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Back to the Island 2018

This years Back to the Island was an interesting one. As Stephen Kellogg told me, I had to fight for it. And I really did.  I’m going to try to sum it all up in one post but if things get too wordy I’ll break it up a bit.

I was scheduled to fly out on Friday, a day before the activities began. A huge storm was coming in and earlier in the week they didn’t think it would be that bad, but by Wednesday snow totals kept creeping up and up and up.  Starting at a dusting to 3 inches when all was said and done I think they were saying we could get upwards of a foot (and I think that’s what we did end up getting).  Wednesday when I was at work, Southwest emailed me to let me know that my 5:45am flight out of Hartford was already canceled and calling them to reschedule they told me the earliest they could get me out to Jamaica was SUNDAY.  I canceled that flight all together and ended up booking a flight on American Airlines that would get me out at 8am and put me on the same flight to Jamaica with a friend (and later a second friend as well who also had gotten bumped due to the bombcyclone)  But by mid-day Thursday that flight was canceled so I was put on a 10am flight out of Hartford and a later flight into Jamaica.  I went to bed early and everything was still “On Time” – having no clue how the roads were going to look I left at 4:30am and got to the airport and my gate by 6am and we were supposed to start boarding at 9:30am to leave at 10.  Boarding was delayed and when we got on there seemed to be some drama because a couple had a dog on the flight with them but the paperwork didn’t say there would be a dog on the flight.  It turned out that dealing with this was the least of my worries.  My flight to Jamaica was delayed by an hour which was great because that gave me even more of a buffer as we still needed to de-ice which would add probably 30 minutes to our time.  But then we pulled away from the jet bridge only to return to it 5 minutes later – some valve that was needed for the engines to start was frozen shut and maintenance would have to manually open it. Then that didn’t work either and then we all had to get off the plane and well… there was no way we were leaving in time for me to get to Jamaica on Friday at that point.  I re-booked a flight out of Charlotte for Saturday morning, hoping that I would at some point end up in Charlotte on Friday night.  And I did – after being one of the lucky people on only one of FOUR flights out of Bradley that morning/afternoon that had this weird frozen valve issue.  (I guess it being so rare explained why no one started to heat up the plane at 6am when it was sitting at the gate with me, both of us doing nothing)

So Saturday morning I once again woke up around 4am having no idea how long security lines would be in Charlotte and once again spent far too much time doing nothing at a gate at the airport but we were off to Jamaica without incident.  Upon landing in Jamaica it was absolutely POURING rain and when I finally met up with my friends they told me I had missed nothing because they all just sat around hiding from the rain and waiting for me to show up.  Everything at the resort was super slippery and then we found out that Hanson had decided to shift the schedule and postpone the first nights show both due to the weather and maybe a little bit because so many people were still not there yet.  We walked the beach a bit and ended up having a group meal in the steakhouse as our room level waived the fee for the prime cuts.  Afterwards the resort had activities going on so we got to see some swimmers and dancers and by “got to see” I mean we really got to see as I spotted one of them in plain site naked and changing… and then a steel drum band in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 minutes.  During the steel drum band Zac showed up and then we spotted Isaac at the karaoke bar and Taylor in the club.  It became a full on selfie fest and we just kind of sat back, drank, and watched it all go down, none of us getting any photos with any Hansons. (In fact of the 7-8 of us hanging out all week I was the only one to land a photo with a Hanson… more on that later.)

The next day winds still seemed to be too much to raise the roof on the stage and it was raining on and off so plan B went into effect – where we would have Zac’s solo show, Chris Carraba’s set and the “Rock All Night” set from Hanson in a green house.  I was lucky enough to be front row for all of it – and was thrilled when Zac awarded our “good behavior” with a song that had never been performed live before for us.  (As you know, my main goal for these trips is to hear songs I have never heard before, though the released songs that I have not heard are getting fewer and fewer.)  Afterwards we saw him and asked him what it was called and he just rubbed his fingers together and said “Haha” but we ended up finding a post on Hanson.net where we saw it was either called Fight Another Day or The Ballad of Seymour Better Times.  It’s currently the latter in the Hansonstage.com database but can be changed at any moment if needed.

I really was not sure what to expect as far as Chris Carabba.  He had come to my college one year and I made it to front row to see him but was just not impressed with him at all and we left early.  And talk about a full circle moment – that show was at my college with a friend I had met on Hanson.net to see Chris Carabba and while we were waiting to go inside she told me “You should come with us next time we go see Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers I think you will like him” and now here I was on an Island with Hanson, Chris and Stephen. Crazy. But I absolutely LOVED Chris and he was so adorable with how he was so excited that people were singing his songs back to him and asking for him to play certain songs and just generally enjoying his set.  I also liked when he said that he had only known 2 of the members of Hanson but today he met Zac and now Zac was his favorite Hanson (and then went on to mention both Isaac and Taylor were also his favorite Hanson’s)  I snapped a pic of Chris’ setlist, but he ended up mixing it up a bit so I can’t say for sure what all he did end up playing.

Then it was time for Hanson’s Rock All Night set.  The stage was awkwardly tiny but if that was potentially going to be my only front row experience of the trip, it was a great one to be right up front for.  I was able to see the setlist before the show started and was flipping out for “I Believe in A Thing Called Love” (which didn’t end up happening) and “You Shook Me All Night Long” (A never before done cover!) on the setlist as well as a few other fun rare songs mixed in as well. (One Taylor said they had not played in 5 years but I don’t know where he got his info from because hansonstage says otherwise! :P)  This set was a bit shorter than what we are used to and 3 songs on the setlist ended up being skipped but the guys did have Chris join them for Back to the Island which has become a staple of the event.

After the concert it was time for Cards Against Humanity with Zac, which was squeezed into the buffet area due to the weather and was overall just a really awkward set up.  We kept a penis tally because before the game got underway it seemed like it was going to be said a LOT…but the official tally was only 5 by the end of the night.  A fan had given Zac some Hanson-related cards for the game and I think that really brought things to a whole other level when you could play “Zac Hanson”, “Isaac Hanson” or “Taylor Hanson” as a response in addition to the cards that came with the game.  I was on the red team but it was the green team that was victorious.

The next morning we had tie dye with all 3 Hanson’s and I’m not all that impressed with my design for this year. There was a lot of white. I opted to not wet my tshirt before dying it because I was convinced that made things run too much but maybe I needed a bit of a happy medium instead.  A slightly damp tshirt.  I also was hoping for a blue and orange shirt and somehow ended up with yellow and then went with purple instead so my Mets shirt has instead become a Vikings shirt lol  The guys tend to mingle during this event but never really made it to our table (and when Zac did come by he was looking for blue dye which we did not have so he was innocently sent away to find it elsewhere never to return again)  One of the Island Gigs guys asked if we saw any Hansons and I said no, only to have him ask me which I wanted a photo with so I chose Zac and he took me over to him for a very awkward photo.  Zac seemed like he was over things at that point and the guys left shortly after.  We kept our shirts wrapped up for a couple days and I didn’t end up taking the rubber bands off until I was home this year – but I am not sure that helped much. We will see once it makes its way through a vinegar wash and the washing machine. (Which I may not get to for a while)

Then it was time for Taylor’s solo set.  Since the stage was roughly 40 paces from our back door, we opted to watch it all from our back porch.  Taylor came out, played a song, then took his shirt off (revealing a tank top underneath) and took off his shoes and socks and invited anyone who wanted to go in the water with him to go in. Then he played the rest of his set soaking wet.  His set didn’t have anything I hadn’t heard on it – however there was “Dream Girl” on his setlist that he had skipped which would have been a tick for me in the win column.  The rest of his set was a nice variety though and I enjoyed it.

Stephen Kellogg’s set was up next,  and we got a chance to talk with him a bit before it. He didn’t end up playing the song I had been requesting for him to play since last February, but he did end up adding in a last minute request for “Father’s Day” which had me crying.  I think that he won the crowd over as well and he did a pretty well-rounded set as well to give anyone who hadn’t heard of him before a good variety of what he’s all about.

Then it was time for the Members Only setlist. I was glad to not be up that close for this set because I never know all the words to these songs!  Each of the guys did a solo during this set and then Stephen Kellogg joined them for a song he wrote with them called Coming Back for More.  There was some debate over whether or not Isaac’s solo song was Members Only (Zac and I say no, Isaac says yes) but the one that was so clearly not a members only song was A Minute Without You which they played for the encore. Why? I don’t know.

After the shows was Isaac’s Family Feud activity which was also in the buffet and a lot of people did not stick around which was evidenced by the time it took for him to call out numbers of people who were actually present to end up on stage. (There’s got to be a better way to do that)  I am pretty sure all my friends who wanted to go on stage made it up for a round – but the funniest had to be when Rachel buzzed in to answer “What would you not want to happen to your taxi when you are on your way to the airport” with “Get lost!” and Isaac took offense thinking she was telling him to get lost… not that she was saying she didn’t want the taxi to get lost.  After 10 rounds it was tied 5-5 red vs green and it was RED that was victorious in the tie breaker round. A nice split amongst the teams.

Our last full day on the Island kicked off with group photos with the band where I told the guys a bit about all the snow we got and how my flights got delayed or canceled like 5 times.  Isaac did his solo set which consisted of a song that had lyrics down on the stage that he had written just a few weeks prior and a surprise song that he wrote on the spot during his set. I’m calling it “Isaac’s Jamaica Song” on Hansonstage at least until someone can convince me to name it something better.  He chatted a bunch due to needing to tune his guitar and said how singing happy birthday and the like is a stalling tactic (and then it was made clear that night during the full band set how often Hanson uses this tactic lol)  He had a really nice set as well and is pretty consistently my favorite solo set of of the 3.

 

The last show of the trip was “Singles” but it was expanded a bit to include songs that almost were singles or should have been singles just to more round out the set.  Of course, we thought we were all safe because With You In Your Dreams did not fit into any of the themes – but apparently they decided to consider it a single.  I once again found myself front row for this set and decided I could either sob the whole song or try to zone out and play on my phone and/or take photos.  I was victim of symbol face Zac for most of this show and during the beginning of the song he was leaning down so I could see him so zone out and take photos of Zac won and I managed to not cry. Phew.  The encore consisted of the only repeats of the trip – Back to the Island and You Shook Me All Night Long and they also actually did I Believe In A Thing Called Love this show as well.

During the last 2 nights on the beach – baby turtles started hatching and making their way to the water. I didn’t get to see any turtles in person (and being at a turtle hatching/release is for sure on my bucket list but I never thought I’d see it in Jamaica since it was not the reason for it!) but it sounded like they were able to make sure quite a few got to the water and hopefully they are doing all right out there!  Hanson dedicated I Was Born and renamed it for the evening The Ballad of the Baby Turtles.  (Don’t underestimate the sting of the baby turtle!)

After the show it was the after party – and there were even some dancers for some of the songs! (like one of my favorites, Pony) Where we were alerted via social media that there was an earthquake in Honduras which was putting some of Jamaica under a tsunami warning.  No one seemed concerned but now I have attended Taylor’s after party in both a tornado and a tsunami warning.

There were a lot of “wild life” encounters – I fell after being chased by a cockroach (which got my heart rate up to 119 as opposed to the 95 it seemed to max out at during any of the Hanson shows), there was a GIANT grasshopper in our bed, there was a lizard on the ceiling, there was a tiny lizard on our back porch, I found some weird looking bugs and caterpillars, I also spotted a hermit crab. Snails. A pig… cats.. goats… I’m not sure what else I am forgetting.

Wednesday we got up and had breakfast, checked out of the hotel, hit up the gift shops and made our way to our shuttle back to the airport 🙁  Security is always a pain in the butt and this time they wanted me to walk through the metal detector with no shoes on and using no cane.  Once it was explained that this was not going to end well for anyone involved I compromised to take my shoes off if I could use the cane – and needed a pat down anyway so the whole activity was pretty pointless.  I did however have a lot of fun people watching an entitled woman who needed wheelchair assistance think that she should be the first on the plane because she was the first to the gate (She was second to last, I was last of the preboarders. We both ended up in the 2nd row of the plane so what’s the big deal?)

This trip was by far a lot different than any of the previous 5 – and I took the least photos I have probably ever taken in my life (Hanson photos not included) mainly because my camera was always in my bag and I spent most of my time walking around trying to make sure I wasn’t going to slip and fall on wet decorative tile.  I enjoyed the new resort and wouldn’t mind seeing it being held there again for 2019 but I think that the Jewel where it was last year was probably my favorite of all the resorts.

Stephen Kellogg at Infinity Hall

I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to Stephen Kellogg’s last show of the year at Infinity Hall. We were due for snow and it was supposed to go through midnight.  I wasn’t so much worried about driving in it as I was slipping and falling on my ass since this venue doesn’t have the greatest selection when it comes to parking.  However the snow ended around 4 and it seemed like Norfolk was going to get just a small coating compared to the 3 or so inches at my house so I made my way there.  Roads were relatively fine and I made it into the venue and into VIP without incident.  There were 8 of us for VIP where Stephen came to hang out and perform 2 songs for us – barefoot.  It was funny because it was so cold yet he was barefoot but all I could think about was the next time I’d see him would be on the beach – where it would be much more appropriate to be barefoot.  Anyway… he did “Diamond” and “Learn to Live” as the VIP songs and told us a bit of the back story about writing songs and how Diamond came about shortly before his wedding.

At 8pm it was show time and Chris Koza opened the show. I liked how he told a story about each of the songs and what the title was before he sang them. (Of course I didn’t bother to keep track, but it would have been helpful if I wasn’t being super lazy and wanted to keep track of a setlist)

Stephen took the stage and started with his Four Kids medley and went into Satisfied Man.  He also told some stories before his songs, most of them I had heard before but he does seem to tell them in just a bit of a different way each time.  He apologized to anyone who may have been dragged there and hadn’t seen him before as he tries to play more “deep cuts” on his holiday tours than his usual tours.  He brought out his daughter Adeline for a few songs to sing with him, Chris came out and sang as well and 3/4 of his daughters led us in dance for “Big Easy” when we were in the middle of the dance moves for “turn it up, make it loud” Stephen laughed thinking about if someone came in right at that moment and would think we were a cult.  The show was a ton of fun, Stephen had a ton of energy, as always, even if it was his last show of the mini tour.

I successfully made it back to my car (and was glad a couple people asked along the way if I was doing alright and were ready to help me out if I was not!) and home… the only incident being an accident that I was fortunately not involved in but got stuck for 30 minutes waiting while emergency crews took care of the scene.

Year In Review 2017

Most expensive show:

Most expensive with VIP was John Mayer – $695
Most expensive to GET TO was the Australia / New Zealand run
Most expensive non VIP was NKOTB at Fenway

Least (not free) expensive show:
$25 for Hanson’s Acoustic Storytellers show was the cheapest.

Free shows:
Bon Jovi, O-Town, Kesha, Rick Astley, Lauren Alaina, Andy Grammer, Hanson (x15), The Script

# artists seen: 107
# unique artists seen: 40
# shows seen in CT: 21
# of shows out of state: 41 [15 in a different country]

Show farthest away: Hanson in Australia / New Zealand
Closest show: Stephen Kellogg, Parachute and/or Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele at Fairfield Theater venues. All very close coming from work!
$$ spent on tickets: $4949
Miles traveled: 65,029

Top 6 shows of the year?

Isaac Hanson’s solo show at BTTI
Hanson’s acoustic storytellers
NKOTB at Fenway
John Mayer in Boston
Hanson in Sydney
Kris Allen Christmas

Total number of shows in 2017? 62

First show of the year?
Hanson in Jamaica

First show with actual tickets:
Bon Jovi

Last show of the year?
Stephen Kellogg

Most surprising show?
Kesha!

Most disappointing?
Freestyle 90s… show #499.

Farthest traveled?
To Australia / New Zealand.

States attended shows in?
(and countries) Australia, Canada, CT, IL, Jamaica, MA, MD, MI, New Zealand, NY, OK, VA

Venue most visited?
American Garden Theater @ EPCOT – 9x.

Band seen the most?
Hanson – 37 times

Best new discovery?
Marie Miller

Bands seen this year that also broke up this year?
None that I know of

Friends made at shows?
Many!

Band members met?
Hanson, O-Town, Stephen Kellogg, Lauren Alaina, Dalton Rapattoni, John Mayer

Best souvenir from a show?
John Mayer VIP laminate. It looks like a guitar pick.

Longest time in line?
Hanson in Chicago, I think. Or maybe one of the Aussie shows.

Shows seen from the barricade [front row]–
O-Town on the boat.. ish.  Hanson Sydney Members Only Event, And a couple of side front rows – Stephen Kellogg, Parachute,

Most shows in one month?
January – 5
February – 4
March – 3
April – 3
May – 4
June – 9
July – 4
August – 2
September – 5
October – 10
November – 7
December  –  4

Once again, October wins!

Most shows in one week? Hanson 9x at Disney, Hanson in Australia

Biggest crowd? NKOTB at Fenway, I think.

Any drunk encounters? Oh, probably. But none that really stand out now. Which I am glad. I never can seem to remember any once I’m looking back.

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Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele

Last year Tyler and Kate’s tour was in December at the Wolf’s Den.  This year it was at one of my favorite little venues, The Fairfield Theater.  I had seen Tyler there before but Kate had never played there before but really liked the “vibe”.  Throughout the show Kate kept using the word and mentioned how it was driving her husband crazy but she just couldn’t come up with a better word when she wanted to use it.  The setlist for this show was short, but there was a lot of chatting/bantering/joking going around between songs.  The two had just gotten back from a tour in Australia and were talking about how the Australians say everything so differently and some of the slang words that they had picked up while they were there.  For this set they alternate between Tyler songs and Kate songs and then throw in a few fun duets as well. They ended their set with their take on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and I am pretty sure it was a role reversal.  This show was a ton of fun and I hope they continue to come through Connecticut if they continue to tour together (or even separately) because they are always so much fun to see live!  It’s crazy to think that I first saw Tyler back in 2004! Wow!

 

Hanson Chicago – Finally It’s Christmas Tour

Hanson in Chicago was another crazy weekend. Once again I had a super crazy early flight after a concert the night before.  I got into Chicago around 8am, met up with my friends who were already there for the Friday show the night before and we did all sorts of sight seeing like going to Macy’s windows, The Bean, Millenium Park’s Christmas Tree, Target, and an insane crazy insane Christmas Market that had more people in an area than I ever wanted to be with so we did not stick around very long.  We also decorated stockings that we were going to hang from the VIP box we had purchased. It was a crazy plan and one that we just hoped would work out. That evening we went to Lou Malnati’s for some deep dish pizza which even though I am not a pizza fan I had to try and I have to say I was impressed.  Maybe the problem is I need to trade in my New Haven style pizza for some Chicago style.

The morning of the show we didn’t need to bother waiting in line since we had the box, so we went to the Hancock building and did “TILT” Now, my biggest fear is falling so leaning 45 degrees out of a window of the 90-something-ish floor of a building was a major challenge for me (especially when I have little to no upper body strength and had to try and hold my self up as well) but I did it. Do, Go, Be, right?  Then we went to Navy Pier and rode the ferris wheel.  After the first go-around we were like “Once, that’s it? Rip off!” By the time we actually went around a 3rd time we were pretty happy with it letting us off then, but it was a fun way to see the city.

That evening was the Christmas show and everyone was tweeting the guys asking for Happy Christmas.  They hadn’t played it since that first show in Toronto but usually Chicago shows get something special so I was hoping that would be it.  No such luck, though 🙁  (And then they did it the 2 shows after. I missed 4 shows on this tour and they played it at 3/4 of those shows. Thanks guys, really.)  Our stockings worked out quite well and in the photo gallery you can see Taylor pointing them out.  The setlist for this show was pretty much the same as the rest, but during the encore the techs were putting towels over Taylor’s keyboard and some of Ike’s pedals.  What was that all about? What did it mean?  Well – there was SNOW! During Blue Christmas.  So even though the setlist was basically the same – each of the 4 shows I went to being a little bit different, and that is why I keep going to multiple shows on a tour.

After the show we hung around in hopes of getting photos with the guys, but unfortunately all we did was see them drive off 🙁 They ended up tweeting that they had an early flight out to Los Angeles and couldn’t stick around.  0-2 on bus attempts. At least it was not as cold as when we waited in Toronto!

Finally It’s Christmas
What Christmas Means To Me
Little Saint Nick
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
Run Rudolph Run
Please Come Home For Christmas
At Christmas
Someday At Christmas
White Christmas (acapella)
Joy To The Mountain (acapella)
Peace On Earth
Christmas Time
Wonderful Christmas Time / Come On It’s Christmas
Merry Christmas Baby
Winter Wonderland
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
‘Til New Years Night
Everybody Knows The Claus

Encore:
Blue Christmas (With snow!)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

 

 

Kris Allen Christmas Tour

Last year Kris Allen did a mini Christmas show at the mall, this year he went on a full fledged Christmas tour – complete with a Christmas Tree (Or Kris-mas tree?) on stage with him.  This show fell right in the middle of my mini Hanson tour and I chose to see Kris instead of see both Hanson shows in Chicago.  Turns out, despite getting little sleep after the show and making things all around exhausting for myself, I made the right choice.

Before the show I had VIP with a few others, he sang “River” we talked a bit about Thanksgiving and how Kris had gone vegetarian and thought he might have wanted some meet during Thanksgiving but was still able to avoid it due to all the yummy veggies that were around.  I asked if his kids were excited for Christmas and he said his daughter was still too young to understand it and his son seemed more excited about Halloween – he was Buzz Lightyear and was still running around in his costume even the night before Kris left for the tour – wings and all!  He also mentioned the setlist was almost entirely Christmas songs with the exception of 3 of his songs that he tried to rework to make more Christmasy (which he did a pretty great job with, I think).

Opening for the show was Marie Miller who was just a joy to watch and has an amazing voice. I really enjoyed her set and picked up her album after the show and got the chance to chat with her a bit… so look for a review of that CD coming at some point. (Although considering how late this post is and how I haven’t even started my Christmas CD reviews, it may be a while…)  Kris also joined her for a song called “Wasting Away”.

The highlight for me had to be “Please Come Home For Christmas” it was so, so, so good. (And Zac sings this on the Hanson tour so you know it had to have been for me to love a different version!!)  He started and ended the set with the same song – Somethin’ About Christmas Morning which I thought was a really nice touch and really made the set come full circle.  After one song somehow it came out that it was one of the girls in the audience’s birthdays… after more questioning Kris found out that it was not ACTUALLY her birthday that DAY but she was celebrating it by being at his show and then somehow it ended up with Kris making a joke about “Fake News” and then cracking himself up.  I probably just did an absolutely horrible job of describing it, but it was hilarious if you were there.

My other favorite moment was how during “Just Like Snow” he told a story about how they went to a cabin for Christmas one year and it doesn’t really snow in Arkansas and he woke up and there was a lot of snow and to him that was Christmas.  Then he went back into the song – AND IT STARTED SNOWING.  It was just the most perfect moment and I was in awe.

Something About Christmas Morning
Here Comes Santa Claus
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Baby It Ain’t Christmas Without You
Happy Birthday
Peace and Happiness
Monster / You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Jingle Bells (w/ Marie Miller)
O Holy Night
Holly Jolly Christmas
The Christmas Song
Winter Wonderland
If We Keep Doing Nothing / Joy To The World
Please Come Home For Christmas
Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus?
Live Like We’re Dying
Baby Won’t You Wait Until the New Year
Just Like Snow
Silent Night
Something About Christmas Morning

 

These videos are not mine, but you can see a couple of my favorite moments…

Hanson in NYC for 2 nights of Finally It’s Christmas

Hanson did two nights in New York City for their Finally It’s Christmas tour.  Once I saw that the setlist was almost entirely Finally It’s Christmas + Snowed In every night, I wasn’t sure how they were going to mix up the two nights, but they managed!  At the first night, I was able to get “Peace On Earth” added to my heard live list. Unfortunately even after 2 more nights, still no Happy Christmas so I’d have one chance left in Chicago!  Taylor seemed to flub the words to a couple of songs night one – Someday at Christmas and I can’t recall the other one.  Then they even had to stop and completely start a song over because half of the guys on stage started playing “Please Come Home For Christmas” and the other half, “Baby Please Come Home” – it’s amazing how many of the songs in the set were similarly named.   The crowd was a lot better than the Toronto crowd but there did seem to be some girls who had never seen the band before going crazy like it was 1997. I thought we got that out of our systems on the Middle of Everywhere “comeback / reunion” tour, but I guess not!

The second night we were waiting around because our seats were on the aisle and we didn’t want to sit down only to have to stand up a million and one times to let people in our rows.  While we were waiting, Mark Hudson walked by us. I freaked out and then wondered if he would end up joining the guys on stage for a song – and he did! Actually 2 songs. Well, really, 3 if you count the medley.  I don’t think they were expecting him to stick around for the Wonderful Christmas Time / Come On It’s Christmas medley, but he did and was quite entertaining.  I’ll trade in Happy Christmas for 2 special guest songs any day – but was really, really hoping it meant I’d be hearing it in Chicago!

Night 1

Finally It’s Christmas
What Christmas Means To Me
Little Saint Nick
Winter Wonderland
Run Rudolph Run
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Someday At Christmas
At Christmas
Christmas Time
White Christmas (acapella)
Joy To The Mountain (acapella)
Silent Night Medley
Peace On Earth
Merry Christmas Baby
Please Come Home For Christmas
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
Wonderful Christmas Time / Come On It’s Christmas
All I Want For Christmas Is You
‘Til New Years Night
Everybody Knows The Claus

Encore:
Blue Christmas
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Night 2 :

Finally It’s Christmas
What Christmas Means To Me
Little Saint Nick
Winter Wonderland
Run Rudolph Run
Please Come Home For Christmas
Someday At Christmas
At Christmas
White Christmas (acapella)
Joy To The Mountain (acapella)
Peace On Earth
Christmas Time (With Mark Hudson)
Wonderful Christmas Time / Come On It’s Christmas (With Mark Hudson)
Merry Christmas Baby
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
‘Til New Years Night
Everybody Knows The Claus

Encore:
Blue Christmas
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

 

 

Hanson Christmas in Toronto

After a fun Friday with 98* it was off to Toronto. I flew there in the tiniest plane I had ever been on – it was 9 rows and every seat was both a window AND an aisle.  The two ladies in front of me were freaking me the eff out because they were convinced the pilot did not know what he was doing and that we did not have any flotation devices.  Shortly after making it through customs I found Maribeth and we figured out the best course of action to get to our hotel from the airport – which turned out to be a cab because uber was not cooperating and was showing as more expensive.  After dropping our stuff off at the hotel we stopped at a Starbucks to attempt to get WiFi (it failed) and then decided to walk to the CN Tower which was my pick for our activity. I had already climbed a tower in New Zealand, so why not go for another one.  This time though, I decided to try and face my fear and was going to stand (and lay and walk!) on the see through floor.  After we did a loop around the tower and took photos with all the giant Moose and Bears in the gift shop, we ubered to a Christmas Market which was Maribeth’s choice for the day.  We snacked on poutine and had a pretzel bigger than our heads that was dipped in chocolate and had some fun walking around and people watching. We attempted to uber again but our driver canceled on us and then we got a cab back to the hotel before ubering to the concert venue for the show.

We had 5th row for the show and it was a lot of fun.  I had tried to not be spoiled so I did not look at the setlist from the night before, but after the show I was told that they did ALL the songs from both Snowed In and Finally It’s Christmas the night before but had skipped “Happy Christmas” and “Peace on Earth” on our night.  Of course.  But at least after 20 years I had finally heard all of Snowed In live!

I have to say the crowd at this show was one of the worst I had ever seen. (Heard?) They kept screaming out and just being overall very rude during the course of the show (you can see in one of my photos Taylor telling the crowd to “shh”)  I am not sure if this accounted for the shorter set or not, but the guys also did not bother to come out to chat with those of us waiting by the van/bus in the absolute freezing cold when the night before all 3 of them had come out 🙁   Isaac forgot the words to Run Rudolph Run and ended up singing about the boy child wanting a baby doll.  Ehh, close enough 😉

Leaving Toronto we were in this itty bitty airport that we absolutely LOVED – free snacks and we had to take a ferry to get to it! We pretended we were rich 😉  Then we had a layover in Montreal where we were able to get some lunch before saying our goodbyes as Maribeth and I went our separate ways on our flights home – but knowing we’d see each other in a week to do it all over again.

Finally It’s Christmas
What Christmas Means To Me
Little Saint Nick
Winter Wonderland
Run Rudolph Run
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Someday At Christmas
At Christmas
Christmas Time
White Christmas (acapella)
Joy To The Mountain (acapella)
Silent Night Medley
Blue Christmas
Please Come Home For Christmas
Merry Christmas Baby
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
Wonderful Christmas Time / Come On It’s Christmas
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Everybody Knows The Claus

Encore:
‘Til New Years Night
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

 

 

 

98 Degrees at Christmas

Black Friday rather than go shopping we decided to head up to Foxwoods for a little 98 degrees VIP.  When we got in for soundcheck we found that ABC News was there recording a segment (still not sure when/if it will air or if we missed it!)  Drew was explaining that what they hear in their in-ears for the soundcheck and the show is a lot different than what we hear and that if he wanted to not hear Nick at all the whole show, he could do that.  The brothers seemed to be fighting the whole soundcheck and it even carried into the show a bit as well, which made for lots of laughs.  They talked about their time in the Christmas parade and how their smiles froze to their face because it was so cold out.  Then it was time for the M&G. I was really, really disappointed that we paid so much for this opportunity, only to have the photo taken on a CELL PHONE.

For the main set, it was broken up into parts where they’d do 3-4 Christmas songs and then end it with a 98 degrees single.  At first I found it a bit weird to be at a full out Christmas show, but by the end I wanted more. (So it was a good thing I’d be up at 3am and off to the airport for another show)  I was quite surprised and entertained when they went from Una Noche into Feliz Navidad (but it was such a perfect transition, how did I not expect it?!) I also was particularly entertained by their You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch into Do You Want To Build a Snowman into the Lachey brothers singing (and dancing!) to Let It Go.

They did a great job with the set design, the setlist and everything with this show. I was really impressed with it and glad that I was able to make it out to a show.  Hopefully some more touring (and maybe some more albums) are in their future as their shows are always a ton of fun…

 

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Hanson in Disney October 2017

For Halloween I made the trip back to Disney to see Hanson perform at Eat To the Beat at EPCOT.  This trip I also included a trip to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party so that I could meet the Seven Dwarfs in my Snow White costume that I had put together for the year before.  What I did not anticipate was how COLD it was going to be in Florida – texting with my Mom it was about the same temperature in FL as CT which is just not how it’s supposed to work! Throughout the party we kept asking “where is the sweat pants store?” and other than my photo with the dwarfs, I kept my hoodie on the whole night and was still wishing I had something maybe a little bit heavier.

One night I ended up at 3/4 parks and over my 4 days there I was able to hit up all the parks as well as ride on Tower of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster for the first times!

Each night Hanson played 3 sets – the first night they put Where’s the Love in each of the 3 sets so by the time the run was done, I had seen Where’s the Love a total of 100 times live. The second song to get this honor. Penny and Me is close behind as I have now seen it 99 times.  I should hit 100 for that in Jamaica in January.

For Halloween the guys dressed up as characters from Life Aquatic, the movie with Bill Murray. Most of us had no idea what they were supposed to be – even after they said what they were! Red beanies and blue button down shirts was the attire for the entire band and crew.

The last day, we decided to have a character breakfast (so all my photos with Mickey are him in different outfits!) and while we were there the waitress told us that Hanson was doing a beer tasting. They never advertised it but we managed to eat and head over and get in line and be one of the first 100 to attend the beer seminar/tasting and get photos with the band.

It was a long and exhausting trip but a ton of fun as well!

 

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