Hanging with HANSON
"I wonder what the food's like in Asia?" ponders Taylor out loud, with his mouth full of
chocolate chip. "It'll be a total culture shock when we go there next month. The food here
is pretty similar to that in the US but, like, in Asia Idunno..." adds Isaac licking his vanilla
ce. "Yeah. like, we have Chinese food back home in Tulsa but i n Asia it won't be
Americanised Chinese food it'll be, like, HARDCORE Chinese food!" gasps Zac.
But there's no more timre for culinary wonderment, it's time to prepare to appera live on
Geld oder Lieve! The boys whizz back to the studios to wait in the wings while watching
the presenter make the whole audience laugh. (He's a Noel Edmonds lookalike, but
"I wish I could speak German," whispers a curious Isaac. "It's a craaazy tv show!"
explains a behind-the-scenes TV lady in almost perfect English. "You see, zair are sree
boys and sree girls..." Too late for explanations, Missus. The boys are hurried behind a
silver screen, the screen lifts and there they are, belting out MMMBop live to Germany.
Live TV means you have to keep your cool when things go wrong. So when Zac drops
one of his drumsticks, he keeps on drumming with the other one until the camera swoops
away from him. Then he gets up from his tiny drumkit and runs off to pick it up. A true
professional! "Zac knew what he was doing," says Isaac proudly, after their song has gone
down a storm. "Yeah, but I was panicking inside," admits Zac. That's not the only trauma
for Zac though - on the way to their car, he runs out of the studio ahead of his minder
much to his manager's annoyance. "You don't know what's out there Zac, you could have
been shot!" says manager Chris, which is enough to reduce Zac to tears. "I shouldn't have
said that," says Chris later, "but I worry about them. Poor Zac, he must be really tired."
To top off the evening, Taylor opens his mouoth to reveal he's whacked his front tooth on
his microphone and chipped a piece off! Oh dear - it's been a long day!
Back at the hotel, Eva ushers the boys safely upstairs to bed. Meanwhile, Daddy Hanson is
in the hotel lobby frantically looking for the number of a dentist in Cologne. Suddenly he is
accosted by another famous dad - Daddy Kelly. The Kelly family are huuuuge in Germany,
also have long hair and write their own songs but that, according to the Hanson, is where
the similarities end. Mr Kelly has been waiting in the hotel all day to speak to Mr Hanson
and give him some advice about running a family band. Mr Hanson politely puts him off
and scuttles off to check on his middle son's teeth.
Taylor shows off his fixed tooth the very next day. "It was a nice dentist," he grins
through pearly white gnashers, chewing confidently on a large slice of Margherita pizza.
The guys are chilling out on the bed eating drawing and joking around with Eva while
their dad is rushing around packing things together ready for their flight back to the US.
"I'd say the travel is the only real way our live have changed," says Isaac. "We're flying
around the world doing interviews and stuff now." "But the cool thing is that when we go
home everything's the same - we're back in our nice quiet town and we can be normal kids
again. It's good to go home, it's not like New York and LA where we get mobbed and
stuff," grins Taylor. But it's not in New York and LA that there is an offical Hanson Day,
it's in the boys' home state of Oklahoma... "It's cool," says Zac, "May 6 is officially Hanson
Day..." "...It's just like the state saying, "We support you guys!" interrupts Isaac. "...It's
not a holiday or anything, but if it was up to us we'd make sure everybody was off school
on Hanson day and then everyone would move to Oklahoma so they could have a day
off!" says Zac rebelliously.
The boys may say their lives haven't changed but a pop star devil-may-care attidtude is
definitely in the air. "Listen to this then..." whispers Zac. "The night we left for Europe we
were up until three in the morning drawing!" "Yeah, we go to bed whenever we want
now!" says Taylor, with a quick glance at Eva and his dad standing not too far away. Eva
wearily rolls her eyes and helps Daddy Hanson with the packing while the three pop stars
lie back on the bed grinning. Not bad this pop star lark, is it?