If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, ya’ll are probably aware that I saw the Jonas Brothers live this weekend.
It was such a fun and emotional experience that I absolutely have to write about it. I’ve been a fan of the Jonas Brothers since seventh grade. (I’m nearly 24 now – where did all that time go?!). My very first Tumblr and Twiter were for the Jonas Brothers. I lived and breathed music in middle and high school. I went to concerts nearly once a month, Jonas Brothers included, and spent all my money on music and merch. I loved Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Lights, The Maine, William Beckett, Mayday Parade, etc., but my music obsession really started with the Jonas Brothers. I’d seen them live four times before they broke up, and I have been a passenger on this “The Jonas Brothers are back together!” hype train since day 1.
I bought tickets to their Happiness Begins tour the day they went on sale despite the high prices. I didn’t want to miss out on their reunion tour, and I’m so glad I decided to go!
It was so much fun to relive those old middle school memories. Now that I have my own money (uh-oh) I was able to get stellar seats, the closest I’ve ever had for one of their shows. I was emotional before we even sat down, seeing how close to the stage we were! And seeing everyone with their 2008/2009/2013 tour shirts and old JB merch was awesome. (I will say, we’re a better-dressed crew than we were in our middle school years.) This was also my girlfriend’s first concert. She isn’t a huge fan of the Jonas Brothers, but she tagged along for emotional support and also for me to lean on during the sappy love songs.
I loved singing along to new songs and old favorites. I loved that they incorporated so much of their old stuff – songs from their very first album It’s About Time and songs from Camp Rock. There was no shame in their beginnings and it was so fun for older fans like me. I also loved that they played one of Nick’s solo songs and Joe’s DNCE songs. This was awesome to me because we were all there in that room in 2019, but people may be there because they listened to them since day 1, or since A Little Bit Longer was released, or since they watched Camp Rock on Disney Channel, or from hearing “Jealous” or “Cake by the Ocean” on the radio – we all have a different relationship to the band. The videos between sets showed them interacting with their younger selves – Kevin with his two daughters looking into the eyes of his younger self had me all emotional. And the backdrop during the songs were things like graphics of old album art or clips from old videos.
They opened up with the song “Roller Coaster” from their new album, and as we were singing along and got the lyric, “It was fun when we were young and now we’re older,” I started to tear up because of course I always get emotional at these things. Like I said, I nearly cried as soon as we sat in our seats. But I was singing this lyric along with one of my favorite childhood bands and also thousands of other people sharing the same experience. I hadn’t seen them live for nearly 10 years. I was seeing them in a different city than I ever had before, thousands of miles from my mom, who always used to take me to their shows, and my old best friend I used to go with. We all went from being dorky middle/high schoolers to twenty-somethings with college and jobs and totally different lives. And we all stood together and sang those old songs just like we used to, and new songs, and now have a whole new experiences and just wow, it makes me emotional.
Anyway, this is going on much longer than I expected it to. This was such a fun and emotional experience for me, and I’m so grateful that I was able to make it to the Jonas Brothers reunion tour. So I guess I’ll wrap this mess up now – thank you all for reading!