This fall, the venerable Hanson brothers will "MMMBop" their way right here to Philadelphia for a date on their upcoming 25th anniversary tour, according to a release.
Hanson will perform at the Fillmore on Thursday, Sept. 28, as part of the tour, which has been dubbed the “Middle of Everywhere” tour. The group last played Philly in 2015, when they appeared at Forbes’ “30 Under 30” music festival.
The band is counting their first performance at a festival in Tulsa as the marker for their anniversary. But 2017 is also the 20th anniversary of Middle of Nowhere, the group’s debut studio album that put them on the pop-culture map with “MMMBop,” the song that propelled the group to stardom in 1997.
(Middle of Everywhere is also the title of a fan club magazine that ran for about a dozen issues in the late 1990s, according to In A MMMBop, an unauthorized biography of the band.)
"This year is not only about the two decades of music, it's about celebrating the incredible community of fans who have been with us, singing along year after year,” guitarist Isaac Hanson said via a release of the upcoming tour.
As part of the group’s 25th anniversary, Hanson will also release Middle of Everywhere, a greatest hits compilation lead by, of course, “MMMBop.” Other tracks such as “Where’s the Love?” and “Weird” are also included. No release date has yet been announced.
“It’s a rare circumstance when you’ve been doing it as long as we have to be proud of what you did when you were 16,” brother Isaac told Philly.com in 2015 of performing with his brothers after all these years. “I feel very comfortable with that headspace.”