Hanson at the Commodore in Vancouver

Comments 12 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday afternoon and evening I had the chance to meet Zac, Isaac, and Taylor Hanson. Three brothers, singers, songwriters, record company owners, and musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Hanson

Thanks to Keira, I took the initiative to set up an interview with them for my weekly E! Online post (Hanson interview to be published next week). She came along as my photographer and we both had a great time chatting with the guys and watching them perform. I have to say, they are one talented group and have much more in their catalog than 1997’s mmmbop (since I just know someone will bring that up in the comments).

Taylor Hanson

Hanson Zac Hanson

Taylor Hanson

My post for E!Online:

It had been eight years since Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson had played Vancouver and judging by the excited screams of the fans outside of the Commodore on Granville, their return had been long-awaited.

Since they were last in town, Hanson started their own record company, 3CG Records, topped independent album charts, and toured the world. In 2006 they recorded the song Great Divide with a school choir in Soweto and released the single on iTunes, with all proceeds going towards research and prevention of AIDS in Africa.

“We’ve been lucky to see the world,” noted Taylor as we chatted inside the legendary Commodore Ballroom, “What we really saw was that AIDS is affecting a whole generation of people.”

Releasing a charity single was not enough for Hanson however, in September of 2007 they began taking walks before their concerts; these weren’t just peaceful strolls in the park to clear their heads before shows. They were barefoot and with fans – encouraging all to come out and complete this small and simple task that could make a world of difference.

“We wanted to start these walks in order to inspire people that are our peers and our fans to say: ‘You know what? We can start small, we can start simple, and most importantly we can start.'” Taylor who, along with his brothers, won’t stop until they have completed 24,902 miles – equal to a walk around the world.

Fans are also encouraged to start up walks in their hometowns by purchasing a kit from TalkTheWalk.net. You can also buy a pair of shoes from TOMS Shoes and they will donate a second pair to a child on your behalf.

Hanson’s walk around Vancouver was a success and their concert was packed with adoring fans along with the sound of their good-natured, grassroots rock and roll. Upcoming tour dates are listed on their official website, Hanson.net and the walks usually take place a few hours before the show, starting at the venue; all are welcome.

Update: Our podcast interview with Hanson is now available on RadioZoom as well. My photos are available on Flickr.

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  1. carolbrowneThursday, September 11th, 2008 — 10:57am PDT

    That’s funny. I walked right by this yesterday and couldn’t figure out what “the walk” was for. I took some photos but didn’t bother posting them. Now that I’ve seen yours, I’ll upload the others I took. I only posted 1 picture. Of a bullhorn. Way to be informed!

  2. Mom-in-lawThursday, September 11th, 2008 — 12:59pm PDT

    So did they sound like cousin, Merc with the Okie twang?

  3. JennyThursday, September 11th, 2008 — 3:05pm PDT

    Awesome! Hope you girls had a blast.

  4. RadioZoom » Blog Archive » RZ#148 – Hanson at the Commodore in VancouverThursday, September 11th, 2008 — 5:29pm PDT

    […] can also check out Keira’s wrap up blog post, including her photos, as along with my recap blog post. Big shout out to Dave as well for lending me his M-Audio since our mobile gear has gone missing. […]

  5. Wandeka ITZFriday, September 12th, 2008 — 1:47pm PDT

    Ther Tour for “The Walk” is very good….
    I want Hanson in Brazil…uahuahuah

  6. Shane StahlFriday, September 12th, 2008 — 4:00pm PDT

    I’m So Jealous!! I had no idea they were even in Vancouver!

  7. RainbowSunday, September 14th, 2008 — 5:44am PDT

    I should have been there!!! I have been waiting for them to come back to Vancouver since last time they were here in Aug. 2000!! And I moved to Korea at the end of Aug this year… I missed them by a week!! Boy was I bummed when I found out about the show!!! They better come here too!!! I look forward to reading the interview and also hearing about it from my friend who did get to go… so jealous of her!

  8. AmyMonday, September 15th, 2008 — 2:03am PDT

    Hey! This was a great interview. I’m from Iowa (got the link from hanson.net) and I hope that you guys had an awesome time at the show. I can’t wait to see them in Minneapolis!

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