Saddlebrook Resort, Wesley Chapel, September 2008.
We were all so innocent back then. Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas — and, from the look of this snapshot, "Creepy Uncle Sean Jonas," gripping Joe's shoulder like I never wanted the moment to end. (Security alert!)
No one was hotter than N.J.'s JoBros that autumn, in the midst of a sold-out tween-dream tour and riding the sugar-pop surge of Disney Channel smash Camp Rock. The shaggy sibs owned the globe, and their media-heavy visit to Tampa Bay was swarmed by fans — not to mention an excitable scribe from the Times.
But then, like many child phenoms, everything went wrong for the Jonas Brothers, headline after dishy headline of Bieber-esque bad-boy behavior.
Oh, wait. No it didn't.
Their worst crime? Joe Jonas broke Taylor Swift's heart.
To which I say: Who hasn't?
No, the Jonas guys merely grew up — with class. They lost some fizz, scrambled for reality-show work. Nick and Joe tried solo projects to middling success. Kevin is trying to make it as a reality show star. But through ups and downs, they've gone about their business without being total creeps.
Their current back-to-brotherly tour is a comeback shot, but they know how the game is played, so who knows? On a recent Bravo talk show, Nick said Justin Bieber — on a malcontent blitz of urinating in restaurant buckets and assaulting the paparazzi — needs to go through "a season of growth." To which the host reminded the Jonas Brothers that they never acted like punks. Yep, that's my boys.
The Jonas Brothers perform 7 p.m. Saturday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50-$79.50. (813) 740-2446.