Find out what Hanson was up to in the year 1997. If I’m missing anything, please let me know!


Hanson finished recording their debut album Middle of Nowhere in California.


Hanson appeared on the Jenny McCarthy Show on MTV for an interview and performed "MMMBop" acoustically. The show aired in June.


Hanson shot the video for "MMMBop" with director Tamra Davis in Los Angeles, California.

March 03

Hanson flew from Los Angeles, California to Tulsa, Oklahoma to begin rehearsing their new material.

March 04

Hanson continued to rehearse in Tulsa, Oklahoma and had dinner at Taco Bueno with their back-up band.

March 06

Hanson's rehearsal in Tulsa, Oklahoma was checked out by a couple Mercury Records executives.

March 07

Rehearsals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

March 08

Hanson had an open rehearsal in Tulsa, Oklahoma for friends and family, including Admiral Twin, in preparation for the upcoming concert in Florida. They performed "Thinking of You," "Where's The Love," "A Minute Without You," "I Will Come To You," and "MMMBop."

March 09

Hanson flew to Orlando, Florida.

March 10

Hanson played their first show for the National Association of Recording Merchandisers convention. NARM is a record company's premier opportunity to showcase a new artist to music retailers. After their performance, Hanson got word that David Letterman wanted to be the first to have them on his show.

March 11

Hanson flew from Orlando, Florida to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mid through late May

Promotion in Europe.

March 24

Hanson's first single, "MMMBop," was released to radio.

May 01

Hanson rehearsed in New York for the Rosie O’Donnell show.

May 02

Hanson made their television debut on the Rosie O’Donnell Show in New York City for an interview and performed "MMMBop." The show aired May 5th. [transcript]

May 06

Governor Frank Keating declared today HANSON DAY in Oklahoma.

May 06

Hanson's debut album, Middle Of Nowhere, was released in the United States.

May 06

Hanson appeared on the David Letterman Show in New York City and performed "MMMBop."

May 07

Hanson performed a few acoustic songs for over 6,000 people at Paramus Park Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, sponsored by Z100.

May 07

Hanson had a photoshoot and interview with Seventeen magazine in New York's Central Park.

May 10

Hanson hosted an in-store performance and autograph signing at Sam Goody at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California. They performed "Thinking of You," "Where's The Love," "A Minute Without You," and "MMMBop" to over 2,500 people. Afterwards they flew to New York.

May 12

Hanson appeared on their first live television broadcast on The Today Show in New York City for an interview and performed "MMMBop" and "Where's The Love." [transcript]

May 16

"MMMBop" reached #1 on the Billboard charts. It was Mercury Records' first #1 single since 1990.

May 26

The "MMMBop" single was released in the United Kingdom and shot to #1 where it stayed for three weeks.

May 26

Hanson appeared on Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee in New York City for an interview and performed "MMMBop" and "Thinking of You." [transcript]

late May

Hanson hung out on MTV's Motel California and played video games and chatted with Bill Bellamy.

June 06

Hanson flew from London, England to Los Angeles, California for a rehearsal.

June 07

Hanson appeared on the MTV Movie Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The guys, along with actor David Spade, presented the award for Best Fight to Fairuza Balk and Robin Tunney in The Craft. The awards show aired June 12th.

June 08

Hanson performed at the Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 8th annual "A Time For Heroes" benefit in Los Angeles, California.

June 09

photo © Hansonhotel.com Hanson hung out with model Cindy Crawford around Melrose Avenue in California as they taped a segment for MTV's House of Style. The show aired July 5th. [transcript]

June 10

Hanson and their family and entourage went to the house of the president of the William Morris Agency (their booking agency) in Los Angeles, California to watch the movie The Lost World.

June 11

Hanson flew from Los Angeles, California to Detroit, Michigan.

June 12

Hanson performed at the Handleman Convention in Detroit, Michigan.

June 13

Hanson performed to their largest audience to date of 15,000 at the Fronteir City amusement park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

June 19

Hanson performed at KISS 95.1's No Dough Show at the First Union Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina. They performed "Madeline" and "Man from Milwaukee" acoustically and "Thinking of You," "Where's The Love," "A Minute Without You," and "MMMBop" electrically.

June 24

Hanson appeared on Oddville, MTV for an interview (previously taped).

June 26

photo © Hansonhotel.com Hanson appeared on Fox After Breakfast in New York City for an interview and performed "MMMBop" and "Thinking of You." [transcript]

June 26

Hanson had interviews with Access Hollywood, with Entertainment Weekly in the "meat-packing" district of Manhattan, and with Rolling Stone at Coney Island, all in New York.

June 27

Hanson performed at WPLJ's annual Jam Against Hunger for 10,000 fans outside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

June 28

Hanson continued visiting Minnesota.

July 10

photo © Hansonhotel.com Hanson appeared on MTV's Weird Al Show in California for an interview and performed "Where's The Love." The show aired October 18th. The band INXS also dropped by from the Jay Leno studios next door to say "Hello."

June 11

Hanson's second single, "Where’s The Love," was released to radio.

July 11

photo © Hansonhotel.com Hanson appeared on the Jay Leno Show in Burbank, California for an interview and performed "Where's The Love."

mid July

Hanson promoted Middle of Nowhere in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

July 21

Hanson performed in Seoul, Korea.

July 30

Hanson arrived in Sydney, Australia from Japan and hung out at Palm Beach.

July 31

Middle of Nowhere was released in Japan.

July 31

Hanson celebrated their sister Jessica’s birthday at Planet Hollywood in Sydney, Australia. They then traveled to Sega World for press conferences.

July 31

Hanson had an interview with Ugly Phil at 2Day FM in Sydney, Australia.

August 01

Hanson toured the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, and sang the chorus of "MMMBop" inside the concert hall. Later that day, Hanson performed "Madeline," "Man From Milwaukee," and "MMMBop" aboard a ferry at Sydney Harbor's Circular Quay for contest winners and radio execs. Afterwards they flew to Melbourne.

August 02

Hanson performed for 20,000 fans in the car park of Southland Shopping Center in Melbourne, Australia.

August 02

Hanson appeared on Hey, Hey It's Saturday! in Melbourne, Australia for an interview and performed "MMMBop" and "Where's The Love."

August 03

Hanson visited the Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia. Later that day, the guys saw the movie Con Air at Crown Casino and had dinner at Planet Hollywood in Melbourne, Australia.

August 03

Hanson appeared on Recovery in Australia for an interview and ended up in their hotel swimming pool. The show aired August 4th.

August 03

Hanson hung out at the amusement park Intencity.

August 05

Hanson flew from Australia to Jakarta, Indonesia.

August 06

Hanson held a press conference and performed three acoustic songs at the Hard Rock Café in Jakarta, Indonesia.

August 07

Hanson had press interviews at the Pondok Sahid hotel in Indonesia, one with Hai magazine

August 09

Hanson continued visiting Indonesia and had dinner at Lawry's Prime Rib at Senayan Plaza. While in Indonesia, Hanson also traveled to Bali and visited the monkey forest in Sangeh and saw a performance of some Balinese dances.

August 15

Hanson rehearsed in Toronto, Canada.

August 16

Hanson performed to 17,000 fans at YTV's Psykoblast at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland. Afterwards they rode various rides (including the bungee jumping seen in Tulsa, Tokyo, & The Middle of Nowhere).

August 23

photo © Hansonhotel.com Hanson performed at Arthur Ashe Kid's Day at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York, and was interviewed afterwards by Pat O’Brien.

August 25

Hanson rehearsed in New York.

August 25

Hanson hosted MTV's And The Nominees Are... program. (previously taped).

August 27

Hanson had a dress rehearsal at the Beacon Theater the night before their first full-length concert. They also talked in the lobby of the theater for their video, Tulsa, Tokyo, & The Middle of Nowhere.

August 28

Hanson performed at the Beacon Theater (capacity 2,849) in New York for contest winners and radio execs. They also shot one of the two videos for "I Will Come To You" there, directed by Peter Christopherson, as well as footage that was used for their video, Tulsa, Tokyo, & The Middle of Nowhere.


Hanson is featured in the September issue of Spin magazine.

September 26

Hanson hosted ABC's TGIF programming (previously taped).


Hanson made promotional appearances in England, Germany, France, and Italy, including a performance at the Festivalbar in Italy where they performed for 100,000 fans. They also filmed their video for "Where's The Love" with director Tamra Davis in England during this time.


Hanson recorded their Christmas album, Snowed In, at Sarm Hook End studios in London, England.

October 18

Hanson performed the National Anthem at the first game of the World Series at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.

October 29

Rehearsal in Chicago.

October 30

Hanson performed at the B96 Halloween Bash at the Rosemont Horizon Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

November 06

Hanson appeared at the 4th annual MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and won two awards (best song for "MMMBop" and best breakthrough act).

November 08

Hanson had a rehearsal of the songs on Snowed In in Los Angeles, California.

November 11

Hanson's third single, "I Will Come To You," was released to retail and radio. The b-side of the single is the unreleased song, "Cried."

November 14

Hanson had a rehearsal and then attended a U2 concert at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.

November 15

Rehearsal in Miami.

November 16

Hanson performed at Y 100's Wing Ding in Hollywood, Florida.

November 18

Hanson's Christmas album, Snowed In, was released.

November 18

Hanson performed "Madeline," "Man From Milwaukee," and "MMMBop" at Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, Texas.

November 18

Hanson performed at Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri for over 20,000 people (sponsored by radio station Mix 93.3).

November 19

Hanson dropped by the Jammin 92.3 studios in Cleveland, Ohio for an interview.

November 19

photo © magicdocs@hanson.net Hanson performed at City Center Mall in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by radio station WNCI 97.9.

01. Thinking Of You
02. MMMBop
03. I Will Come To You
04. Madeline
05. Man From Milwaukee

November 20

Hanson stopped by the Q102 studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for an interview.

November 20

Taylor called into Atlanta, Georgia's Star 94 for an interview while on their way from Virginia to Baltimore. { transcript }

November 22

Hanson performed a private concert for 400 Star 94 radio station listeners at the Celebrity Rock Café in Atlanta, Georgia. They were also interviewed beforehand { transcript }

November 22

Hanson hosted Snick (previously taped).

November 25

Hanson's first "home video," Tulsa, Tokyo, & The Middle of Nowhere was released. It featured commentary from the guys on their adventures throughout 1997 as well as concert footage.

November 25

Hanson flew to Germany.

November 28

Hanson appeared in their first TV special, "Meet Hanson," on ABC (previously taped).

December 01

Hanson's official biography, written by Admiral Twin frontman Jarrod Gollihare, was released.

December 07-08

Rehearsal in New York.

December 09

Hanson performed at Z100's Jingle Bell Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

December 10

Hanson performed at Mama Kin Music Club in Boston, Massachusetts.

December 10

Hanson performed at KISS FM's Acoustic Kissmas at The Avalon in Boston, Massachusetts.

December 12

Hanson rehearsed at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC for the upcoming TV special "Christmas In Washington."

December 13

Hanson appeared on Saturday Night Live in New York City and performed "MMMBop" and "Merry Christmas Baby." They also took part in a skit with host Helen Hunt and cast member Will Ferrell.

December 14

photo © itsincredible.com

Hanson appeared on the TV special Christmas In Washington, honoring President Clinton, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC and performed "Merry Christmas Baby."

December 17

Hanson performed at Rick Dees's Kissmas party at Knott's Berry Farm in California.

December 18

photo © Hansonhotel.com Hanson appeared on the David Letterman Show in New York City and performed "Run Rudolph Run."

December 19

Hanson appeared on Good Morning America in New York City for an interview and performed "Run Rudolph Run," "Merry Christmas Baby," and "I Will Come To You."

December 19

Hanson appeared on CNN's Showbiz Today in New York City and performed "Merry Christmas Baby" and "Run Rudolph Run."

December 19

Hanson performed at the MMMBop Ball for 4,000 fans at the Meadowlands Convention Center in New Jersey and then flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma afterwards.

December 24

Hanson appeared on CBS This Morning in New York City.

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