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Jonas Brothers: The Tour
When: Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena
Tickets and info: livenation.comhttps://www.livenation.com/
For their coming world tour, the Jonas Brothers didn’t hold back.
Joe, Kevin and Nick play 90 shows across 20 countries in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The bros are performing a staggering “Five albums. One night” set list that covers the sibling trio’s discography from its original early 2000s to the return to studio and stage in 2019.
As with any global road show, there are some unique promotions on-board, and the arrangement that the band has with car share company Turo offers a genuine twist on the standard VIP experience. Each date on the tour, three lucky ticket purchasers will be handed the keys to their evening’s ride by one of the brothers. Each one has selected their vehicle of choice.
It’s hard to imagine any winner not being beyond pumped to pull up to the concert in a car delivered by one of the musicians preparing to take to the stage.
Of course, what the band’s fans are really coming to take in is classics such as When You Look Me in the Eyes and Year 3000 alongside such new top 10 tracks as Waffle House.
The fellas sat down to talk The Tour in advance of the Canadian leg of their globe-trotting:
Q: The reviews rolling in are some of the best of your live performing career. What is it like tackling set lists this epic?
Kevin: It really is incredible playing 67 songs every night and going through the entire journey of our career save one album. Starting with 2007’s the Jonas Brothers and working through to the moment we have worked towards to where we are currently with 2023’s the Album. It’s the full ride across how we have gone from the beginning to where we are today and how we have grown with the passage of time.
Q: How do you select a playlist like that taking into account the multi-generational fan base. Don’t so many of your tunes mean different things to you now?
Nick: One of the most satisfying things has been seeing that intergenerational audience that moves from our peers who were there at the beginning who came with their parents now bringing their children along. Singing all the songs now that I am fully in my voice, I’m sure that it’s a much more enjoyable experience for the people listening than it was back when my voice would break.
Q: Right from the Miracle, which opens the Album, it sounds like you are diving into the whole funk/pop vibe of the 1970s. Was that your jam in these sessions?
Joe: Absolutely. Working with producer Jon Bellion proved to be a great conductor to bring us back to the place of a lot of our inspiration when we were younger. Where a lot of kids might have been listening to children’s music on the ride to school, our dad used to play us rock, disco and funk, and it formed the core of those to-and-from school minivan moments. We were looking for clever ways to tap into some of those tunes working with Jon.
Q: The appeal of the playlists from that era was the depth of variety in styles and lack of formatting. It seems that today people are much more open to a mix of things in their streaming selections and the whole concept of liking one type of music or another doesn’t compute anymore?
Kevin: We are in such as wonderful place where the fan gets to decide what they want and what they want to hear and I’m there too. One of the beauties of this album was having a great group of musicians coming together to craft a very cohesive sound that drew from the 1950s through to today. It’s been really compelling to elevate the songs even further in the live setting.
Q: Watching live footage from tour dates, it seems like you’re showcasing a lot of different configurations in concert. There is a more acoustic spot with cello for When You Look Me in the Eyes, full band rocking on others. How big is the tour group?
Nick: As well as the core three of us, we have an additional 17 musicians joining us. It’s cool how it splits into two parts with the core band of musicians we have worked with for a long time and additional horns, cello, backup singers and such. A few musicians told us that they had purchased tickets only to get the cal: “Sorry, you can’t watch the show because you’ll be playing it” must be a pretty cool feeling.
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