2023 kicked off with the 10th annual Back to the Island Event at Jewel Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. The guys added some new covers into their setlist including “I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow” and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Guest performers Allen, Mack, Myers, Moore joined the band on “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Myers), “Don’t Let Me Down” (Myers), “Dressed in Brown Eyes” (Mack) and “Back to the Island” (AMMM). For the first time, Running Man was performed at the event. Isaac’s solo set included “Make It Through The Day” that had not yet been played at a BTTI and Taylor’s solo set had the live debut of “Climb”. The event had 93 unique songs played, with 94 being played total (“Back to the Island” being the only duplicate). A photo posted by Hanson’s mother, Diana, on Instagram of the entire family at the holidays made it to People Mag. Hanson was announced as the headliner at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival just outside of Atlanta, GA. It was announced Taylor would be part of the book ‘Touring and Mental Health’ out in Spring. Hanson will be one of the performers in The Grammy Salutes the Beach Boys, filming live in Hollywood, CA in February.
Isaac was on the “Deep Tracks” podcast. Hanson Day tickets went on sale. Taylor did a podcast with Dr Tara Swart. Hanson was on the Dadville Podcast with Dave Barnes and Jon McLaughlin. Hanson performed “Barbara Ann” at the Grammy tribute to the Beach Boys. A show at SeaWorld was announced for March. Zac was ordained as a Deacon in his Church. A show at the Magic Springs Theme Park & Water Park was announced.
Hanson kicked off work in the studio on the latest members only EP, Ambient. A show in Riverside, IA was announced. Word got out that Taylor would be having a conversation with Andrew McMahon as part of a GRAMMY U Masterclass. Taylor turned 40! Hanson was announced as part of the lineup for Machaca Festival in Monterrey, MX. Hanson performed at Sea World in Florida. Hanson was announced as a support act for Busted’s 20th Anniversary Tour in the UK in September. Hanson played the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival in Georgia. The Busted Tour added 7 more dates with Hanson after high demand during the ticket on sale.
Busted added 2 more dates to their tour. Hanson performed “Barbara Ann” on the Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys. Back to the Island 2024 was announced for January 4-8, 2024. Back the the Island sold out within minutes of going on sale to the public and a wait list was created. A show at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA was announced for July. Isaac announced he will be a part of the Stand in the Gap Legacy of Hope event as a guest speaker in Tulsa on June 1.
A second resort was added to Back to the Island due to demand. Hanson Day kicked off with the EP Listening Party and Documentary and the 2023 HDay Explorer. Those attending Hanson Day in person got to see a live recording of HTP as well as participate in Karaoke. The additional Hanson Day concert was Underneath Acoustic revisited which was seated and in a horseshoe shape around the band. The Hanson Day concert kicked off with a live performance of the Ambient EP and a mix of members and non members songs. Hanson was announced as performing once again at Eat to the Beat at Disney World in Florida in October. A free show in NJ was announced. Hanson performed a show in Riverside, IA. A set of shows in the upper peninsula of Michigan were announced for early November. Busted announced their next 2.0 track would be MMMBop 2.0 as a collab with Hanson.
June started off a bit light on the Hanson News. The 25th Anniversary of the kick off to the Albertane Tour happened. The guys performed at the Super Jam with Corey Wong at Bonnaroo. Oklahoma had a bad storm leading to Hanson HQ to lose power and delay shipping items until the power was turned back on. Hanson headed to Mexico to play a hot show at Machaca Festival. MMMBop 2.0 Charted on Billboard. Hanson was featured on the podcast The Resistance. The month closed out with a show at Cooper River Park in NJ.
July started off with a hot, hot show, Hanson’s first public show in Arkansas. Taylor was featured on Food on the Moves Movers & Shakers podcast. The guys went on a European vacation before returning to the states for shows in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The show must go on and Zac powered through both shows despite having strep.
Meet and Greets and Reporters were announced for the UK tour with Busted. The guys celebrated the release of Underneath Acoustic’s 20th anniversary. A September Scavenger Hunt was announced for HNet. Taylor was announced as a contestant for Celebrity Name that Tune airing beginning in September on FOX. The dates for Hanson Day 2024 were announced and RSVP was made available. The Fairfield Inn Downtown Tulsa was released as a room block but quickly sold out.
Zac announced he would be a judge at The Big Show Off in February 2024. Hanson joined Busted in the UK for their 20th anniversary tour. The 2023 HNet Explorer for Fall kicked off. Hanson performed MMMBop 2.0 as well as Busted’s Sleeping with the Lights On during Busted’s set at most of the shows. Taylor’s rerecording of the song Baraye to help Iran through The Voices Project was released.
The tour with Busted continued with 5 more shows before coming to its close with Hanson covering Busted’s “Night Driver” in their final set. Christmas merchandise was dropped in the store. Taylor played against Jojo Siwa on Celebrity Name That Tune. Zac turned 38. Zac donated a song to the Raven Drum foundation auction. Hanson closed out the month with 12 sets at Disney’s “Eat to the Beat”
Hanson played 2 shows at the Island’s Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan. Isaac attended the SESAC 2023 Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Zac’s song sold at auction for $13,500. Isaac turned 43. Isaac did a livestream for the Red Dirt Foundation for Giving Tunesday and raised over $1000 for the charity.
Hanson announced that the cost of Hanson.net membership would be raised from $40 to $50. They also announced that there would be 4 streams in 2024 for members – Winter, Spring (HDAY), Summer & Christmas. There also would be seasonal HNet Explorer hunts, monthly virtual meet and greets with 2 winners chosen per week and Hanson Time Podcast would continue monthly throughout 2024. Laylo announced a content in which 5 winners would receive a caroling phone call from Hanson. Isaac did a second stream for the Red Dirt Foundation after fans “earned” it by donating over $1000 to the charity on Giving Tunesday. Isaac and his side project, Mother Road Sons, did 3 shows at Mercury Lounge in Tulsa in December. Isaac was a special guest at Tovar’s Christmas at Cain’s Ballroom as well as at Tulsey Town Twostep.