Even though Hanson started performing when they were very young (Isaac – 11, Taylor – 9 and Zac – 6), after more than 20 years of their artistic career, they are not kids anymore. You will not see them jumping around the stage cheerfully dancing to songs written by someone else. They are a full grown band, performing original music. Even if you remember them with that one song, “MMMBop”, which attracted the female audience from all around the planet into their fandom, they are not just another boy band anymore. They are much more than that.
I have been a fan of theirs for a while and I enjoyed seeing how they developed throughout the ages, how they slightly changed their music style with each new album. It’s like I was growing up along with them and their music. Their songs inspired me in different situations, and I am genuinely fascinated how much of role models these brothers were for me. Once I joined their fandom, I became a “fanson”.
Hanson brothers have been in the music industry for over 20 years because they are extremely talented performers who know very well how to connect with their public through their music, lyrics and energy. Each performance they do today is breathtaking, the guitars rocking out, sending you to an entirely different universe of pop rock. The last album they released until now, “Anthem”, is all about sending positive messages; it is about how a song can become powerful for every individual and become an anthem. With these positive messages, sent through the songs in this album, the band proclaimed their own personal anthem, too.
“Fansons” were alongside their idols for all this time, giving their support and appreciation. The band took a risk losing the audience, when the brothers discontinued the contract with their record label after the release of their second album and inability to receive funding from the record studio. However, the fans proved to be faithful, and the band lives off their dedicated fandom for already 12 years, recording their sons as an independent label.
The audience grew up, too. When you went to the shows in the late 1990s – early 2000s, you would see a raging crowd, and if you were a general admission visitor, you would for sure leave the concert bruised, a little kicked and worn. Now the crowd is more polite, dancing, smiling and looking out for each other. Yes, the fans grow up, too.
The brothers do a lot of charity event, too. For example, before of their show in Anaheim, California in 2003, Hanson organized a one-mile barefoot walk. They organize this kind of walk a lot before their shows. For every participating person, Hanson brothers give $1 for improving life conditions in third world countries: improving schools, giving clothes and shoes to kids in need, or building water wells.
Hanson have a lot of celebrity fans. During their show in Los Angeles in 2003, the band was at its full might. Among the celebrities who were there as fans was a Glee actor Darren Criss and the actor from Jack’s Mannequin Adrew McMahon. Over the two-and-a-half-hour show, the fans were standing, this is how devoted they are. The band rewarded the audience with their performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Let’s Get It On”, “If Only” and “You Can’t Stop Us Now”, among other hits.
Each performance of Hanson is more powerful than on the record. They have gone a long way over the course of 20 years in the music industry, but they always stayed true to their fans.