On August 11th I attended the Jonas Brothers World Tour in Glendale, AZ. I didn't really go for the Jonas Brothers
, as I'd never taken the time to listen to their music before. I did, however, want to see Wonder Girls
perform live. When I looked into the concert, I decided it would probably be worth it just for Wonder Girls
& the rest of the opening acts: Jordin Sparks
& Honor Society
. I really had a decision to make, however, seeing as how there was no concert near El Paso, TX. Sure, there's one in San Antonio (tonight, I think?), but that's actually quite a distance away. It came down to where I grew up - Sacramento, CA - and probably a) going alone & b) riding my bicycle...or Glendale, AZ. I figured my mom would enjoy some company, so I picked AZ. (I would have had nowhere to stay that was even remotely pleasant in Cali).
So my mom and I arrived at the arena around 5:30. We walked around a little, sat a little, then finally got in line for T-shirts & whatnot. I picked up a Wonder Girls
shirt & poster. Mom liked the shirt so she got one also. A few minutes later the doors opened & the lines moved fairly quickly. I was surprised, actually, at how fast we were able to get inside and seated. The whole ordeal probably took ten minutes. Maybe because we were there right when the doors opened, or because Jobing.com Arena has a rather efficient entry setup? Either way, once the doors opened, nobody was outside for long.
Soon, the viewer thing that hangs in the middle of the arena, you all know what I'm talking about, started showing text messages that had been sent to a certain number. Quite a few of them requested the audience to scream - something my mom quickly disliked. I'm not sure if I've ever been in a situation that got as piercing loud as the concert, but it was not difficult to ignore it. At any rate, when the arena filled up & the lights were turned off, the screaming got louder. I mean...well...you can't ever imagine it - you'd have to live it.
The MC for the night came out & introduced the first act: Honor Society
. I was really expecting to see Wonder Girls
first, I dunno why. I wasn't really sure what to expect of Honor Society
. The only time I'd heard their music was just a very short preview when I found out they were performing at the concert. I figured I would like them but wasn't entirely sure...until they started to play. The music is pretty cool, really upbeat & high energy. The band was all over the tri-stage & just all around looked liked they were enjoying themselves through the whole set. I think they performed 4 or 5 songs, but I don't remember exactly. I know they performed Where Are You Now
& See U In The Dark
>, at least.
Next up, Wonder Girls
! I was so happy to finally see them perform. Mom was kind enough to record the whole performance on her camera, so I was able to actually watch them (as opposed to 2000 when I saw Carly Patterson doing gymnastics. I watched her through the camera -_-) The performance was all right. The girls looked gorgeous in their sparkleh gold & their hair & makeup throwbacks to the 60's & 70's. The volume of some of the microphones weren't all that great, though, and especially Yubin's as I think her voice was quite a bit louder than the other girls. I think I'll edit the video just a bit before putting it online anywhere - it's rather big at over 400mb. Once it's uploaded I'll share. ^^ Now, to be perfectly honest, Wonder Girls
don't sound like Jonas Brothers
, Honor Society
or Jordin Sparks
. It was kind of strange to hear 'Nobody
' in the middle of all these other rock/pop songs, even tho Honor Society
did sound like a mix of late 90's with late 80's at times. Anyway...
Oddly, yet at the same time perhaps not so oddly, I was more excited to see Jordin Sparks
than to see Wonder Girls
. The video we took of Jordin Sparks
comes in at around 750mb but doesn't include the whole performance. It was great to hear live performance of Tattoo
, No Air
, & Battlefield
, etc. She performed with a lot of energy, probably more than usual as she was performing for her hometown. She moved around a lot, which was great. I really enjoyed her performance & wouldn't mind seeing her again if she was paired with acceptable artists. She really rekindled my interest in her music with how she sang. Oh, speaking of that... you know how a lot of people in the music industry can't even sing or hold a key? Jordin Sparks
has an amazing & powerful voice. It was absolutely beautiful to listen to her sing! Once I get the video up, you'll see...
Lastly, and honestly the least talented and less-exciting act, the Jonas Brothers
. -_- Well! I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this band. I used to love all things Disney, and certainly still love quite a bit, seeing as how I still like most Disney produced musical acts (save for Ashley Tisdale & partially Jonas Brothers
). I will say this... I don't care
what anyone who happens to be 10-17 years old & female thinks about Nick Jonas but he can't sing worth crap
. At least, he sucked major at the concert. Joe, on the other hand, has a good voice and were he the "lead" vocal more often, I bet they could shake the little girly attention and get some guys interested in their music. Their style, concerning the music, is really not unlike late 90's and early 2000's when you consider bands like Better than Ezra or Blink-182. Actually
, Nick Jonas sounds similar to the lead singer of Blink-182, if Blink-182 hadn't hit puberty! (Btw, off topic, Blink-182 is returning with a new album & tour soon!!). So, that all being said, their two huge curses right now,when trying to seem like a legitimate band, are their affiliation with Disney & Nick Jonas. If they weren't a Disney project, they could be seen by some as a younger version of.. Green Day, even, if not as emo haha! I also fully believe this is what's keeping people from recognizing Miley Cyrus as being legitimate as well.
Moving on. I'm going to say right now, myself & mom both felt that Jonas Brothers
acted like they didn't even have to be there. They seemed bored with the crowd, bored with themselves, even. They walked around the tri-stage, once in awhile
, and mostly for some planned action (such as spraying the fire hose). Otherwise, they generally stood (or sat, for a couple piano pieces) still. Nick Jonas always had this pompous look on his face, basically showing his "I'm so awesome" heart on his "so awesome" sleeve. Ironic when you consider how horrible he sounded.
To these 'planned actions' I mentioned earlier. Two of the brothers went to one of the smaller stages, then were lifted up and moved in a circular motion above the crowd. They had two firehoses from which they sprayed water on, probably 1/3 the lower level. It would've been neat if the song they were singing at the time was more summer friendly, and if the wet t-shirt contest was legal. :P (There was no actual wet t shirt contest, but you have to consider, this is a bunch of teen/preteen females going to see Jonas Brothers
and now they're all wet.. like all
wet. You have to think there was something
going on in the minds of whatever brother/friend/boyfriend had been dragged by their sister/friend/girlfriend.)
Another feature, and for many more interesting, was the faux rainfall on the other stage. They were singing...Lovebug
? As the rain fell around them, it turned into some of the words they sang. It was kinda cool.
Somewhere between it all, and maybe the first real movement by any of the brothers, was a trampoline. In the center of the center stage, one of the brothers, I forget which (but believe it was Nick), jumped probably four times? The first was just a simple jump, the second was over one of the other brothers. The third, a microphone stand was set up and he jumped, then spread his legs around the stand. That was kinda neat, I s'pose. The last jump was a front flip which wasn't landed completely. Ah.. he landed on his feet, yes, but fell back a sec 'cuz he didn't have enough rotation. There was no worriedness as he was clearly perfectly fine, got right up & continued on.
Still, through it all, the Jonas Brothers
were not a very exciting act at all. The only thing that was really cool about their
portion of the night was when Jordin Sparks
came back out at the end to perform Battlefield
while they played instruments.
Oh.. the adults got a little entertainment, as the brothers sang a song by Barry Manilow, though I don't recall which. Mom stood up to enjoy that while I remained seated (as I did through most of the concert). Actually, I only stood for Jordin Sparks
There was certainly more but I didn't find enough interest to make comment. As a result of the concert, I find myself interested in Jordin Sparks
again as well as anticipating the first album by Honor Society
. I've decided, as mentioned earlier, that Jonas Brothers
are a result of some talent being given to tween girls as gifts from Disney. A better label would've probably given them more mature fans (and less of Nick's voice). As such, I partially accept them as good music.
After the concert, mom and I stood in line to have our pictures taken with Wonder Girls
. I was hoping for more than just walk up, picture, leave, as I've never had that short
amount of time with any artist I've ever seen live (though, in truth, each previous meeting was in a more relaxed setting). I'll be honest... I feel a little awkward about it, now. HA but hey, I really hope they find the right audience - or rather that the right audience finds them. My mom likes them and the mother sitting next to her
said they were cute enough for another song, even if they'd sang in Korean. And one other thing, how many non-Asians are selected to be part of their FAN*TASTIC thing? Just curious. I didn't submit but it seems there's certainly a racial preference there. I understand it'd probably make the girls more comfortable but they have to realize they've got fans from all races now that they're here in the states. I'm a little concerned they may be putting up a barrier between them and America with the selection process. Certainly a small issue and one that few might even recognize or consider, and I'm sure there've been plenty of FAN*TASTICS who weren't Asians. I mention it, still, because further promoting of this idea that they need/want/prefer Asians around them will do them deadly in the long run if it even becomes noticeable.
They need to be comfortable with America.