Review: Adelaide basks in nineties nostalgia with US pop band Hanson playing The Barton Theatre, 20 years on from their hit album Middle of Nowhere

By | June 18, 2017

Adelaide Now

Meagan Dillon, The Advertiser

June 17, 2017 9:05am

WELL, they managed to do it.

I woke up the morning after the Hanson gig in Adelaide with the song MMMBop in my head.

And it has been hard to get it out — it’s just so damn catchy.

Growing up in the 90s, the Hanson brothers — Isaac, Taylor and Zac — were on high rotation in my household.

I will not admit to having the band’s poster on my wall.

But I will admit that their 1997 album Middle of Nowhere was one of the first I ever bought. And by bought, I mean my parents got it for me — I was nine.

Hanson hit Thebarton Theatre on Friday night on a tour that is celebrating the 20th anniversary of that seminal album.

It took the brothers five years to land on the mainstream radar with their breakthrough hit MMMBop.

But when it broke, they became the biggest boy band in the world, generating decibel-busting teen hysteria.

Two decades on, nothing much has changed.
Thebby Theatre was filled with screaming hardcore Hanson fans in their band tees, singing along to every word, of every song as loudly as they could.

Then there were the Hanson fans like me — who just appreciated the trip down memory lane.

These boys from Tulsa, Oklahoma, definitely know how to put on a fun show and even invited the audience back to their hometown for a reunion.

Songs from the Middle of Nowhere album featured heavily during the two-hour set, including Madeline and MMMBop.

They also belted out an awesome rendition of Gimme Some Lovin’ from the 1998 Jack Frost soundtrack.

To finish up, Hanson covered one of the most iconic Australian rock songs ever — AC/DC’s It’s A Long Way To The Top.

Ambitious, yes. But they managed to pull it off.

Hanson were supported by Australian singer-songwriter Jason Singh — the former frontman of Taxiride — and their tour will hit Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Auckland, in New Zealand, over the coming weeks