New Haven, CT
October 8, 2011
I have been to Toad’s Place, the historic New Haven concert venue, plenty of times, but I haven’t seen it this packed in a long time. The club was buzzing with former teeny-boppers that were now all grown up and well past the age to have a drink at the bar before the show. Myself included.
When the guys entered the stage playing the song “Musical Ride,” the tune that was this tours namesake, the crowd erupted in cheers. Hanson lets their fans vote on the set list every night of the tour. Fans have the choice of their favorite album and whichever album wins, the guys integrate it into the set let. Their first album, Middle of Nowhere, won tonight. We were treated to a trip down memory lane as songs like “Wheres the Love,” “Lucy,” “Weird,” and of course “MMMbop” filled the air. I was brought back to earlier days of summer with swimming pools, trampolines, and swooning over three blond haired boys from Oklahoma.
The crowd’s energy didn’t slow down one bit as the guys played a few songs acoustically. “Kiss Me When You Come Home,” my personal favorite from the their latest album Shout It Out, shined during this part of the show. “Give a Little,” the latest single from Shout It Out got the audience on their feet and dancing. So much fun. They closed the main set with “Man from Milwaukee,” the quirky song about space aliens. During the encore Hanson performed “With You In Your Dream,” a song they wrote for their late grandmother. It was a somber way to end the electric evening.
We truly set out on a musical ride that night. And what a ride it was. Thanks Hanson.
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