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Jonas Brothers Continue Full Frontal Assault

Of the Oakland Press

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On their first full-scale headlining tour, the Jonas Brothers are giving fans more than they’ve seen — and heard — before. And even more than they’re expecting.

The sibling trio from New Jersey recently put the finishing touches on its third album, which is due out July 8 and follows the group’s platinum-certified 2007 self-titled sophomore album. But youngest brother Nick Jonas says those coming to the concerts will get to hear some of the new material first.

“We’re adding four new songs from the new record to the set and premiering those, so I think the fans are gonna be really excited about that,” says Nick, 15, who formed the group two years ago with brothers Joe, 18, and Kevin, 20. Among those are “Don’t Take My Heart and Put it On the Shelf,” “Burning Up,” “Pushing Me Away” and “A Little Bit Longer,” the latter of which Nick wrote about his struggle with diabetes.

“It’s the same Jonas Brothers sound, but with just a couple more influences,” Nick reports. “We have some more Elvis Costello-type influences on it. There’s a song called ‘Be Be Good’ which is definitely an Animals, Rascals type of influence and obviously, of course, the Beatles.”

Jonas adds that “the lyrical content has gotten a little more in-depth as far as who we are as people and our personal lives, with our dating and all that, things we’ve gone through in the past year. We were really able to put it into song and make it a really cool record.”

The album is only one of the Jonas Brothers’ endeavors for 2008, however. The group is featured in the 3-D film from the recent Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds tour, and its own first movie, “Camp Rock,” is expected to premiere in September on the Disney Channel. And now that the Hollywood writer’s strike is settled, the brothers can get to work on their Disney Channel show, “J.O.N.A.S.! (Junior Operative Networking As Spies),” in the fall.

“But we will be touring now and then during the summer, so it will be kind of a nice thing to be able to do that after,” Nick says of the action-adventure series. “We’re kind of just continuing to say, ‘This is just the beginning, guys. We’ve got to keep working hard, keep busting our butts and trying make it go one step further.’ It is just the beginning for us.”

The Jonas Brothers and Rooney perform at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 433-1515 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

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