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Interview:
Jonas Brothers Happy To Ride The Miley Wave On Tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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There’s no question about who’s the headliner and star attraction of the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour. But the Jonas Brothers are no slouchy, time-filling opening act.

The sibling trio from New Jersey is riding high with its self-titled sophomore album, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts in August and has been certified gold. The single “S.O.S.” is a Top 20 hit — partly thanks to Joe Jonas’ bloody performance after tripping on some broken glass at last month’s American Music Awards.

And given the mostly female makeup of Cyrus’ crowd, you can be assured that the shrillest screams may actually be reserved for Joe, Nick and Kevin.

“It’s really amazing; every single day is a brand new experience for us,” says oldest brother Kevin, 20, who co-executive produced the “Jonas Brothers” album. “We get to play the music that we love and get to live the dream, essentially.

“For us, being able to play our music and have people listen and appreciate it, it’s amazing. It’s just the coolest thing ever.”

All roads have been leading the Jonas Brothers to this point for quite some time. Raised in a religious household (their father is a minister) in Wyckoff, N.J., Nick, 15, began performing on Broadway when he was 6, while Joe, 18, studied opera. Kevin began playing guitar when he was 8, “and I’ve never put it down since” — except when he was filming commercials for Burger King, Clorox and other companies.

Nick was initially signed to Columbia Records as a solo artist, and all three brothers wrote songs for his 2004 album, which led to a deal for the trio.

“We wanted to be a rock ’n’ roll band,” Kevin says. “We wanted to make and play our music and just do anything possible to make the music we love.”

It didn’t take at Columbia, where 2005’s “It’s About Time” was a stiff. But a switch to the Disney-owned Hollywood Records label for “Jonas Brothers” was fortuitous, with the might of the Mouse supporting the group with opportunities on the “Meet the Robinsons” soundtrack, the “DisneyMania 5” compilation and lots of airplay on Radio Disney and the Disney Channel.

“It was a kind of starting over for us,” Kevin acknowledges. “This album was our baby. We worked really hard on writing it and working with the producer, John Fields, so it sounded the way we wanted it to sound. It became the project we wanted it to be.

“I think the journey, we would never change anything because we became the artists and the people we are today.”

And if part of that includes the “Hannah Montana” orbit, the Jonas crew — who performs with Cyrus as well as on its own during the shows — is fine with that, too.

“The tour’s phenomenal. It’s amazing, and we’re having a blast,” Kevin reports. “Touring with Miley is amazing ’cause she’s such a great friend of ours. She’s an amazing girl, and we’re really honored to be her friend and be on her tour.

“We’re just rocking with her every night, and it’s so much fun. There’s no battle of the bands syndrome or anything. It’s like one big, huge family on the road.”

The Jonas Brothers have quite a bit happening alongside the tour. Besides a 3-D concert movie that was filmed in Salt Lake City and is due out in February, the trio has its own Disney film, “Camp Rock,” slated to premiere in January. The brothers have also shot the pilot for an action-adventure TV series “J.O.N.A.S.!” (Junior Operatives Networking As Spies), though it’s future is on hold pending a settlement of the Hollywood writers’ strike.

So there’s plenty to deal with, but you won’t catch any of the Jonas Brothers sending an “S.O.S.” out anytime soon.





The Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour with the Jonas Brothers plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com. The Palace will host a merchandise pre-sale for Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 4) in the venue’s West Atrium Entrance lobby.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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