Ex-Teen Idols Hanson Try To Shake Old Image
Tuesday July 31, 2007 Staff

Remember when Kermit the Frog sang "It's Not Easy Being Green?" Well, the members of the brother-band Hanson aren't that particular shade, but they know exactly what the song means. The former teen idols first achieved seismic success with the catchy bubble gum anthem MmmBop in 1997. Since then, they've made four albums - including their latest "The Walk", as they attempt to leave their teen idol roots behind.

They're now 21, 24 and 26 and are looking at acquiring a more mature audience, without alienating those who fell in love with them a decade ago. But they admit family ties have helped them keep it together. "I don't think we would have started -- I don't think we would be in a band for 15 years in our mid 20s if we weren't brothers," confesses Taylor Hanson. "Because we would have not started at 6, 9 and 11."

Brother Zac agrees, noting keeping it all together hasn't always been easy. "There have been plenty of opportunities for us to choose to go our own ways," he concurs. But he credits the band's die hard fans with their longevity. Are there still a lot of them? Judging by the long lines outside the Guvernment where the boys performed on Tuesday night, there's no shortage.

"We're from Buffalo, New York," one young woman reveals. "This is actually one of the shorter distances that we're travelled to." It's that loyalty that keeps Hanson, well, Mmmbopping along. "They're so into the music and they come to tons of shows," Zac muses. "You just can't give them enough credit and thanks for being the way they are."