October 18, 2017 Vogue Theatre Photography by: Jacob Zinn
If you’re anything like me, you took shit for liking Hanson when all your friends were into Kid Rock and Smash Mouth.
At least I can say I backed the right horse.
The Tulsa pop-rock trio absolutely blew the roof off the Vogue Theatre on Wednesday night, performing a raucous 27-song set in Vancouver. Not only that, but the band of brothers is on their Middle of Everywhere tour, celebrating 25 years of music, so the set was jam-packed with hits across their entire discography.
“Where’s the Love,” “This Time Around,” “Weird,” “Madeline,” “Penny and Me,” “Get the Girl Back” — one hit after another for more than two hours.
Lead singer and keyboardist Taylor showed his tremendous voice is just as clear and powerful as ever, while guitarist Isaac and drummer Zac showcased stunning musical ability that only comes from 25 years of experience.
(Fun Fact: Zac is only 31 years old, so he’s been banging away on drums since he was six!)
Throughout the show, the Hanson brothers displayed a completely different level of talent — something that might only be achieved by performing and growing musically with your own flesh and blood.
While they’re best known for the Middle of Nowhere feel-good hit “MMMBop” from the ’90s (which they played to many cheers and screams), Taylor, Isaac and Zac proved that they and their music have grown to become timeless, contemporary pop-rock classics.
(Another Fun Fact: In five years, Middle of Nowhere will be 25 years old and Hanson will be eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!)
They are each incredibly gifted, and likewise hardworking, to have written so many lyrically thoughtful and emotionally powerful songs over the last two-and-a-half decades. Here’s hoping they come back soon and grace is with more hits, old and new!