HANSON // LIVE AT THE LOUISVILLE PALACE
PHOTOS AND REVIEW COURTESY OF: Emily May
Indie pop/rock band Hanson, who are currently in the midst of their String Theory Symphonic Tour, made a stop recently in Louisville, KY. The band recently released their latest album String Theory, on which many of their songs, both old and new, were rearranged and recorded with an orchestra. There was excitement and anticipation in the air as fans awaited the start of the show. Hanson has grown a devoted, diverse and loyal fan base over the years, with this evening’s fans eager to experience this incredible evening. As the lights blinked in the lobby to indicate the show was about to start, those who were not already in their seats hurried to them. As the band took the stage, the crowd erupted in cheers and applause. As the band took their places on the stage, brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson stood on stage with smiles on their faces, basking in the love that was flowing through the room. As the applause died down, the brothers thanked the crowd for being there to celebrate this special evening. They told the crowd that they had been trying to think of something special to do for their 25th Anniversary as a band, coming up with the idea of recording their String Theory album, which featured old and new songs arranged and recorded with an orchestra. The band then decided to take this album on the road, performing each night with a live symphony orchestra backing them on stage. This evening saw the band backed by the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, with Teddy Abrams conducting. They told the crowd that they would be hearing old favorites, as well as new songs that were written for the album/tour.
Starting things off with “Reaching For The Sky (Part 1)”, the band followed that up with “Joyful Noise”, “Where’s The Love” and “Dream Do It”. Next up, the band performed their smash hit “Mmm Bop”, with the crowd singing along loudly to every word. The band collaborated with legendary composer (and musician Beck’s father) David Campbell on their album and tour, and the level of expert arranging and composing with each song performed. While the songs performed retained hints of their original sounds, the orchestral elements added richness, depth and layers to the songs that turned them into something really special. The brothers were having a great time on stage, and although they each had certain instruments they focused on during the set, they also switched instruments periodically throughout the evening showcasing their musical versatility. Finishing the first half of the evening with “Yearbook”, Siren Call” and “Me Myself and I”, the audience was given a 15 minute intermission before the second half of the concert began.
Starting off the second half of the evening with “Reaching For The Sky (Part 2)”, the band then performed “This Time Around”, which brought the audience to their feet! Also performing “Something Going Round”, “Battle Cry” and “You Can’t Stop Us”, this half of the evening definitely had a bit more of an upbeat vibe, with the audience standing and dancing on their feet more, rather then in their seats! With the more upbeat tempo, the energy in the room was infectious, causing everyone to bask in the good times being had by everyone in the crowd. With Zac leading the crowd in sing-alongs and clapping, everyone was having a blast! Ending the evening with “I Was Born”, “Sound Of Light” and “Tonight”, the crowd went wild with applause when the last note ended. The band thanked everyone for singing along and sharing their night with them. Before leaving the stage, Isaac told the fans that the band would see them soon and until then “Don’t waste a moment and don’t waste tonight”. It was a really special evening for everyone involved with Hanson giving their fans an evening they would not soon forget!