Oklahoma band of brothers Hanson celebrated their 25th anniversary making music with a performance of their breakout hit “MMMBop” today on “Good Morning America.”
The Tulsa trio – Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson – still have those great sibling harmonies going for them.
As previously reported, the band also showed off those harmonies Wednesday night at a star-studded Carnegie Hall concert honoring fellow Oklahoman Jimmy Webb. Surprisingly, Hanson performed the legendary songwriter’s “Highwayman,” known as the inspiration for the name of the country supergroup featuring Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash.
Founded in 1992, the trio of brothers began performing classic rock ‘n roll and soul music, and writing original material, crafting a distinctive blend of harmonies and organic soulful pop-rock. Besides Hanson’s 25th anniversary, 2017 also marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut release “Middle Of Nowhere,” led by the iconic single “MMMBop,” which introduced the group to the world.
As previously reported, Hanson announced earlier this year its extensive “Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour.” The trio will kick off the tour in their hometown of Tulsa with The Hop Jam 2017. Billed as Oklahoma’s largest craft beer and music festival, the fourth annual Hop Jam will take place May 21 in the heart of downtown Tulsa’s historic Brady Arts District. The 2017 Hop Jam festivities will include more than 200 craft beers and music headlined by Hanson, the festival’s co-founders.
The tour will feature performances of the group’s most widely known material alongside fan favorites encompassing their extensive catalog. In select markets, Taylor Hanson will DJ the “Dance Like You Don’t Care” after-party, which will feature an eclectic mix of modern and 90’s favorites, according to a news release.
Coinciding with their benchmark 25th year together, over which the group has released six studio albums and sold more than 16 million albums, this year Hanson also will be releasing “Middle Of Everywhere – The Greatest Hits,” a comprehensive collection which includes hit singles “Mmmbop,” “Where’s The Love,” “Weird,” “This Time Around,” “If Only,” “Penny And Me,” “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’,” “Get The Girl Back,” plus the new single “I Was Born.”
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer revealed today that Hanson’s greatest hits album will come out Sept. 8.