The Jonas Brothers are no strangers to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.
The Jersey guys, they’re from Wyckoff, proved it at their Tuesday Oct. 5 concert there by showing a photo of them standing outside their dressing room in 2005 when they opened for the Backstreet Boys.
Nick Jonas, the youngest, was 12 at the time. The happy memory was part of the theme of Tuesday night’s “Remember This” tour, which was in part devoted to the band’s successes over the past 15 years or so. There was also more recent material from the band’s last album, “Happiness Begins”, and the solo hits of the band members were performed.
While the Jonas Brothers – Kevin, 33, on guitar; Joe, 32, on vocals; and Nick, 29, on vocals and guitar – are still relatively fresh, they are now discerning and determined artists with growing artistic portfolios. With the success of solo music and acting and television covers, not to mention celebrity wives, the Jonas Brothers era as teenage pop idols performing in front of teenage audiences would seem like a memory.
Yet on Tuesday, the group adhered to Jonas’ classic format of guitar-centric uptempo pop songs with some electro beats and a stage presentation designed to elicit fervent screams. There was excitement and flair displayed, of course, but the show, at times, seemed to be about the band members hitting their signals and going through the motions.
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Still, Jonas fans, the Millennial Women and Gen-Zers, are happy to be reunited with their group, judging by the cheers and coos. The Jonas Brothers were stars around the world but broke up in 2013 due to creative differences. They had solo success after the breakup. Joe’s band, DNCE, had a resounding success with “Cake by the Ocean” in 2015, and Nick scored several hits, including “Jealous” in 2014. Both were performed on Tuesday.
In 2019, the Jonas Brothers got together and took to the arenas.
But we left Tuesday’s relatively short 90-minute show feeling that the Jonas Brothers are a band in transition. Collective growth must take place to take the Jonases to the next chapter in their careers.
We bet it will.
Now for the Jonah Brides watch. Neither Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, Nick’s wife, nor Sophie Turner from “Game of Thrones”, Joe’s wife, were seen in the audience. Danielle Jonas, wife of Kevin, was spotted with their daughters Alena, 7, and Valentina, 4.
Kevin spoke to the girls on the stage when the guys took their “break” at a folding bar inside a green piano.
“I wasn’t much older than you when I saw my first show, so the fact that you’re here with me tonight watching dad on stage is a good feeling,” Kevin told his girls.
It was a sweet moment.
Country pop singer Kelsea Ballerini opened the show. She had turned on the lights on her cell phone for her bad boyfriend “Peter Pan” ballad.
The tour is playing at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Thursday, October 7th. Some tickets, starting at $ 29.95, are still available. Visit livenation.com for more information.
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Chris Jordan, originally from the Jersey Shore, covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]