Tulsa-based sibling trio Hanson is playing the second of a two-night stand at Irving Plaza in New York City tonight to celebrate the release of the band’s new album “Anthem.”
The group – Zac, 27, Taylor 30, and Isaac, 32, Hanson – celebrated its 21st anniversary as a band with a sold-out show Monday night at the NYC venue, according to MTV.
“We are going to celebrate 21 years of music,” Taylor told Monday’s crowd of enthusiastic New York City fans, many of whom had camped out overnight and traveled from as far as Florida to see the band perform.
Hanson kicked the night off by playing a set of six songs — to represent each of their six albums. The guys started with “Thinking of You” from their multiplatinum 1997 LP, “Middle of Nowhere,” and ended with “Fired Up” from their latest, “Anthem.”
Among the crowd favorites were songs like “Where’s the Love,” “Lucy,” “Penny and Me” and “If Only.” The trio also played their latest single, “Get the Girl Back,” according to MTV.
Taylor told MTV that “Anthem,” which the trio released on its own 3CG records, represents a variety of their musical influences:
“You really do hear some true rock and roll. You hear a lot of soul music, which we have always talked about. Anybody that’s followed Hanson knows that ’50s and ’60s music is the catalyst, and you hear that in the first single, ‘Get the Girl Back,’” he told MTV.
The band gave the 21st slot on their Monday set list to their breakthrough hit “MMMbop,” and talked about their newest business venture, a beer they’re calling MMMhops. As previously reported, a portion of the proceeds from MMMhops merchandise is going to aid tornado victims in the band’s home state of Oklahoma.
Hanson will play Irving Plaza again tonight; for more info on tour dates check out Hanson.net.
In addition, the group will be among the wide array of musical acts that will play during MTV’s O Music Awards’ 24-hour streaming event, kicking off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at OMusicAwards.com.