"I don't think many people realize that the word 'strife' is in an 'MMMBop' lyric."

Isaac Hanson would know, he wrote it.

The eldest Hanson brother quickly rattled off the first few lines of the band's mega-pop hit over the phone like he's done this before: "You have so many relationships in this life/only one or two will last/You go through all the pain and strife/then you turn your back and they're gone so fast."

It's a little bit of looking forward and backward, Hanson said. That one band's career can be affected by both Billy Joel —­ whose 1983 album An Innocent Man had a profound impact on Hanson —­ and recent chart-topper Ed Sheeran is a special thing. And that they're mirroring these influences with their own work, which according to Hanson, has withstood the test of time. 

"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," he said. "I feel very comfortable with that headspace."


Hanson, with A$AP Rocky, Shawn Mendes and Lindsey Stirling
Festival Pier, 601 N. Columbus Blvd.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, free, Tickets & Info