Hanson South Shore Music Circus 7/24/10

Saturday we ventured around Hyannis to find the Ben & Jerrys where Taylor and Zac twitpic’d from.  We didn’t have much of a problem finding it, or finding parking on the street.  We also noticed there was a drum shop across the street and while we didn’t venture inside we did wonder if perhaps that is where they were headed when they spotted the Ben & Jerrys…

After that we were off to Chatham to meet up with Amber (whos apt we were staying at) for lunch at the resort she works for. Then we did some shopping and headed to Cohasset hoping to make it in time for the walk, but the GPS said we would be arriving at 3:15 and the walk was set to start at 3pm. But Hanson runs on Hanson time so we were hoping that perhaps they would be running late and we could still make it.

Unfortunately, we did not make it in time for the walk (but I was later informed that it was hot and went for more than the 1 mile, so we might have been better off missing it) but we did wait in the parking lot for all of the walkers to arrive and snapped some shots of the guys walking in and then the speech they gave at the end. (You can now text to match a donation if you want for the takethewalk campaign, which is pretty cool)

Since we had time to kill before doors we wandered around Cohasset looking for places to keep us busy.  We went to a book store, a grocery store and a Starbucks.  Then headed back to the venue and parked kind of near where the buses were and spotted Taylor and Zac going back and forth a few times.

We got in and saw that the merch had NOT been rotated, but got some Hanson crazy bands and stickers and waited to be let into the tent.  Just as we finished getting merch they allowed people into the tent and I got to go to my front row seat! (Cross that one off the life-list!)

Rooney once again opened, but they played an acoustic set.  I am pretty sure it was because the stage was too small to have both drumsets set up and Rooney’s keyboard.  Either way, it was nice to see Rooney in both electric and acoustic environments and I think they did both well.  The setlist was different than the previous night and I am not sure if this was because of the switch to acoustic (some songs don’t transition as well as others) or if they too are deciding to switch the setlist up every night.   Lead singer Rob mentioned the names of the songs before almost everything they sang, plus I could kind of see the set list so I am hoping that the list is somewhat accurate for this show.

Hanson once again had to go through the seats to get to the stage but tonight they had a TON of security blocking off people so they could get through (I don’t think they did this the night before, but I was not as close so I might be mistaken)  I was only 4 people away from the entrance to the stage! Once again they started with Waiting for This and went into the medley.  I wasn’t going to keep track of a setlist but then I decided I trusted myself more than anyone else so I did start to keep it.  Eventually I saw William’s setlist and was able to copy down a majority of it so that I was not on my phone during the beginning of every song typing it in.

As expected, they switched up the setlist a bit. (I thought they might have more since it seemed to be for the most part the same crowd, but thats ok)  They played Been There Before & Underneath which were not played the night before.  They also did a cover – which I did not see on William’s setlist (though someone on hanson.net said they saw it on someone’s setlist so I might have just not noticed it?) so it was quite a surprise for me – Zac did Oh Darling which is one of my favorites of the covers they do!  And the encore was Man From Milwaukee which was exciting as well.  Not sure what happened with that one but when the fans started singing I’m not sure Zac was ready to start yet, Isaac and William made a face at him and then I could barely hear him.  The second verse I heard him a lot better but I have no idea if it was a mic issue or if Zac was singing softly or what the heck was going on!  But being in the round you get to see more of that ‘behind the scenes’ interaction.

Before they left for the encore, Zac touched hands with the (teenies) next to me, but missed me.  I’ll admit  I was bummed.  Previously I had only gotten a handshake from Taylor before he left the stage. Actually that night he only touched my friend and I and then left!  But after the encore Zac came back and I had my hand out and ready so I got my hand touched by ALL 3 members of Hanson! It was exciting. I felt like I was 12 again lol.  Taylor barely got me and Isaac got me twice but it’s all good.

Being front row was awesome.  I had been front row for Hanson before, but only at general admission shows.  I had like 3 feet behind me because I was up at the barricade and so it wasn’t as hot with being crammed up against people – but the stage lights were on me so that made it hot.  I also saw that there were fans on stage and occasionally they would send out cool air on the sides, though not enough to really make a difference.  I was dripping in sweat lol   But if you are going to be front row – a rotating stage show is definitely the place to do it because you are in front of everyone at one point or another! If the stage didn’t rotate I’d have been blocked by Taylor’s piano the whole time.  It was also cool to see Zac from behind to watch everything that he does with his feet.  It was fascinating.

Tonight will be Hanson show #49 for me in New Jersey – I am looking forward to a full set without a curfew so here’s hoping that happens! (Doors are at 6:30 I think that is to compensate for a possible curfew – I think we were out by 11pm last time I saw them there)



Rooney’s Setlist:
Don’t Come Along Again
Stay Away
When Did Your Heart Go Missing
If It Were Up To Me
Can’t Get Enough

Hanson’s Setlist:
Waiting For This / Watch Over Me / Rock N Roll Razorblade / In The City Medley
Make It Out Alive
Been There Before
And I Waited
If Only
Kiss Me When You Come Home
Thinking Bout Somethin

These Walls

Oh Darling
Carry You There
This Time Around
Give A Little
Minute Without You
Voice In The Chorus

Man From Milwaukee

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