"Do you think anyone would care?" This is what Kevin Jonas told the audience he asked his brothers, Nick and Joe, when they discussed reuniting after their six-year hiatus. The sold out crowd at Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night cheered in response.
The Jonas Brothers brought their "Happiness Begins Tour" to New Orleans, and if the crowd was any indication, they were truly missed. The Jonas Brothers released their album Happiness Begins in June, and after debuting at #1 on the Billboard charts, it was as if they never left. After opening acts by Jordan McGraw and Bebe Rexha, there was a certain anticipation in the air waiting on the New Jersey-born superstars to take the stage. After what felt like an eternity, the lights went out and the larger than life LED screen attached to the stage lit up, displaying three curly haired young boys seemingly portraying the brothers themselves. After a short montage, fireworks erupted from the stage, and Joe, Nick, and Kevin, descended from the ceiling singing a high-energy track from their new album appropriately titled Rollercoaster. Fans sang every word as if they'd known the song for 10 years.
After that, the hits didn't stop. The trio ran through songs from their new album, and even songs that older fans would enjoy such as S.O.S. and Hold On. then for a special treat, the boys made their way through the audience to a special stage surrounded by fans (and a bar). After giving a toast to the Saints and Drew Brees, who was in the audience, the band began to ask lucks fans closest to the stage what songs they wanted to hear and they'd perform it on the spot. They performed fan-favorites Goodnight and Goodbye and Gotta Find You from the movie that catapulted them to superstardom, Camp Rock. Kevin and Joe then left the stage, leaving Nick to perform his solo hit Jealous. This was followed by Joe returning to the stage and performing Cake By The Ocean, a hit by another band he's a part of, DNCE.
At this moment, the audience was once again visited by the younger version of the boys, but this time, they met their present-day selves. After this montage, Kevin returned to the stage, and the boys played a number of their older songs, a big hit amongst the older fans in the room. The concert became more like a karaoke sing-a-long, and the energy was through the roof. Just when it seemed that fans were as loud as they could be, the band performed Burnin' Up which was their biggest hit to date until they released their comeback single Sucker, which they performed directly after as the finale.
Mom's, tweens, and drunken young adults alike all came together and enjoyed the return of one of America's favorite boy bands. As Kevin Jonas said, "Seeing you all here tonight proves that you care. Thank you. We're happy to be back."
Photos Courtesy of Allie Catalanotto.