takes 'Walk' to Meyer Theatre
By: Dan Whelan
A full ten years after the release of "Middle of Nowhere,"
Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson are coming to the Meyer Theatre in Green
Bay on April 13 with their newest CD, "The Walk."
Though the trio is known for their platinum hit, "Mmmbop,"
which was released May 1997, they have since released four CDs and started
their own record label, 3CG Records. The three brothers have also found
wives and have children, except for Zac, who is expecting, according
to Taylor Hanson.
"On this record, we decided to be more straight forward with the
music," Taylor Hanson said. "We're all producers, so we had
to know our limits of what we can and can't do."
Taylor Hanson said "The Walk" was recorded like a live album
in the studio. Everyone was in the same room and worked to play a great
performance for every song.
"Every song was built around a great performance, which truly makes
us like a garage band again," Taylor Hanson said.
One major focus that has shaped Hanson over the past 10 years is the
presence of AIDS and poverty in Africa. Hanson traveled over to Africa
while they were recording "The Walk" to see the problems first
hand, and, as a result, brought home lots of new ideas, including the
performance of African choirs, which appear on their latest album.
"We had a realization that the problems in Africa were so much
closer to home than we first thought," Taylor Hanson said. "We
learned that Tulsa, OK has a very high AIDS rate as well. We know that
AIDS is treatable and we have an opportunity to do something about it.
"We partnered up with TOMS, a shoe company, to bring basic needs
to these people in Africa. We sell these shoes as a part of our tour
and, for every pair of shoes that is sold TOMS will send a pair of shoes
Hanson has gone further than just selling shoes to bring awareness out
about the basic needs that many Africans go without. As a promotion
for their new album and the program with TOMS shoes, Hanson invites
concert goers to join them on a barefooted mile walk before the show,
to show them what people in less fortunate nations experience on a daily
basis, Taylor Hanson said.
"For the first part of our 'The Walk' tour, we walked 50 miles,
and sold about 50,000 pairs of shoes, which was our first goal,"
Taylor Hanson said. "Now that we're starting the tour up again,
the goal continues."
As the members of the band get older and work to raise their families,
touring has taken on a new role in their lives. Taylor Hanson refers
to the tour now as a circus of rock and roll, because of the loud mix
of personas traveling from city to city. He said it is basically a normal
family life, just placed in a bus. The families don't stay on for the
entire tour, but they do travel back and forth so the growing clan can
Taylor Hanson is excited about playing at the Meyer Theatre because
theaters are his favorite type of venue.
"Theaters are designed to accommodate music," he said. "It's
all fine and good to have everyone packed in to general admission, but
there is a vibe and energy in theaters that make those places special.
The theater is the cat's meow."
Taylor Hanson said the show promises to be a fun and unique event, as
at every show, he, Isaac and Zac come up with a different set list than
the night before.
"It's great that we get to give audiences this opportunity to hear
the music as it should be," he said. "We really enjoy bringing
the music to the people in all of its glory."
Hanson will be playing at the Meyer Theatre on Washington Street in
Downtown Green Bay on April 13, featuring Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
and Kate Voegele.