Setlist: November 17 – Melbourne, Australia – The Forum

Hanson takes over Nova 106.9 Breakfast

Radio Today

In a radio first for Nova 106.9, the three brothers who burst onto the pop scene in the 90s – and became the global phenomenon Hanson – took over the Ash, Luttsy and Susie O’Neill Breakfast Show this week.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac spun tracks and shared stories about their 20-plus year career, also giving listeners the chance to get on their guest list for their show that night at The Fortitude Valley Music Hall.

The Hanson brothers achieved world-wide stardom when their first single MMMBop went to No. 1 across the globe.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac will tour Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland in support of their new album RED GREEN BLUE (3CG Records).

The radio show takeover was a case of perfect timing, with the launch of Ash, Luttsy & Susie O’Neill’s epic Throwback Throwdown Party on Thursday 1st December at Superfly Disco, Fortitude Valley.

Ash, Luttsy and Susie are inviting listeners to their big end-of-year celebration. Hanson handed out the very first official invite to a lucky listener on Monday morning.

Setlist: November 16 – Melbourne, Australia – The Forum

Exclusive: Hanson on their 30-year-career and why they’ll always keep playing to Australian fans

Celebrity 

Hanson in Australia for their Red Green Blue tour

Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson consider it a “huge honour” that they’re still touring and making records 30 years after deciding to form a band as young children.

Their continued success is testament to their talent and strong family bonds – and hugely dedicated fan base around the world.

Now adults – they are 42, 39 and 37 – the brothers have been in Australia performing to sell-out crowds with their newest album, Red Green Blue.

 

“For us we have our story, many albums, many tours, but we see people in their lives,” Taylor tells 9Honey during a sit-down interview in Sydney mid-way through the tour.

He calls the relationship between them and their audiences, whether it be younger crowds only now discovering their music, or long-time fans who are reconnecting with the band, as “amazing… it is a two-way street”.

“This is what is so awesome about music, it reaches people. It’s a huge honour.”

They were last in Australia in 2019 and are enjoying being back after the pandemic brought the world to a halt.

“We’re all kind of making up for lost time after COVID,” Taylor says.

Zac adds: “It makes it feel particularly special right now.”

Hanson in London in 1997 soon after the release of MMMBop. (Redferns)

Hanson are rare in the music business for their longevity, having survived finding unprecedented fame as children to come out on the other side as adult musicians still doing what they love.

For those who may only remember Hanson for their megahit MMMBop, released in 1997, they’ve had an incredibly busy three decades since.

They founded the band in 1992 at ages 11, nine and six and their major label debut, Middle Of Nowhere, earned the brothers three Grammy nominations and five consecutive top 40 singles, including Where’s The LoveI Will Come To You and Weird.

The first single off that album was MMMBop and introduced them to people all over the world and went to number one in 27 countries.

Since then, Hanson has released six more studio albums, two Christmas albums and five live projects, selling 16 million albums all while touring and raising families.

Zac Hanson, Isaac Hanson, and Taylor Hanson performing on the Jay Leno show on July 11, 1997. (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via)

Between the three brothers, they have 15 children. Isaac is a father of three, Taylor has seven children and Zac has five.

“Trying to keep everybody happy is the first thing you need to let go of when balancing lots of children and family and business,” Taylor says.

“You do what you can control and with us, obviously touring and travelling is something that we know well.

“And with your relationships, you kind of have to have some understanding [saying] ‘OK, it’s about to get weird, I’m going to be gone for a while, buckle in’.”

Isaac, laughing, says: “I think there’s a little bit of a misnomer or a delusion that there is balance.

“I don’t think there is such a thing. I think what you have to do is treat every moment like it’s valuable. And if you treat every moment like it’s valuable then you’ll react appropriately to the circumstances.”

Isaac Hanson with his wife and three children. (Instagram/isaachanson)

Referring to their large family and becoming a dad, he adds: “In a lot of ways, I don’t think you’re ever really ready for that. Even if you think you’re prepared [puts on serious voice] ‘We’re ready to have children’ it’s going to be different than you expected.”

Zac adds, laughing, “That kid’s going to get really screwed up”.

But Isaac, being the older and wiser brother, says it’s about choosing your priorities.

“I think you have to chase, in some sense, the best version of yourself and not be afraid of things.

“And if you’re not afraid of things, you’re not afraid of being invested in both your family and your career, if you’re not afraid of the challenges that will come from that then you will live your life as fully as you possibly can and I think that is what actually creates the balance is being like ‘you know what, I am here 100 per cent right now’.”

“For us we have our story, many albums, many tours, but we see people in their lives,” Taylor tells 9Honey during a sit-down interview in Sydney mid-way through the tour.

He calls the relationship between them and their audiences, whether it be younger crowds only now discovering their music, or long-time fans who are reconnecting with the band, as “amazing… it is a two-way street”.

“This is what is so awesome about music, it reaches people. It’s a huge honour.”

They were last in Australia in 2019 and are enjoying being back after the pandemic brought the world to a halt.

“We’re all kind of making up for lost time after COVID,” Taylor says.

Zac adds: “It makes it feel particularly special right now.”

Hanson in London in 1997 soon after the release of MMMBop. (Redferns)

Hanson are rare in the music business for their longevity, having survived finding unprecedented fame as children to come out on the other side as adult musicians still doing what they love.

For those who may only remember Hanson for their megahit MMMBop, released in 1997, they’ve had an incredibly busy three decades since.

They founded the band in 1992 at ages 11, nine and six and their major label debut, Middle Of Nowhere, earned the brothers three Grammy nominations and five consecutive top 40 singles, including Where’s The LoveI Will Come To You and Weird.

The first single off that album was MMMBop and introduced them to people all over the world and went to number one in 27 countries.

Since then, Hanson has released six more studio albums, two Christmas albums and five live projects, selling 16 million albums all while touring and raising families.

Zac Hanson, Isaac Hanson, and Taylor Hanson performing on the Jay Leno show on July 11, 1997. (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via)

Between the three brothers, they have 15 children. Isaac is a father of three, Taylor has seven children and Zac has five.

“Trying to keep everybody happy is the first thing you need to let go of when balancing lots of children and family and business,” Taylor says.

“You do what you can control and with us, obviously touring and travelling is something that we know well.

“And with your relationships, you kind of have to have some understanding [saying] ‘OK, it’s about to get weird, I’m going to be gone for a while, buckle in’.”

Isaac, laughing, says: “I think there’s a little bit of a misnomer or a delusion that there is balance.

“I don’t think there is such a thing. I think what you have to do is treat every moment like it’s valuable. And if you treat every moment like it’s valuable then you’ll react appropriately to the circumstances.”

Isaac Hanson with his wife and three children. (Instagram/isaachanson)

Referring to their large family and becoming a dad, he adds: “In a lot of ways, I don’t think you’re ever really ready for that. Even if you think you’re prepared [puts on serious voice] ‘We’re ready to have children’ it’s going to be different than you expected.”

Zac adds, laughing, “That kid’s going to get really screwed up”.

But Isaac, being the older and wiser brother, says it’s about choosing your priorities.

“I think you have to chase, in some sense, the best version of yourself and not be afraid of things.

“And if you’re not afraid of things, you’re not afraid of being invested in both your family and your career, if you’re not afraid of the challenges that will come from that then you will live your life as fully as you possibly can and I think that is what actually creates the balance is being like ‘you know what, I am here 100 per cent right now’.”

Setlist: November 14 – Brisbane, Australia – The Fortitude Music Hall

Setlist: November 12 – Adelaide, Australia – Hindley Street Music Hall

Hanson – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – November 9, 2022

May the rock be with you

It’s been only a few years since Hanson graced Australian shores on their String Theory tour, but after the last couple of years it feels like forever since we’ve seen them. So tonight it’s a pleasure to be stepping back into The Enmore Theatre to see Hanson, a place they have played before, and a place they own when they do. So tonight at their Sydney RGB show, let’s see how the night plays out.

John Calvin Abney is out support tonight and as he said “it’s a long way from playing small bars in Austin Texas.” The crowd lapped up his music, and him. This singer songwriter belted out his tracks on an acoustic and harmonica and set the stage for Hanson.

As Hanson take the stage to the usual screams that reach somewhere around 130db heard at a Hanson show they start off nice and funky with a perfect opener, ‘I’ve Got Soul’ and yes I know I’ve reviewed these guys every time they make it to Sydney but they just always sound good. This is a super tight band, and after the opening and with a “we have a lot of ground to cover” from Taylor they take us back to ‘Where’s The Love’ and what’s great about Hanson is as they mature these songs mature with them. This is a band that have perfected their craft and their catalogue to the point where they can play a song from twenty five years ago and it sounds better now than it did then. Without missing a beat Zac gets that beat going and Isaac straps on a Les Paul and takes lead vocals on ‘A Minute Without You’ and this is catchy as all get up. I love this one.

Into the awesomely mid tempo track ‘Against The World’ which has Taylor and Isaac trading lead vocals and oh hello you beautifully placed middle 8. That’s how you do it!!! Yeah this is a ripper. Hitting some big notes they take it straight into ‘Thinking of You’ which caused a girl a few rows in front of me to jump up in excitement, and this is what live music is all about, that pure joy. Then as Taylor brings out the harmonica to the front of stage and start ‘If Only’ it gets the floor jumping. This will always be my favourite Hanson track and it’s a pleasure to hear it. The crowd goes wild on command and as they play out the song I’m happy as is everyone here tonight including special mention to the lady behind me who insists on having her camera flash on as she videos. Hey at least it lets me practise my shadow animals on the person in front of me. Anyway. Public service announcement. Please turn your flash off if using your phone at a concert!!

Zac gets his go on lead vocals for ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and this suits the live show so much as it is rocked the hell up. Now for the first time they stop to take a breath and we slow down a little for ‘Been There Before’ and this just has a groove to it, I dig it. Lady behind me obviously not so much as there was no flash recording. A sing along is cute in this one and you can tell how much the band is loving it. As Isaac tells us this year they’ll have played 101 shows in 21 countries, and now thirty years in as a band it is so awesome to see them still going strong and here’s to many more. Taylor takes front of stage and throws an acoustic on for ‘Child At Heart’ from RGB and I love the live version of this as it just has a little more power to it. Then back to an oldie with ‘Weird’ and the slowest of the night so far, but a great addition to the set.

Oooh Isaac has an acoustic, and Zac heads to the front leaving just the brothers on stage. Zac takes lead as a sea of phones rise up to capture this and an amazing version of ‘Go’ and the biggest reaction of the night. That was truly something. Taylor and Isaac leave Zac on stage on the piano and from RGB he belts out ‘Wake Up’. The guys return to the stage for a great acoustic version of ‘Penny & Me’ oh and the flash returns, and I’ve nailed a shadow rabbit FYI. This song lets them show their impeccable harmonies and they just simply own that three part.

Now it’s Isaac’s turn to go solo, and playing a request he plays ‘For Your Love’ and what a choice for the set and I tell you what, his voice is bloody awesome hearing it like this. The full band returns with ‘Write You A Song’ which is one of my favourites on the new album so it was great to hear it tonight. Time to go back with ‘This Time Around’ and of course they love this one, as do I. Some awesome dual guitar solos and a sing along build this one to massive heights and was almost encore worthy. It has always a big song and one I’m glad made it into the set tonight. We get funky up in here for ‘Cold As Ice’ and while Isaac belts out lead vocals, Taylor belts the congas. With band introductions we acknowledge Dimitrius on keys and guitar, and Andrew on bass and these guys are holding it down as they both have been for the best part of fifteen years. Ooh it’s time for a Hanson brother drum break and once again without skipping a beat the band jump right back in and finish the song. ‘Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’ is a quintessential Hanson track now in my opinion and always sounds great live and shows off their writing and musicianship once again. It’s Taylor’s turn to solo and as he perched on a stool front of stage with an acoustic and from RGB ‘Rambling Heart’ and this is a great version, I love it like this. As the band come back it’s time for a big ballad with ‘I Will Come To You’ and that was great and I do love a good “na na na” in a song so I’m sold. ‘I Was Born’ I really like and as we start to near the end of the set I’m glad this made it.

Oh and this one had to make it. It’s time for ‘MMMbop’ and everyone stands up and every phone comes out to capture the song that stole many hearts here twenty five years ago as they sing every word and loudly. It’s truly awesome to be a part of. Oh wait I like this part “which flower’s going to grow? ha ha best. I mentioned before the maturing of songs but this one has just stayed the same and even though the voices got deeper they still play it like it’s 1997. Kudos to a band not afraid of what got them to where they are.

‘Man from Milwaukee’ keeps it rockin and ‘Get The Girl Back’ gets an appearance by a tambourine aka the Taylorine and this song truly feels like one that runs over the credits of a movie you’ve just enjoyed and actually watch the credits because you like the song and have to wait until the end where they tell you the name of the song. Surely I can’t be the only one that does that, right? Oh and it was the last one ha ha. Yep credits.

And now for the after credits scene aka the encore. Our opener John Calvin Abney returns to play some harmonica for this one ‘Dressed in Brown Eyes’ for the Hanson.net people aka what I wish most bands would do and throw in a super cool fan cut. So kudos to Hanson for doing that in the encore.

With a farewell and a sea of people cheering the band leave the stage after a solid two hour set of amazingly catchy pop rock songs. Hanson truly are a band you should see live, once again leaving those preconceived notions of “Oh the MMMBop band?” yes, they are that, but a whole, whole lot more. Vocally, untouchable, musically, even better. This is a damn good band, and live they truly shine.

See you next tour, fellas.

 

Catch the remaining shows on the RGB tour here!

Saturday 12 November
Hindley Street Music Hall | Adelaide, SA

18+
moshtix.com.au | Ph: 1300 438 849

Monday 14 November
The Fortitude Music Hall | Brisbane, QLD
18+
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100

Wednesday 16 November 
The Forum | Melbourne, VIC

18+
SOLD OUT

Thursday 17 November
The Forum | Melbourne, VIC
NEW SHOW
18+
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849

Saturday 19 November
Powerstation | Auckland, NZ

18+
ticketmaster.co.nz | 0800 111 999

 

Essential Information

Venue: The Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Date: November 9, 2022

Presented by: Chugg Entertainment and Frontier Touring

Website: http://www.hanson.net

Set List:
I’ve Got Soul
Where’s the Love
A Minute Without You
Against the World
Thinking of You
If Only
Don’t Let Me Down
Been There Before
Child at Heart
Weird
Go
Wake Up
Penny & Me
For Your Love
Write You a Song
This Time Around
Cold As Ice
Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’
Rambling Heart
I Will Come To You
I Was Born
MMMBop
Man from Milwaukee
Get The Girl Back
Dressed in Brown Eyes

News Roundup

The Kyle & Jackie O Show 

Hanson join us in studio to chat not only about their tour, but also their childhood! The guys detail their family life, upbringing and what they’re currently up to! Listen for all the details.

FULL INTERVIEW: Hanson speak to Jay-Jay & Flynny!

Check out our full un-edited chat with Hanson ahead of their shows in NZ!

Catch us 3-7pm weekdays on More FM and on the ROVA app!

25 years and 15 kids later… 90s pop group Hanson are all grown up

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Hanson concert review: Red Green Blue world tour at Astor Theatre, Perth

The West Australian 

Hanson set for new world tour including shows Down Under

American pop-rock trio Hanson are celebrating three decades of music and kicked celebrations off with a nostalgic and groovy dance party in Perth.

The brothers have returned down under for two shows in Perth that launch their Australian and New Zealand tour Red Green Blue.

Sunday night’s show at Astor Theatre was a sell-out and the queue to get in flowed along Beaufort Street and around the corner onto Walcott Street.

The last time the band was in town was in 2017 and hundreds of dedicated fans sure showed the boys how much they were missed.

The room filled with screaming women the moment the handsome trio stepped on stage who asked the crowd “How you doing?” and “Are you feeling good?”

Sunday night’s show at Astor Theatre was a sell-out.

Sunday night’s show at Astor Theatre was a sell-out. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Fun and feel-good number Where’s The Love kicked the excitement off and transported fans back to simpler times in the late 90s.

Glancing around the room the pure joy on people’s faces as they swayed with friends was obvious, reminiscing of a time growing up with Hanson’s original songs.

The crowd was filled with ‘pure joy’ as the band played their nostalgic hits.
The crowd was filled with ‘pure joy’ as the band played their nostalgic hits. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

However, the clearly beloved band could have been at bit more welcoming at the start as it felt they rushed to get through several songs before acknowledging the crowd properly.

About 30 minutes before the show was due to end, the brothers rocked out to the song everyone was waiting for—MMMBop.

Released in 1997 it was one of the biggest hits of the 90s and was the single that launched the brothers aged 16, 13 and 11 at the time to stardom.

The catchy, upbeat tune triggered the nostalgic feels in each and every person bopping along.

For someone (like myself) who was born one year after their smash hit, not knowing the lyrics to every song didn’t matter as the brothers were on stage to entertain and involve everyone, even occasionally offering wisdom before introducing a song.

Each brother had a turn taking the stage solo to sing their own song from the new album.
Each brother had a turn taking the stage solo to sing their own song from the new album. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Before For Your Love, eldest brother Isaac, 41, reminded the crowd that “life is not about you” and hit everyone hard in the feels captivated by his powerhouse vocals.

The night was a delightful mix of emotions inside an intimate space where Hanson-tragics sung their heart out.

The brothers really made sure to show their gratitude and care for their WA supporters with ample audience interaction, whether it be getting everyone to sing-a-long or jump and pump their fists in the air.

Penny & Me, from 2004 album Underneath, got the summer vibes flowing as the band belted: “Cause Penny and me like to roll the windows down, turn the radio up, push the pedal to the ground.”

Each brother had a turn taking the stage solo to sing their own song from the new album.

Hanson will take the stage again at Astor Theatre on Monday night.
Hanson will take the stage again at Astor Theatre on Monday night. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

RGB, released last month, is their 11th studio album and is a combination of three solo-led projects in one.

In what seemed like typical Hanson fashion, Zac, 37, and Taylor, 39, ensured there was a “Hanson drum break” where the pair rocked out on the drums and congas and received a roaring round of applause.

With a minimalist set and light show, Hanson’s raw talent shone on stage and there was nothing not to love as the brothers performed with every bit of passion and gave the audience a night to remember.

The band was supported by Texas musician John Calvin Abney who played a charming line up of songs with his guitar and harmonica.

The verdict

Rating: 4 stars

Hanson will take the stage at Astor Theatre again on Monday night.