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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manz2286

Amanda Brown
CLYDE, Victoria, AU

Oh gosh hopefully this does not happen in Melbourne! But like others have said, it shouldn't even need to be addressed! 

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PatrviaSegovia

Patrícia Segovia Ferigatto
Maringá, Paraná, BR

So... is it allowed to bring popcorn? 

lol  (just kidding!) 

I liked how you made use of references to affirm the importance of truly listening ST concerts.

If I were able to be in a concert of this tour I would probably sing along many parts or even entire songs, but I swear I can do it without bothering people next me, like dubbing the band   :) 

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meganknight

Megan Knight
Bridgewater, VA, US

Thanks for posting this, Zac!

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7286Penny

Penny Sharp
Sydney, NSW, AU

As a returned fan I’m still discovering new (to me anyway) songs and one of those on extremely high rotation right now, thanks to String Theory is Somethin’ Going Round. Having never seen this song performed live (with 7 shows under my belt) is there wiggle room coz I am loving the moment at the end of the song where the audience sings together. Don’t want to be disrespectful but being from Australia where Fansons are few and far between I want to let loose on the generous amount of shows here despite mostly attending on my own.

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7286Penny

Penny Sharp
Sydney, NSW, AU

What do you guys think?

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KaleighAlizabeth

Ok, Zac. You’ll be the Princess Leia I’m not shouting catcalls at. Promise! ;-)

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kelsrose2022

Thank you for this! So good to know what you guys expect, and also helpful for those who want to take in the show in a bit of a more passive way. I'm so excited, I can't stand it!!!! 

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kelsrose2022

And for other fans, I'll try not to judge. I worked a lot of symphony shows while I worked at a theatre in college, and it was totally foreign to me at first. No worries, but now it's out there! :)

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robinbond

Okay. I have read all comments before replying, primarily so as to familiarise myself with everything. Comments... 

1) so singing is not allowed at these shows except in designated parts? Many have said they have been singing all tour (even someone in a reply on this post) so far and there was no problem, or I'm sure this kind of blog would have been out a lot sooner. Or maybe, as someone suggested on Facebook, this blog was influenced by behaviour at one specific show. I can't believe that people have been acting like absolute lifeless rocks for all the shows so far. Dancing I can understand, but singing?

2) People begging Zac to "drop the F word"... okay, when the Fanson 4 Life shirt was released, it was celebrated by the fan community that Fanson was officially recognised as a term. Everyone celebrated, but now it's being treated like a one hit wonder and fans are acting as if it should be dropped from a playlist? No. We are Fansons. There is no shame in being classified. Fansons KNOW how to support Hanson and go crazy. Disclaimer: I say that but when I finally get to a show I'll probably stand like a rock out of fear for being thrown out of the venue (I went to the Roxette show here in 2016 and was behaving like that even before the show; imagine when someone a few rows ahead was removed by security -- I was freaking out wondering if my behaviour was okay although I wasn't even talking to Chantal (yes, same one most here know)  --  but dammit! I am a Fanson!! There is no shame in standing out from a crowd of what Hanson have called "fairweather fans".

3) That said, I can imagine that so-called fair-weather fans are the ones who prompted a post such as this. HOWEVER, if it is aimed at 'fairweather fans' they are unlikely to be paying members on HNET and the point of the blog is missed because the people who should be reading it, can't.

ie -- the target audience of this post is missed because this is a paying members blog

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GirlWonderColumbia

The thing is, most of the people who behave badly are not the ones who will be logging in and reading this. Unless something drastic happens, like kicking out people who are being blatantly disrespectful, I don't think posting this will do any good. :/ 

WhitneyRushton

Nashville was so well behaved:-) lol It was glorious

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emiinn05

I know for me it will be hard not to dance through Joyful Noise and Battle Cry, but equally the venues aren’t really conducive to dancing and anyone not considerate of those behind them is just rude. It’s just like the last night of the Proms, it’s ok to sing sometimes, it’s ok to stand sometimes, the rest of the time sit down and think of England.

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olivia2186

Olivia Evans
Mogadore, Ohio, US

Thank you Zac!! Hopefully Cleveland can be respectful and just sit back and enjoy the experience. I am extremely excited to witness this musical project first hand! See you Thursday!

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Jiangyin

Aeryn Brown
Berkeley, NSW, AU

Here's hoping people actually pay attention to this. *crosses fingers*

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itzcool4me

I didn't stand tonight until No Rest for the Weary because I follow instructions. :) Hopefully Chicago didn't embarrass us too much because Zac wasn't as happy as he seemed to be in Houston and Miami!

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kaisa

From my experience, it's ok to sing along throughout the show, as long as you don't sing at the top of your lungs the whole time. That's what the chorus parts are for that Zac pointed out. Just make sure you're not negatively impacting the concert experience of the people around you and you'll be fine.


Although it's really hard, I do wish people would refrain from clapping and cheering so soon after the main part of a song ends. It's impossible to hear the quiet orchestra parts in between songs and sometimes those are the most beautiful bits. But thankfully we have an album to listen to for those parts!


The Miami audience was such a mess... so much yelling and catcalling (How many times do you need to wish them a happy belated/early birthday?!?) Thankfully St. Pete was wonderful!


/endrant


String Theory is a beautiful performance, even if the audience is distracting sometimes. Fingers crossed the rest of the tour goes smoothly!

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itzaimster

Sadly there are already people bragging that they are going to do the exact opposite of this, so fingers crossed they aren't at any of the shows I'm going to.

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itzwhitelighter

I feel we should be apologing for the behaviour of Australian fans now as past tours have shown me that many (not all - let me stress that - not all) do not know how to act like an adult and adding a symphony to the mix may just be to much for them to comprehend on  how to act accordingly. Big problem here is it is being marketed a lot as a normal show - not as a symphony show. If it was marketed more being about the symphony experience it may have kept some of the cat callers/mmmbop song screams/phone chatters   away. When it’s being promoted (not by Hanson but the promoter) as almost a nostalgia show (ala I love the 90s show - relive your youth people!) it has a potential to attract that type of crowd then say a crowd who knows how to act in this type of concert setting..  I agree with what someone said earlier - can we print this out and hand it out at the door??? Sadly as much as this has had to be said (can’t believe the 20+ years on this is having to be addressed) I fear the target audience of this blog is being missed :( 


Perhaps a flyer on how to adult should be attached to their wine glasses? Perhaps another avenue that should be explored???

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eek_a_mouse

Yeah, Princess Leia (aka Zac) still got some catcalls in Chicago.  So sad that attention seekers have to ruin a beautiful ballad for everyone else in the venue.  It’s childish, selfish and just plain rude.  A little respect for others, both on stage and In the audience, goes a long way.

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jadenighbor

Jade Nighbor
North Bay, Ontario, CA

String Theory for me so far has been lovely and I am hoping and praying that my hometown shows in Toronto will be the same. Just in case, I'm thinking of making a giant sign of this and putting it at the entry for those people who aren't on here or in the Facebook groups.

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erinpo84

Erin Pocock
Conyers, GA, US

i'm honestly so embarrassed and sad that you needed to tell adults to not act like drunk trash. that's so incredibly disappointing, and honestly gross. on facebook groups, people actually defend that crap. the majority of us are in our 30s, get it together. and the fact that you DID have to write this and people were STILL rude at the concert last night is just mind blowing. way to show respect and love to the band we spend lord knows how much money to see and support. i'm so sorry this ever happened, and i'm grateful that at least our show in atlanta, the majority had to together, with the exception of like 3 in the front and 2 towards the back.

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jlove1984

Jaquaida Kinney
Tampa, Florida, US

i'm honestly so embarrassed and sad that you needed to tell adults to not act like drunk trash. that's so incredibly disappointing, and honestly gross. on facebook groups, people actually defend that crap. the majority of us are in our 30s, get it together. and the fact that you DID have to write this and people were STILL rude at the concert last night is just mind blowing. way to show respect and love to the band we spend lord knows how much money to see and support. i'm so sorry this ever happened, and i'm grateful that at least our show in atlanta, the majority had to together, with the exception of like 3 in the front and 2 towards the back.

a lot of the fans that go to the shows don't use the forumns and read these posts and blogs..

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jlove1984

Jaquaida Kinney
Tampa, Florida, US

when I go to the shows. I will be so busy traveling and getting everything ready. I don't come on here. Maybe for a second to check in and get right off.

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jamjar4553uk

Much as I love you Princess Leia, I will duly refrain from any noise unless I'm told to.  I'm sure if one went to an opera the audience wouldn't cat-call the tenors etc. They would just listen and take in the experience and respect the performers/performance. so looking  forward to seeing you in a  few UK shows.  Best wishes. 

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jamjar4553uk

Much as I love you Princess Leia, I will duly refrain from any noise unless I'm told to.  I'm sure if one went to an opera the audience wouldn't cat-call the tenors etc. They would just listen and take in the experience and respect the performers/performance. so looking  forward to seeing you in a  few UK shows.  Best wishes. 

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