I didn't know anything about the Jonas Brothers, other than they're a Disney product, and young girls are in love with them. We dad's were outnumbered 50 to 1.
The stars from the made-for-TV Disney film Camp Rock 2 opened the show with well-choreographed hip-hop numbers, including six tunes by the film's star, Demi Lovato. If Demi had been on American Idol, I'm sure Simon Cowell would have criticized her off-pitch vocals.
When the "JoBros" took the stage with their recently cropped hair, sans curly locks, one could never imagine the intensity of 15,000 young girls — and their moms — screaming. The 1960s Beatles' stadium shows didn't come close.
I was impressed with the guitar/vocal talents of both Nick, celebrating his 18th birthday, and oldest brother Kevin, 22 — more the rocker of the group with his stage moves. I didn't, however, get brother Joe, 21. He looked bored and didn't play an instrument. A duet between Joe and Demi — a couple who broke up just before the tour — was awkward. Never getting within ten feet of each other, the song looked forced and uncomfortable for both of them.
While I didn't recognize one song, my nine-year-old son and his female cousins knew the words to every one. The night was a slick, produced and packaged promotion for the future of Disney programming. But it was fun watching kids get exposed to a live, large-venue concert.
- Concert: Jonas Brothers, Demi Lavato, Camp Rock 2
- Date: September 16
- Venue: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
- Seats: Section 301