"We were not supposed to get out of Jersey..." Nick Jonas exclaimed in the new Jonas Brothers documentary, Chasing Happiness. The meteoric rise of the band was unexpected and as their new fan whose first deep exposure was the Amazon Prime show, you can't help but be overtaken by the brothers charm and story. From growing up in an abusive church to Nick fighting diabetes, the media scrutiny of purity rings, Disney sitcoms and hanging out with Miley—it's incredible that the Jonas family was able to stay even the least bit grounded. They went all the way to the top floor... ALL the way.
...and then, it ended.
Six years went by without them even spending time together as brothers and it had been a decade since they rolled through Nashville. Huge solo projects, DNCE and a reality show that sparked tensions within the brotherhood seemed to push things towards being irreparable.
But, the brothers came back. They did the work, healed the wounds and ended up in our city, in front of a sold-out and pulsing Bridgestone Arena. They dropped from the rafters in a rain of fire, as they opened with "Rollercoaster." 20-plus songs and over an hour and a half of music ensued, as the band proved, once again that they are not a carefully crafted and plastic boy band, but a brilliant trio of songwriters and performers who seem to have found the unity and joy in the magic of their brotherhood again.
There was a cool theme of the brothers as kids, that ran throughout the evening. The band's younger selves were projected on the screens in a hometown fair setting, with Ferris wheels, lights and fireworks throughout the night. Nick, Joe and Kevin seemed visibly moved by the booming ovations that came from the predominantly female Music City crowd. They have always been the band who seemed genuinely thankful and grateful for their fans and the reactions they get nightly on tour. One moment saw the brothers in suits, sitting around a grand piano. This led to one of the most massive ovations of the night and it looked like Kevin may have even wiped away a tear.
Instead of just suddenly popping up on the B-stage, the JoBros ran through the middle of the arena on a barricaded walkway. This happened 2-3 times and sent the entire floor of the arena, scurrying and screaming towards the middle to grab a photo or even touch a bro.
The band's new comeback single "Sucker" was definitely a highlight. Is there a song that is more addicting and easy to get stuck in your head from the past year?
Later in the show, the bros once again blew the roof off as they brought up Dan and Shay to perform their booming single, "Tequilla" (they had performed at Joe Jonas' wedding earlier this year).
Bebe Rexha was the spirited opener and the crowd went nuts as she brought out Kelsea Ballerini to perform "Meant To Be". She's someone to watch—not only because she is a prolific songwriter, but also because she is an amazing performer.
The Jonas Brothers, Bridgestone Arena Setlist
- Only Human
- That's Just the Way We Roll
- Fly With Me
- Used To Be
- Gotta Find You
- Cake By The Ocean
- When You Look Me In The Eyes
- Tequila (with Dan + Shay)
- I Believe
- Mandy/Paranoid/Got Me Going Crazy/Play My Music/World War III/Hold On/Tonight
- Year 3000
- Burnin' Up