Hanson Announce US Tour; Video at Over 1 Million Views

Hanson is proud to announce the first two legs of their North American tour in support of their highly anticipated fifth record, Shout It Out. The announcement of the tour follows a whirlwind week of excitement for the band’s debut single, “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin'”which was released to digital outlets Friday in conjunction with the premiere network television performance of the song on the Late Show with David Letterman, and the music video debut on MySpace, garnering praise from fans and critics alike including Perez Hilton, MTV, Entertainment Weekly, Absolute Punk and Salon. The video, featuring “Weird” Al Yankovic, was viewed over a million times in the first few days of release, and is still rising. The exuberant homage to classic film The Blues Brothers, recreates an iconic scene where the band’s soulful music incites over 300 people to dance in the street.

The first leg of the Shout It Out Tour begins July 21 with support from Rooney, and covers the east coast, south and midwest. The second leg, featuring A Rocket To The Moon, covers the southwest and west coast and begins September 14. The Shout It Out Tour also provides a platform for Hanson to continue their passion and support for independent music by partnering with OurStage to host an opening band contest in each market, where local indie artists can compete for the chance to share the stage with the band. Ben Campbell, CEO of OurStage, said “We are honored that Hanson approached OurStage to find emerging artists to perform as opening acts at local stops of their tour. Hanson has been a leader in the music industry for a long time as musicians and by running their own label, paving the way for other emerging artists seeking to make a name for themselves.”

Hanson is also excited to announce their partnership to create dynamic live streaming content with Livestream.com, beginning tonight with the band’s sold-out, five-night concert series at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. Each concert will feature the band performing one of their albums in its entirety, leading up to the worldwide debut of Shout It Out on the final night. The live streaming concert series will be viewable by the public on Hanson.net and Livestream.com as well as MSN.com. The live broadcast gives fans around the world the opportunity to be a part of the career-spanning event, and begins a series of exciting live streaming content to be continued throughout the rollout of Shout It Out.

“Our band has always been fuelled by a dynamic relationship with our fans, and the launch of live content with Livestream is going to open a new door for us to engage music fans wherever they are in real time through Livestream’s player which can be embedded anywhere from Facebook to Twitter and turn a broadcast into an online conversation,” said Taylor Hanson. Isaac added, “The live platform is where we think the future is for artists who want to really engage their fans.”

Shout It Out, to be released on Hanson’s own 3CG Records on June 8, was written and produced by Hanson, augmented with special guests: Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, who played on some of Motown’s greatest hits, as well as horn arranger Jerry Hey, who worked with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. The three-time Grammy-nominated band has been enjoying a massive resurgence in recent weeks as the response to the album’s first single and video, “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’,” now available at all major digital outlets, has been rapturous, receiving rave reviews everywhere.

The tour dates for the North American tour are below:

Leg 1:
21 Buffalo, NY Club Infinity
23 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
24 Cohasset, MA South Shore Music Circus
25 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
27 Baltimore, MD Sonar
28 Richmond, VA Hat Factory
30 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
31 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
2 Louisville, KY Headliners
3 Nashville, TN Wild Horse Saloon
4 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
5 St. Louis, MO Pageant
7 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont
8 Omaha, NE Slowdown (no Rooney)
10 Minneapolis, MN Music @ Zoo Outdoor Amphitheatre
12 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
13 Chicago, IL House of Blues
14 Chicago, IL House of Blues
16 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
17 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
19 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
20 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall
21 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
23 Cincinnati, OH Moonlight Gardens
24 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
25 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom

Leg 2:
14 Mesa, AZ Piper Theater
16 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
17 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
18 San Diego, CA House of Blues
20 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
21 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
22 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
23 Seattle, WA The Moore
25 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
27 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
28 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
30 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
1 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre

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