The final set of shows was in Dallas, TX. Hurricane Patricia was making its way to Mexico and Texas as well and there was talk of Dallas being flooded. The House of Blues also had no power the night before, but we found out it was not weather related. We left at 4am and made the 8 hour drive (well, I was copilot when not napping) with a few pit stops along the way.
We wandered around a bit to find something to eat and ended up at TGI Fridays and got sweet tea! yay! I also found it funny that the valet told us that we should bring a jacket because it was cold. Being from CT – I didn’t think it was cold. And Sunday I had shorts on half the day while everyone else was freezing. (It ended up getting windy which was making me cold so I ended up putting long pants on before the show.)
I had bought balcony seats for this show – 2nd row. But did not realize that first row and second row are on the same level floor, there’s no incline. The chairs are higher so if you are seated you can see over the people in front of you, but if they are standing you are SOL. Especially when you’re not all that tall. So we spent most of the night swaying to find a view. I could see Ike and Zac most of the show, Taylor was the problem. At the end of the night there were more girls than seats and when my friend went to complain they ended up moving us – alllllll the way in the back – we might as well have been on the moon. The next night we tried to make things work out a bit better and for the most part we did. But just a note if you’e going to HOB Dallas and 2nd row balcony is available in row BB (the middle section is fine) you might want to reconsider unless you are tall.
For this set of shows there was nothing “new” – but there were some fun bits of songs the second night that I enjoyed – Taylor’s solo was A Song For You and a guy yelled out that he loved him in the middle of the song – and Taylor worked it into the song and made it pretty funny. One of my travel mates, Rachel, captured the song on video so that is below. Also before Isaac’s solo of Hand in Hand (I always want to type “Hanson” after I type “Han”) he made up a couple of songs which was pretty funny – I found a video of that on YouTube. (Thanks to Lisa L for uploading that!)
Before the second show they had another walk. I once again worked the walk table. We had 286 registered walkers (2nd or 3rd biggest of the tour) and a lot of kids which was really awesome. And one of Isaac’s sons even took the walk – and kind of stole the show afterwards! They also did an acapella Great Divide through their megaphones which was pretty cool!
After night 1 I got a pic with Paul McDonald and got to talk to him a bit. It was funny he introduced himself to me and I had to tell him I had met him before – waaay back on the Idol tour!
After night 2, we ended up in the elevator with him. I think he was trying to talk to us to try and get away from a couple of drunk girls – but I was on a mission to get to the bus and didn’t feel like saving him.
The bus was a bust – Isaac came out early but we were about 6 people back because the barricade was very, very small. Zac tweeted and said he wasn’t coming out because he had family there and then Taylor came out at midnight – but we left after Zac’s tweet. We thought we’d have no chance even if Taylor did come out because of the barricade, but it seems like he came outside of the barricade. Ah well… 2 missed opportunities for pics with Taylor.
Setlists under the cut and photos coming soon!
My second set of shows on Hanson’s Roots & Rock N Roll tour was in New Orleans, LA. I woke up at 2am, headed to the airport and got to New Orleans about 11am. Tara picked me up and then we waited for Rachel to land about an hour after me and then we headed to the hotel, which fortunately let us check in early.
We did some shopping, exploring and eating before the show both days. Night 1 was Zac’s birthday show so we knew we would be in for at least some cake. During the last song of Paul McDonald’s set, Carrick joined him on stage and next thing I knew all of Hanson was on stage too for “Renegade” (Check out my youtube for video!)
When Hanson first took the stage they sang happy birthday to Zac and mixed up the setlist a bit by starting with “Teach Your Children” – this wasn’t a new song for my never before heard list, but it was the first time it had been done on this tour and it had been a while since they had done it live. (It was a bit of a staple in 2003, and only came up a few times since then in setlists)
The rest of the setlist, for the most part, was the same as in New York City. But they did add a totally new cover to the list – Leon Russell’s “Delta Lady”. I ended up trying to google what they were singing to figure it out and when I saw Leon Russell’s name I figured that had to be it – and Isaac confirmed after the song by mentioning it was a Leon song!
After Zac’s “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, Taylor went and got a cake that had candles for “30” on it. Zac sang happy birthday to himself and then smashed his own face in the cake because then he’d get to eat it all himself. It was cheesecake. He also mentioned if you licked him, he’d taste like cheesecake.
Then it was time for the after party. I thought Zac may show up to have a bit of a birthday party with us all, but I only saw him sneaking around on the balcony. We ended up leaving before it was over to head back to the hotel.
Day 2 Hanson took a 1 mile walk with concert goers in the afternoon. I worked at the registration table and got to talk to Zac a bit after the walk about how hot, humid and muggy it was and mardi gras beads. We had 172 walkers.
The second show had a similar setlist as well, but Taylor did Love Me as his solo which is probably my favorite Taylor solo so I was excited about that. They also did Yearbook (again) which features my name so my 2 friends in front of me on the balcony turned around and made sad faces at me!
Afterwards, we decided to wait by the bus. Zac came out, but there were too many people for us to get near him. About an hour later Isaac came out and we moved to a spot to get a photo with him and decided to leave. Taylor ended up coming out about an hour after that, but since we decided to leave for Dallas at 4am because of the hurricane coming we decided not to bother sticking around.
Setlists under the cut. Pictures coming soon.
As I had mentioned in an earlier post, Hanson’s current tour is 2 shows in each city. I am going to 6 shows, or 3 cities. My first one was New York City. My goal for the entire tour was to hear *10* new songs live that I had never heard before. After the first 2 shows I have heard 13. I guess now with my trip I have nothing else to aspire to – only to hope they start to mix the setlist up a little more.
We were a bit nervous heading back to Irving Plaza after all the trouble we had last time Hanson was in town. But the staff members we had issue with seem to no longer be on the staff and everything worked out ok – except for the fact that they didn’t tell us I could only bring 1 person to ADA with me so we’d have to split up 2 and 1. Fortunately for the second night we were able to work it out so we could all be together.
Night 1 was covers night where I had 9 new songs. They did mix in a few Hanson songs too. They did U2, Stevie Wonder, Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Paul Simon… a lot of the music I grew up on (because as my mom said “their parents are your parents”) That was going to be a hard setlist (and a hard tour) to top.
Night 2 was Hanson night but the did some more covers – like Michael Jackson and Ed Sheeran and Taylor did a solo rendition of “A Song For You” which I know from American Idol (Elliott and I think Kris Allen has done it too) but I may be biased but I think Taylor’s is one of the best I’ve heard.
And of course since every Hanson concert needs to be an adventure – we were told the afterparty was starting at 11 and ended up getting there a little after 11 (thanks to a super slow waiter) and decided we’d leave about 12:30 to give us roughly an hour to take 2 subways to Penn Station. (Looking back – we should have just gotten a cab but hindsight is 20/20) When the first subway took FOR-EV-ER to get to the platform we thought we’d still have enough time because we had built in extra time to account for me walking slow, etc and I’d just kick it into high gear if I had to. Well, when the second subway also took FOR-EV-ER to get there we knew we were screwed. So were a bunch of others on the platform. So we had 2 options. Wait until the next train 3 hours later (4am) OR pay a premium to get a ride back to New Jersey – something that a lot of cabs didn’t want to do. So we decided to pay the premium for a ride.
Night 2 we decided to drive in to make sure we wouldn’t have to deal with missing any trains – only to have my friend Marisa tell me she was in the car with it running charging her phone and she sees a guy in the side mirror peeing on the back of my car. I mean how stupid/drunk/on drugs do you have to be to pee on a car that someone is obviously in because it is RUNNING? She ended up turning the car off and hitting the lock/unlock to make the lights flash and then he went “oh shit” yeah. Asshole.
Also in attendance Night 2 was MTV Wanna Be A VJ winner – Jesse Camp! We saw him during the show (and I may have freaked out a little…) and after the show he went by the barricades set up at the bus to meet people. We were nowhere near close though I did try t get a few pics. We also struck out getting pics with Hanson since we weren’t near the barricades. Bummer.
Taylor: If you’re with a guy you have to remind to tell you you’re beautiful, you’re with the wrong guy
Isaac: And if he doesn’t hold a door open for you, he’s also the wrong guy
Zac: And if you have to remind him to shower… he’s every guy
After night 1 there were 2 girls fighting and security went to break it up and one of the security guards (female) grabbed on of the girls and put her IN A HEADLOCK to get her off the other girl. Probably one of the craziest things I’d ever seen at a Hanson show.
At the after party there was a girl in just her bra dancing around. At the bus after the show night 2 there was a girl in a bra because she took her shirt off to have Zac & Taylor sign it. (And it was COLD that night)
Watching the bus driver attempt to park the bus along the sidewalk 18 thousand times (which then blocked the view of the bar across the street and the playoff baseball I was watching!)
Song of the weekend: I can’t feel my face
Setlists under the cut and photos coming soon!
For Hanson Day in May I decided to make a couple of custom Hanson T-shirts for the weekend. I am getting into using heat transfer vinyl (and hoping that I will get a heat press for Christmas so I can stop using the iron – which works well but not as great as a press would) and I also decided to make a rhinestone Hanson symbol. A lot of people stopped me and asked where I got the shirt so it was always nice to say, “I made it!”
The vinyl shirt was blue glitter and symbols to mean “eat, sleep, hanson” Although we teased for Hanson Day Weekend I should put Red Xs through the first two because there’s so much Hanson going on there is not a lot of time for eating and sleeping! I’m sure these shirts will be making an appearance on the fall tour at some point – although when I went to photograph them I did notice that some of the vinyl and rhinestones are coming loose so they will have to be fixed up a bit first!
The rhinestone shirt was silver rhinestones on a red shirt. This one was tough to make, it took a long time to set all the rhinestones in place, but I am super happy with how it came out. I am going to try to make another rhinestone shirt soon – probably the Mets NY… so stay tuned to see how that comes out 🙂
EDIT I managed to fix the popped up vinyl and rhinstone using my hair straightener! It’s probably not enough of a heat press to do an entire shirt but it definitely worked in a pinch!
Today officially begins Hanson’s Roots & Rock ‘N’ Roll Tour. This tour is unlike any other Hanson has embarked on. They are performing 20 shows in 10 cities with 2 special shows in each city. The first night will be the “roots” – iconic cover songs from Hanson’s influencers (and some modern covers as well) and night 2 will be the “rock n roll” – Hanson songs – hopefully including some rarer songs that they don’t typically play live. It is sold as an “experience” and not 2 different tickets because they want you to feel like it is one show just over two nights, expanded and exploded.
To kick off the tour right, they released an EP, appropriately titled “Roots & Rock ‘N’ Roll” with 5 cover songs that is available for purchase at Hanson.net as a digital download or physical CD and CDs will also be available at each stop on the tour. The 5 songs are Sly and the Family Stones “I Want To Take You Higher” a song they first started playing live in 2008, Sam & Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming”, which they first started playing live in 2009 and three never before played live tracks – Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time”, The Darkness “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”.
The tour is also a way to introduce the Hanson Brothers Beer Company’s “MMMHops” to new markets and after the first night of each show there will be an after party with a DJ Set by none other than Taylor Hanson. The afternoon before show #2* Hanson will take fans on a one mile barefoot charity walk to raise money for their charity Take The Walk. (*except in Chicago)
Speaking of Chicago – Night 2 of the Chicago show – which happens to be tomorrow – will be streamed LIVE on Yahoo! Music (https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/hanson) at 8:30pm EST. Can’t make it to a show and want to see what it’s all about? Here’s your chance!
Opening acts for the tour will be American Idol alum Paul McDonald for Night 1 and former lead singer of Everybody Else gone solo performance CARRICK on night 2.
I will be attending 3 cities on this falls tour and I could not be more excited. I’m braving Irving Plaza for the New York city dates and heading to New Orleans for Zac’s 30th birthday mischief and then road tripping the 8 hours to Dallas, TX to finish up my run. I have made a goal of hearing *10* never before heard by me tracks over my 6 show run. I believe my record from Back to the Island in January was 11 (with 7 being the most in one show) so it would be awesome to tie that but we will see. Assuming they play the full EP at each concert (or at least once over my 3 shows) I’ll have 3 new songs right there, so I’ll be almost a third of the way to my goal. They’ve also been teasing that they are learning Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Leon Russell, etc so keep your fingers cross. I’ll make some sort of stat post sometime after I get home. (I’m trying to make it seem like I don’t already have it penciled in to be the end of November – when I’ll assumingly have enough time to get my life back together – it always seems to take forever to get back in to the groove of the “real world” after these trips!) Reviews of the shows should be coming sooner than that though… by the end of the month *fingers crossed*
This past weekend was 90s Weekend at Mohegan Sun. I had previously attended their 80s weekend but was far more excited for 90s Weekend. Although I missed out on getting tickets for the Best of The 90s concert on Friday night, I was offered free tickets to see Sugar Ray on Saturday night and All 4 One was also doing a free concert in the mall area on Saturday too. (The only thing better than 1 free concert is TWO!)
All 4 One took the stage in the shops at Mohegan Sun just after 7pm. They did a 5 song set – starting with their single I Can Love You Like That and then saying they were doing another song and asked if the crowd knew what it was. “Do you swear? Because it ain’t that!” They ended their set with their other well known single I Swear and also threw in a couple of new songs. They have been a band for 20 years and just came out with a new album – Twenty. It has 20 tracks and represents their 20 years as a group. After their set they did a signing, but I didn’t stick around for that because doors for Sugar Ray had opened at 7pm.
All 4 One
I Can Love You Like That
So In Love
Sugar Ray was a private show and you had to be invited. This was the first time I was invited and actually able to go to the show (I had tickets for Joy Behar in the winter but we ended up canceling because of the weather) The show was “General Admission” but you were given a section you had to stay in. I had section 19 which was the far back of the arena. I opted to stay in the last row so I wouldn’t have to navigate the stairs and climb over people. For free, it was a great spot!
Sugar Ray took the stage at about 8:20 and did roughly an hour set. Mark talked a bit between songs and I am pretty sure that 90% of what came out of his mouth was bullshit LOL One truth was that he now has a 2 hour show on Sirius XM 90s on 90s called Mark McGrath’s 120.
Sunny in California
Someday / Groovin
Answer the Phone
Under the Sun
Blister in the Sun
When It’s Over
What The World Needs
Mean Machine / Blitzkrieg Bop
Fly / What I Got
Friday night Nick Jonas performed for the first time as a solo artist at the Mohegan Sun Arena. He had played there several times with his former band and brothers, The Jonas Brothers. We were kind of surprised that Nick would play such a large venue, especially when a lot of his other shows are in smaller general admission venues. But when we tried to get tickets in presale and then the public sale and nothing that we considered to be “good” showed up… we got a bit nervous. But we (and by we I mean myself and Christine, my typical partner in crazy boyband crime) decided we would wait until that night and see what we could get. She had a M&G with Nick before the show so I was perched outside the box office and checked 3 times while she was inside and had no such luck. We ended up “caving” about 30 minutes after the opening act was on the stage and got 14th row. We were hoping for first 10 rows, but first 15 isn’t so bad either (we’re just self-spoiled brats).
Recently, Jay-Z said that Nick was the “Justin Timberlake of his generation” which, I found to be a bit odd because… Justin is still the Justin of his generation… but it was pretty evident that this tour was heavily influenced by Mr JT. Nick is also all grown up now. The setlist was made up mostly of songs from his self titled album, with a few new songs thrown in as well as a Nick Jonas and the administration song and a couple JoBros / Camp Rock songs and of course, a few covers for good measure.
About halfway through the set, a lot of security started showing up in our area. They were all linking arms, blocking off the aisle of our section (and I was seated on the aisle) Nick ended up walking by and I reached out and juuust missed touching him. Then he went up a couple steps into the lower level to sing. On his way back, I reached my arm over the security and he ended up grabbing my hand for a few seconds. So exciting! (Nick might be all grown up, but I am not! 😉
I kind of wish that his tour schedule worked out a bit better with being close to us around a weekend because I think we would have ended up at a few more shows than just this one!
A Little Bit Longer
Who I Am
Don’t Make Me Choose
Roses (OutKast cover)
Can’t Feel My Face / Watch Me
Teacher Ft. Poison
Thursday night Tony Lucca came to the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun for a show. It had been some year since I had seen him in CT so I was excited to make the trek to the casino even though it was a “work night”. I am glad that I did! I don’t think I had ever seen him with a full band before and that made the show great! He was joined by Keaton Simons and The Rollaways.
After the show my friend Liz was able to snag me a setlist. I’m not sure that it’s 100% accurate because I do remember him doing a song or two not listed and I tried to stick them in where I could. And of course the second song I can’t make out what the setlist says!
The show was only the second night of the tour, but you wouldn’t have known it if he didn’t say it. A lot of times shows early on are “off” because the band is just getting into the swing of things, but that was not the case here.
Tony also had a heckler of sorts who showed up before the show and was dancing to the pre-show music with his squeaky shoes. Then he kept yelling “HEY TONY! I’m from Brooklyn that’s how we say that!” and Tony took it all in stride, yelling back to him at times and cracking up while performing during others. The heckler then asked for all the band members names so that he could yell their names out as well. So Tony asked the heckler his name – “JERSEY MIKE!” he yelled back… For most of the show Mike was off to the side dancing but for Grandma’s Hand he went right front and center and was hugging himself like he was making out with a girl. While I was trying hard to ignore him and enjoy the show (as I think most of the audience was) we all kind of lost it at this point.
After the show we got to say hi to Tony and Keaton and get photos and get our setlists signed. I got to work incredibly tired the next day, but it was all worth it to see such a great show! If Tony is coming through your town on the Paint a Picture Tour 2015 – be sure to check him out!
What I Ever Done
Sweat It Out
Death of Me
Right on Time
Paint a Picture
Saturday August 22 Counting Crows brought their “Somewhere Under Wonderland” tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena. The tour was in support of the bands 7th studio album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland”. I had won tickets to the show from the radio station so while they weren’t the best seats in the house by any means, you really can’t complain when they’re free. Our entire row was empty until about 30 minutes before the show ended and no one was in front of us either which meant we could sit and relax for the entire show!
Citizen Cope opened the show. I liked the music but had a hard time understanding any of the lyrics. The crowd seemed to be really into them and their hour long opening set.
Counting Crows set was a mix of new, old, and covers. I only know a handful of Counting Crows songs and they did 2 of them (Mr. Jones and A Long December). I was hoping they’d do the song they had on the Shrek soundtrack, but no such luck! 5 of the songs they did were from the new album – Palisades Park, Earthquake Driver, Scarecrow, Elvis Went to Hollywood and Cover Up The Sun. Which is the majority of the album – since it is only 9 tracks.
Elvis Went to Hollywood
Four White Stallions
Cover Up the Sun
Untitled (Love Song)
Meet on the Ledge
Like Teenage Gravity
Big Yellow Taxi
A Long December
Rain King / My Sweet Thing
Holiday in Spain