, he says, “I still feel like the jury’s out for a lot of things with us. I do know who we are. I do know what we care about and I know we’ll be working our asses off for the next 25 years coming up because we care about it. But how the history books write it all out remains to be seen.”

If You Go:

• Hanson

• Friday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are sold out.

• Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.



’90s pop trio Hanson to perform at St. Andrew’s Hall

By | October 5, 2017

Detroit Metro Times

In 1997 the world was shook by a pop trio of blonde brothers (who many thought were a pop trio of blonde sisters). The band defined an era with one word — if you can call it that — by delivering the iconic track “MMMBop.” The brothers, whose haircuts have become more reasonable over the years, are back and they’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the group’s formation. Isaac, Taylor, and Zach Hanson have dusted off their “mmm’s” and “bop’s” and are prepared to take us on an infectious pop journey to the epicenter of nostalgia.

Hanson performs at St. Andrews Hall on Friday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; Tickets are $87.73.



Review: Hanson puts on remarkable show at PlayStation Theater in New York

By | October 4, 2017

Digital Journal

They performed songs from their critically acclaimed Middle of Everywhere Greatest Hits album

Hanson’s lengthy set featured “Already Home,” and it was followed by “Waiting For This” and “Where’s The Love.” The crowd was loving them the entire time, and their upbeat show was the ultimate throwback concert with 90’s songs as “Look at You,” “Weird,” “Madeline,” and “I Will Come to You,” among others.

Their live rendition of their single “I Was Born” was optimistic, fun and liberating. They continued with “A Minute Without You” and “Get The Girl Back.”

Most importantly, Hanson was able to take their fans on a musical journey by performing songs from their 25-year career in the industry.

“MMMBop” was the fan-favorite tune, which felt like the national anthem for the Saturday night in Times Square. Equally fun was their radio hit “If Only,” and they concluded their set with such tunes as “Fired Up” and In The City,” where they left their loyal listeners and fans wanting for more. Fortunately for the hardcore fans, Hanson returned for an encore.

The Verdict

Overall, Hanson rocked the PlayStation Theater in Times Square in New York City, as they brought their audience back to simpler times. Their harmonies were spot-on and soulful. The band of brothers (Isaac, Taylor and Zac) interacted well with the New York audience, and made them feel like they were in their living rooms, serenading them to their catchy songs. They are worth seeing live whenever they are in town. Their live show garnered an A rating.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/review-hanson-puts-on-remarkable-show-at-playstation-theater-in-new-york/article/504041#ixzz4uYkiDPcs



Video: Hanson to release long-awaited holiday album ‘Finally It’s Christmas’

By | October 4, 2017

NewsOK

Tulsa-based pop-rock trio Hanson have announced the Oct. 27 release of their long-awaited new holiday album "Finally It's Christmas" (3CG Records / S-Curve Records). Album cover art providedTulsa-based pop-rock trio Hanson have announced the Oct. 27 release of their long-awaited new holiday album “Finally It’s Christmas” (3CG Records / S-Curve Records). Album cover art provided

On the heels of their 25th anniversary celebration with sold-out concerts in Europe, Australia and Latin America on their “Middle Of Everywhere” world tour and greatest hits compilation release, Tulsa-based pop-rock trio Hanson have announced the Oct. 27 release of their long-awaited new holiday album “Finally It’s Christmas” (3CG Records / S-Curve Records).

The release is timed to mark the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma band’s first yuletide release, “Snowed In.”

The new Christmas album, which features four original tracks, and eight updated classics, reunites the band with S-Curve President Steve Greenberg who originally signed the band to Mercury Records in 1996, as well as co-producer and writing partner Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osborne, Ringo Starr) who also collaborated on “Snowed In.” Adding to the production pedigree of the release are engineer and mixer CJ Eiriksson (Jacks Mannequin, U2, Phish, Matchbox 20), with the title and select tracks mixed by veteran chart-topper Tom Lord-Alge (U2, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, The Wallflowers), according to a news release.

In contrast with the sentimentality of many Christmas releases, the Hanson brothers – Isaac, Taylor and Zac – bring an organic rock ‘n’ roll energy to the album, featuring iconic favorites like Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas,” Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas” and Aretha Franklin’s “Winter Wonderland,” along with a re-imagined arrangement of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” and lively renditions of modern classics like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.”

The album’s original songs, like the title track and “’Til New Years Night” are billed as bursting with “celebratory energy, layered vocal arrangements calling to mind the Beach Boys and British invasion-era guitar riffs,” while “Peace On Earth” highlights the band’s earnest lyrics and stalwart melodies. The album is not entirely without holiday sentimentality, closing with a rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” with guitarist Isaac singing lead on the Judy Garland classic, and a soulful gospel medley of two well-known songs from the Christmas hymnal, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Joy To The World.”

Here is the track listing for “Finally It’s Christmas”:

1. Finally, It’s Christmas

2. A Wonderful Christmas Time

3. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

4. Til New Years Night

5. Please Come Home

6. Someday At Christmas

7. Joy To The Mountain

8. Jingle Bells

9. Happy Christmas

10. All I Want For Christmas

11. Winter Wonderland

12. Blue Christmas

13. Peace On Earth

14. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

As previously reported, Hanson has been celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary as well as the 20th anniversary of the its debut release “Middle Of Nowhere” – which includes the iconic single “MMMBop” that introduced the group to the world – in style throughout 2017, with a world tour, several TV appearances, induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and a new music video “I Was Born” featuring 11 of the band member’s 12 children.

“I Was Born” is the first track on Hanson’s celebratory two-disc compilation “Middle of Everywhere – The Greatest Hits,” which was released on Sept. 8.

“Finally It’s Christmas” is available for pre-order as just the album or as part of limited edition packages at hanson.net/store.



HANSON: THE NEXT GENERATION

By | October 4, 2017

24 hours Toronto

It's hard to believe but boy band Hanson has been around for 20 years. SUPPLIED

It’s hard to believe but boy band Hanson has been around for 20 years. SUPPLIED

Isaac Hanson of MMMBop fame only has to look at the 12 offspring he and younger brothers Taylor, 34, and Zac, 31, have produced since first shooting to fame two decades ago as teen pop trio Hanson to realize there could be – wait for it – Hanson: The Next Generation.

“I look at my kids and go, ‘Wow – I was this age and my parents were like, It’s cool. Go for it,’says Hanson, 36.

“My oldest son is 10 and he’s a very charismatic young person. I was only a year older than him when my brothers and I started singing together. He’s also musically skilled, too. He’s already picked up the guitar and is playing so who knows? If they decide to be a band, I hope they come up with something clever ’cause often the idea is, ‘Oh yeah, Hanson Jr.'”

Isaac talked to 24 Hours from Atlanta before Hanson’s 25th anniversary tour stops at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on Wednesday (Oct. 4) and Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre on Oct. 18.

Hanson also returns for two Christmas shows on Nov. 24-25 at Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre in support of their new holiday album, Finally It’s Christmas, due Oct. 27.

Do you guys have any trepidation about crossing the border into Canada after calling homegrown boy Justin Bieber’s music “chlamydia of the ear,” during an Australia radio show interview in June?

We did get a little bit [of push back]. Look, I think Justin is a talented guy. I think he’s gotten a lot of PR for a lot of things that have nothing to do with his music and that’s unfortunate. We were kidding around. I was not meaning for it to be taken nearly as seriously as it was. The unfortunate thing about that was before we went on the air, there was a conversation going on about the chlamydia epidemic amongst koalas and then one thing led to another. And then when Zac was like, ‘Oh, well, I don’t really like Justin’s music all that much.’And then I, trying to make a joke, [said that]. It’s not something I want to take to my grave.

How dedicated do your Canadian fans remain?

We’ve had so much continued engagement and enthusiasm from the Canadian fans as a whole. I mean, it really very much feels like home in so many ways. Canadian fans are fantastic. It’s impossible to complain.

It’s been 25 years since Hanson was formed and 20 years since your major label debut, 1997’s Middle Of Nowhere featuring MMMBop, was released. How have you guys changed?

I think we’re the best band we’ve ever been for sure. I mean 20 years into it, we sure as hell better be. I think we have a lot of fun playing these shows. It’s such a great combo of new and old faces coming out to see the shows. We’ve got everything from fans that are younger than our first record to fans that have been with us from the very beginning. It’s really pretty cool.

And what about the passage of time?

When we kind of said, ‘Hey, you know we’re 25 years old [as a group],’I think it set a little bit of shock to the system. I think there were a lot of fans that were just kind of, ‘Wait, a second. It’s been 25 years since the beginning.’It’s a really cool thing. Very few people get to this kind of thing for 25 years. We had to stick a stake in the ground and claim it. There’s something about reaching certain milestones where you look around and go, ‘Wow, okay.'”

Do you feel older?

What I will say is I very much feel like the same person from my 16-year-old self to now. And maybe part of that is unlike most 16-year-olds, I’ve literally been doing the same job since I was 16. So it has a certain level of consistency.



Rest In Peace Tom Petty: Wild Flowers

By | October 4, 2017

Tom Petty has been a huge inspiration, his musical genius has inspired us over and over to push our own music to new heights. Following his tragic passing we could not take the stage without sharing one of our most beloved Tom Petty songs, Wildflowers. The heavenly choir has never sounded as good as it does today.