Concert Review: The Jonas Brothers Are Back

by Christopher Ehlers

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday October 7, 2021

The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers  (Source:https://jonasbrothers.com/)

In 1965 at the Beatles' famous concert at Shea Stadium, the fans were screaming so loudly that none of the band members could hear each other play. I wasn't around in 1965, but I'd wager that at certain moments at Boston's Fenway Park this weekend, Jonas Brothers fans had them beat.

Just a few years ago, it seemed unthinkable that the Jonas Brothers would be touring the world at all, let alone filling stadiums. Their career had hit something of a wall back in 2013: Two consecutive tours had sold poorly, they weren't exactly making big strides with their music, and three months into their ninth concert tour, the band broke up, canceling the remaining 22 dates of their tour.

In the six years that they remained broken up, Nick, Joe, and Kevin hardly faded from public view, but when they finally reunited in 2019 and released their kickass album "Happiness Begins," the entire world seemed happy to have them back. Not only did they pick up their first Grammy nomination since their Best New Artist nomination a decade prior, but they embarked on a massive 92-date world tour that sold out all but five shows. Not only were the Jonas Brothers back, but their music had never been better, they never sounded better, and they had never been more popular.

Needless to say, they're back on the road again with their "Remember This Tour," a 44-date tour that appears to be staying stateside, at least for now. In fact, this tour might look something like what their Las Vegas residency might have looked like, if it hadn't been cancelled altogether last year due to the pandemic.

This tour has the same bones as their last tour, and without much new material released since then, the setlist is relatively similar as well, swapping out some of their "Happiness Begins" tracks for newer singles like "Remember This," "What a Man Gotta Do," "Leave Before You Love Me," and "Lonely."

The Jonas Brothers leave nothing to be desired in terms of performance: Their energy is boundless, their vocals strong, and they ooze star power in a way that only people who have been superstars their entire life can. They seem legitimately thankful too, which makes you want to cheer for them even harder. But the concert felt oddly impersonal — none of the brothers said a word until eight songs in — and they cycled through the setlist with a speed that I haven't seen at too many concerts, making it through 23 songs in just 85 minutes. Some banter would have been nice, especially since, as it is, giant concerts always run the risk of feeling too impersonal. They made up for it somewhat, though, when they surprised the crowd with Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," a Fenway Park staple.

When I saw their "Happiness Begins Tour" — my first outing with the Jonas Brothers—I was struck by the fact that, despite Nick's level of stardom, it was actually Joe that burned up the stage in the most impressively larger than life way. And the same is still true now, though this time around, he was a living, breathing fireball. Wearing a rainbow jacket with a string of pearls and his nails painted blue, he seemed to channel Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger in a way so compelling that I don't think anyone around me would have turned down a cold shower. And my concertmate agreed: "I'm converting to a new religion," she informed me. "I'm not Catholic anymore. I'm Joe."

Whether you're sticking with your current religion or deciding to convert to Joe or Nick or Kevin, the Jonas Brothers are still back and they're still better than ever. Even though the "Remember This Tour" feels like a layover between their "Happiness Begins" era and whatever is next, count me among the tens of millions of fans who can't wait to see what they've got in store.


For upcoming dates in the Jonas Brothers' tour, click here.