Hanson have defied the critics who wrote them off after MMMBop to play with orchestras

By | February 24, 2019

Adelaide Now

Zac Hanson remembers getting the question all the time.

The precocious and adorable drummer and his brothers Isaac and Taylor were riding the rollercoaster of pop stardom thanks to the now classic hitMMMBop.

Young girls were screaming, record bosses were cheering their major label debut Middle Of Nowhere to the top of the charts and the Sold Out sign was being posted on venues around the world.

“When I was 12 to about 14, I would get asked the question ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’” Zac, who is now 33, says.

“I didn’t feel bitter about that; I just felt sad for them because these people really did not understand what we were doing and what we are still doing.

“It is such a conscious choice to be a band and write your own music and play shows; there are many easier avenues in life.”

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Hanson have defied the critics to keep going. Picture: Supplied

Success is the best revenge against the doubters who cursed the sibling trio with the typically limited shelf life of the boy band.

The haters always fail to appreciate that once a teen fan, mostly a lifetime fan – and that has certainly been the case for the Hanson brothers, who have sold more than 16 millions records over 25 years.

As every band who plays their own instruments, writes their own songs and is savvy enough not to oversaturate the touring market and to play the social media game is aware, you can make a career out of a pop phenomenon likeMMMBop.

“I have said to my brothers before I look forward to the day, whenever it comes, when people listen to our music and not feel the need to qualify their opinion. It will simply be ‘I like it’ or ‘I don’t like it’,” Zac says.

The String Theory concept took Taylor, Zac and Isaac two years to develop. Picture: Supplied

That seems to be the attitude greeting their latest live music venture, the String Theory tour, reinterpreting their repertoire with symphony orchestras.

It’s an ambitious undertaking when you consider most of the artists who undertake such a lofty reinvention of their “hits” are much older acts with a much bigger catalogue of popular songs.

The pop meets classical concerts have received generally good reviews.

“It’s a surreal evening, but it is oddly touching that a band who were expected to have burned out years ago still inspire so much love,” wrote The Guardian after their Manchester show last week.

Zac said the String Theory concept took two years to develop with the band engaging David Campbell, the go-to composer and arranger for artists from Adele to Justin Timberlake and who also happens to be Beck’s father, to help bring their songs into the orchestral domain.

The band also sought counsel from friends who had done similar projects, including Ben Folds.

As they were. The boys at the MTV Music Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 1997. Picture: AP/Dusan Vranic

“Doing something like this is a bucket list dream for any band,” he said.

“There’s such a deeply innate emotion in the instruments that are part of a symphonic orchestra from the harp to the trumpet, the French horns to the timpani.

“They sound like a feeling and it’s so powerful when you get the chance to wild that emotion.”

Evolving the project and recording the String Theory album wasn’t always easy. Artistic differences will always provoke frustrations and throw in the sibling factor and tensions can erupt.

Zac said he has walked away from the studio at times and the Hanson brothers haven’t spoken for a month.

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“I’ve been telling people for years you have to stick it out when you find something you care about. Sometimes you just don’t care and you don’t care for each other.

“But the question that has to be answered is whether there is value for your hard work.

“And you get to walk on stage and sing to the people who value what you do, the people who you meet on the street outside the venue, who show you their tattoos on their arms and confess to you how your music stopped them from hurting themselves.

“There’s these 10 friends who met through being Hanson fans who are now a cross country running team who have remained friends all these years and come to the shows together and the connection is listening to your music.”

One a fan, always a fan. Crowds pack Westfield Southland in Melbourne for Hanson in 1998.

As the drummer, Zac has found he has to play “quieter” than he would with the band in rock mode.

“The drums are by far the loudest thing on stage and for the lack of a better analogy, when you are playing drums with an orchestra, it’s almost like trying to hold back a race-car. You really have to play with so much control.”

It’s become a bit of a joke between the Hanson brothers and their Australian connections that they have continued to disappoint their fans here because of their failure to bring another of the band’s popular ventures down under.

The brothers have been brewing their MMMHops craft beer for five years and have yet to introduce it to the Australian market during their tours, missing a lucrative merchandise opportunity.

Zac admits the beer “probably won’t” be available again on their tour.

“With your encouragement, we will redouble our efforts,” he says, laughing.

“It would be a hilarious thing to be surviving as a band for your beer and not your ticket sales.”

Hanson’s String Theory tour opens at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on February 27 and then Sydney Opera House on March 4 and 5, Canberra Theatre on March 6, The Star, Gold Coast, March 8 and QPac, Brisbane on March 9.

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Originally published as Hanson return, with strings attached



Isaac Hanson of Hanson

By | February 23, 2019

May the Rock Be With You

…we’ve been doing this for a long time and we love making pop rock music or whatever it is we make and to have the chance to present the music we’ve been working on both new and old in one show in a different way than ever before…”

From Release: During the past quarter-century, Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have made a significant mark in music, beginning with their meteoric rise off the back of 1997 global smash ‘MmmBop’. Their debut album ‘MIDDLE OF NOWHERE’ spawned a string of Top 40 singles, followed by countless radio hits, five more studio albums, multiple Grammy nominations and record sales exceeding 16 million. String Theory is the next frontier for HANSON, telling a story of aspiration and fortitude against the odds. The music resonates with authenticity, coming from a group whose signature is never to chase trends, but instead to stay focused on their melodic artistry, establishing themselves as one of the few artists of their generation able to continually reinvent and reimagine their music, which has helped them to maintain an active global fan base over 25 years after their founding.

While producing and engineering a record for a friend we interrupted Isaac to talk about Hanson’s return to Australia for their String Theory tour, the concept, the creation, the album, the future, and more…

Isaac, it is a pleasure to talk to you because you’ve now completed my Hanson set after speaking to Taylor and Zac before, so now I have all three and I’m stoked.
Well you saved the best for last, or at least I hope *laughs* and if you didn’t just don’t tell me because then I won’t feel wounded and feel bad about myself *laughs*.

Of course we’re here because you’re headed back to see us in Australia, this time on the String Theory tour, so can you tell us a little bit of what people can expect at these shows?
Well, for one it is a very unique show for obvious reasons, this is the first time we’ve ever done shows with a full symphony like this and it’s really exciting for that reason, I mean this is one of those things I think pretty much every musician dreams in theory of doing something like a big horn section or big string section on a song you know, but then when you combine a big horn section and a big string section and add a percussion section you get an orchestra. So this for us was icing on the cake of kind of musical ability, things that you always dreamed of doing but now you could really do. I think in many ways too it was about challenging ourselves, we’ve been doing this for a long time and we love making pop rock music or whatever it is we make and to have the chance to present the music we’ve been working on both new and old in one show in a different way than ever before and to work with an Oscar winning composer  who is a long-time friend and was our ideal collaborator for this project David Campbell and to be able to put this together in one big package has been really in effect a dream come true.

What was the process like choosing which songs you would rearrange for String Theory?
It was an interesting process I’ll say that much, we had to come at it several different ways and we had a bunch of false starts. Once we kind of closed in on the fact that David would be able to do it with us we then set out and said OK now that David likes the idea of what we’re talking about how are we really going to accomplish this? We first started with songs that seemed to lend themselves to having strings on them, then we also made the list of oh these are songs that we feel like fans and non-fans alike probably expect to potentially hear in the show and we started culling down through this list and then we scrapped the list *laughs* and said you know what this isn’t working, it just wasn’t gelling together it just wasn’t making any sense and what we discovered is that we had to come up with some kind of storyboard, some kind of story, some kind of motivation for the show and that came in the form of words that kind of described a narrative, a process that this character was going through and there’s a song called ‘Reaching For The Sky’ which is a brand new song which makes its debut in ‘String Theory’ and it’s a ballad, and it starts the show and that was the first thing was wait a second we’re starting the show with a ballad, why? Because you’ve got an orchestra behind you and you can do things that you could never otherwise do with a ballad and so it started to unfold very, very quickly and we thought OK this is the right direction, these words, these emotional guidelines are the helpful thing that we hit the right tone for people and it’s all a biography in music but we definitely added our own kind of career trajectory in mind as we were talking about the inspiration and the words and the emotional tone that we were setting throughout the show. So it is guided by our own life experience but it’s not only about our lives.

Were there any that you did choose that just didn’t work in that kind of style?
Well unfortunately one of my favourite songs, actually two of my favourite songs over the years were on ‘Middle of Nowhere’ a song called ‘I Will Come To You’ and a song called ‘Weird’ and we had thought that those would probably make it or at least one of them would make it, and they ended up not making it which was kind of strange, even though ‘I Will Come To You’ for example was on the list that had a full string section and an arrangement that David had done twenty years ago and we were like OK well this will definitely make it and for some reason or another we ended up with a few too many ballads and ‘I Will Come To You’ although it’s not exclusively a love song it definitely leans that way and really there are not a lot of love songs in this show, this show is more about a character going through the ups and downs of life and trying to decide whether or not to continue to chase the elusive dream or not, and whether to kind of push through the tragedy or not, whether to see the light at the end of the tunnel even though you’re going through personal crisis. It kind of walks you through this whole process which I think every human being in some form or another goes through this in their lives, but it’s just a way of creating a narrative that we identified with and I think a lot of people will find themselves identifying with when they see the show.

Songs like ‘MmmBop’ made it because ‘MmmBop’ is an important part not only of our career and our lives but the song itself has a certain kind of melancholy quality to it in the verses and we were able to let the orchestra pull out some of that melancholy in the verse but still let the chorus shine and celebrate the kind of catchy unique quality that is ‘MmmBop’ at the same time and I feel really, really good about that as well. This show is as much about new music as anything too because we have songs like ‘Reaching For The Sky’, ‘Battle Cry’, ‘Breaktown’, ‘No Rest For The Weary’, ‘Sound of Light’, ‘Siren Call’ these are all songs that are either unreleased or have never been released to the public and only the fan club has ever heard them, so these are songs that re really unique to this show and really shine with the orchestra behind them.

In terms of new music we have the String Theory album, in keeping this all a surprise for me and for the shows is this a live album or studio recording of these songs?
It is a studio record

So was it a different process playing these songs in the studio compared to the stage?
I mean yes in a fact it was but what was really interesting in order to do the show and in order to arrange the show the way it’s done we actually had to do… we kind of made the record before we finished it which was we took original recordings and kind of reworked recordings and we kind of laid them out and made the show and said, hey David, this is what we’re thinking, and we want this song to start with a broken down chorus where it’s only the vocals and the orchestra… we want this song to go up to this massive crescendo and then everything drops out except for the violins, we kind of had these kind of big, overarching ideas from song to song and literally had to lay out by the second, by the bar, by the beat what we wanted the show to be. Even before we went through the process that it was the final record recording, so there was an extensive advanced I guess you would say *laughs* pre-production process of laying out the show for David so he could hear it so he could then arrange parts over, underneath, around and on top of those recordings and then we had to build the album around that combining in some cases and like there’s a song called ‘Breaktown’ which is in there but the recording that we ended up choosing to use we thought we’d actually re-recorded but we realised that the recording that we had made of this song that had been around for fifteen years, the recording that we had done when recording our fourth album ‘The Walk’ with our friend Danny Kortchmar we listened back to that recording and said wait a second, this is exactly right, we thought it wasn’t right but when you put and orchestra around this it is going to be perfect and so we actually were able to pull things out that had never been released, that no one had ever heard and be able to put that in the show.

So, it’s this cool amalgam of taking unheard things before and making them brand spanking new by putting an orchestra around it. Then songs like ‘Mmm Bop’ and ‘Where’s The Love’ you’re recording from scratch because it’s not like the vocals from 1997 would ever work, so it’s this really cool combination of brand new and stuff from the vault and everything all combined and stripping everything back and making sure that the orchestra comes through and shines as well as brand new recordings, so it’s a really cool mish mash or stuff that I think takes people through our career in a way that no other project ever could. What was really cool too is not only were we able to work with David on this record which was super fun and he was able to help us realise a vision that we had only imagined we could achieve but also in addition to that we had our friend Jim Scott who we have been pining to work with for years and years and had never worked on an album before and we had him mix the whole project for us and he put the final finishing touches on this album and he’s of course worked with everybody from Tom Petty to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to countless other people and have won Grammys and all that and he’s an absolutely exceptional person as well as an extremely talented engineer so it was fun to have him be part of the project as well.

Lastly as we’re out of time, let’s try and predict the future, so I want you to finish this sentence for me. In 2019 Hanson will…
Hanson will be… how do I say this without giving something away?

No! Give something away!
*laughs* In 2019 Hanson will be doing things that people don’t expect them to do.

I can’t wait for that Heavy Metal album, man, that will be amazing!
Yes, well you may be closer than you think, you never know… *laughs* there are a few ideas floating around, let’s just say we’ve got a few fun ideas on rotation that we’re trying to decide which one to do first and we’re really excited. Our goal is to be extremely prolific over the next couple of years.

As you said, best until last let’s go with that!
*laughs* Thanks very much, I appreciate it.

 

HANSON | STRING THEORY AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2019 
Presented by Chugg Entertainment

MELBOURNE
Wednesday 27th February – Palais Theatre (All Ages)
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SYDNEY – SOLD OUT
Monday 4th March – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (All Ages)
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SYDNEY
Tuesday 5th March – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (All Ages)
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CANBERRA
Wednesday 6th March – Canberra Theatre Centre (All Ages) 
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GOLD COAST
Friday 8th March – The Star (All Ages)
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BRISBANE
Saturday 9th March – Concert Hall QPAC (All Ages)
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Essential Information

From: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Band members: Isaac – Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals, Taylor – Piano, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Zac – Drums, Piano, Guitar, Vocals

Website: http://www.hanson.net

Latest release:  String Theory (Out Now)



Were Hanson The Best Boy Band Of The ’90s?

By | February 23, 2019

Ten Daily

With so many great boy bands in the ’90s, surely a top 5 is too hard?

What you need to know
  • Who’s your top 5 boy bands from the 90’s?

To celebrate Hanson joining us live at the desk this Sunday, we thought we’d take a look back at boy bands of the ’90s.

It’s hard to pick a top 5 as there was just so many, but here it is.

5ive

Coming in at number 5ive is British boy band 5ive.

To be honest they probably aren’t even close to the top 5, but I couldn’t let the opportunity of putting them at number 5ive slip.

Formed in 1997, success was instant for the Simon Cowell created quintet.

Just one year after they formed, they had a world wide top 10 hit with ‘When the lights go out’.

The band still tours as a 3 piece to this day, although they’re still called 5ive…

*NSYNC

Entering the countdown at number 4 is a legitimate heavyweight of the 90’s boy band era, *NSYNC.

Formed in 1995ive this American 5ive piece went on to sell 70 million records in 7 years.

Hits such as ‘I want you back’ and ‘Bye Bye Bye’ still get plenty of airtime at clubs and gyms around the world today, unfortunately.

And of course, the one and only Justin Timberlake was in the band, he’s done quite well for himself.

Hanson

A bit controversial considering they’re on the show this Sunday and the only reason I’m writing this article is because of this, but I’ve put Hanson at number 3.

American brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac had a quiet start to their careers after forming in 1992.

It wasn’t until their 1997 album ‘Middle of Nowhere’ that they reached a worldwide audience.

A little song by the name of MMMBop was on that album and my sister played it over and over again, to this day I know it off by heart.

Tune in Sunday night to see what the boys are up to now.

Backstreet Boys

Well if it isn’t the boys from the backstreet coming in at number 2.

Selling over 100 million records worldwide, it’s fair to say that this American quintet were the most successful boy band of the 90’s.

With huge hits such as ‘I want it that way’, ‘As long as you love me’ and ‘Everybody’, these guys crushed the 90’s.

I have fond memories from my teens of standing beside the dance floor at blue light discos while 100’s of kids danced to their tunes.

AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian, I salute you.

Human Nature

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Number 1 on the list is your Mum and my Mum’s favourite, Human Nature.

Formed in Sydney in 1989, this awesome foursome had great success throughout the 90’s.

Their song ‘Telling Everybody’ put them on the map in 1996, and they’ve gone from strength to strength since then.

I know they probably haven’t had the worldwide success of other boy bands from the 90’s, but if I didn’t put them in my mum would be furious.



HANSON: Brussels Gave Me Goosebumps

By | February 23, 2019


WEEKLY PIC

Here we are rehearsing for our final String Theory concert in Europe, in Brussels. What an amazing run of shows, both because of the inspiration of the concerts and the chance to see so many of you sharing your tonight with us. We head to Australia with full hearts thanks to you!


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

Wednesday night we finished our European String Theory concerts with an amazing show in Brussels.  Standing on stage singing about dreaming and fighting, about hope and loss, it brings so much clarity and perspective to this crazy journey we have been on for more than two decades; hearing the audience sing the lyrics back at us… it gives you goosebumps. Thank you to everyone who helped make this leg of the tour such a memorable one.

With the final notes of tonight still ringing in our ears, just hours after leaving the stage in Brussels, we are already thirty thousand plus feet in the air bound for Australia, more than ten thousand miles away (what a crazy way to live). Twenty some odd years ago our first trip down under would have been like traveling to a new world, but these days it feels more like going to visit old friends. Despite being separated for long times and thousands of miles, after the formalities you just fall right back into lock step watching for “Drop Bears” and playing “Slug Holden”. Writing a show for symphonies was no question a bucket list project, playing that same show at the Sydney Opera House… That is going to be like a double rainbow!

On a totally different topic, if you joined us for Back To The Island this year please take a few minutes and let us know how we did. It’s your basic what did you love, what did you think was absolutely perfect, and what did you adore so much you want to do it every day for the rest of your life kind of thing!… yeah that basically covers it. You can find a link HERE as well as in the news section so be sure to login and share your thoughts ’cause we’re already planning our island adventure for 2020.

Isaac, Taylor And Zac


HANSON DAY 2019!

Fan Club Exclusive: Join us on May 16th, 17th and 18th for HANSON Day weekend in celebration of 27 years of HANSON music!

This year, HANSON Day will have more musical experiences than ever before. Starting on Thursday, May 16th with the Storytellers concert, a String Theory Concert Friday, May 17th, and then the Member’s Only Concert on Saturday, May 18th, there is a concert to watch every night and that is not even talking about all the special events that will be going on throughout the weekend.

Every year, we invite Hanson.net fan club members from around the world to converge on Tulsa, Oklahoma to celebrate our band’s anniversary.  Over the years, HANSON Day has grown from a concert into a weekend full of one-of-a-kind HANSON experiences like bowling tournaments, art galleries, one-of-a-kind musical performances, lectures, photo galleries and late night dance parties.  On our 27th anniversary, we are giving you the gift of music, so HANSON Day 2019 will feature a concert every night! Held on May 16th, 17th and 18th in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, all Hanson.net fan club members are invited to attend. RSVP in the Calendar section on Hanson.net and make your plans to be in Tulsa this May.

The full event schedule is now available HERE with all special event tickets on sale NOW!

For more information visit www.Hanson.net


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During The String Theory enjoy these members benefits.

•    Pre-sale concert tickets
•    Member lines at concerts
•    Meet & Greets opportunities with the band
•    Fan Club Reporter’s interviews
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Tuesday Trivia

By | February 19, 2019

TuesdayTrivia

The semi-released song that dates back all the way to MON is “Dream Girl”

What song from ‘The Walk’ was written during the end the writing for Underneath?



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Hanson EXCLUSIVE: Taylor details ‘getting drunk, making mistakes and doing stupid stuff’ as he reveals the flip-side to the band’s clean-cut image

By | February 16, 2019

Daily Mail

They’re well-known for their clean-cut image and catchy pop songs, but it’s fair to say that Hanson aren’t afraid to let their hair down… within reason.

Speaking to MailOnline, lead singer, Taylor Hanson, 35, discussed the band’s craft beer brand, (aptly named MmmHops) and admitted he has got a little carried away when sampling the band’s wares.

He said: ‘You do stupid stuff, you drink, you hang out, you make mistakes, but everything has its place. We enjoy things in moderation.

Hanson EXCLUSIVE: Taylor talked to MailOnline about 'getting drunk, making mistakes and doing stupid stuff' as he revealed the flip-side to the band's clean-cut image

Hanson EXCLUSIVE: Taylor talked to MailOnline about ‘getting drunk, making mistakes and doing stupid stuff’ as he revealed the flip-side to the band’s clean-cut image

Huge success: The singer was nine, his brother Issac was 11 and Zac was just six when they created their band in 1992 and just five years later, they released cult pop song, MMMBop

‘I regret to admit that there was at least one time last year where I woke up genuinely not remembering how I got back from the bar with a group of friends.

‘I do not know how I went from here to there. Thankfully I had my wallet and my phone. I must have had more than one too many though.’

Pausing for thought, he added: ‘I must have had some good friends because they got me home. You have to choose your drinking company wisely.’

Taylor, (left) said: 'I regret to admit that there was at least one time last year where I woke up genuinely not remembering how I got back from the bar with a group of friends'

Taylor, (left) said: ‘I regret to admit that there was at least one time last year where I woke up genuinely not remembering how I got back from the bar with a group of friends’

True to themselves: The brothers have never felt the need to rebel in the way that former Disney stars like Miley Cyrus have in order to shake off their teen tag

True to themselves: The brothers have never felt the need to rebel in the way that former Disney stars like Miley Cyrus have in order to shake off their teen tag

Singing his heart out: Taylor gave it his all on stage as they performed at the Royal Festival Hall

Singing his heart out: Taylor gave it his all on stage as they performed at the Royal Festival Hall

Rocking out: Isaac sang his heart out during their mesmerising performance

Rocking out: Isaac sang his heart out during their mesmerising performance

Multi-tasker: Zac sang a few songs too as he sat behind the drum kit

Multi-tasker: Zac sang a few songs too as he sat behind the drum kit

The singer was nine, his brother Issac was 11 and Zac was just six when they created their band in 1992 and just five years later, they released cult pop song, MMMBop.

They credit themselves with being entrepreneurs as well as musicians and as well as their craft beer, they have run a craft beer festival for the past six years.

They are currently on their String Theory tour, in which they perform songs old and new, along with a live orchestra.

Taylor admits that there have been sacrifices for fame, but he insists the positives far outweigh any negatives.

The brothers say they have never felt the need to rebel in the way that former Disney stars like Miley Cyrus have in order to shake off their teen tag.

Taylor said: ‘We had a breakout success which was particularly extreme and that brings with it a unique set of upsides and challenges. You take the good with the bad.’

Beaming: Taylor was in high spirits as he sang for the adoring crowd

Beaming: Taylor was in high spirits as he sang for the adoring crowd

Having a great time: All three brothers gave it their all as they sang on stage

Having a great time: All three brothers gave it their all as they sang on stage

Close: Taylor married wife Natalie when he was aged 19 (pictured in 2009) and they have six children together, ranging from the age of 15 to two months old 

Close: Taylor married wife Natalie when he was aged 19 (pictured in 2009) and they have six children together, ranging from the age of 15 to two months old

‘[Rebelling] wouldn’t be being true to who we are. We’ve been very consistent from the start. We are songwriters and musicians and that is what we do.’

The brothers have 13 children between them. Taylor has six, the eldest is 15 years old and the youngest two months old.

Having lived his life in the limelight, Taylor says he’s proud, rather than embarrassed that he lived his younger years in the public eye.

Axing skills: Isaac showcased his stellar guitar skills during the night

Axing skills: Isaac showcased his stellar guitar skills during the night

Passionate: Taylor put everything he had into the performance

Passionate: Taylor put everything he had into the performance

Mesmerising: Taylor and his brothers were sure to put on an incredible show for the crowd

Mesmerising: Taylor and his brothers were sure to put on an incredible show for the crowd

‘We are proud,’ he said. ‘We know how difficult it is to have success. We know very talented musicians who wouldn’t be able to fill a stadium. Success is a lottery.

‘Our band posters and pictures of us hopping on tour buses are essentially our high school yearbook.

‘There are things that you would change, but that’s just life, isn’t it? I would be worried whether a person was of sound mind if they didn’t think that way.’

‘There’s definitely a flat side to putting yourself out there as an entertainer.

‘You lose privacy but when you have success in a big way, you take the positives and the negatives together… that’s the deal.’



Hanson String Theory World Tour, Royal Festival Hall London live review

By | February 16, 2019

Entertainment Focus

Hanson

Hard as it may be to fathom, Hanson are celebrating their 25th anniversary of making music. While it may not seem 5 minutes since the 90s (seriously where did the time go?) the trio – Zac, Taylor and Isaac – have sustained a successful career making the music they want to make and building a unique relationship with their fans through their fanclub where they release music direct to their supporters. For their 11th studio album, String Theory, in 2018 they reworked a selection of songs from across their career with The Prague Symphony Orchestra and mixed in some new material too. Last night the brothers brought their World Tour to London’s Royal Festival Hall to perform the album in its entirety with the backing of a symphony orchestra.

Split into two acts, Hanson’s String Theory show saw them perform the album’s track listing in order. They opened the show with the piano-led Reaching for the Sky, Pt. 1, which set the tone for the evening nicely with a lead vocal from Taylor. It was also the first opportunity to hear the orchestra add their magic to the music and live it sounded pretty incredible. Second track Joyful Noise let Zac take lead vocals and it had a catchy melody and beat that got the audience moving.

Some of the band’s early hits were in the first act including a fantastic rendition of Where’s the Love, where the trio’s acapella vocals really impressed at the beginning of the song, and their classic MmmBop sounded fresh and modern with its new arrangement. MmmBop understandably got one of the biggest reactions of the night. Fan favourite Yearbook, from the band’s Middle of Nowhere album, was well received too and it could easily be a hit all these years on.

Elsewhere in the set Siren Call was a standout. The atmospheric track was really stirring and Zac’s lead vocal was incredible. The slow-building beat of Battle Cry was another memorable moment as was the gorgeous Broken Angel. No Rest for the Weary showed off a more rootsy and soulful sound from the band and Sound of Light had a big anthem feel that made you want to wave your arms in the air.

Throughout the show the three brothers changed instruments several times, showcasing just how versatile they are as musicians. Their bond and chemistry is so clear and the short-hand they have on stage is amazing. You can tell that they have music deep-rooted within them and that they just love performing. The great audience atmosphere definitely added to the evening and for the last four songs every single audience member was on their feet.

The show came to a close with Tonight and it was a jubilant way to end a fantastic night of music. After the song the band took their bows and left the stage but the audience hung around for a while hoping for an encore. Sadly there wasn’t one but having performed 23 songs over the set, Hanson had definitely given fans value for money.

I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised by Hanson’s show. In all honesty I’ve never been a huge fan, for no other reason than they just weren’t the kind of music I listened to in the 90s. Having now seen them live I can appreciate why they’ve stood the test of time and they’ve got a fantastic catalogue of music under their belts. The twist of the orchestra was very effective and I’d be surprised if they don’t perform more shows with this set up in the future. With amazing vocals, fantastic musicianship, a strong set list and the backing of the wonderful orchestra, Hanson wowed last night and I’d definitely call myself a fan now.

Set list: 1. Reaching for the Sky, Pt. 1 2. Joyful Noise 3. Where’s the Love 4. Dream It Do It 5. MmmBop 6. Chasing Down My Dreams 7. Tragic Symphony 8. Got a Hold On Me 9. Yearbook 10. Siren Call 11. Me, Myself and I 12. Reaching for the Sky, Pt. 2 13. This Time Around 14. Something Going Round 15. Battle Cry 16. You Can’t Stop Us 17. Broken Angel 18. What Are We Fighting For 19. Breaktown 20. No Rest for the Weary 21. I Was Born 22. Sound of Light 23. Tonight Performance date: Friday 15th February 2019



Hanson woo girls and guys on Valentine’s Day at Rock City

By | February 16, 2019

Nottinghamshire Live

Hanson (Image: Handout)

It was certainly a Valentine’s Day to remember – sandwiched between hundreds of screaming 30-something women as 90s pop sensations Hanson took to the stage at Rock City.

This was a band that would have sold out the Motorpoint Arena back in the 90s when everyone raced out to grab the cassette or CD (no Spotify) of MMMBop.

And I’m not going to hide, I certainly added to their sales #notashamed.

Hanson showed a refreshing digression from the substandard backing-track bands of their day.

Three brothers who played their own instruments, wrote their own songs, later to inspire the likes of British bands like McFly and Busted, which followed in their footsteps.

Tonight, we are treated to a stripped down performance of their sensational 1997 hit, with acoustic guitars and tambourine.

Lead singer Taylor, now sporting a Jesus-like beard, tells the baying crowd: “It is one of the least understood songs ever.”

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I’m not sure there are any profound meanings behind MMMBop, but it certainly got the crowd jigging.

Taylor promises us tonight’s show is going to be “loud and fast” and he wasn’t lying.

Hanson blasted through a 20-odd catalogue of songs, barely stopping for a water break through the one hour and 30 minute set.

Musically and vocally, you couldn’t get tighter.

Hanson at Rock City
Hanson at Rock City (Image: Nottinghamshire Live)

Taylor, Zac and Isaac frequently swap instruments, taking their turn on lead vocals to show the crowd that the strength of the group does not lie on one member.

By the end I couldn’t hold it in.

Punching the air with my pint-free hand and reciting all the words (don’t know how) to encore If Only, I even thought naively – ‘If I scream loud enough will they hear me?’

#notashamed.

Hanson, you made our Valentine’s Day!



Overwhelming Response to HANSON Day

By | February 16, 2019


WEEKLY PIC

Sharing a pic from last year’s Hanson Day during our special Storytellers Concert. We just officially posted the event tickets for HDAY 2019 and a big theme is all the different concerts, with music every night. We can’t wait to see you there.


MESSAGE FROM THE BAND

It’s official. We’re trading in our instruments and becoming bandits! Last night we played our first ever show in Nottingham and it seems like all anyone could talk about was Robin Hood.  We were singing “we are men, we’re men in tights, TIGHT TIGHTS!” all day, and talking Kevin Costner and how smooth Bryan Adams voice is… It was a special day and a really great show. Though this is a String Theory Tour, our concert in Nottingham was a straight up rock show. If there ever was a moment when we knew where the love was, last night was it. Playing Rock City on Valentine’s day, right as we hit the chorus of Where’s The Love, like a well oiled machine the audience threw their hands into the air holding hearts and singing along. It was a great moment. It can be hard to be away from home on holidays and the like, but cool moments like this make it worth it. Thanks for sharing Valentine’s Day with us.  Tonight we play in London, then Glasgow and then off across the channel and then to Australia.

In other news, HANSON Day 2019 tickets went on sale yesterday!  We had an overwhelming response, which overwhelmed and crashed the site (tear*).  We know this was frustrating for many of you (ourselves included), but we hope it won’t weigh too negatively on your HANSON Day plans.  We are doing everything we can to make this a really great year.  We already added two additional painting classes to meet demand and are looking at how we might make room for a few more people at Karaoke (don’t ask, we will let you know if they let us demo the back stage at Vanguard).  As many of you know, this will be the most music filled HANSON Day to date with one concert everyday.  Thursday Storytellers, Friday String Theory, Saturday Members Concert, and then of course, The Hop Jam on Sunday.  We are going to be exhausted come Monday morning, but it is gonna be worth it! We look forward to seeing you there.

Isaac, Taylor And Zac


HANSON DAY 2019!

Fan Club Exclusive: Join us on May 16th, 17th and 18th for HANSON Day weekend in celebration of 27 years of HANSON music!

This year, HANSON Day will have more musical experiences than ever before. Starting on Thursday, May 16th with the Storytellers concert, a String Theory Concert Friday, May 17th, and then the Member’s Only Concert on Saturday, May 18th, there is a concert to watch every night and that is not even talking about all the special events that will be going on throughout the weekend.

Every year, we invite Hanson.net fan club members from around the world to converge on Tulsa, Oklahoma to celebrate our band’s anniversary.  Over the years, HANSON Day has grown from a concert into a weekend full of one-of-a-kind HANSON experiences like bowling tournaments, art galleries, one-of-a-kind musical performances, lectures, photo galleries and late night dance parties.  On our 27th anniversary, we are giving you the gift of music, so HANSON Day 2019 will feature a concert every night! Held on May 16th, 17th and 18th in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, all Hanson.net fan club members are invited to attend. RSVP in the Calendar section on Hanson.net and make your plans to be in Tulsa this May.

The full event schedule is now available HERE with all special event tickets on sale NOW!

For more information visit www.Hanson.net


JOIN HANSON.NET!

With the String Theory album and tour just around the corner, don’t forget to renew your Hanson.net membership for 2019!
During The String Theory enjoy these members benefits.

•    Pre-sale concert tickets
•    Member lines at concerts
•    Meet & Greets opportunities with the band
•    Fan Club Reporter’s interviews
•    Exclusive videos
•    Check-in at the concert to win one of a kind items

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