The Musical Ride Tour has been a great one. It’s hard to believe that we’re almost wrapped with yet another trek across the US of A. The fall tour also ushers into two anniversaries for our band in 2012 — the 15th anniversary of our first major release, Middle Of Nowhere, and the 20th anniversary of our first show. Considering the many ups and downs of the last 20 years, this latest tour has been smooth sailing.
Each night throughout the tour, fans have gone onto hanson.net and cast their votes for what album from our five official releases we should feature each night, and it has kept us on our toes musically. To deliver the winning album each night, we have to be ready to play at least 67 songs at any time. It takes a bit of extra attention to remember all of the ins and outs of the countless tunes from these albums, some of which we rarely play live.
For this blog, I’m falling back on the solid tradition of black and white, which I had a bit of fun with earlier this year during our first London trip of 2011. For this round of images there’s a lot of Midwest and East Coast scenery, from the stage at the rock ‘n’ roll TLA theater in Philly, to the main streets of Chicago, where a giant statue of Marilyn Monroe in her iconic pose from The Seven Year Itch is getting more than her fair share of publicity on the Windy City’s famous Magnificent Mile thoroughfare.
There’s a few guest appearances in this photo gallery as well. One is of me with PAPER’s one and only Mr. Mickey Boardman during his birthday bash in October, which I was so glad to have been in New York for. Another is of our new friend, the fantastic Charlie Mars, who has been out with us for this second round of the tour and can be seen here surrounded by swirling bus light. There’s also a guest snap of our friend Matt Kearney during a VH1 Save the Music event last week. Our wandering is about to take us to Latin America and then on to Europe for more escapades, it should be good times and will most definitely produce some good ocular stimulation, whether on stage or en route to the next destination. I hope you enjoy the pics. To everyone who has joined us on the Musical Ride Tour, thank you so much for coming along for the ride — you are amazing.