I had originally intended for this to be a 2 part recap on the 20th and 27th, however I didn’t even have my photos uploaded until the 22nd so obviously I underestimated the amount of free time I’d have once getting home! (And I’m still not even unpacked…)
So here goes a bit of a shortened version of the weekend activities!
THE WAY THERE
I hit a detour at 2am on the way to the airport that had no actual end so I had to turn around and go back. I made it to the airport with plenty of time but got held up at security because of a nail clipper attachment that is considered a “blade”. I had no idea. The TSA agent asked me where it was because the inside pocket in my purse was something she didn’t see. (It’s actually rather huge so I’m a bit concerned) Fortunately I knew exactly where it was and once she had it I was on my merry way.
My flight to Chicago was fine, I slept for most of it. I had about a 3 hour layover in Chicago after they tried to bump me to a 30 minute layover. Glad I switched things back because they left me in a wheelchair for about 20 minutes because the people who usually transport were “behind”. No doubt I’d have missed my connecting flight!
Chicago to Tulsa was not bad either. There were 2 Hanson fans in the seats in front of me so I basically just eavesdropped on them for the flight. Hey, they were talking loud enough for me to hear!
When I landed in Tulsa I met up with one of my fellow ST Leaders, Tara from Mississippi and she gave me a ride to the hotel and we went to get lunch with some other friends and ST Leaders. It was a nice calm before the storm.
We had heard a rumor that check in may start at 2 instead of 4, but in typical Hanson time fashion, that was not the case. We decided to wait anyway and once the line started moving it was relatively quick to pick up our tickets.
I found some other friends and we headed to the Hanson Store – where we waited in line for I’m not even sure how many hours. (Too many.) I was so sunburned and hot by this point I said I couldn’t wait to get back to my hotel to take a 100 year shower! I somehow ended up spending nearly $400 despite limiting myself to only 3 shirts (I actually only ended up buying 2!) It was the accessories that did me in – AND I had friends pick me up MORE stuff when they waited in line and bought more stuff online too. I am out of control!
I went to Ida Red’s party with one of the other ST Leaders, Katie and then we went out to dinner at The Brook. It was nice to finally be face to face with her after chatting with her online for so long!
That night I was on my own in the hotel room and had to work the early shift helping to get everyone checked in Friday morning. When I made it outside it was raining pretty hard and I was told to wait for the clouds to clear and head down there. I ended up staying a bit longer than my shift just to help out – the tent kept flying away in the wind.
Once my friends made it to the front of the line for the photos I jumped in with them. I ended up next to Zac for the photo and he told us that them playing Disney this year was “positive” but that they weren’t really allowed to say. (At this time last year we were already booked for Disney flight and all so I’m not sure why Disney is delaying things so much!)
After the photos it was time for lectures. Surprisingly everything was running relatively on-time considering photos were only for 2 hours but had started late and I thought there would be no way they could get through us all in that time!
Taylor was up first and he did “Song Stories”. Fans who were attending Hanson Day were asked to submit in 300 words or less their stories about Hanson songs and what they mean to them and Taylor would talk a bit about what happened when they wrote them, how they were inspired, etc. 5 fans were selected but were not told until that night that they were chosen. Songs they talked about were Never Let Go, Follow Your Lead, Waiting For This, MMMBop and With You In Your Dreams. After the chats with the fans, Taylor brought out a keyboard and performed With You In Your Dreams.
Next up was Isaac, who did “Inside This Time Around” and broke down the tracks to the album (which is 15 years old this year) so that we could hear the different elements. He played some of Jonny Lang’s guitar solo isolated, remixed the songs into some rap and metal sounding songs and even explained how usually Zac sings the high harmony but if Isaac is singing lead then Zac sings the low harmony. He played the isolated Zac track from “Lonely Again” which blew us all away. He also played an unreleased track “Bridges of Stone” which was nice to hear!
Zac finished out the night, where he wrote a song based on poll results from Hanson.net that he had posted. He was bummed that he had robot as a choice but it didn’t win – he loves robots and told us we all failed the relationship test he was giving us! The song he wrote was “Searching For Signs of Life” about playing a video game (go figure) and the guy you are playing with seems to have gone idle. He did all the instruments and lyrics piece by piece and played them back for us and even had us sing some of the lines as well. He’s crazy and I can’t wait to hear the finished product that should be up on Hanson.net soon!
After the lectures was the Street Team Leaders dinner. There were 24 of us from around the world this year and it gives us a chance to mingle, share ideas, etc. The leaders are a great group and I was worried I’d be a bit of an outsider because they all bonded over a lot of manual labor last year that I couldn’t help out with but they were all very welcoming and willing to help me out J Hanson showed up for a bit to tell us about some of their plans (that were later shared at State of the Band)
Saturday morning we went to the gallery to see Zac’s paintings. By that point they were all already sold out (one of these years I’ll get one!) but they were so much nicer in person than in the gallery booklet they had for sale. I was glad they did have the booklet this year though because at least I have some sort of keepsake if not an original!
Taylor also had some photography displayed and there was 1 photo I ended up buying. The first I had ever bought in the 4 or so years since they had been doing them!
CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
This is one of my favorite spots and there’s nothing I love more than bringing new people there. I had hyped it up to the point that I think Jillian and Becca were a bit scared as to where I was bringing them – but I couldn’t give it away because the reaction to it has to be natural! I think they ended up having fun with it!
Then we took a walk to Dwelling Spaces and some other shops which were about a mile from our hotel. With frequent breaks I was able to do it! And the stop for gelato half way through helped too 😉 I picked up a dream catcher at one of the indian stores because I tried to make myself one and failed miserable. So I got a cute little blue one, I just need to figure out where to hang it in my room now!
State of the Band is when Hanson lets us know their plans for the upcoming year. They talked about the website and the new logo associated with it – which I was NOT a fan of but once they explained what it meant I liked it a lot more. When they had to approve photos and the like, they’d all draw a line and if all 3 of them liked the same photo those 3 lines would become an H which would later be circled. So Hanson.net is Isaac, Taylor and Zac approved.
They talked about their upcoming tour which I am so excited for. It is 20 dates in 10 cities in October. Details are coming in June but they did mention New York (and LA and Chicago which don’t really help me any) and that the first night would be a regular Hanson show but the second night would focus more on COVERS! Since I’m all about fun setlists and hearing songs live I haven’t heard before I think this show will help do that J There will also be after parties. I’m really excited for June and to get more details!
They did Q&A with the audience but had to stop people from asking what cities were on the tour. While it is all planned already they don’t want to tell us until June! L
After the State of the Band we went to the fanclub dinner at Mexicali’s. Not many were there at all – since most wanted to line up for the show. We had a nice time and met a fan from Trinidad! Everything was going well until I stood up to head to the bathroom and my leg brace went POP! The screw popped out and we got some duct tape from the restaurant to put it back together again. Of course on the walk down to the venue the other end of the screw ended up digging into my ankle, but we made it. Unfortunately, the one time things were NOT on Hanson time so we didn’t get as great of a spot for the show as I would have liked, but it was certainly not the worst view I’ve ever had.
The Members Only show is a celebration of the latest EP release – so they typically sing all 5 songs off of it. (Easy way to boost your numbers for rare songs heard live) however, they started off this set with just 3 of the 5. They did end up playing one more later in the set but never did play “Don’t Hide Your Tears” which has quickly become my favorite track off of the EP. Maybe it’ll end up in a setlist in Jamaica – or maybe even on tour?
In addition to the new EP songs, they did some songs from past Eps as well as a mix of album tracks as well. Don’t be surprised there’s no MMMBop – it is hardly ever played at Members Only shows – probably because they assume we’ve all heard it many, many, many times before!
They each did solos – I could have done without Isaac’s and Zac’s (I’ve heard them many times) but Taylor’s was a beautiful rendition of Lost Without You and even if I have heard it before it was wonderful to experience again. A couple also got engaged during this song in the crowd!
Roller Coaster Love is an EP song from a few years back – and apparently Taylor could not remember any of the words. At one point Zac said “Guys, I’m going to be honest” and then magically Taylor seemed to remember the words? Not really sure what was going on there!
Give Me Your Best Shot
What Are We Fighting For
Scream And Be Free
Best of Times
Been There Before
On and On (acoustic)
Lonely Again (acoustic)
Call Me (Isaac solo)
Need You Now (Zac solo)
Lost Without You (Taylor solo)
Follow Your Lead
Get Out Of My Heart
Roller Coaster Love
Sound of Light
Rock N Roll Razorblade
White Collar Crime
Up All Night
Sexy Robot (acapella tease)
After the show we had to clear out so things could be set up for the after party. My friend Keena warned us that a storm would be coming through in about 10 minutes. It was drizzling so we took cover under the highway overpass. Keena was right and the skies opened up and it was pouring and lightning and there were talks of possible tornadoes in the area.
We finally get let back in, and we thought we had a break in the rain to make it inside but just as we hit the door the skies opened again. That’s when the after party turned into a wet tshirt contest!
All the girls had gone to the stage (where nothing was set up at all for Taylor to DJ from) and then he ended up in the back at the sound board so they had to turn around and go to the back of the venue. In the beginning of the afterparty Keena was texting me and telling me to go to the door to hear Tornado Sirens in person – but I decided that was not going to be happening and was glad that the music was too loud to hear them inside!
The after party was supposed to go until 1 am but ended up shutting down around 12:30. Probably because Taylor’s computer seemed to no longer be working and we had heard Another One Bites The Dust 3 times. Not in a row – but it was in the mix 3 times. And No Diggity sounded like it was about to be played for a 2nd time.
Taylor thanked us for coming and reminded us that The Hop Jam would be tomorrow.
We walked back to the hotel and watched the lightning out the window for a bit and the thunder was even shaking our room. The storm doors were also closed from earlier when the sirens were going off!
When we woke up Sunday, the hop jam stage was right outside our hotel room window! We saw the guys walking down the street to get ready for soundcheck and were able to listen from the room. I was surprised they allowed some girls in the street during sound check – the guards last year were much more strict!
I listened to the first 2 bands from the room since my ankle had been bothering me (but Keena bought me some tape so I could get everything fixed up to last me until I got home) but after Jillian and Becca had gotten their photos taken with Zac – I decided it was time for me to head downstairs and check out merch and find Zac.
Little did I know just how easy it would be. After being outside for all of 2 minutes I found Zac, we took a selife and that was that. Isaac and Taylor were wandering around too but I wasn’t sure I could navigate in the beer area by myself so I didn’t bother.
I ended up finding a ledge by a restaurant to sit on for the show and stuck it out there for the rest of the evening. All of the the bands I really enjoyed!
The beer area closed down just before Hanson took the stage so the crowd got a lot bigger, but since I was so far back I wasn’t in the middle of all the chaos of the crowd which was perfect – and I was actually outside unlike the year before!
They ended up cutting a few songs from this setlist as well (Jillian got it after the show from the stage so we were able to compare!) The one I was most bummed about being cut was Okie from Muskogee – just a song I’d never heard before! But they did ‘livin on Tulsa time’ with all the bands on stage as the encore.
Minute Without You
And I Waited
Been There Before
Thinking of You
Lost Without Each Other
In The City
Penny and Me (acoustic)
Ive Got Soul
Thinking Bout Somethin
Wheres The Love
Get The Girl Back
Roller Coaster Love
Livin on Tulsa Time