HIGHLIGHTS: The Jonas Brothers Philippine tour

Karl R. de Mesa
Time for Pinoy pop fans to fly. Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas are in town to play their hits and more. RAPPLER's Kai Magsanoc live blogs straight from the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

THE JOBROS ARE IN the Philippines for the first time and loving it. Image from the Jonas Brothers Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – When the history of noughties pop music is written, the sons of Jonas will be remembered as the teens who first re-lit the spark of interest that led to the resurgence of the current generation of boy bands.   

Though their fame can be attributed to their acting appearances on various Disney Channel shows and the “Camp Rock” movies, we must not forget that Nicholas Jerry Jonas, Joseph Adam Jonas and Paul Kevin Jonas II are very talented children of musician parents who have honed their craft from an early age. 

That they make power pop anthems full of melody, hook and sinew will invite comparison, not to the R&B boy bands of yore, but to outfits like McFly and (that other brotherly endeavor) Hanson.

The trio have come far from their formation in 2005, when their performing moxie so impressed the president of Columbia Records that he signed them right away. Now, after 4 hit records, 8 million units sold worldwide and a string of solo projects, the JoBros are finally all together in the country to wow Pinoy fans. 

Presented by local organizer That’s Ntertainment, the Jonas Brothers are a Grammy-nominated group in 2008 for the Best New Artist category, the JoBros are also winners of the Breakthrough Artist award in the American Music Awards.

“It was a thrill for all of us just to be in front of our fans again,” said Nick Jonas at the press conference on October 18 at the Makati Shangri-La, Quezon Ballroom.   

Nick was talking about their reunion gig last October 11 at Radio City Hall in New York. The brothers had previously taken a break to work on their own projects (for example, Kevin appears on the E! Channel reality series, “Married to Jonas” with his wife Danielle) and are thus coming fresh off a 3-year hiatus.

“We all had an opportunity to go and do things on our own. To follow some individual passions and dreams,” said Joe. “We’re glad that we’ve had the opportunity to live life and grow in the process of making our new album.”

The brothers are in town for the Philippine leg of their “Jonas Brothers Live 2012″ tour. They will perform in two concerts; the first one is set for tonight, October 19, at the Mall of Asia Arena, and then the next day they fly to Cebu to play at the Waterfront Hotel.

The New Jersey natives have confessed that they were re-learning the ropes again after such a long time off the touring circuit. 

“We were very excited to be playing live again,” said Kevin. “But it’s a little nerve-wracking to be onstage just because it’s been so long. You don’t want to forget your lyrics or whatever!”

Nick, meanwhile, elaborated about how they were having a hard time finding the new sound they wanted for their next record, having to iron out kinks in their song writing process.  

“We started about 6 months ago [working on the new record]. We all kind of met [in New York] and began the writing process,” said Nick. “When we started it sounded like the songs we did about 3 years ago, so we made it a point to take a little more time, about a month and a half more, to do other things and then come back with sort of new inspiration like listening to as much music as possible.” 

Kevin added, “Then when we dove back in [and] we found the sound that we wanted to have and write the kind of songs we wanted to write.”   

Their last proper studio effort “Lines, Vines and Trying Times” was rife with an overreaching vibe that, often, tried too hard to sound like a coming of age story — a tad too serious by half for a group with an exuberant sound. But their television soundtrack for Disney’s “Jonas L.A.” brings back that Jonas sense of fun and frolic, with the kind of shining boquet pop that made them a household brand name in the first place. 

Fans can only hope that their new album, being written on the cresting energy of a world tour, will, like 2008’s “A Little Bit Longer,” exponentially expand their stack of big songs. 

Meantime, you can all sing along to “Lovebug” and other hits tonight.   


– Rappler.com

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