August 16 2014
by Alyesha Anderson
FORGET 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction, 90s heart-throbs Hanson last night proved they are still one of the best boy bands.
The trio transported the mostly female crowd back 17 years or so, to a time when life was simpler and the only way to hear their songs on repeat was to record them on a cassette tape.
Standing among the screaming crowd, 90s nostalgia was high in the air as diehard ‘MMMboppers’ were keen to revisit the days when Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson held every girl’s heart in the palm of their hands.
For this reviewer, the small venue at Metropolis Fremantle, made it felt like I was back in my old bedroom as a six-year-old with my 12-year-old sister by my side – squealing, rather than singing, the lyrics.
Even though, many years and albums have come to pass, and their trademark pop sound has changed a little, one thing remains the same – they adore their fans.
“I want you to put Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to shame tonight,” a barely audible Isaac said, over the top of hundreds of girls (and some boys) squealing with delight,
The brothers kicked off their final Australian concert of their Anthem tour with Fired Up from their latest album.
It was a little shaky at that start as the sound levels were slowly evened out, but once this was fixed and the tempo set, all you could do was watch in awe at the passion and energy these boys put into their performance.
Even though many in the crowd appeared to be less than familiar with the brothers more recent songs, their new sound was well received.
Despite Zac being placed on vocal rest earlier this week, he stilled mimed along with his brothers while enthusiastically pounding his drum set.
Playing from a fan-voted set list, the brothers played hits such as Year Book, Where’s The Love?, Weird and If Only.
As well as their more recent songs like Get Your Girl Back, Give a Little, Thinking ‘Bout Something and In The City.
But, as expected, it was their 1997 hit song MMMBop from their major label debut albumMiddle of Nowhere (which earned them three Grammy nominations) that really lit up the crowd.
They finished their stellar tour down under off with Aussie-rock classic It’s A Long Way To The Top by ACDC.
Before returning to the stage for an encore of Lost Without Each Other.
Despite a smaller fan base than that of 17 years ago, the brothers proved they aren’t just a one-hit-wonder with plenty of variety and talent on showcase throughout their performance.
It is little wonder they have sold over 16 million records worldwide and have had eight top 40 albums and six top 40 singles in the US, as well as eight top 40 singles in the UK.
The siblings will now travel to Auckland for one show, before heading to Mexico to play at sold-out shows.
Source: Perth Now
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