They’ve been celebrating on the road with the Happiness Begins Tour. Fans were treated to an energetic mix of songs, special effects, and sentimentality.
Through song choice and video imagery, they alluded to struggles they've faced in recent years. Even so, their Phoenix performance at Talking Stick Resort Arena was a deluxe dance party, capturing the joy both the brothers and their fans feel now that they’re reunited.
The trio descended from above the main stage on a black platform that lowered them to the ground as the audience unleashed the night’s first deafening collective scream.
Each wore a brightly-colored suit – orange for Nick, blue for Joe, and green for Kevin. The vibrant colors were repeated throughout the show, with geometric patterns and lines on the backdrop for the stage, firework effects, and inflatable tube men. Think boy band meets Meow Wolf.
The Jonas Brothers started the group in 2005 and split over creative differences in 2013. They announced in February 2019 that they’d reunited. Nearly half of the 21 songs they played in Phoenix are on the Happiness Begins album released in June, a full decade after their last studio album.
The audience stood for that first song and most of them stayed that way throughout the show. They danced with arms elevated for the most upbeat songs, from "Only Human" to "Year 3000." And there was plenty of bouncing by the brothers and their fans, which added to the dance party vibe.
Nick’s new tequila venture.
More often, the show referenced their childhoods through videos featuring actors portraying younger versions of the brothers. Only a radically different image, a lush forest scene with Kevin and his two young daughters, broke through the monotony of childhood reminiscence.
The woods formed a stunning backdrop for the opening of their second act, which included a black piano seemingly suspended in the air descending slowly to the stage. Here, the brothers stepped onto the stage in black and white outfits, each fashioned to reflect the wearer’s style.
A steady stream of special effects, from the purple
Odds are, they’ll be doing a happy dance as long as the Jonas Brothers stay together.
“That’s Just the Way We Roll”
“Fly With Me”
“Used to Be”
“Still in Love With You” (Fan Request)
“Cake by the Ocean”
“When You Look Me in the Eyes”
Medley: “Mandy”/”Paranoid”/”Got Me Going Crazy”/”Play My Music”/”World War III”/”Hold On”/”Tonight”
Last Night: Jonas Brother’s Happiness Begins Tour at Talking Stick Resort Arena
The Crowd: Mostly exuberant 20-something women who attended with friends, but some parents and boyfriends rounded out the mix.
Decibels: We didn’t measure, but figure it will take a good day to get normal hearing back. The Jonas Brothers’ fans were about twice as loud as the typical crowd for diehard fans of aging rock superstars.
Overheard: “I’m so bummed they’re married now.”
Best quote: Joe Jonas: "I know you can
Random Notebook Dump: Two fashion statements tied for most popular – Jonas Brother tour T-shirts and the classic pairing of a black spaghetti strap tank top with black short shorts.