Hanson to perform sold out show

By | August 26, 2010

PSU Collegian

Pop music fans like Penn State student Malorie Goldblatt will be able to get their fill of ’90s boy bands this weekend.

Hanson will play to a sold-out crowd Saturday at HUB-Alumni Hall. The free tickets went on sale Monday and were gone by Tuesday.

“They were my favorite band in middle school,” Goldblatt (junior-advertising public relations) said. “I can’t believe they are coming to Penn State.”

Student Programming Association (SPA) Late Night Chairman Kenny Verbos said he is excited to have Hanson for SPA’s first concert.

“At the end of last year we discussed who we wanted for the first concert and the committee picked them as their No. 1 choice,” Verbos (junior-biobehavioral health) said.

The band, which debuted in 1997, is promoting its new album “Shout it Out,” according to its official website. The new album is a mix of “R&B-flavored pop-rock,” according to the site.

Drummer Taylor Hanson posted a comment about the band’s new work on the website to describe its new sound.

“The anatomy of our band is similar to a ’70s rock band – white guys from the Midwest who grew up listening to ’50s and ’60s soul, who are mixing guitars, with vintage keys and melodic songs,” Hanson wrote.

Although Hanson’s popularity began with “MMMBop” in 1997, Goldblatt said she is still excited to hear the band’s newer songs.

“I pretty much stopped following them over the years, so I am interested to see what kind of music they are making now that they are older,” she said.

And diehard fans are even more excited.

Matthew Stackhouse (junior-actuarial science) said he is excited to see them perform.

“I remember when Isaac, Taylor and Zac first arrived on the music scene with ‘MMMBop,’ ” Stackhouse said. “I loved that song and they’ve only gotten better with hits like ‘Where’s the Love’ and the new ‘Thinkin’ Bout Something.’ ” In 2003, Hanson ran into difficulties with its label causing the band to leave and start its own record company 3CG Records, according to the band’s official website.

In their prime, the brothers received many Grammy nominations, making brother Zac Hanson the youngest songwriter in history to receive one, according to the band’s website.

Verbos said the concert will be a success.

“There will definitely be a good turnout,” Verbos said. “I’m really excited to see our first concert of the year off.”

Doors for the show open at 10:30 p.m.