By Christa Ruggerio
I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty big Jonas Brothers fan, but last night I realized what I call “fandom” doesn’t hold a candle to the hard-core JoBros devotees. I was lucky enough to tag along with MTV News’ own Jocelyn Vena to see the band play a “secret” show. What I expected was a simple promotional event for the group’s new album, but what I saw was something entirely different.
When we arrived at the venue, we were greeted by hundreds of screaming girls, their moms and about four or five token dudes lined up in the rain to see their beloved Joe, Nick and Kevin. The dedication that these fans showed was amazing. The fact that most of these underage JoBros enthusiasts got their parents to drive some of them hours in the middle of a downpour to see a mini-concert shocked me (I certainly wasn’t able to talk my mom into stuff like that). Once the doors opened, the din inside the venue rose quickly, culminating in deafening shrieks once the boys hit the stage. I’ve screamed my head off at concerts before, but I’ve never heard excitement like this. It’s a wonder anybody was actually able to hear the music.
I’ve been a fan for quite some time, but this was my first opportunity to see them play in the flesh. To my surprise, they were much better than I anticipated: The brothers danced, sang and strummed their hearts out for over an hour. Their voices actually sound better in person than on their albums, and I loved singing along to the big hits like “S.O.S.” and “Lovebug.”
The handful of tunes the boys played from their upcoming album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, were different from most of what they’ve done in the past, but great nonetheless. The Jonas Brothers definitely earned my respect at this show, and I can now clearly see what all the shrieking is about.