Apparently, 90% of the Hanson fans in the sold-out crowd at Neumos on Monday night have been fans of the band since they first came onto the music scene (1992), and nearly 30% of the crowd had been to at least one other show of this year’s “Anthem” world tour. (When the band asked for a show of hands for each question, from my vantage point in the balcony, that’s the percentage who raised their hands.) To top that off, nearly 95% knew every word of every song. So, if you think that Hanson went away after the success of “MMMBop,” you’d be oh so very wrong. With the success of prior albums including their latest, Anthem, which topped the Billboard charts at #22, making it their 8th album to date to chart in the top 40 on Billboard. If you are wondering which songs got the crowd really going, apparently it was every one of them. However, the songs that brought drummer, Zac Hanson, out from behind the drum kit happened to be the ones where more cell phones were raised to capture a photo or video.
The September 30th date marked the last for opener Paul McDonald, season ten American Idol alumnus (he finished 8th – he also who also happens to be married to Twilight actress Nikki Reed). Normally travelling with a full band, this time he brought along friend and guitarist, JP, and they played as a duo. The crowd really seemed to enjoy their set, especially when the Hanson men joined them on stage for their final song of the night, “Maggie May” (Rod Stewart cover). Hanson will continue this tour (including international dates) with different openers, through mid-December.