If Only Animations + New Icons + New Brazil Photos - Leave a comment

I uploaded 18 animations from the video for If Only to the art archive! As always, if you have something you’d like to see there, please feel free to let us know. We’re here to serve.

About 15 new icons were also added, so look at ‘em here and take ‘em for your internet needs!

Many thanks to Erica for emailing in her photos from when she saw Hanson in Sao Paulo Brasil in July! Click the photos to be taken to the full album of pictures. Enjoy!

Back To The Island details // H.NET Newsletter! - Leave a comment

Hi – Well the ANTHEM World Tour is in full swing, and as we step into winter we are even more looking forward to an incredible getaway to Jamaica for the second Back To The Island Event.

Last year’s event was incredible, but as we are always trying to take it up a notch, we have a few more announcements about what the Back To The Island 2014 is going to entail.

Guest Artists! We are proud to announce our two guest artists. After an amazing reception during the tour, it was an easy decision to invite our good friend Paul McDonald to join us. Paul is an incredible artist and we can’t wait to have him with us. Our second guest artist is another good friend, Matt Wertz! Matt most recently joined us on our last Australian tour, and everyone who saw those shows knows he puts on a really energetic show. We’re thrilled that he’s also going to join us.

Zac Hanson welcomes baby boy - Leave a comment

imageAnd baby makes five!

Zac Hanson and his wife Kate, 29, welcomed a baby boy on Thursday, Oct. 17, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

The couple’s son joins big brother John Ira Shepherd, 5, and sister, Junia Rosa Ruth, 2½.

“We are very excited to share the addition of George Abraham Walker Hanson to our growing family,” Zac, 28, tells PEOPLE. “Abraham is healthy and we are happily sharing a little down time together as a family.”

Their new arrival, who will go by Abraham, arrived at 8 lbs., 7 oz. (the same birth weight, coincidentally, as his sister) and has surely thrilled his siblings.

As Zac told PEOPLE in May, “It’s fun this time to watch the little ones so excitedly anticipating their new sibling.”

Added the drummer, “We are so happy and thankful to add more life and love to our family!”

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Welcome to HansonVault.com! - Leave a comment

Hey everyone! I hope this evening finds you well. I’m so excited to share with you this website that I’ve labored over the past few months! Welcome to HansonVault.com. I hope that you enjoy all of the things we have to offer.

Our ‘mission statement’, as it were, is to bring you the latest in Hanson news, and to build a big, huge archive of Hanson goodness for you guys. We want to shine a light on the rich, and lengthy history that Hanson has cultivated throughout the last 21 years, and we also want to let everyone know what they’re doing right now! If you want to be a part of this, then thank you! We’re glad you’ve visited.

Please check out our photo gallery and our art archive, and maybe consider throwing some stuff our way. We promise to make it worth your while. Additionally, if there’s anything you’d like to see here, please leave a comment with a suggestion! It’s the only way to make this place the best it can be.

To everyone visiting, please consider visiting TakeTheWalk.net and think about donating to the cause. The admins at HansonVault.com are committed to bringing attention to the importance of TakeTheWalk.net, and are devoted to donating monthly. We sincerely hope you will join us. Even a mere dollar will help get some shoes on deserving feet, or help bring water to those in need.

Hanson had to relearn how to play nice with each other - Leave a comment

Contrary to their upbeat, effervescent musical image, the three brothers of Hanson went through some hard interpersonal times before making their latest album, “Anthem.”

And this time, says drummer Zac Hanson, it was personal — so much so that the group had to take a brief hiatus for everyone to chill out.

“The problem was never really about music. It was just about relationships and the way we were treating each other,” says the youngest Hanson who, at 28, gets a little mileage out of older brothers Issac, 32, and Taylor, 30.

“We’ve been a band for 21 years, and when you’re together long enough there are certain things that are so easy to be taken for granted and you just don’t treat each other the way you should sometimes. You have to work at it, just like you would in a romantic relationship, and if you stop doing that you begin to have conflict.

“So it’s just about caring for each other and caring for the stuff that’s in between everything. You just can’t make music well together if you act like (jerks) to each other. Eventually you’re going to fall apart. That was kind of what was happening. So we took a couple of months off and people went off to their respective happy places, and we set a time when we said, ‘Let’s talk again.’”

Hanson brings sophisticated soul, sentimental touches Saturday at the House of Blues - Leave a comment

HOBMany casual listeners consider Hanson a one-hit wonder thanks to the band’s chart-topping 1997 hit, “MMMBop.”

However, the rabid, fiercely loyal fans at the band’s Saturday night concert at the House of Blues would certainly disagree with that statement. Several crowd members sported homemade T-shirts proclaiming their Hanson fandom, and the audience started chanting the band’s name with gusto even before it took the stage.

The screams only intensified when Hanson did finally emerge shortly after 9:15, and this enthusiasm didn’t wane during the nearly two-hour set.

Such excitement was justified, however: Hanson—brothers Isaac, Zac and Taylor, along with an auxiliary bassist and a keyboardist/guitarist—put on a professional, engaging concert full of sentimental moments.

The setlist spanned the band’s entire career and covered plenty of sonic ground, from bubblegum soul (“Waiting For This”) and smoky blues (“Tragic Symphony”) to swaggering rock (the organ-brushed “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’”) and tongue-twisting pop (“A Minute Without You”).

Hanson also nodded to these diverse influences with a few choice covers. Standout “Crazy Beautiful” segued right into a faithful rendition of the Turtles’ “Happy Together,” while the horn-accented, frothy soul of “Get The Girl Back” went right into the Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.”

Songs from the band’s latest album, “Anthem,” also fared well. The string-adorned “Juliet,” nasty funk rocker “You Can’t Stop Us” and classic rock-leaning “Cut Right Through Me” were darker and more mature than previous work.

Hanson to guest judge on ‘Cupcake Wars’ - Leave a comment

cupcakeHanson will appear as guest judges on Cupcake Wars on Saturday (October 19).

The American band of brothers are to act as honorary panel members on the Food Network show.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson will critique four bakers as they “fight to the finish for the chance at having their cupcakes at a concert and after party for the band”, according to the channel’s website.

The winner will also go home with a $10,000 cash prize in the episode, initially airing October 19 at 8pm EDT.

America’s best will face three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains in front of Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac).

Justin Willman hosts the show where Hanson will help pick the top sweet treat.

The group recently launched their own brand of pale ale named Mmmhops beer. They are also carrying out their Anthem world tour as they promote their fresh beverage.

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Beyond “Mmmbop”: Hanson Retains Success By Ignoring Trends - Leave a comment

beyondmmmbopAlthough their 1997 heyday was a long time ago, the brothers Hanson have managed to avoid the boy-band curse and still make music today that actually means something. Hanson is set to play the Pageant on Thursday, and “Mmmbop” will most likely be in the mix, but the men — no longer boys — are excited to share some new material with their ever-changing crowd.

We spoke with the youngest member of the band, Zac Hanson, about where the group’s music is today, Aerosmith and traveling salesmen.

RFT Music: Are people surprised that you guys have new music?

Zac Hanson: Yes and no. We’ve been a band for 21 years, so we definitely have history. That means that you have people come in and out of your sphere of influence. Being in a band for as long as we have — this is our sixth album — you have this strange experience. More and more, in the last couple of years especially, where you have this group who weren’t there at the start. They’re eighteen, and they started listening to Hanson maybe on our third or fourth album. They end up going back to our catalog. It’s much like when I discovered Aerosmith on Get a Grip, because that was what came out when I was a kid, and then I went back and realized, “Oh, wow — they’ve been a band for twenty years.”

All grown up: Hanson still catering to its fans - Leave a comment

Hanson has a special deal going for fans: Attend 100 or more shows, and Isaac Hanson will play whatever request you want.

Well, not officially. But the guitarist and singer of the brother trio says at a recent show he was approached by a fan who had been to several hundred of the band’s concerts, and when she asked him to play a certain song for his solo that night, he was more than happy to comply.

“That’s a small thing for me, but that’s a respectful thing to her,” says Isaac, on the phone last week from a Hanson tour stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. And that’s just one example of the tight bond that exists between Hanson and its fans.

Hanson is the trio that exploded onto the pop charts in 1997 with “MMMBop,” the irresistible (or irritating, depending on whom you ask) blast of sunshine that shot straight to No. 1 and made the Hanson brothers — singer Taylor, drummer Zac and guitarist Isaac — teen pop idols. In the years following “MMMBop,” the group’s pop success waned, but Hanson was able to cultivate an intense relationship with its diehard fans.

Isaac noticed that connection early, and the band has catered to those fans, with the annual Hanson Day celebration in Tulsa every May (it’s actually a full weekend now) and other events designed to celebrate the Hanson brand. The group plays Pontiac’s Crofoot Ballroom on Sunday, part of the tour behind the group’s 2013 album “Anthem.”

“Ultimately, our connection with our fans is a music-focused connection,” says Isaac, 32, the group’s oldest member. “It’s about the experience you have in the room when the music starts. It’s not just about the celebrity thing. It’s about the songs, it’s about the music.”

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