I had won my way into the 96.5TIC Acoustic Cafe with Hanson which was on Saturday morning. It took doing trivia every day and the finally getting enough points to win the auction at 12:13am on November 17th! It was incredibly stressful but I am so glad that I ended up winning!
We were told to get there at 10:30, but ended up getting there at 10am instead, just to be on the safe side. While we were in line it was mentioned that it was my 56th show, and TWICE it was mentioned by people that they didn’t even know Hanson has performed that many shows. HELLO? They have toured almost non stop for the past 13 years. What ROCK have you been living under Mr Promotions Man at TIC!? (Oh, I know, one where they let you cut people in Jonas Brothers M&G; lines…) This got me curious to see just how many shows Hanson has done. Counting official tours only – not radio promotions or anything like that – they’ve done: ~457. (count is give or take a couple because I am not a perfect counter when it comes to scrolling down websites)
We weren’t let in until after 10:30 and were told not to go to the stage because they were still setting it up. The mics were all set up and it looked like the guys would be standing, so I was pretty excited because the stage was only a few inches high and no way would I be able to stand in front of it, so I would be in the back. I had figured I’d be able to see over everyone’s heads.
WRONG. Once Hanson’s bus arrived, they brought in stools for everyone and all the mics were lowered. Then there was a bit of a rush towards the stage. My friend Christine got right up in front and I realized pretty quickly I wasn’t going to be able to see a damn thing. Every once in a while I’d catch a glimpse of one of the guys, though. But I could hear them loud and clear and they sounded great 🙂
They played 4 songs – Waiting For This, Thinking Bout Something, Give A Little and Penny and Me. Then they said they’d be right back to take pictures with us.
At the other acoustic cafes I went to, we were always in the groups we came in (2) so we assumed the same thing would happen. Except, TIC let in all the fans who showed up and hadn’t won (which was nice) but then allowed them to be in on the pictures too – so we had to have *6* people in our photos which I was not too pleased with – but I guess a group photo is better than no photo.
We ended up by Zac for the photo, which was a good thing because I might have thrown a fit if not 😉 We won’t get them for another couple of weeks though because they were taken by a professional photographer. It took Hanson about all of 5 minutes to take photos with everyone (so it would have been what, 15 if everyone got pics in pairs? Cmon.)
We waited outside for them to leave and waved to them and then had to cross right by their bus to get to the doors to go back to where we had parked. When we pulled out of the parking lot, there came their bus down the street so we got to follow it for a little bit which was incredibly exciting!
I had to opt out of heading to Oakdale for the walk because I was running on about 4 hours sleep and desperately needed to take a nap or there was NO way I’d be able to make it through the entire show that night!
Friday afternoon I made the trek down to Stroudsburg, PA to see Hanson at the Sherman Theater. This would be an extra special show because not only was it seated, my friends had managed to score us front row center tickets!
My GPS said it would take two and a half hours to get there, which was a pleasant surprise because all this time I had been thinking it would be 3 hours. Unfortunately, I ran into 2 accidents in NJ, one of which looked really, really nasty and all the traffic from the crews cleaning them up and rubber necking, etc. added another hour.
When I got there, I had the wrong address in the GPS, so I ended up nowhere near a theater. But I found a McDonalds, grabbed a bite to eat and then reprogrammed the GPS. As I drove by the Sherman Theater, Taylor was standing on a table with a megaphone – I had just missed the walk. (I wasn’t intending on going on it anyway though, so it was fine!)
At this point it was about 4pm, so I hung out in my car (in a handicapped spot I had found on the street – so lucky!) until about 6:30 because doors were at 7 and I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to walk down to the theater. (Turns out, only like 2 minutes lol)
Once 7pm rolled around, everyone loaded in the doors, but it didn’t look like anything was going on. Then more and more people kept coming in. I happened to turn around and saw Maribeth’s sister and her friend so I went outside to wait with them, but then they left to get Maribeth so I ended up going inside on my own.
Once I got inside, I couldn’t find my seat. I had ORCH A, seat 11, but the seats up front were ORCH 1 and ORCH 2, with seats starting with 101. I asked an usher for help and she said “Oh you’re front row!” and brought me to the regular row A, which was numbered 1,3,5,7. Then she looked and saw ORCH 1 and 2 and had to go ask where our seats were. By this point my friends had showed up and were like “what is going on!?” but it all ended up working out and ORCH A was labeled ORCH 1.
The first opening act was Kicking Daisies. They were actually really good and at the end of their set, one of the guys breaking down the stage threw their setlists down to us so I grabbed one. A few of the songs are blacked out (and the page STILL smells like marker) but the ones that aren’t blacked out (and therefore the ones I assumed they played) are: Masquerade, Breathing, Shut Up, Keeping Secrets, Alive. After their “last song” we could see someone come on the side of the stage and hold up one finger and they realized they had time for one more song so they did Video Killed the Radio Star. There is also notes in red stating “Talk Carly” and “Talk Duran” signaling when the band members should talk to the crowd. I wasn’t sure what to expect from them going into it, but I was very into their set, they are very energetic and very talented and maybe I’ll see them around town at some point 😉 I think that they went over really well with the crowd as well based on tweets I was seeing.
Next up was Jarrod Gorbel. I have to say that I enjoyed this set a lot better than his one in Northampton, maybe because he only pointed out one person in the crowd this time. But I still don’t think he was that great of a fit to get everyone hyped up for Hanson (especially sandwiched in between Kicking Daisies and Hanson). He lost his concentration a time or two and had to start a song completely over.. yelling out “FUCK!” and “OH SHIT!” which just made it seem like he was trying too hard. I think seeing him in a completely different setting – maybe in a coffee house or something like that – I would enjoy him. I think he is either incredibly awkward or incredibly nervous (or a combination of both) and that came out with his making fun of people and the like.
Finally it was time for the main event! We were bracing ourselves for people jumping over chairs to be behind us in the front row, but the Sherman had some HUGE (and scary!) security guys who did a great job at keeping everyone in their seats! Kudos to the security team.
The beginning of their set was very much the same as the other shows I had gone to, starting with the Waiting For this Medley – except this time I actually jumped during In the City. They then went in to Make it Out Alive, but surprised me by throwing in Thinking Of You. This one isn’t played all that often, plus since the setlist voting on Hanson.net had Middle of Nowhere in the lead for the encore, I was surprised that they would be throwing random tracks from it into the set. Another surprise was Runaway Run!
Then it was time to break it down for the acoustic set, when Zac was like, directly in front of me. They played Penny and Me and This Time Around which are a bit too over done for my taste (but were singles so I can see why they include them so often) and also threw in a Kiss Me When You Come Home.
Then it was back to electric, where there weren’t too many surprises, but Isaac came flying at me during Hand In Hand and I wasn’t paying attention (I was trying to take a picture) and then I noticed everyone on either side of me had jumped back and thought he was going to go flying over us. (Or fall on my head) During If Only, I jumped during the first part, but not the second. Since it was an old theater, the floor was shaking like CRAZY especially since everyone was jumping on the same beat. I must’ve looked something like this: =-O and then looked up at Zac and he mouthed “JUMP!” to me. I shook my head no, but ended up jumping the next couple of times anyway because it was too scary not to.
For the encore, we knew it would be Middle of Nowhere songs, but the guys had tweeted about possibly throwing in a surprise. They came out and did With You In Your Dreams and then we counted to track 21 and they played Man From Milwaukee. (on the CD, With You In Your Dreams is track #12, then everything is blank until 21) Then they really threw a curve ball by getting us ready for the holiday season by playing Merry Christmas Baby! It was a very pleasant surprise and also a song that I had never heard live before so I was doubly excited 🙂
The show ended shortly after midnight and I was completely exhausted. (Putting all the dance/jump songs of Give A Little / If Only / Lost Without Each Other back to back to back did me in) I bought myself a bottle of water and Iced Tea and went back to the car and hydrated. Then I made the two and a half hour trip back home. No traffic at all, and I got home just before 3am.
Definitely one of my favorite Hanson shows EVER (and it was my 55th so that is saying a lot) My camera LOVED Isaac and I got a few good ones of Zac too, but for some reason the lighting on Taylor wasn’t all that great. Will be making a picture post soon. (Actually, it’ll probably be more like 4 picture posts.. but that is ok!)
Setlist under the cut!
Waiting For This Medley
Make It Out Alive
Thinking of You
And I Waited
Carry You There
Penny and Me
Kiss Me When You Come Home
This Time Around
Where’s The Love
Voice In The Chorus
Minute Without You
Hand In Hand
Thinking Bout Something
Give A Little
Lost Without Each Other
With You In Your Dreams
Man From Milwaukee
Merry Christmas Baby
With sincere apologies, I’m writing to let you know that Tony cannot perform as scheduled on November 22nd.
An opportunity has come up for Tony to appear on the TV show Parenthood, and he must return to Los Angeles and will no longer be able to play the 11/22 show. Tony encourages you all to still attend the show to see two great performers: Jay Nash & Matt Duke. He appreciates all his fans and hopes to play for you soon
Last night I went to the Calvin Theater to see Hanson perform. Unfortunately I bought tickets on “Taylor’s side” which meant for the 2nd show in a row I’d be unable to see Zac. Actually, at first I thought I would be able to if I stood to the side of my chair, but, well, I’ll explain why that didn’t work in a second.
While we were waiting for doors to open, Siobhan Magnus of American Idol walked by to get in line, I had wanted to get a picture with her but ended up not wanting to bother her and cause a “scene”, so I didn’t end up getting to meet her – but I did find it odd that the 2 concerts after I got my braces on, an American Idol contestant was at the show. (When I got my uppers on we met Chicken Little – Kevin Covais at the Honor Society show)
Our seats were front row and we sat there and waited for 8pm to roll around when Jarrod Gorbel would take the stage. The place was not filled at ALL so I was wondering if the other fans happened to know something I didn’t. I think they did. While Jarrod has a nice voice, his songs are not very up beat and do not really get you pumped for a Hanson show. He also took time to make fun of people in the crowd, which I didn’t think was cool. And his set seemed to go on forever. Whenever he would talk about going home, I thought that meant that his last song was up next, but then he’d play 2 or 3 more…I am really not looking forward to checking him out 2 more times on this tour and I don’t think I’ve ever felt this negatively about a Hanson opener in the past (with the exception of perhaps The Cringe who opened at Toads Place a few years back and lived up to their name)
Then it was time to wait for Hanson! It actually was a relatively short wait and they came out about 9:15. I was hoping I’d be able to sit for at least some of the show, but once the front row stood up, girls started filling in the aisles so I had to stand up to claim my spot in the front row on the side. I thought this was incredibly rude since it was a seated show and you should just deal with the seats that you have… and if these girls stayed where they were supposed to instead of knocking into me all night I’d have actually been able to see Zac.
Unfortunately there were no new songs for me to add to my “heard live” list, but I did hit over 1,000 songs heard performed live by Hanson a few songs into the set. (I think #1,000 was ‘And I Waited’, but I haven’t double checked that for sure) Oh Darling was a little bit different with Zac holding out an “Oh” for a ridiculously long amount of time. I also don’t recall having heard Madeline electric in a while (not counting 5 of 5, of course)
Taylor also was not too pleased I wasn’t dancing or jumping around – but unfortunately I can’t. Sometimes it is hard enough just to remain standing and any shifting of myself could end up with me falling over. In my head I was dancing and jumping though! At one point he walked all the way over to where we were and said “You need to move!” And then tripped on some wires on the way back to the piano. Don’t mess with me Taylor… 😉
One of the highlights was that they played Lost Without Each Other just before the encore which is one of my all time favorite songs. I tried to get into it a little bit more, but at that point I was tired and had forgotten how to even jump, so I’m not sure I could have if I tried.
The other highlight was when Taylor started talking about how they had some friends with them at the show and I looked over to the side of the stage and saw Stephen Kellogg and Goose! I was like “ITS STEPHEN KELLOGG” and was sooooo excited because I haven’t seen them in what seems like forever. SK and Goose joined Hanson on the encore of Long Way To The Top (Lyrics were printed out and put at the piano and on the ground near the extra mic – I was hoping it would be something new since they put the lyrics down but no such luck. Of course SK and Goose made up for that!)
A lowlight was when one of the girls who pushed her way up front (who started out next to me and being annoying and ended up in front or me and blocking Zac almost entirely from me for the acoustic set) ended up getting on stage to dance with Taylor. It frustrates me when they reward misbehaving.
Setlist under the cut – photos coming soon!
8. This Time Around
9. Penny and Me
10. Use Me Up (Zac solo)
11. Great Divide
12. Voice In The Chorus
13. Can’t Stop
14. Minute Without You
16. Thinking Bout Somethin
17. Oh Darlin
19. Give A Little
20. If Only
21. Lost Without Each Other
22. Long Way To The Top w/ Stephen Kellogg and Goose
I don’t have too many photos from Oklahoma because pics weren’t supposed to be taken at the Hanson concert, but here are a few I can share from the costume contest and the Q&A; at the end of the event.
Some photos from the Tyler Hilton concert!
AKA… “I spent $350 to fly to Tulsa for ‘Thriller’ and all I got was Ghostbusters”
jkjk. Although, I did really want them to play Thriller!
This years Halloween was probably one of my more eventful ones. I left the house at 4:30am thinking I was running a bit late. Got to the parking lot at 5:30 and was shuttled to the airport. I was through security in no time and ended up with an hour to kill. My first flight was from Hartford to Atlanta. Then I took their underground train over a concourse and waited to board to OKC. I pretty much slept the entire flight both times.
Keena picked me up and we met up with Becky for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and then made our way to Tulsa. We got there around 5:30 and were going to go to Hanson’s office (across the street) for pictures but after Keena and Becky parked the car the line had kind of formed around me so we stayed in it.
At 6pm we had our photos taken for the costume contest and were checked in for the event – but we couldn’t go inside until 8! Once we were let in, Keena and Becky went ahead and saved me a spot while I slowly made my way inside. I was in the front row by a speaker in front of Taylor so I could lean on the speaker. I actually ended up sitting on the stage for quite a bit while we waited for something to happen!
Then finally, Zac came on stage to emcee the costume contest. He told us he wasn’t yet in costume and that he wasn’t Joe Jonas… because the costumes they were wearing were going to match, so he didn’t want to give anything away coming out in costume before the other 2 would be on the stage. He also said he felt like a standup comedian but it was ok because we laugh at anything he says. The finalists for the costume content came on stage and we were told how we could vote for the winners. Via their website via cellphone but of course my phone died before we got inside so no voting for me!
Then it took forever to set up for the show. I saw them bring out a huge lyric sheet and was able to make out that it said “Ghostbusters” and ruined the surprise for everyone around me! Then setlists were put down and I was so bummed – no THRILLER!!!! But at least I did get 1 new cover song added to my list – and probably not one they’ll be doing again on tour. (EDIT: just got word after I had written this that they played it at the Dallas show. There goes my theory lol)
Isaac and Taylor came on stage as 2 of the 3 musketeers and then Zac came on stage – as a 3 musketeers candy bar (with a sword). They said there was probably a short list of drummers who had drummed dressed as a candy bar. Zac mentioned something about the Rock N Roll hall of fame and they said there would be a special place for him in the Mars Bars Hall of Fame. (It was kind of hard to hear them when they talked) There was also a lot of inappropriate talk about “swords”
After the short set, it was time for a Q&A; where nothing new was asked! (Although the girls dressed as Ghostbusters did ask if someone called them which was cute) Listen to the reporter interviews on HNet people! Everything that was asked was pretty much answered in the reporter interviews.
Then we were told there was no time for group pics, but we did get a signed photo on the way out. I picked up a glow in the dark event tshirt and passed on the poster and the 5 of 5 shirts. (I wanted all 5 and couldn’t justify buying 5 Vneck shirts that are black (which i therefore never end up wearing) that said Hanson on them – so since I couldn’t decide on 1 I was getting none)
Then we had an exciting trip to QuikTrip and it was back to OKC to sleep – Keena tells me I fell asleep really fast. It was about 4am my time at that point – so it made sense I was out haha
This morning we got Taco Bueno for lunch so I could try their tacos (they were good – but I still prefer Taco Bell – which is good considering that is all we have up here!) and then I was off to the airport.
Had another layover in Atlanta, this time had to go 2 concourses over and then finally got back to Hartford. When I got in my car the tire pressure light was on but I managed to make it home without any problems and now I have that to take care of!
I may or may not post photos later… I’m not sure what I have.
Make It Out Alive
And I Waited
You Never Know
This Time Around
Dancing In The Wind
Hand in Hand
Voice In The Chorus
Something Going Round
Thinking Bout Somethin
In The City
Show #200 started off with a scream from Clay Garner that was so loud (and unexpected) it made Jessa jump! He was young – 16 – and said Tyler and Josiah were his Idols, which I thought was kind of funny. Also funny was when he encouraged us to stay for Tyler and Josiah. That was the plan! At the end of his 5 song set a dude yelled “You’re CUTE!” Which was definitely a highlight. His set was good but he lost me on his last song – a cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'”
After a short break it was time for Dion Roy. His guitar had a crazy glare going on from the lights which blinded Jessa and I at times. He mentioned his songs have been featured on Road Rules, Bad Girls Club and The Kardashians, none of which I ever watch – but good for him! His set was 6 songs and started out a little rough, but he quickly found his groove. He also commented that he was from NY and was looking forward to sleeping his his own bed that night – adding that it wasn’t that Josiah and Tyler weren’t great, which led to his backup guitarist Pete (?) asking if he had been sharing a bed with them. I thought it was funny. Maybe you had to be there. The kid next to me had ants in his pants which felt the need to pick up during this set and I felt it worth noting. At times I felt like I was on a boat and it was incredibly distracting…
Another break and it was time for Josiah. Josiah was a contestant on Idol season 7 (Cook’s year) and I could not stand him. He got cut and appeared on Ellen and I probably vowed to never see him live – but I was there for Tyler and suffering through him was a price I was going to have to pay. Admittedly, he was not as bad as I had thought – but he did have his screeching moments (and I thought Adam Lambert was bad…). After 2 songs he asked if we were attached to our chairs and wanted everyone to stand up for him. I politely declined. For the song “Silly Fly” he was bouncing all over the stage and I am really not sure how he had so much energy and how he was able to keep it up for his entire set, but he did!
He told us the song “Lover” was written about a girl he met at a strip club and fell for and then he realized she was mean and it was her job to make him fall for him. The next song “You, I Love” was written about a girlfriend who was plain. He loved that bout her and she hated it. His set was 10 songs. He was backed by josh on bass, Steve on guitar and Tom on drums. After his set the girls all went to meet him and came back giggling like school girls. Maybe he is charming? I don’t know, I didn’t bother to leave my seat.
They broke down Josiah’s keyboard and we waited for Tyler. He came out alone and sang “When It Comes”, I was glad he started with something older I knew because I’ve been slacking in the Tyler fan department as of late! (But I will be correcting that very soon!) The band (same as Josiah’s) joined him for Sunset Blvd and This World Will Turn Your Way and a cover of Missing You. I don’t think I’d ever seen him with a full band before (although it’s been years so I really can’t remember) but Tyler can rock!
The band left again and Tyler started talking about the next song he’d sing and the girls behind me screamed out “ROLLIN HOME!” And he jokingly yelled at them for giving it away. Next he was joined by a French fan now living locally for When The Stars Go Blue. Judging by the screams this isn’t something he plays very often. He did 4 more songs – one of which he wrote with Lady Antebellum. I can’t remember which it was now, but I really liked it! Then he left but the house lights didn’t go on and a chant of “Tyler, Tyler” began. He came back out and said he was heading to merch and asked what we wanted to hear – tons of songs were screamed out and he went with Stay.
The merch area was a nightmare so we decided to skip hanging around for pics and just headed out (similar story to concert #100 – minus having a train to catch). Tyler has grown tons musically since I last same him – definitely catch him if you get the chance!
Photos to come soon..