The Isaac lead that was almost a Taylor lead is “Deeper”
Match the Hanson to the career paths they would most likely take if it was not music. (Note: Only 2 of the 3 brothers are represented) Something creative and connecting people, throwing parties. Learning and taking on new challenges.
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WWE have announced that an exclusive episode of Carpool Karaoke has hit the Apple TV app, starring Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, The New Day, Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman!
Carpool Karaoke have also released the official trailer for the episode, and details of how to watch, which you can check out below.
In case you didn’t know…
Carpool Karaoke began as a recurring segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden where Corden would invite famous musical guests to join him as a passenger in his car, and both parties would belt out some of their hits while driving on the pretense of getting to work or needing directions.
Apple bought the worldwide rights to Carpool Karaoke in 2016 and adapted the series in August 2017 for Apple Music subscribers.
The Emmy-winning series sees The New Day sing along to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This and Stephanie McMahon rapping along to Young MC’s Bust A Move and some Metallica! Meanwhile, Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss rock out to Hanson’s MMMbop.
How many times do you reckon Hanson have performed MMMBop over the last 20-odd years? Heck, one cannot even begin to try and estimate. I reckon I’ve seen it on Sunrise 20 x times alone to be honest. But performing MMMBop with a live symphony orchestra? Well, this is something I have not yet seen. UNTIL TODAY THAT IS.
It’s so wholesome:
they’re it’s beautiful. Oh, and for your much-needed information, the ’97 banger was originally written acoustically – whoever does the @hanson Insta posts said so themselves (my money’s on Taylor).
Wanna see this live, in person, with the three daddies a stone’s throw away? Honey you and me both, and we can. Whoop whoop. This is how the choon-and-a-half has – and will continue to be – performed globally for the trio’s current String Theory World Tour, coming to an Aussie venue near you:
Wednesday, February 27
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Monday, March 4 – SOLD OUT
Sydney Opera House
Tuesday, March 5
Sydney Opera House
Wednesday, March 6
Friday, March 8
The Star, Gold Coast
Saturday, March 9
Along with MMMBop, Hanson will also be performing bonafide bangers from their 10 studio albums (!!!), all with their orchestra crew in tow. That being said, there are 2 x “special shows” at Melbourne bloody Zoo on Friday, March 1 (sold out, soz) and Saturday, March 2 (buy here) as well.
If you can’t make the shows, well, that’s a shame for your childhood dreams, but you could also try doing it vicariously through the String Theory album, dropping tomorrow.
Hanson playing with an orchestra?
Relax. Those cute “MMMBop” kids from the ’90s may have grown up, but they haven’t exactly gone highbrow, singing “MMMBach” or some such now.
But the band of brothers — Isaac, Taylor and Zac — have been performing and making records for more than 25 years, and as Isaac remarked at the outset of their concert Wednesday night at Stifel Theatre, they were looking for a new challenge.
“What’s the point of doing this so long if you don’t start checking things off the bucket list?” he said.
For Hanson, that bucket-list item turned out to be a new album, “String Theory” (scheduled for release Friday), which features old and new songs arranged for band and orchestra, with an overarching theme, as Taylor put it, of “reaching for that crazy dream, reaching for the sky.”
The trio, backed by an orchestra of 20 pieces or so plus a pair of support musicians, played “String Theory” in sequence and in its entirety. The orchestrations were by Oscar-winning arranger David Campbell, aka father of Beck Hansen.
The theme Taylor spoke of was right there in many of the song titles, especially the new ones, such as “Reaching for the Sky,” “Dream It Do It” and “Chasing Down My Dreams” as well as at least one older one, “You Can’t Stop Us.”
That kind of confidence, self-reliance and positivity is part of what has kept Hanson afloat as an independent act after its meteoric major-label ride was over. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with the message, its repetition made the evening — just as it makes the new album — a little one-dimensional.
The orchestrations, too, sometimes worked against the typical kinetic energy of a Hanson show, keeping audience members pinned down in places where it seemed like they wanted to get up and dance. They eventually found some opportunities, though.
Not much was said between songs, but the winning personalities of the brothers still shone through as they traded lead vocals — and sometimes instruments — and sang in three-part harmony.
As for “MMMBop,” still their signature hit, they dispensed with it early, stripping it back to an acoustic arrangement with minimal orchestral accompaniment.
The second half of the show seemed to work better than the first, as the orchestra settled in and the sound mix improved, providing highlights such as “This Time Around” and “Battle Cry,” on which band and orchestra rocked out with common purpose.
“What Are We Fighting For,” which displayed a lighter touch, was equally fine, as was “Breaktown,” which gradually grew in grandeur and volume.
The show concluded with two songs that had fans on their feet — the 2017 single “I Was Born” and “The Sound of Light” — before the finale, “Tonight,” put them back in their seats, even though it returned one last time to the lyrical uplift and encouragement of the show’s theme: “Don’t wait til tomorrow,” Taylor sang.
It should come as no surprise to fans and followers of Tulsa-based sibling trio Hanson that a rendition of the band’s 1990s breakout smash “MMMBop” featuring a full symphony orchestra sounds completely natural and lovely.
As previously reported, the new version of “MMMBop” is included on the band’s new double album “String Theory,” out today via their Tulsa-based 3CG Records.
The album features brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson revisiting popular titles in their catalog and performing new or previously unreleased songs, all while backed by a symphony orchestra. The pieces are arranged by Oscar winner and composer David Campbell.
Also as previously reported, in the midst of playing shows and finishing up the album, Hanson decided to turn the unique process into a documentary series titled “Reaching for the Sky,” which you can access on YouTube.
Hanson has been on the road playing the new arrangements on the “String Theory Tour,” which will kick into high gear in October. The tour will come back to Hanson’s hometown for a May 17 show live with symphony orchestra at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. For tickets and information, click here.
Hanson’s “String Theory” track listing:
1. Reaching For The Sky (Part 1)
2. Joyful Noise
3. Where’s The Love
4. Dream It Do It
6. Chasing Down My Dreams
7. Tragic Symphony
8. Got A Hold On Me
10. Siren Call
11. Me Myself And I
1. Reaching For The Sky (Part 2)
2. This Time Around
3. Something Going Round
4. Battle Cry
5. You Can’t Stop Us
6. Broken Angel
7. What Are We Fighting For
9. No Rest For The Weary
10. I Was Born
11. Sound of Light