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. Dates were announced January 23 – and there will be THREE concerts – May 16, May 17 and May 18. (May 17 is the String Theory show you will need to buy tickets for from the Tulsa PAC. May 16th will be an add-on ticket available February 14th and May 18th will be the free concert with your RSVP.) More details will be released February 11 and tickets go on sale February 14.
Hard as it may be to fathom, Hanson are celebrating their 25th anniversary of making music. While it may not seem 5 minutes since the 90s (seriously where did the time go?) the trio – Zac, Taylor and Isaac – have sustained a successful career making the music they want to make and building a unique relationship with their fans through their fanclub where they release music direct to their supporters. For their 11th studio album, String Theory, in 2018 they reworked a selection of songs from across their career with The Prague Symphony Orchestra and mixed in some new material too. Last night the brothers brought their World Tour to London’s Royal Festival Hall to perform the album in its entirety with the backing of a symphony orchestra.
Split into two acts, Hanson’s String Theory show saw them perform the album’s track listing in order. They opened the show with the piano-led Reaching for the Sky, Pt. 1, which set the tone for the evening nicely with a lead vocal from Taylor. It was also the first opportunity to hear the orchestra add their magic to the music and live it sounded pretty incredible. Second track Joyful Noise let Zac take lead vocals and it had a catchy melody and beat that got the audience moving.
Some of the band’s early hits were in the first act including a fantastic rendition of Where’s the Love, where the trio’s acapella vocals really impressed at the beginning of the song, and their classic MmmBop sounded fresh and modern with its new arrangement. MmmBop understandably got one of the biggest reactions of the night. Fan favourite Yearbook, from the band’s Middle of Nowhere album, was well received too and it could easily be a hit all these years on.
Elsewhere in the set Siren Call was a standout. The atmospheric track was really stirring and Zac’s lead vocal was incredible. The slow-building beat of Battle Cry was another memorable moment as was the gorgeous Broken Angel. No Rest for the Weary showed off a more rootsy and soulful sound from the band and Sound of Light had a big anthem feel that made you want to wave your arms in the air.
Throughout the show the three brothers changed instruments several times, showcasing just how versatile they are as musicians. Their bond and chemistry is so clear and the short-hand they have on stage is amazing. You can tell that they have music deep-rooted within them and that they just love performing. The great audience atmosphere definitely added to the evening and for the last four songs every single audience member was on their feet.
The show came to a close with Tonight and it was a jubilant way to end a fantastic night of music. After the song the band took their bows and left the stage but the audience hung around for a while hoping for an encore. Sadly there wasn’t one but having performed 23 songs over the set, Hanson had definitely given fans value for money.
I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised by Hanson’s show. In all honesty I’ve never been a huge fan, for no other reason than they just weren’t the kind of music I listened to in the 90s. Having now seen them live I can appreciate why they’ve stood the test of time and they’ve got a fantastic catalogue of music under their belts. The twist of the orchestra was very effective and I’d be surprised if they don’t perform more shows with this set up in the future. With amazing vocals, fantastic musicianship, a strong set list and the backing of the wonderful orchestra, Hanson wowed last night and I’d definitely call myself a fan now.
Set list: 1. Reaching for the Sky, Pt. 1 2. Joyful Noise 3. Where’s the Love 4. Dream It Do It 5. MmmBop 6. Chasing Down My Dreams 7. Tragic Symphony 8. Got a Hold On Me 9. Yearbook 10. Siren Call 11. Me, Myself and I 12. Reaching for the Sky, Pt. 2 13. This Time Around 14. Something Going Round 15. Battle Cry 16. You Can’t Stop Us 17. Broken Angel 18. What Are We Fighting For 19. Breaktown 20. No Rest for the Weary 21. I Was Born 22. Sound of Light 23. Tonight Performance date: Friday 15th February 2019
Sharing a pic from last year’s Hanson Day during our special Storytellers Concert. We just officially posted the event tickets for HDAY 2019 and a big theme is all the different concerts, with music every night. We can’t wait to see you there.
MESSAGE FROM THE BAND
It’s official. We’re trading in our instruments and becoming bandits! Last night we played our first ever show in Nottingham and it seems like all anyone could talk about was Robin Hood. We were singing “we are men, we’re men in tights, TIGHT TIGHTS!” all day, and talking Kevin Costner and how smooth Bryan Adams voice is… It was a special day and a really great show. Though this is a String Theory Tour, our concert in Nottingham was a straight up rock show. If there ever was a moment when we knew where the love was, last night was it. Playing Rock City on Valentine’s day, right as we hit the chorus of Where’s The Love, like a well oiled machine the audience threw their hands into the air holding hearts and singing along. It was a great moment. It can be hard to be away from home on holidays and the like, but cool moments like this make it worth it. Thanks for sharing Valentine’s Day with us. Tonight we play in London, then Glasgow and then off across the channel and then to Australia.
In other news, HANSON Day 2019 tickets went on sale yesterday! We had an overwhelming response, which overwhelmed and crashed the site (tear*). We know this was frustrating for many of you (ourselves included), but we hope it won’t weigh too negatively on your HANSON Day plans. We are doing everything we can to make this a really great year. We already added two additional painting classes to meet demand and are looking at how we might make room for a few more people at Karaoke (don’t ask, we will let you know if they let us demo the back stage at Vanguard). As many of you know, this will be the most music filled HANSON Day to date with one concert everyday. Thursday Storytellers, Friday String Theory, Saturday Members Concert, and then of course, The Hop Jam on Sunday. We are going to be exhausted come Monday morning, but it is gonna be worth it! We look forward to seeing you there.
Isaac, Taylor And Zac
HANSON DAY 2019!
Fan Club Exclusive: Join us on May 16th, 17th and 18th for HANSON Day weekend in celebration of 27 years of HANSON music!
This year, HANSON Day will have more musical experiences than ever before. Starting on Thursday, May 16th with the Storytellers concert, a String Theory Concert Friday, May 17th, and then the Member’s Only Concert on Saturday, May 18th, there is a concert to watch every night and that is not even talking about all the special events that will be going on throughout the weekend.
Every year, we invite Hanson.net fan club members from around the world to converge on Tulsa, Oklahoma to celebrate our band’s anniversary. Over the years, HANSON Day has grown from a concert into a weekend full of one-of-a-kind HANSON experiences like bowling tournaments, art galleries, one-of-a-kind musical performances, lectures, photo galleries and late night dance parties. On our 27th anniversary, we are giving you the gift of music, so HANSON Day 2019 will feature a concert every night! Held on May 16th, 17th and 18th in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, all Hanson.net fan club members are invited to attend. RSVP in the Calendar section on Hanson.net and make your plans to be in Tulsa this May.
The full event schedule is now available HERE with all special event tickets on sale NOW!
With the String Theory album and tour just around the corner, don’t forget to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2019!
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!
If you were anything like I was circa 1998, you’ll have had an embarrassing number of Hanson friendship bracelets, a copy of Hanson: Tulsa, Tokyo And The Middle Of Nowhere on VHS, and the Snowed In Christmas album (which I still listen to annually, btw…).
So, imagine my disdain when I heard from the man himself – Taylor Hanson – that ‘MMMBop’ was very nearly a completely different song. And even started out as just “a background part” for another song.
Speaking exclusively to Cosmopolitan UK, Taylor revealed that he and his brothers – Zach and Isaac – originally came up with the ‘MMMBop’ hook when they were writing another song. But it was so damn good, they shelved it knowing that it would soon have the makings of a pop banger.
“We were working on a part for another song and it was too hooky and too dominant, so we logged it, and put it aside as it wasn’t a background part. And then over the next two years it was there – it was an idea that we knew existed.
“Then one day the emergence of a verse pattern came and they worked together [to create ‘MMMBop’].”
Taylor, Zach and Isaac now
And thank God they did work together – imagine a life without the lyrics, “Plant a seed, plant a flower, plant a rose. You can plant any one of those…”
It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Once more for old time’s sake?
“Keep planting to find out which one growssssss. It’s a secret no-one knowsssssssss.”
Also best not to think about are some of Hanson’s fashion choices from back in the day.
When asked if there was anything he looked back and cringed at, Taylor replied: “Mostly just polyester. The ‘90s included a lot of materials that all of us hope don’t make a return. But a lot of materials are coming back in fashion – it’s really frightening.”
Hanson are currently in the UK touring their new album String Theory, which is out now.
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Backed by an orchestra, the former teen trio deliver a charming set of soft rockers and mature ballads
Not lacking in chutzpah … Hanson at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Photograph: Lindsay Walker
The American sibling trio Hanson will be forever remembered as the blond-topped, pearly-toothed threesome who scored an international No 1 in 1997 with MMMBop and shipped 10m copies of their debut album, Middle of Nowhere, before they’d seen off their mid-teens. MMMBop itself asked, rather ominously: “When you get old and start losing hair, can you tell me who will still care?” Yet here they are, now thirtysomething, soberly outfitted fathers (of 13 children between them) with full heads of brown hair, a decent-sized fanbase and playing with a symphony orchestra.
Hanson’s String Theory album and tour invites a certain suspension of disbelief. From Deep Purple to the Who, bands who get the orchestral treatment generally have oodles of smash hits and enormous cultural gravitas. They’re not former teen combos best remembered, in Britain at least, for one song and who haven’t had a Top 40 entry in the UK this decade.
Still, Hanson don’t lack chutzpah. MMMBop is dispensed with early on, as if to demonstrate that the 23-song setlist, laden with new material, will reveal other charms. The now man-band have spent the last 22 years earnestly growing up musically. There are mature, yearning ballads and wistful, vaguely Beatlesque soft rockers, each benefiting from the sumptuous arrangements of David Campbell (Beck’s dad) and the Manchester Orchestra.
Granted, there are moments, especially in the sedate first half, when the band’s well-crafted but anonymous AOR seems too slight for such lavish treatment – although the 2016 choral song Joyful Noise is truly lovely. Things up a gear in the second half as rockers with parping horns mingle with Hey Jude-type orchestral singalongs. The defiant No Rest for the Weary (“Yesterday was just fine, but the future’s all I’ve got time for, yeah!”) gets the audience on their feet, and once the new song The Sound of Light piles on the “whoah whoahs” there is something approaching Hanson-mania. It’s a surreal evening, but it is oddly touching that a band who were expected to have burned out years ago still inspire so much love.
Set for July 12-13, the 25th annual music fest outside of Minneapolis’ Basilica of Saint Mary will feature Kacey Musgraves, Dawes, Semisonic, Jason Mraz, Hanson, Lissie, CHVRCHES, Metric, and more. Tickets — $60 one-day, $110 two-day; VIP options abound — go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday via the BBP website.
Having just won four Grammys, including Album of the Year, Musgraves is a huge get for Live Nation, the concert giant that took over Basilica Block Party booking this year. The breakout pop-country star dazzled our critic last week at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre.
Elsewhere in the lineup, you’ve got tequila-craved, Current-adored folk-rockers Dawes; locally sourced “Closing Time” hitmakers Semisonic; Cities 97 genome project Jason Mraz; nostalgic, brotherly “MMMBop”-pers Hanson; and Scottish synth-pop powerhouses CHVRCHES. In addition to Semisonic, other locals include Yam Haus, the Jayhawks, and Flora Cash. Due to popular demand, a so-called “silent disco” will return this year.
As always, the Cities 97-sponsored event serves as a boozy collection plate for the never-ending preservation/restoration of the Basilica of Saint Mary.
Here’s the complete 2019 lineup:
Friday, July 12
Saturday, July 13
She recently announced she’s expecting a child with boyfriend Gorka Márquez.
But Gemma Atkinson was taken back to her own childhood on Tuesday, as she was surprised with a meeting with her childhood heartthrobs Hanson.
During her segment on Hits Radio, the 34-year-old presenter was blindfolded while the group was led into the studio without her knowing.
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Emotional: Gemma Atkinson was taken back to her own childhood on Tuesday, as she was surprised with a meeting with her childhood heartthrobs Hanson
Gemma, who admitted having Hanson posters on her wall as a teenager, burst into tears when she guessed who was in the room by the sound of the group’s voices, and Isaac quickly dashed over to give her a hug.
The actress was delighted to see the faces of Isaac, Taylor, and Zac, as they sat across from her in the studio, after she missed out on them last time they were in.
The boy band even treated Gemma to a rendition of their 1997 debut single MMMBop, which held the top spot for three weeks more than two decades ago.
When the band appeared on Lorraine on Monday, the three brothers, who are now in their 30s, revealed they have 13 children between them.
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Gemma Atkinson gets special surprise from Hanson on Hits Radio
Surprise! During her segment on Hits Radio, the 34-year-old presenter was blindfolded while the group was led into the studio without her knowing
They’re BACK! Hanson told Lorraine on Monday that they’ve got 13 children between them as viewers went wild for the handsome brothers 22 years after the release of MMMbop
Band Hanson reveals they have thirteen children between them
They said: ‘We have 13 children – we all three have ten-year-old sons. All the kids get on as we spend a lot of time together touring and in the studio.’
Eldest brother, Isaac is now 38 – he was the last of the musical trio to wed. He married Nicole in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, ceremony in 2006.
They have three children; Nina Odette, 4, son James Monroe 9, and son Clarke Everett, 11.
35-year-old Taylor was the first band member to marry in 2002.
Way back when: Isaac was 11, Taylor was nine and Zac was just six when they created their band in 1992 and just five years later, they released MMMBop, (pictured in 1997)
Family man: Eldest brother, Isaac is now 38 – he was the last of the musical trio to wed. He married Nicole in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, ceremony in 2006 – they have three children
He and his wife Natalie have six children; Jordan Ezra, 15, Penelope Anne, 13, River Samuel, 12, Viggo Moriah, 9, and Wilhelmina Jane and two-month-old Claude Indiana Emmanuel
Youngest brother, Zac, 33, and wife Kate, have four children. They welcomed John Ira Shepherd, in 2008. Shepherd goes by his middle name.
They are also proud parents to Junia Rosa Ruth, seven , followed by son George Abraham Walker, now 4 and 18-month-old Mary Lucille Diana, who goes by the name of Lucille.
Dazzled: Viewers couldn’t believe how handsome the boys looked on the show
Viewers of the show went wild for Isaac, Taylor and Zac’s handsome appearance.
They took to Twitter and wrote: ‘Um hello when did Hanson become so hot?! #Lorraine.’
‘Blimey look at #Hanson’ and ‘Holy cr** Hanson got HOT #Lorraine.’
Isaac was 11, Taylor was nine and Zac was just six when they created their band in 1992 and just five years later, they released MMMBop.
Busy: The men are currently promoting a new album, called String Theory and are currently touring the UK with a live symphony orchestra
The men are currently promoting a new album, called String Theory and are currently touring the UK with a live symphony orchestra.
Zac said people had doubts about the longevity of their career when they first started out.
He said: ‘When we started out people would say to us,'”What are you going to do in 10 years?” And we’d say,”Music”.’
But music is not the boys’ only business venture – they have also produced a beer called MMMHops.
Ambitious: Zac, (right) said people had doubts about the longevity of their career. He said: ‘When we started out people would say to us,'”What are you going to do in 10 years?” And we’d say,”Music”‘