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Hanson.net Pin Guide

Since the site’s relaunch in 2014, Hanson.net members have had the opportunity to get “pins” – similar to video game achievements, members have the opportunity to “level up” and get exclusive pins on the website based on different actions taken on the website or events attended in real life.  With the 2020 re-relaunch we decided to make a guide of all the pins and how to obtain them.

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Back to the Island – Special Guest – 2020!

In true 2020 fashion, the 2020 Back to the Island Special Guest listing of Milck and Joshua and the Holy Rollers was being glitchy.  It looks like the glitches have all been overcome and if you attended Back to the Island in 2020 you can now select that Special Guest show to have “A Little Peace” as performed with MILCK and “It’s All Gonna Be Fine”, “Hey Hey” and “Happy Birthday” as performed with Joshua and the Holy Rollers added to your songs heard live list.  As with the 2013 and 2023 special guest shows – this will just add the songs to your list it will NOT count as a Hanson show.

(We also cleaned up some issues with “Lost Without Each Other” that was showing as in person even though it was virtual for the October 9, 2020 show so if your count changed – that’s most likely why!)

‘Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual’ Set To Be Published This Spring

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MADISON, WI (CelebrityAccess) – A new book titled Touring and Mental Health – The Music Industry Manual is set to be published on March 23 2023 via Omnibus Press. The manual’s focus is to give those working in the live music industry a guide to help them “identify, process and manage the physical and psychological difficulties that can occur on the road or as a result of touring.”

The in-depth guide was edited by London-based psychotherapist and former music industry booker Tamsin Embleton. Embleton is a co-founder of the Music Industry Therapist Collective (MITC), which lists their mission and vision for the future on its official website (see below).

Our mission:

  • To provide access to high-quality psychotherapy to those working within the music industry.
  • To provide a safe, confidential, trustworthy and culturally-sensitive space for clients to share, understand and process their experiences leading to increased self-awareness, resilience, self-compassion and self-agency.
  • To collaborate, pooling our clinical expertise in order to provide insight into the myriad psychological difficulties facing the music industry today.
  • To increase our knowledge of these issues through our clinical work and surveys, allowing us to produce informed guides, best practice documents, workshops, podcasts and blogs.
  • To support each other as solo workers in the field through regular meetings and peer supervision.

Our vision:

  • To help alleviate the mental health issues which are faced by those within the music industry.
  • To change perceptions around mental health and the music industry
  • To promote a trauma-informed approach to mental health within the industry.
  • To tackle some of the barriers that prevent people from getting help – stigma, prejudice and ignorance.

The book is over 600 pages and gives insight from artists, performance coaches, psychologists, and therapists. It features interviews with Nile Rodgers, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet)Taylor Hanson (Hanson)Philip Selway from Radiohead, and more.

“I wish this book had been around when I first started touring … It should be the first thing we all pack when we head out on the road.” ~ Selway (Radiohead)

James Ainscough, the CEO of Help Musicians, which provides health and support to the music community says: “This book should be a compulsory purchase for anyone who spends time on the road – or sends others out there. It can add decades to a career, give wisdom to the most exhausted mind, and offer encouragement to every burdened heart.”

You can pre-order the book HERE.


Beach Boys
The Beach BoysHerb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via GI

WHO: A stellar lineup of GRAMMY®-winning artists and past and current GRAMMY nominees including Beck, Brandi Carlile, Fall Out Boy, Hanson, Norah Jones, Lady A, John Legend, Little Big Town, Michael McDonald, My Morning Jacket, Charlie Puth, LeAnn Rimes, St. Vincent, Take 6, and Weezer are slated to perform at the special tribute concert honoring the legendary Beach Boys.

WHAT: The Recording Academy®, Tenth Planet Productions and CBS will present A GRAMMY® Salute to the Beach Boys on Feb. 8, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The live concert special will feature a star-studded lineup to celebrate and pay tribute to the group’s remarkable career. The tribute special will air on the CBS Television Network at a later date in 2023 and will feature additional guest appearances and performances.

A GRAMMY Salute to the Beach Boys is produced by Tenth Planet Productions.

Wed, Feb. 8, 2023
Doors – 5:30 p.m. PT
Concert – 6:30 p.m. PT

WHERE: The public link to purchase tickets can be found here.

Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

About the Recording Academy

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

Back to the Island – Special Guests

Earlier this month, Taylor and Zac joined AMMM for TLC’s “Waterfalls” while Isaac joined AMMM for Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me” at their annual Back to the Island event.  In 2013, Isaac joined Back to the Island Special Guest Robert Schwartzman for Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” and The Beatles “Tell Me Why”.  While we had these songs listed on the site for historical purposes, until now there was no way to get them on your “Songs Heard Live” list if you were in attendance.  We decided to add a “Back to the Island (Special Guest)” tag which if you select either (or both) of these shows and add them to your concert list, the songs will be added to your list but they will not count as Hanson shows.


In New Book, Fordham Professor Explores Technology and Capitalism in Pop Music


Fordham professor of history Asif Siddiqi

What would the biography of a pop song look like? And what could it tell us about that song’s moment in history—and our own time?


In One-Track Mind: Capitalism, Technology, and the Art of the Pop Song, Fordham history professor Asif Siddiqi, Ph.D., and 15 other writers attempt to answer those questions. They each delve into the history of a song from the past 60-plus years, and their essays, Siddiqi writes, “show the undiminished power of the pop song.” He sees them as “distillations of important flashpoints,” and he hears in them “ghostly echoes that persist undiminished but transform[ed] for succeeding generations.”

The idea for the book blossomed at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus in June 2019. That’s when the University’s O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism provided funding for a workshop where Siddiqi and other contributors began to flesh out the cultural reflections they noticed in pop songs across the decades.

“Mmmbop” by Hanson

In 1997, two decades after David Bowie released two versions of “Rebel, Rebel,” a different kind of marketing decision—opening direct lines of communication to fans via fast-growing online spaces—helped the brothers in Hanson turn their hit song “Mmmbop” into a springboard for building a devoted following, which is explored in an essay by Louie Dean Valencia, Ph.D., GSAS ’16.

Through the band’s official website and other online forums, Hanson’s fan engagement allowed the group to survive, Valencia writes. “The boy band singing about the ephemerality of relationships used digital technology to maintain their relationships with their fans—attempting to adapt to the digital era in real time.”

Band of Horses, HANSON to headline 2023 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Band of Horses


Don McLean, The Fray and Deep Blue Something also join the lineup

Brookhaven, GA, Jan. 24, 2023 – The City of Brookhaven announces Band of Horses and HANSON as the concert headliners for the 2023 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven.  Admission is free.

Band of Horses is the Saturday, March 25, headliner, while HANSON headlines on Sunday, March 26. Also taking the stage Saturday are Don McLean and Deep Blue Something, while The Fray, offering a special acoustic performance, and Lissie take the stage on Sunday.

“Once again we are kicking off the 2023 festival season in style,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. “Thanks to our partnership with Live Nation, we continue to host one of the best festivals in the Southeast right here in Brookhaven.”

There might be no other band that was able to channel the generational anxiety in those early millennial years and turn it into such powerful and inclusive art quite like Band of Horses. Band of Horses fashioned gorgeously ragged epics, Ben Bridwell’s high-flying vocals and eccentric enunciation floating like a specter that felt like prelude to a dream. Full of profundity, truth and sometimes just homespun advice on how to live, Band of Horses songs have become anthems and touchstones for fans. Emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level, the songs for Band of Horses’ sixth album, Things Are Great, find Bridwell more autobiographical than he’s ever been on record, detailing the nebulous frustrations and quiet indignities of relationship changes and what a person will do to make things right. And what you do when you can’t. Band of Horses is composed of Bridwell, longtime members Ryan Monroe and Creighton Barrett and new members Matt Gentling on bass, and guitarist Brett Nash. This fresh chapter finds the band recapturing the raw emotion and unpolished punk-rock spirit of its early days. The songs on Things Are Great document the connections in Bridwell’s life that have shifted, or remained. An epic album, Things Are Great is not an exercise in nostalgia or regret. It’s closer to the classic pattern of the hero’s journey, one where Bridwell doesn’t locate those elusive answers but does find himself in the end, providing hope that all of us can do the same.

Over their first 28 years as the band HANSON, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have made a significant mark in music. Starting in 1992, they spent their first five years building a fanbase as an independent band in Tulsa, OK. After signing a record deal, they saw a meteoric rise with the 1997 international smash single “MMMBop” from their debut album Middle Of Nowhere followed by consecutive top 40 singles. A long line of hits, five more studio albums, multiple Grammy nominations and over 16 million album sales followed. Over their second decade, the band charted their own course, running an independent label while maintaining a coveted connection with their global fanbase. In 2007, they launched a grassroots campaign to support poverty and HIV/AIDS relief in Africa (TakeTheWalk.net). In 2013 they launched HANSON Brothers Beer, premiering their new venture with a signature Pale Ale, Mmmhops, and in 2014 they launched the hugely successful Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival in their hometown of Tulsa, which boasts more than 30,000 attendees annually. For more information go to www.Hanson.net.

In 1969, Don McLean recorded his first album, Tapestry, in Berkeley, CA. The student riots were going on outside the studio door as Don was singing “And I Love You So” inside. The album was first released by Mediarts and attracted good reviews and achieved some commercial success. It succeeded in transforming Don McLean from an unknown to an underground sensation. FM radio loved the Tapestry album and very quickly, Don became a headliner in nightclubs and colleges across the country. The transition to international stardom began in 1971 with the release of “American Pie”. “American Pie” was recorded on May 26, 1971, and a month later received its first radio airplay on New York’s WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM to mark the closing of The Fillmore East, the historic rock & roll concert venue. “American Pie” was issued as a double A-side single in November 1971 and charted within a month. The single “American Pie” and the album American Pie were an international sensation, causing Don McLean to become an international superstar. Every line of the song was analyzed time and time again to find the real meaning. Thirty years later, “American Pie” was voted number 5 in a poll of the 365 “Songs of the Century” compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Don landed a new recording contract with

Time Life in 2020, with whom he released 11 albums containing 173 tracks as well as a new album Still Playin’ Favorites. 2021 saw Don’s “American Pie” featured in the Avengers’ Black Widow and the new Tom Hanks movie Finch. Don received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “American Pie,” recorded a version of the song with a cappella group Home Free, resulting in the video which was #1 for 8 weeks on the country music video charts, a children’s book has been written, and much more.

In 2005, The Fray achieved international success with their debut album How to Save a Life (4x platinum), featuring the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” (3x platinum) and “How to Save a Life” (5x platinum). Their second album, The Fray (#1 on the Billboard 200 and platinum), featured the hit singles “You Found Me” (4x platinum) and “Never Say Never” (platinum). In February 2014, the group’s fourth album Helios was released on Epic Records. That album received early critical acclaim from the Denver Post as well as Billboard, which hailed its “bare emotion bolstered by echoing backing vocals and unexpected twang.” The band has earned four Grammy nominations, and released a greatest hits album, Through the Years: The Best of the Fray, in 2016.

It’s been a while since the worldwide success of the Home album and the singles “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Halo,” and “Josey,” but Deep Blue Something reconvened in 2016 to record the Locust House EP.  The EP has been expanded into a full-length album, and the excitement after a few shows has grown into a genuine desire to hit the road again. It certainly doesn’t hurt that a whole new generation of fans has embraced the band due to their inclusion in popular films and TV series.  In one six-month period during 2018, the band’s Spotify listeners went from 200,000 to over a million, and this total has continued to grow to nearly two million.

Midwestern artist Lissie is a multi-talented tour de force who released her new Americana-tinged indie folk album Carving Canyons on Sept. 16. Ahead of the release she has unveiled the first song two songs “Flowers” and “Night Moves.” Debuted by FLOOD Magazine, the haunting sun-soaked song “Night Moves” channels Fleetwood Mac grandeur as it explores sensory memory and considering multiple realities vs. one’s own point of view when navigating heartbreak. Carving Canyons is Lissie’s first full-length album since her UK Top 10 album Castles in 2018. In 2010, her first full length album Catching A Tiger unassumingly established Lissie as a global voice. Lissie has recently appeared in TV shows “Twin Peaks” and “Loudermilk” as well as co-owns the music genre themed popcorn company Otts Pops Indie Pop and is involved with land conservation.

“Our lineup continues to impress,” said District 1 Councilmember Linley Jones. “I invite the community and our neighbors to come to beautiful Blackburn Park to enjoy the music, the art, the food and the fun!”

In addition to the music, this year’s festival brings back favorites such as the Splash Artists’ Market, Kidz Zone, Pet World, Classic Car Show, and food trucks. The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom 5K will take place on Saturday, March 18. For more information about the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, visit www.BrookCherryFest.org, and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @BrookCherryFest.


14 Surprisingly Profound Lyrics from Absolute Cornballs


Nuggets of wisdom can come from anywhere. Whether we get an inspirational little tidbit from the library or a Nickelback lyric, who is anyone else to judge? That tidbit is yours now. Yours to hold dear and possibly share with others. Music is the perfect gateway to inspiration. It lures us in with those catchy hooks, then drops a gem that gets us thinking. And we can all pull up John Lennon’s “Imagine,” or Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” for profound inspiration, but today we dug much, much deeper.

By simply breezing over these lyrics, you’d probably just give a solid eye-roll and miss the wisdom within. Believe us, we were as shocked as anyone, but Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” and Hanson’s “Mmmbop” have some profound messages that could walk with you forever. Those and many more are right here in these 15 surprisingly profound lyrics from otherwise goofball bands.

Site Update: New Header / Hanson Day Songs

After some downtime over the pas couple of days, hansonstage is happy to announce that we have done some re-organizing of the website and have updated the header layout for the site.  The updated header is part of our ongoing effort to improve the user experience and hope that the new breakdown of links for members with all their stats available in one drop down menu will help fans easily find the information they are looking for. Please note that due to this restructuring if you had anything bookmarked, there now may be some broken links. If you come across any glitches as you browse the site, please use the “Contact Us” forum under the “Site Help” dropdown to let us know so they can be taken care of.

In addition, Hansonstage has added a new feature that allows fans to see the setlist breakdown for each Hanson Day, the band’s annual fan-focused event. The feature provides a detailed lists of the songs played at each event by year, similarly to the one already posted for Back to the Island, giving fans a chance to relive their favorite moments and plan for future Hanson Day events.

BTTI songs by Year

HDay songs by Year