07 February 2020 20:49
Disney teen sensations the Jonas Brothers were the boy band of the moment a decade ago before a fraternal rift temporarily put paid to the pop pay day. But, like good plastic surgery, their bland, bombastic sound hasn't aged much in their seven-year absence. MUSIC Jonas Brothers Hydro, Glasgow Glossy films recreating sentimental scenes of the Jonases' childhood underlined that this is a family band in the Osmonds tradition. Eldest and youngest brothers Kevin and Nick strapped on guitars and flirted with grand pianos throughout the set, while their backing band fired up the arena-filling country pop of new track Rollercoaster. In true teenybop tradition, you could barely hear the brothers' weedy voices above the screaming.
Fans could forget about meaningful interaction or cheeky spontaneity from the trio across this slickly choreographed presentation.With the exception of the light pop skank of Only Human, their succession of formulaic turbo-charged pop numbers failed to offer much in the way of personality, nor did the brothers take refuge in anything as galvanising as simple sibling harmony. The obligatory acoustic interlude on a small stage at the back of the hall sufficed for intimacy, before the party belatedly started and ended with the sleek, catchy the Ocean, a 2015 earworm by Joe Jonas's other band DNCE. A medley of some of their early punk pop numbers and a cover of Busted's Year 3000 were accompanied by footage of the old days when they seemed to be having more fun – as for fans in the year 2020, they partied on regardless. The One Show is broadcast every weeknight evening from London and is presented tonight by Alex Jones and Dev Griffin. The programme airs live tonight between 7pm and 7:30pm on BBC One and features a mix of chat, live musical performances and pre-recorded films on topical subjects.
Every age of woman has flocked to the Manchester Arena; teens, young adults, and grown women all giddily piling through the doors. There's only one type of music that could create a swarm like this; the boyband. Often discounted as frivolous and embarrassing, the honest excitement surrounding modern boybands is lovely to see. Girls are here with friends, parents and boyfriends to see their Disney Channel heroes live on stage. The Jonas Brothers screamed onto our screens in the Disney Channel original movie, Camp Rock, with their floppy 2000s hair smoldering behind acoustic guitars. It's been a while since, each young man now grown, married and a solo career apiece later, but back together as brothers nonetheless. Three whole support acts later, and the brothers descend from the ceiling on a platform surrounded by pyrotechnics to open with Rollercoaster. The screaming hasn't stopped since they stepped on stage, but it goes up a notch for SOS, naturally. Cool comes next, a nice mix between throwbacks and new releases that leaves every era of fan happy. The staging is, frankly, enormous; spanning the length and width of the whole arena, with walkways through the centre and either side. They run through Only Human, Strangers, That's Just the Way We Roll and Fly With Me before we get to their latest single, What a Man Gotta Do. Influenced by classic rom-coms, and with a Grease hand-jive vibe to it, it's exactly the kind of end-of-winter bop you need on a dreary and drizzly day. Used to Be and Hesitate are next, and it's always a pleasure to see an act use the whole of the arena for a show; a walk down to a smaller second stage at the other end of the room allows all the fans to feel immersed in the experience, regardless of ticket price. And what a time to be closest; Camp Rock original Gotta Find You starts to raucous applause. At the halfway point we go onto the solo-career songs with Nick's Jealous and DNCE's Cake by the Ocean. There's no bitterness at the breakup; Nick helps sing Joe's song and vice versa. Kevin's absence from the last two songs did not go unnoticed as a video of him and his kids plays, and he walks to a piano centre stage for Comeback. When You Look Me in the Eyes, I Believe and a seven song medley of Mandy / Paranoid / Got Me Going Crazy / Play My Music / World War III / Hold On / Tonight ("This one's for all the OG Jonas Brothers fans") follow, before we close out with the fan favourites: Lovebug, Year 3000, Burnin' Up and Sucker. (Image: MEN UGC) It's refreshing to see ex-Disney stars who aren't ashamed of their beginnings; the whole show is steeped in nostalgia and gratefulness. Considering they have a new release album, other bands would have ignored the classic roster to churn out the new sells, but there's no sense of embarrassment here. It would be easy for three brothers thrown into the spotlight as such a young age to have come out the other side bitter and feuding, but it's all love and family.