Belgrade, Serbia, RS
I can't with these Star Wars typos.
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
String Theory PART 2
NOTE: Feel free to stand from this point to the end of the show
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!
I can't with these Star Wars typos.
Yes! Thank you! So many cringeworthy cat calls during beautiful quiet parts of the show. Talking during songs. Thankfully I was near some very respectful concert goers so it wasn’t too terrible last night. But oof. Zac already knows that he’s a hottie. No need to yell it at him during the show lol
my computer hates me today - sorry for so many of the same reply!
THANK YOU ZAC! I'm sorry this actually needed to be addressed.
I was annoyed and felt very bad for a few people who were in an unfortunate spot at the Minneapolis show last night who probably didn't see or hear much of what was happening on stage due to a row or so of people who felt the need to wave their arms around all night, stand when it wasn't appropriate, and also clearly visit with each other and scream and yell during quiet moments. I feel embarrassed on your behalf and hope that your comments today will encourage others to behave with and treat you and the orchestra with respect.
I was at Louisville and I'm thinking that most of the people who were at the show, hadn't seen Hanson in 18 years (the last time they were in Louisville). I knew what to expect from the show because I've been following the whole String Theory project since it was announced. I am a big orchestral music fan and I was not going to miss out on the opportunity to see this show! But yeah, I was second row orchestra level and I could tell the guys were a tiny bit annoyed with the fan reaction but they took it with a grain of salt. The screams lasted about 5ish minutes from when they came out on-stage to when the first note was played. They tried their best to tell the audience that this wasn't a typical Hanson concert. Not lying, when MMMbop was played, all but the first ten rows in the orchestra stood up.
Our crowd in LA was positively beautiful. From where I was the crowd was energetic and engaged, while following the cues from the band on when to sing out and when to stand up. Unfortunately for Zac I don't know that the people being loud and screaming during other shows are actually fan club members, but I do appreciate that this was clarified for anyone who may have been wondering!
The trouble is that the people who can’t act respectable, don’t see their behaviour as being a problem.
Imagine how many Hanson fans have never been to the symphony/heard an orchestra live. So on the bright side, yay for Hanson expanding musical and cultural horizons (even if some of those horizons belong to obnoxious people ;).
Everything about this is perfect. While I unfortunately haven't and most likely can't make a show on this tour and haven't witnessed some of the goings on with the crowds, thank you for calling out the catcalling. I'm highkey embarrassed it needs to be addressed at all :facepalm:
I don't even like the cat calling at regular shows, much less symphony shows. I guess it's kind of a golden rule situation for me - I don't like it when guys cat call at me, so I wouldn't dream of doing it to someone else. Especially people I respect as much as Hanson.
Well said Zac 100 percent agree
Louisville was an embarrassment. I think a lot of the audience were (dare I say this) new? Take that however you wish. The Palace itself is a beautiful venue, but the staff were horrible, majority of the audience were embarrassing, etc. this is exactly why Kentucky can’t have nice things.
I second making this a handout at entry... though it should be necessary. It's embarrassing, infuriating and immature. I also agree with the person that said perhaps many of these people arent ones that log on to hnet, unfortunately. I fully believe they are rediscovered fans from the R&R and (mainly) MOE tour and dont understand the mutual respect between the true fan base and the band. It has gotten worse over the last couple years years... when I was going 8-10 years ago I was always so proud of how respectful the crowd was. I'm so sorry. It makes me both sad and mad for you guys. What a WONDERFUL experience Columbus was!! Thank you for doing this tour!! Will be seeing you again in Ft. Worth and Tulsa!
I’m with everyone else- thankful for this post but absolutely embarrassed it had to be said. Louisville was a mess. You guys were amazing as always but that crowd. I was hurting for you. You deserved better than that. It is such a magical show and I respect y’all so much for it. I wish so many in the audience had done the same
"The real thing is to treat the show as a journey enjoying the beauty and magesty of the arrangments."
Thanks for your words Z. Sometimes it's necessary to make clear what seems obvious.
I hope you guys and the fans have a blast today in Chi town!