When most people think of the American pop band, Hanson, they usually picture three fresh faced teens with long hair barely old enough to attend a tour date, much less perform one. Well, the Hanson brothers are all grown up and still performing releasing acclaimed albums, including their most recent, Shout It Out. The popularity and success of the album has prompted some pretty unique tour dates in 2011 that will reward Hanson's fans who have supported them since the days of "MMMBop."
Isaac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson began as an a cappella group, playing state fairs and local events in Tulsa. Hanson released two albums before gaining enough recognition for their major label debut, Middle of Nowhere, in 1997. The album went platinum four times thanks to the breakout single, "MMMBop", which played on radios constantly over the following summer. The Hanson brothers instantly became teen sensations on tour dates, magazine covers, posters, and other merchandise. After being labeled as bubblegum pop stars, Hanson spent the next several years cultivating a more mature sound that became fully fleshed out on their 2007 album, The Walk. The album was praised by critics who had waited for Hanson to come into their own, and by fans who had watched them do it.
Hanson's latest album, Shout It Out, continues to exhibit the trio's evolved sound and has sparked two sets of 2011 tour dates for Hanson. After a few performances in August, Hanson will begin The Musical Ride Tour on September 3, which allows fans attending to vote on the set list before the show and will feature Meiko as an opener. After that tour ends on November 1, Hanson will begin tour dates for their Shout It Out Tour, which will visit South America, Europe, and the UK. For all the details on Hanson's 2011 tour dates, check Eventful.