Nov 05, 2018 | ZacHanson

How To Fanson @ String Theory!

String Theory is well under way now, and the album is releasing next week. After talking to fans after shows, and during the Hanson.net Listening Party that has been going on all this week I feel compelled to put some things to rest.

“How are we suppose to behave at these shows?” – your average fan

Think of this concert as something wholly different than your average HANSON “rock show”. There are obvious changes to the layout and makeup of the band, bringing the drums up front, adding 40-60 orchestral musicians is no small thing, but it is also what we are playing. String Theory starts with a ballad.

If you are coming to a String Theory show for the first time, think of it like watching a movie. Stay in the moment, cheer when Luke destroys the Death Star, cry when Darth Vader strikes down Obi-Wan, but don’t make catcalls at Princess Leia!

Pretend like you're going the see the symphony...oh, that was easy!

For those who are inclined, there are some key musical moments that I will highlight where fans can lend their voices to the arrangment, parts that can always use a chorus.

String Theory PART 1

  • Reaching For The Sky
  • Joyful Noise
    • Sing along to for the “La la” and “Dance All Night” sections
  • Where’s The Love
  • Dream It Do It!
  • MMMBop
  • Chasing Down my Dreams
  • Tragic Symphony
  • Got A Hold On Me
  • Yearbook
  • Siren Call
    • Sing along to the “Ooh ooh” in chorus and in the outro
  • Me Myself And I

INTERMISSION

String Theory PART 2

  • Reaching For The Sky Part 2
  • This Time Around
  • Something Going Round
  • Battle Cry
  • You Can’t Stop Us
  • Broken Angel
  • What Are We Fighting For?
  • Breaktown

NOTE: Feel free to stand from this point to the end of the show

  • No Rest For The Weary
    • Join in and sing the choir part "Aaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaah"
  • I Was Born
    • Yell "B! 4!"
  • The Sound Of Light
    • Sing along to the "Oh oh oh"
  • Tonight
    • Sing along with the band for "Don’t Wait For Tomorrow!"

The real thing is to treat the show as a journey enjoying the beauty and magesty of the arrangments.  Woodwinds and brass strings and percoussion, there is a lot to listen for. See you all tonight in Chi Town!

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jlove1984

Jaquaida Kinney
Tampa, Florida, US

It was beautiful at st pete. My mom and I were actually able to see because there was no one front of us! thank you!

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TheWanderer

Kaitlin Walbright
Columbus, OH, US

this shouldn't need to be a blog. im still wholly embarrassed by Louisville. we're sorry.

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ashleyne84

Thank you! It is nice to be able to sit and enjoy the show and take in all its layers ;the symphony, your voices, the music you guys are playing and really just enjoy the depth of the show.  I feel like the random outbursts and cat calls aren’t necessary at any show.....aren’t we all adults now and can behave like one.  Having fun at the show is the best part, but let’s all be respectful to the guys and all the hard work that has gone into a special show like this.  

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radioplayed

Thank you for posting this, Zac. I was appalled when I saw videos from Louisville. I hope that it was a fluke and not all the shows have been this way. 

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jlove1984

Jaquaida Kinney
Tampa, Florida, US

We gotta thank the orechestra people as well,

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ginamart

Gina Martino
New Milford, NJ, US

this is amazing lol thank you for doing this :)

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taysbraid

"If you are coming to a String Theory show for the first time, think of it like watching a movie. Stay in the moment, cheer when luke destroys the Death Star, cry when Darth Vador strikes down Obi One, but don’t make cat calls at Princess Leia!"

LOL Zac!!  You couldn't have said it any better :-D

I wish this had been posted before the two performances I enjoyed so I could have caught some of the more subtle orchestral moments.

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Bonnee

Easy peasy... at least it should be anyway

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jozzlin

Jocelyn Harris
Lake Jackson, TX-Texas, US

I was so proud of the Houston crowd for behaving themselves.  (Mostly, anyway!)  Granted, I was in the very front so I couldn't see everyone, but at least the catcalls were at a minimum.  I feel really bad for fans at other shows where the screaming/talking was insane and distracting.  We can do better than that, guys!  I really hope the Fort Worth crowd knows how to conduct themselves for the January show.  I am bringing a first time listener and she can't wait to see the show!

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smarshall

Sarah Marshall
Sedalia, Mo, US

Thanks so much for posting this. I’ve followed the “fanson” videos for every show and some have been appalling. The unnecessary screaming, cat calling, and LOUD talking (<—-that one would make me angry at a show) has been making me nervous about our upcoming concert this Wednesday. I want to be able to enjoy the experience of an orchestra! That has been something on MY bucket list for many years and to have you guys bringing it to me is amazing. Best of both worlds. I hope people share the crap out of this post from you and will learn to behave themselves like adults. Thanks again for all you guys do!

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Beanandabook

Love this! (Although the fact that it has to be spelled out at all is rather dissapointing, as if being accompanied by an orchestra didnt give any social cues)


I cant wait to hear this in person on Saturday! As much as I loved listening to the tracks, I am sure the live dynamic will be an experience I will never forget! 

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ChrissyDenizard

Christine Denizard
Maple Plain, MN, US

I kinda wish I knew what happened in Louisville now. Either way, good show, great storytelling and I absolutely love the song arrangements. 

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liekaraindance

Ashleigh Friis
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

I think this might have been more helpful if it had been posted back in July when the question was posed multiple times. Glad it's finally out there though.

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MustangVally

Lol..you are amazing.  I'm saddened by the fact you actually had to post something in regards to the poor behaviour shown by many ADULT fans....but you nailed it.  *applauds*

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mamapickle

say it louder for the Caroline’s! 

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kelseydiane

I can't believe this has to even be said haha but good for you Zac for dressing it while keeping it light  and adding in Star Wars references :) 

Let's all be respectful in Toronto and enjoy the music! 

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TheWanderer

Kaitlin Walbright
Columbus, OH, US

is anyone else embarrassed this needed to be a blog?

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kelseydiane

*adressing 

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itzcitayfm

Nydia McCorcle
DeSoto, TX, US

a little louder for the people in the back!

lol unfortunately, I think the ones most guilty of cat-calling don't frequent this site.

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mamapickle

@beanandabook i CANNOT wait for you to experience it. simply put, it’s beautiful. every bit of it 

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starfairy83

Thank you for information me whew! I went to Greek Theatre last month October 13.. it was good ST orchestra also you were so smile during show “I Was Born” haha:)! I have question for you and are y’all going planning for Hanson Day 2019 and Hop Jam too? 

Ryann 

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kelseydiane

TheWanderer - YES! I remember at the Christmas Shows in Toronto I was sitting in my seat CRINGING at all the cat calling! I feel like we should make printable of this blog to hand out on the way into shows haha

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kelseydiane

TheWanderer - YES! I remember at the Christmas Shows in Toronto I was sitting in my seat CRINGING at all the cat calling! I feel like we should make printable of this blog to hand out on the way into shows haha

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kelseydiane

TheWanderer - YES! I remember at the Christmas Shows in Toronto I was sitting in my seat CRINGING at all the cat calling! I feel like we should make printable of this blog to hand out on the way into shows haha

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kelseydiane

TheWanderer - YES! I remember at the Christmas Shows in Toronto I was sitting in my seat CRINGING at all the cat calling! I feel like we should make printable of this blog to hand out on the way into shows haha

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