Hanson have a plan to hit the road this fall, but they don’t yet know what they’ll play. That’s because they’re letting fans vote to select which of their albums they’ll perform on each night of the 2011 Musical Ride Tour.
The tour, which kicks off in September, follows the formula the guys tried out during their 5of5 concert series in New York and London, where they would set up shop at a venue for five nights in a row and play an album all the way through each night.
“Much like the 5of5 concert series both in New York and London, which blew us away, this whole tour is about looking back in order to go forward,” Taylor Hanson explained in a statement.
The band’s debut album, Middle of Nowhere, launched the guys to pop superstardom back in 1997 thanks to the hit track “MMMBop.” Since then, they have consistently released albums, including 2010’s Shout It Out, which spawned the viral hit “Thinking ‘Bout Something,” as well as the follow-up single, “Give a Little.” Earlier this year, Hanson put their live performance skills to the test when they put on a 12-hour, live-streamed concert at South By Southwest to raise money for earthquake victims in Japan.
After previously announced shows in Los Angeles and Saskatchewan, Canada, the band will kick off the 40-city U.S. tour on September 4 in Seattle. It all wraps up on November 1 in Orlando. All dates are available on Hanson.net, and tickets go on sale this Friday.
“This tour is a unique way of saying thank you to the many fans that have followed the band for years, who will, for the first time, get a chance to help shape the show they see each night,” Zac Hanson added of the trek.
Recently, the guys appeared in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” video as the house band at the raging house party thrown by Rebecca Black. “We work for Twizzlers and good times,” Taylor told MTV News about their fee for appearing in the video. “You’d have to have a lot of spandex, a huge tree covered in toilet paper, Kenny G — apparently that’s what it takes to get us to a house party.”