Monday, January 22, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

The Jonas Brothers are back in town

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.

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