Hanson hit the road for The Walk Around The World tour

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With HANSON’s fourth studio album, The Walk, which debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Independent Chart, the band has announced a new set of U.S.dates beginning September 7. The Walk Around The World Tour has a refreshed message in their goals to fight poverty in Africa and a re-tooled live set for the fans. A complete list of dates is listed below.

HANSON (www.hanson.net), known for their energizing and engaging live performances have been receiving rave reviews for The Walk tour. Absolute Punk enthuses “Among all of the incredible live performances I’ve seen this year, Hanson has risen to the top as the best” and New York’s Village Voice calls HANSON “The finest straight-up rock band in America”.

On The Walk Around The World Tour it is not HANSON that is trotting the globe (though they will be touring in South America this Fall) HANSON’s new campaign is to encourage fans and other individuals to continue the one mile walks they have hosted since last Fall to fight poverty – with a new mission of compiling enough miles to walk ‘around the world’ (24,902 Miles.) Through the campaign others can organize their own walks locally coordinated through Takethewalk.net set to launch mid-August or join HANSON for a walk during their tour. For each mile, a dollar is donated on the walker’s behalf – by the band. Most importantly fans are empowered to directly support real solutions on the ground in Africa through the tour and the bands site.

“The Walk is about taking action, no matter how small. Our generation has the power to fight global challenges by looking at tangible actions and putting them to work” said Taylor Hanson. Added Zac Hanson “Each mile shows the power of simple actions to make a difference – the real impact comes when participants see how much more they can do”.

The Walk Tour began last Fall with one mile walks helping to provide thousands of shoes to children in Poverty in South Africa with TOMS Shoes. Last November HANSON joined TOMS on their second shoe drop, delivering a whopping 50,000 pairs of shoes to children in Africa.

On the road this Fall, the band will also be featuring a special coffee table book inspired by their efforts to fight poverty and AIDS in Africa. The book, called Take The Walk presents the bands own story and the importance of individuals taking simple actions to fight poverty and disease in Africa. The book will also feature a special EP with new tracks recorded especially for the project. With both the music and the book raising further funds for aid groups in Africa, including continued support of TOMS Shoes and HIVSA.

HANSON will also continue their one-mile barefoot walks with fans, coinciding with their concerts across the US. The exact location of each day’s walk will be announced on hanson.net 3 hours in advance (if you participate in the one-mile walk, you’ll get to “jump the line” for the concert that night so you don’t need to worry about losing your place!).

Further details on purchasing tickets can be found at: www.hanson.net.

Here’s a list of cities/venues where you can catch HANSON perform on The Walk Around The World Tour – more dates to follow:

7 Sep
Portland OR
Aladdin Theatre **ACOUSTIC SHOW

8 Sep
Seattle WA
The Moore **ACOUSTIC SHOW

10 Sep
Vancouver BC, CANADA
Commodore Ballroom **ACOUSTIC SHOW

12 Sep
Calgary AB, CANADA
MacEwan Hall Ballroom **ACOUSTIC SHOW

13 Sep
Edmonton AB, CANADA
Edmonton Civic Center **ACOUSTIC SHOW

19 Sep
Oklahoma City OK
Oklahoma State Fair

21 Sep
Dallas TX
House of Blues

23 Sep
St Louis MO
The Pageant

24 Sep
Kansas City MO
Uptown Theater

26 Sep
Minneapolis MN
First Avenue

27 Sep
Milwaukee WI
The Rave

29 Sep
Cleveland OH
House of Blues

30 Sep
Columbus OH
Newport Theatre

1 Oct
Knoxville TN
Bijou Theatre

3 Oct
Nashville TN
Wildhorse Saloon

4 Oct
Louisville KY
Coyotes

6 Oct
Atlanta GA
Variety Playhouse

7 Oct
Birmingham AL
Workplay Theatre

9 Oct
Orlando FL
House of Blues

10 Oct
Charlotte NC
Amos’ Southend

12 Oct
State College PA
The State Theatre

13 Oct
Pittsburgh PA
Carnegie Music Hall

15 Oct
Baltimore MD
Rams Head Live

16 Oct
Providence RI
Lupo’s

18 & 19 Oct
Foxborough MA
Showcase Live

20 Oct
New York NY
Nokia Theatre

22 Oct
Hartford CT
Webster Theatre

23 Oct
Atlantic City NJ
House of Blues

25 Oct
Poughkeepsie NY
The Chance

26 Oct
Lancaster PA
Chameleon Club

28 Oct
Falls Church VA
State Theatre

29 Oct
Philadelphia PA
Keswick Hall

30 Oct
Asbury Park NJ
Paramount Theatre

1 Nov
Montclair NJ
Wellmont Theatre

3 & 4 Nov
Chicago IL
House of Blues