The profile of the Jonas Brothers in Westword's February 7 issue was culled, sort of, from that most irritating of modern publicity techniques: the teleconference. But in this case, the following Q&A with Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, the oh-so-adorable co-stars of the Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert movie, which is rapidly becoming a box-office phenomenon, proves pretty entertaining, if only because of what it reveals about the media assigned to quiz them.
The teleconference method calls for the interview subject or subjects to sit in a room for an hour or so while an operator cycles through questions from writers and reporters around the country. Scribes push a combination of telephone buttons to signal their interest in asking something, then wait their turn to spit it out -- and since follow-ups are verboten, the conversations typically take on a stilted, highly unnatural quality. That's certainly the case below. As you'll see, an inordinate amount of time is eaten up by polite but dull greetings -- and the poor Hollywood Records transcriber's inability to tell one brother from another adds to the awkwardness. The boys are frequently referred to simply as "Male," as if they're actually a single entity. Call them The Jonai.
Just as hilarious is the contrast between the often stodgy, disinterested tone of journalists from daily newspapers and the breathless inquiries tossed out by staffers from such mags as Tiger Beat and Elle Girl. Thank goodness this last group got the down-and-dirty about the stuff America wants to know, like how the boys are wearing their hair these days.
As for me, I was able to ask six questions -- way above average by teleconference standards -- and along the way, I tried desperately to get the guys to say something amusing or unusual, with only intermittent success. The Jonas Brothers may be young, but they're already show-biz pros, and as such, they're well-practiced in giving the blandest answers possible, even when the topic is Joe falling flat during last year's American Music Awards. Still, they lit up, comparatively speaking, when I asked about mothers who throw themselves at the lads. And a question about their favorite song by Elvis Costello, a supposed influence who I assumed they knew next to nothing about, actually produced a surprisingly credible response. Maybe there's unexpected depth to the Jonas Brothers after all. A little, anyway.
Oh yeah: Participants were warned to only jaw about movie, TV or concert projects, but I went rogue at one point, asking Nick about rumors of him dating and then breaking up with the pop-pop-popular Ms. Cyrus. After he answered, semi-reluctantly, I got a de facto scolding from a dude with the Minneapolis Star Tribune -- one of the prouder achievements of my illustrious career.
And now, let the teleconference begin:
Moderator: Victor Trevino January 29, 2008 1:00 p.m. CT
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Operator: Welcome everyone. Thank you for joining us today for the teleprint conference call with the Jonas Brothers.
In August 2007, Hollywood Records released the self titled sophomore album from the Jonas Brothers. That debuted number five on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The album has gone onto achieve platinum status and continues to produce hits for the band. The album was co-written by the Jonas Brothers, and produced with John Fields.
Their hit single S.O.S. went to the top of the iTunes charts and the video was a staple on MTV’s TRL countdown for weeks. The new single, When You Look Me in The Eyes, will go out to radio on February 5, with early adds all ready landing leading radio stations including Kiss FM in Los Angeles, and Z-100 in New York City.
On the call today, we have Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas. For opening remarks, I would now like to turn the call over to the band. Please go ahead, guys.
Kevin Jonas: Hello, everyone this is Kevin. We just wanted to thank you so very much for getting on the conference call with us, so we could discuss the tour. We are very excited. We are in rehearsals right now, and we’re just getting prepared to start it out on Thursday.
Operator: OK. Now, we are going to begin our teleprint conference call. Each writer will have the opportunity to ask one question regarding the Look Me in the Eyes Tour round robin style. Please keep your questions focused on the Look Me in the Eyes tour, their recent and upcoming music releases or other television and movie projects. The question-and-answer session will be held electronically. To ask a question, if you press star one on your telephone keypad to queue up, and once again, that is – you can press the star key followed by the digit one on your touch-tone telephone.
If you are using a speakerphone, please make sure your mute function is turned off to allow your signal to reach our equipment. And we will pause for just a moment to give everyone an opportunity to signal for questions.
OK, we’ll take our first question from John Bream with the Minneapolis Star.
John Bream: Hey, guys. You guys are from New Jersey. And, everyone knows Sinatra, Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Frank Valens, the Four Seasons, Whitney Houston, Lorne Hill, the list goes on and on. I got a two part question. What is it about New Jersey that it's made it a hot bed that produces so many music stars? And which of these music starts have been inspirations to you, and why?
Kevin Jonas: This is Kevin speaking. I think it’s something about the rock-n-roll scene about New Jersey and the hard workers that live there. There’s something about New Jersey that, you know, we loved growing up there, and going to school and getting to experience playing places like the Stone Pony, where Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi all played in their earlier careers. It was kind of astounding to us. It’s amazing the opportunities we have now, but especially where we grew up and where we started to play.
John Bream: And which of those people were inspirations to you, and why did you look up to them?
Male: I think there’s some amazing musicians and artists. We’ve been to a couple of concerts like Bruce Springsteen, that was just amazing. And to see him perform in Giant Stadium and things like that is just so cool. I think that, if one day, we’ll go back home to New Jersey and play Giant Stadium that would be a dream come true.
John Bream: Thanks.
Male: Also, a lot of people say that – we’ve heard different names for New Jersey, but we like to call it the muscle of America.
John Bream: Why is that?
Male: It’s not the armpit, it’s the muscle.
Operator: OK. And as a reminder, please keep your questions to one. And we’ll next go to Laurilee Craker with the Grand Rapids Press.
Laurilee Craker: Hi, you guys. It’s so fun to talk to you. I have a 10 year old son that just loves you guys and he’s taking guitar lesson inspired by you guys. What I wanted to ask you was what impact has your faith had on your life and your music? And how much dose that come into play as your career is just exploding?
Kevin Jonas: Our faith is a big part of everything we do, in our songwriting, in our performing, and our family life. We have a really strong family base.
Laurilee Craker: OK. Could you be more specific as far say maybe a song that brings that out specifically?
Kevin Jonas: Yes. There’s a bunch of songs in our records that have double meanings, Look Me in the Eyes is one of those, actually, to be about God or it could be about a girl. And we try to work that into our writing. And, you know, it’s just kind of who we are and our faith is everything we do.
Operator: And next we’ll go with Kevin Johnson with the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Kevin Johnson: Hey, you guys. Congratulations on your success, first of all.
Kevin Jonas: Thank you very much.
Male: Thank you.
Kevin Johnson: Boy groups aren’t exactly the big happening thing, nowadays. And I want to ask you guys, why is that so? And how have you been able to – why is it you guys have been able to kind of transcend that fact?
Kevin Jonas: I think that – this is Kevin speaking. I think that the fact that we’re not a choreographed dance group and things like that, we do write our songs. We perform our songs and play all of the instruments. And I guess, that allows us to perform in a way that it really does show we are as people. Because, I think, it’s another way for people to connect with us.
Kevin Johnson: OK. All right, thank you.
Kevin Jonas: Thank you.
Operator: Next, we’ll go to Alan Sculley with the Evansville Courier.
Alan Sculley: Yes, hi, guys. No one has really asked about the tour, yet, that ’s just coming up. And, I guess, really in some ways this will be your first, you know, headlining tour of a major scale, like this. And I guess, I’m curious, obvious question, how do you feel about kind of being at the top of the bill and having it be your show now?
Kevin Jonas: We’re very excited about this tour. It’s our first time where we actually have some type of production on the tour, instead of just three risers and, you know, our instruments.
Male: We showed up yesterday to the venue to see what the stage would look like, we seriously freaked out. The stage is unbelievable and everyone has worked so hard to make our dreams come true.
Kevin Jonas: And the fact that it’s (sold out), ((inaudible)) kind of just, you know, always we have this thought in our mind, we remember a year ago, we were in a van and that’s how we traveled, no busses, no trucks or anything, and it was kind of just starting from the ground up. And now a year later, we have a sold out tour, it’s really exciting. And we’re just really blessed.
Alan Sculley: Sounds good. I’ll make room for the next one. Thanks.
Kevin Jonas: Thank you.
Operator: And next, we’ll go with Aimee Curran with Tiger Beat.
Aimee Curran: Hey, guys. What’s up?
Kevin Jonas: Hey.
Male: How are you doing?
Aimee Curran: I’m doing well. So I’m really excited for you guys to go on this tour. But, I would like to know what are the beginning tour and end tour rituals that you guys have, and your favorite meal on tour.
Kevin Jonas: Beginning tour, of course is rehearsals. We try and kick it off with a bang, so we wanted to, you know, started it off in a – we never started a tour where Joseph was born in Arizona, so we wanted to do that this time. And so that was exciting. And then end of tour, I think we try and get together with our friends and they all come to the last show and it’s a lot of fun. But this our first headline…
Male: There’s also tour pranks at the last night of tour.
Aimee Curran: Like what kind of tour pranks have you guys done?
Kevin Jonas: Tour pranks, well we’ve silly stringed, toilet papered some audiences. But, at the same time, this tour is going to be even more exciting because we actually are ((inaudible)) we’re bringing our friends (Rooney), the band on the road with us to open for us, so that’s going to be exciting. And I think we have some good things in store for them.
Aimee Curran: That’s awesome. And what do you guys like to eat on tour?
Male: We like to eat, I think for me, I kind of always end up eating like a turkey club or like a cheeseburger and that’s pretty much the same thing.
Male: Hot pockets.
Male: Hot pockets and cereal.
Male: Breakfast breaks.
Operator: Next, we’ll go with Holly Siegel with Elle Girl.
Holly Siegel: I wanted to ask you – hi, how are you? I wanted to ask you what kind of things you do to pass time while you’re on tour. I mean I’m sure it will be very different now that you have an actual bus, and you’re not in a van. But, yes, what kind of things do you do to pass the time when you’re traveling?
Male: We actually just in this last tour we did with Miley we got this amazing entertainment case that travels with us, and it has Xbox, Wii…
Male: Guitar Hero.
Male: It has all of it. And that’s one of the major things we do. Another thing we do is we play wiffleball. And, I think, this tour we’re going to really try to actually make wiffleball like teams and have captains and get uniforms and get really serious about it, because it’s such a big tour.
Male: So we’re going to see how that rolls out.
Operator: And next, we’ll go with Timothy Finn with the Kansas City Star.
Timothy Finn: Good afternoon. My question, you approached or you talked about this a little bit when you were asked about headlining this tour. Tell me what people who kids or anybody else who went to see you open for Hanna Montana, what will they see different this time, when they go out?
Male: A longer set for sure. We’re playing a lot of songs. I have to remember a lot of lyrics with me and Joe. I have to remember a lot of lyrics that I’ve been studying and getting in my memory again. And it’s just, I think, you’ll see just a Jonas Brothers show where we’re probably running around like on a jungle gym the entire time because we’re having such a great time on tour.
Kevin Jonas: And this is Kevin. Also, we’re actually going to be playing some brand new songs from our record that we just finished that will be coming out in the summer and that’s going to be very exciting for a bunch of our fans, as well.
Male: And we’re changing up a lot of songs, and doing some cool interludes and the production aspect of it all is really exciting, and we can’t wait for all of you to see it.
Operator: And next, we’ll go with Scott Iwasaki with the Desert Morning News.
Scott Iwasaki: Hi, guys. Hey, thanks for taking time to talk with us today.
Kevin Jonas: Absolutely.
Male: What’s happening?
Scott Iwasaki: You guys are going to be here on the eighth, February 8 at the E Center back in Salt Lake City. And one of the questions I wanted to ask you, basically, about the new album, how was it recording the album on the Gibson tour bus? Can you tell me a little bit about the process?
Male: It was pretty incredible. They retrofitted the tour bus to make it a studio. And there was – it was so cool. There was a grand piano there.
Scott Iwasaki: Wow.
Male: There were (amp bars) everywhere. And you’d think it would be really hard because you’re driving on the road. It was really hard, but, it was a lot of fun and we were able to record. We kept a lot of like the vocal and guitars we actually recorded in that bus.
Male: What we did was set up the ideas for the songs for drums and guitars and vocals and things like that. And then, we went in one day to studio and kind of finished the rest of it, and made it the record that it is now. But it was a really exciting process, and it kept the creative energy flowing, so it was cool.
Kevin Jonas: And that’s amazing about it, this is (Kevin) is that we wrote songs while we were on the bus, because if things happened to us, like the days of like while we were recording and then it was a song that wasn’t on our list to record, but we wrote it that night and recorded it the next day and then it’s now one of our favorite songs on the album. So it’s very exciting.
Operator: Now, we’ll go to Marian Liu with the Seattle Times.
Marian Liu: Hi, guys. I spoke to you last time at the Verizon store. We filmed you guys, so thank you. First question, real quick who said, and if you guys can say later who says what, who said, “Everybody works so hard to make our dreams come true.”
Male: Could you say that one more time?
Marian Liu: You guys just said, “Everybody works so hard to make our dreams come true.” Which of you three said that?
Joe Jonas: That was me, Joe.
Marian Liu: OK and then after that. You guys have, I guess, climbed so fast, I mean you have the second concert, I mean beyond Van Halen, and Bruce Springsteen, what kind of legacy do you guys want to leave? And what do you want to do in the future?
Male: I think we would love to be a band that really does last. And because we are brothers, I think, it really help and because we do write our own songs and we’re in the studio when they’re made, I think that will be a big part of it. But, you know, any band that has lasting power, we really look up to them and that’s our goal and just to continue to do what we’re doing and to just have fun.
Operator: And as a reminder to ask a question , it is star one on your telephone keypad. We do ask that you limit yourself to one question. Next, we’ll go to Michael Roberts with Westword.
Michael Roberts: Hi, gentlemen, thanks for making some time for us today.
Kevin Jonas: Absolutely. Thank you.
Male: Thank you.
Michael Roberts: So I was looking on You Tube earlier today and I found a bunch of videos of Joe falling at the American Music Awards. But I also found a concert clip where you guys asked the audience how many of them were going to post that clip. So you obviously have a sense of humor about it. But is there anything weird about knowing that there’s going to be a camera recording everything you do and it could be across the Internet a half hour later?
Kevin Jonas: This is Kevin. This is a new world that we live in. I think the quote that I read from, I’m not sure exactly what it said, but it was from Lionel Ritchie who said that, “The world has changed so much, I used to do all of the crazy things that everyone does these days but no one knew about it.” Bu now, the minute you walk out of your house, people can have a live video feed of your house all across the world and watching every minute of your life.
So, for us, we have to be aware of how many people are watching us at all times. So we try to be the people that our parents raised us to be.
Operator: Next, we’ll go with Jason Bracelin with the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Jason Bracelin: Hey, guys. Hope all is well. Thanks for taking a few minutes here. I had a quick question, obviously I know you guys are getting a pretty big push this year in the form of the TV show and the concert special and the new record. And you kind of got a first hand look at, you know, that kind of exposure, you know, opening up on the Hannah Montana tour. What did you take away from that experience? And do you think you’re prepared for that level of exposure should it come to you?
Nick Jonas: ((inaudible)) the opening spot in the Hannah Montana tour. And, you know, it was a really, really great time. You know, Miley and all of her people are just really fun and awesome to be around. And, I think, we’re just really excited to go on our own tour and play our songs and be on our stage and just have it be our show and be able to connect with our fans, and just have a good time out there every night. That was Nick.
Operator: And we’ll go with Miriam Ramirez with The Monitor.
Miriam Ramirez: Hi. Hi, guys. How are you?
Male: Very good, how are you?
Miriam Ramirez: Excellent. Just listening to you guys talk about the upcoming album, you have a pretty young audience but site very established artists, you know, Beatles, Prince, Elvis Costello as influences. Some of your younger fans might not know these legends, how did you end up incorporating those sounds and how do you feel about your younger fans listening to your new stuff?
Male: We think it’s really cool that we’re able to introduce sort of rock and roll to our younger fans. But, I think, the really cool part of who we are is that our fans are our age, 15 to 21. And, you know, even the parents get into it because it does sound like the things that they used to listen to when they were young. And, you know, we just really try to find really great music and write songs like the really great music that we’re listening to because people love good music. And that ’s what we’re trying to do.
Operator: We’ll take our next question from Earnest Jasmin with the Tacoma News Tribune.
Earnest Jasmin: Hey, what’s going on fellows?
Male: How are you?
Earnest Jasmin: I’m good. I’m good. I guess, along with the tour, some of the biggest news in your world right now is you’ve got, of course, the movie coming up. And I was wondering what kind of pushed you in that direction? What kind of challenge acting is versus making your music and performing?
Joe Jonas: It’s, for sure, definitely different for us. I think anything we do usually has to do with music, even for filming movie. In the movie we filmed had a lot to do with music, so we were able to connect with our characters because we did play a band in the movie. And this is me, Joe, by the way. And I did play like a musician. So it’s like – it was definitely different for us, but we had a lot of fun. And being – doing that kind of character made it a lot easier for me and for us to do the movie because we were able to connect with our characters. And it was interesting being in one place for like two months, being in up state Canada, and actually being in one place for such a long time, because we’re so on the move all of the time.
Operator: And we’ll go to Brian McCollum with Detroit Free Press.
Brian McCollum: Hey, how are you doing, fellows?
Male: Very good. How are you doing?
Brian McCollum: You kind of touched on this a little bit earlier, but maybe you could elaborate a little bit. You’re smart guys, clearly. I’m sure you’re cognizant of the fact that in the pop music world acts come and go, it’s just the nature of the beast. How conscious are you guys of doing certain things that can make this work over the long run, can make you still be around in 10 years, pitfalls that you might need to avoid. Is this something you give much thought to? And if so, maybe you could talk a little bit about it.
Kevin Jonas: Yes, this is Kevin. We do actually do think about it because we actually get that question a lot. I think we really have to say that any of our success really comes from a lot of our fans and most – everything from our fans, because they have taken who were are and elevated it to the level that we’re at now. And because of them they’re showing up in places, you know, buying the tickets to our shows and buying the album has made us, you know, so honored.
And the fact is, we don’t want to ever be anything we’re not. So the people who are trying to like to leave where they’re from or growing in different directions so drastically is now what we are and not who we are. So, really with this next record, it was just more of an evolution of who we are. We grew up a little bit. We wrote some more deeper songs and experimented with new instruments and things like that.
So, I think, for us it’s really all about sticking to your fans and knowing that if you work with them and play to them then, I think, that hopefully you’ll always be there.
Operator: And next, we’ll go with Marian Liu with the Seattle Times.
Marian Liu: I guess, kind of elaborating on that question how do you, I guess, balance everything? And I guess, stay away from all of the vices that are out there in the music industry?
Nick Jonas: Like I said before, we have a really strong family base and it plays a really big role in, you know, staying ground. We’ve always ((inaudible)) bottom, basically staying humble and keep a level head. And we have each other to be there.
Marian Liu: Who was that? Sorry, who was that?
Nick Jonas: That was Nick.
Marian Liu: Thanks.
Operator: And now we’ll go with Michael Roberts with Westword.
Michael Roberts: One of the earlier folks asked you about some of your influences on your upcoming album and Elvis Costello was one of the artists who was named. I was wondering what your favorite Elvis Costello album or song might be.
Male: Favorite Elvis Costello song is, I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea. We’re actually, on this tour, doing a lit bit of that song, and very excited because it leads into this awesome – if you have a song it leads into this amazing drum intro and very excited to put that into our show.
Operator: And we’ll go with Nicky Hamila with Arizona Daily Wildcat.
Nicky Hamila: Hi, guys. How are you?
Male: Very good.
Nicky Hamila: So, Kevin is the oldest, right, 19?
Kevin Jonas: Twenty.
Nicky Hamila: Twenty. So you’re one year older than me. I was just wondering why you think it’s important to expose college and university students to your music. I mean you have a lot of younger fans, but why do you think it’s important to, like, for example, in Tucson, the University of Arizona is really close to that. Why do you think that’s important?
Kevin Jonas: Well, hopefully, people my age would appreciate and like the kind of music that we are writing and that we’re playing.
Male: We hope our fans, one day, will go to college.
Kevin Jonas: True. But at the same time, we really are trying to, you know, write for – write songs and make music where we’re at in our lives right now. And that is, you know, I am 20 year old. I would be college. And we date, we do that. We go through the breakups. We go through the good times and the bad times. And we write about what’s happening in our lives right now. So hopefully, people could relate, and that’s why I think it’s a cool thing.
Operator: And next, we’ll take a follow up from Aimee Curran with Tiger Beat magazine.
Aimee Curran: Hey, guys. So, you were just talking about breakups and dating and all of that natural stuff that guys and girls do, but you have such a large female fan base that just wants to be you guys’ girlfriend, so do you think that it’s possible where you’re at for, you know, guys and girls to just be friends?
Male: I think it’s definitely possible. It just comes down to there’ s a situation where you might be leading them on, you’re trying your hardest just to like not be flirtatious in any way, and then it’s all good.
Operator: And next, we’ll go with John Bream with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
John Bream: Hi, guys, again. I’ve known John Fields since he was Joe’s age because he started his music career up here in Minneapolis. And I’m curious, what did John bring to the project as the producer of the Jonas Brothers album? And was he involved with the upcoming album?
Male: I think the number one thing he did was he worked with us as more of a friend than a producer, because we were able to work off each other so well. And when we would present…
Male: …really create things in the studio, which is always good.
Male: We’d present an idea to him, and the first day we worked with him, we were expecting who knows what, him to either be like, “I’m not so sure about that.” And right away, he was into it and just worked with us, and we had a great time with him. And he was very involved in the second one, because he produced the second album. So we are so excited for this upcoming album. And John Fields is definitely – he’s our boy.
Operator: As a reminder, that’s star one to ask a question. We do ask that you limit yourself to one question. And next, we’ll go to Michael Roberts with Westword.
Michael Roberts: You mentioned the movie you’re making for the Disney Channel, what’s the plot of the movie? And do you think it has the potential of being another High School Musical kind of success?
Kevin Jonas: This is Kevin. And of course, you would only hope that it would have a spec of the success that High School Musical did, you know, in the number one and two, it’s unbelievably huge, but…
Male: The movie is called Camp Rock and it is just unbelievable. It’s a story about a girl who goes to camp and she’s trying to find herself and Joe is also a rock star in a band called Connect Three and he’s trying to find himself. In the midst of that, they find each other and it becomes this awesome story . And, I think, the music is a big part of it, and I think that’s what people love. And we fell in love with the music. And, I think it’s a movie you can watch with your friends, with your family, and it will really just be a great thing for everybody.
Operator: Next we’ll go with Alan Sculley with the Evansville Courier.
Alan Sculley: Hi, again. Well, as a follow up I’ll ask about the next album that you just finished up. You haven’t talked a whole lot yet about just musically, stylistically, I’m curious how it compares to the first two albums? Do you see must of a shift in the style or the sound or anything? Are you stretching in new directions maybe that it might surprise some of your fans?
Male: Like I said before, there’s some Elvis Costello, Prince, obviously, the Beatles influence. But there’s a couple of songs that really do have that Prince vice, and I think, it’s a little more funky but just more having a good time, still, you know, who we are as a pop rock band, but it’s just they’re really fun songs. And there’s a couple, in particular, which are just really great that we’ll be playing on this next tour, and I’m very excited about it all. I can’t wait for you guys to hear him.
Operator: And we’ll go with Brian McCollum with the Detroit Free Press.
Brian McCollum: Hey, again. You guys have talked a bit about wha t happened on the Miley tour in terms of the impact on learning about the ritual of touring and kind of how to set the stage for what you’re about to do now, in terms of production and stuff. But if you could talk a little bit about on the level of being musicians, and maybe any lessons you learned from being up on stage there, maybe what the biggest surprise was in terms of just performing as a band in that environment?
Kevin Jonas: Yes, this is Kevin. We, as a band, on this tour, really had a goal to, of course, have a good production but more than that, be – elevate our performance musically as well. Introduce new styles of songs, like introduce different types of music into our performance that will go into another song. So you might hear something and not recognize right away but then, all of a sudden realize that it’s a song that we’ve been playing for five years now, that our fans will, you know, have a whole other way of listening to it. And we really wanted that for our fans and wanted that for the show.
But with the tour with Miley we were really able to see, of course, our first arena tour. We did 56 cities with her – 56 shows, I’m sorry, on that tour. But before that, we had played every little rock and roll club in America on multiple tours. And it’s been amazing journey the last couple of years. And we were just really honored to be able to say that we’re headlining and to be able to say that is a sold out tour. And we can’t wait for that opening night on Thursday.
Operator: And we will go with a follow up from Holly Siegel with Elle Girl.
Holly Siegel: Hi. I wanted to ask you, actually, this is a good question to come after, what’s been your favorite venue to perform at, so far? And sorry, can you say who’s talking? I keep missing it.
Nick Jonas: Yes, this is Nick speaking. And I think all of us, our favorite venue to ever play we actually played – before we went on tour with Miley we had one show at the Texas State Fair, and it was in front of 50,000 people and it was unbelievable. It was, I think, one of the biggest they ever had, and we were just freaking out. You know, we got off stage after it was done and saw the pictures. You don’t really realize it’s that big until you look back and you’re like, wow, unbelievable.
So it’s kind of a good way to kick off our tour. And, you know, I think this tour we’re going to have lots of memories, as well. So, I’m looking forward to it.
Male: But we love playing in every single city that we’re going to and that we’ve been there, just because the fact that we get to see our fans in all different places and see each one of their faces is awesome.
Operator: And we’ll go with Laurilee Craker with the Grand Rapids Press.
Laurilee Craker: Hi, you guys, again. I was wondering, what kind of advice would you give to a young girl or boy who wants to learn to play guitar, maybe inspired by you guys. What would you say to an aspiring musician?
Male: Probably, we would definitely day live at the bottom, even if you’re at the top. And that’s something that we like grew up learning. I mean, if they – I mean also never give up, because I know that it was hard for us, when we started. Some people were like, “You guys are so young.” We would play like Bamboozle with like tons of other bands who have been making it for years, and we were like the young kids on the block. And so it was just, you know, it’s just never give up. And if you really love doing it, then just keep it up.
Kevin Jonas: This is Kevin. And I would just keep saying I taught myself how to play guitar. I was sick home one day, and I didn’t want to watch daytime TV anymore, so I picked up a teach yourself guitar book and then I’ve never put the guitar down since, and that’s six year later. So if you really do set your mind to something and keep practicing, you can really go ahead and make something happen.
One of our slogans for who we are is living the dream. So it’s on all of our crew member shirts in our tour and it’s a very big deal for us.
Operator: And as a reminder, it is star one to ask a question. We do ask that you limit your turn to one question, as to give everyone a chance to ask. We’ll go now to Michael Roberts with Westword.
Michael Roberts: I interviewed (Chris Brown) a few years ago and he said he got used to young girls kind of throwing themselves at him pretty easily. But what freaked him out was when their moms did the same thing. Have you had that experience too?
Male: We definitely have. There’s been – moms are sometimes the craziest because they know that they really want to get their daughters either to be seen by us. Or I don’t know what the deal is, maybe they just want an autograph, but they will like – we’ve seen some moms jump in front of the bus, try to get backstage. We’ve even seen one mom, when we were on vacation in the Bahamas, we were at a family – we were having a family dinner. My mom was at dinner with us. And the manager of the restaurant came to us and said that a lady at the front desk was saying that she was our mother and wanted to come surprise us and say hi to us. So there’s been a couple of crazy mothers out there.
Operator: And we’ll take our next question from Christina Colangelo with Pop Star Magazine.
Christina Colangelo: Hi, guys. How are you?
Male: Very good, how are you?
Christina Colangelo: Good. I actually was just curious, because we had heard that you’re going to be debuting four of your new songs on this tour. So, if you could talk a little bit about one or more of the new songs that you’re going to be performing?
Nick Jonas: Yes. We will actually be performing four new songs from the new record. One song I wrote – this is Nick speaking – I wrote about my diabetes called A Little Bit Longer. And there’s three others, one’s called Don’t Take My Heart and Put It on the Shelf; Pushing Me Away; and Burning Up, so those are the four ones you’ll hear. And then, we’re adding Take A Breath into the set. And also, we’re doing a cover of Take On Me, ((inaudible)) for that.
Operator: And we’ll go with Miriam Ramirez from The Monitor.
Miriam Ramirez: Hi, again, guys. You mentioned (Rooney) as opening act. Will they be on board the entire tour? And how do you think the (Rooney) fans will mesh with yours?
Male: Yes. We – the (Rooney) fans, I think, will love – we’re (Rooney) fans. So, I think, they’ll love to see them on tour. And it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re going to be going to many different places.
Male: And they are on the whole tour.
Male: They are on the whole tour.
Male: It’s going to be a good time.
Miriam Ramirez: Excellent. Now, did you all choose them? I’m sorry.
Male: Yes, it was our request. We, of course, love that band, but then actually we wrote with Robert Schwartzman, the lead singer of the band for our next record for one of those songs. We got together with him and wrote a song. And it kind of just came out of that experience, because we had just a great time. And they understood that we were people that really did like to write our music, play our music. And working with John Fields, it was – that was able to happen. But we’re really just happy to be able to get on the road soon.
Operator: And next, we’ll go to John Bream with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
John Bream: Hi, again, guys. Early in your career, you guys worked with (Steve Greenberg) who, of course, worked with Hanson. And I’m curious, what you guys feel you have in common with Hanson, what have you learned from their career? And what did you learn from (Steve)?
Male: We learned a lot from (Steve) and we also were fans of Hanson when we were young. And, you know, they sold so many records, if we just had one little bit like piece of their success it would be amazing. And we are a lot different. We have brown hair and it’s kind of shorter.
Male: We’re Italian.
Male: And we’re Italian. And we just play pop rock music. And, I think, the only reason people kind of compare us is because we are brothers. We are three brothers.
Male: I’m sure when Hanson was around, I think, (Steve Greenberg) was telling us that right when they came out, they were like, “Oh this is BeeGees or other groups.” I think if it was anything, it’s going to happen that way.
Operator: OK. Now, we’ll go with Scott Iwasaki with the Desert Morning News.
Scott Iwasaki: Hi, again, guys. You mentioned working with (Steve Greenberg), but you guys have also worked with (Desmond Child) and (Adam Schlesinger) in writing songs. Can you tell me a little bit about the process of writing songs within you three, before taking it or collaborating with other people?
Joe Jonas: We – since we know each other so well it’s really easy for us – this is Joe – it really is for us, as brothers, just to kind of sit around and all have – because we live with each other all of the time. So we know what’s going on, if it’s a relationship we’re in, we’re able just to kind of create a song through each other’s feelings.
And sometimes it’s difficult when you write a song when you just met, it’s like ((inaudible)). So it sometimes throw you for a loop.
Male: And whenever we moved over to Hollywood Records, we came in with a bunch of our songs that we had written, and that pretty much became the record that we made, which was Jonas Brothers. And, you know, we kind of have this thing now, where we try to write with people that we really just – that we – like, you know, our friends and things like that, our band members, our father, and John Fields is another one, but for the most part we try to keep it in the circle.
Operator: And we’ll go again to Michael Roberts with Westword.
Michael Roberts: Nick, you mentioned the song that you wrote about your diabetes, how has the diabetes effected your touring or has it? Have you had to change anything about the way you live your life?
Nick Jonas: Luckily, I’ve got some really great people around me that really help me manage my diabetes. And it hasn’t slowed me down yet, and I’m not planning on letting it do that. So I’m going to continue to do what I love, and if I have an occasional low or high blood sugar, it will be all right because I’ve got some really great people surrounding me.
Operator: And we’ll go with Jason Bracelin with the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Jason Bracelin: Hey, again. Obviously, you know, your first record didn’t get the promotional push that you probably would have liked it to, and you split with your label as a result. I was just kind of curious, what was it like for you guys, and the after math of that? I mean did you ever – was your confidence shaken at all? Did you ever question the direction of the group at all? I mean, how did you guys kind of deal with that, early on in your career?
Kevin Jonas: This is Kevin. We – once we left Columbia Records and then were actually scheduled to do a tour, it was the Christmas tour, a holiday tour, and we were going across the country but we did not have any backing of a label because, of course, we didn’t have a label at the time. So we had been writing for a very long time. We had released the record and been playing songs. And still people were showing up like 120 people at a venue that could hold a lot more. So a lot was happening with that.
But then once we signed over to Hollywood Records, we found a family that really took care of us and, you know, believed in us and supported us in the way that releasing songs and pushing them. And, you know, we had our first Top 40 success with S.O.S. And we are more than excited and honored to be able to do that. And now we’re just really ready for when You Look Me in the Eyes to hit, and we can’t wait to see the reaction from people.
Operator: At this time, we have one question remaining in the queue. If you’d like to ask a question or if you have a follow up question, please press star one to signal. As a reminder, if you would limit your question to one. And next, we’ll go to Aimee Curran with Tiger Beat magazine.
Aimee Curran: OK. So guys, your hair has become something that everyone’s noticed has grown a lot longer. I’m wondering how much longer you’re going to grow your hair? And what goes into how you pick out what you’ re going to be wearing on stage on your tour?
Nick Jonas: Actually, this is Nick speaking; I just cut my hair, all gone. Kidding. ((inaudible)). I cut it shorter, it was getting pretty long. And finally I woke up on morning and I was like ready to cut it. So we start fresh in the new tour and premiering the new hair.
Operator: And next, we’ll go with Earnest Jasmin with the Tacoma News Tribune.
Earnest Jasmin: Hey, again, guys. You talk about your early days like Kevin was saying a second ago about just 120 people would come out. But, in contrast, I saw you at the Tacoma Dome a couple of months ago, and it was definitely a different reaction, a pretty big reaction. I mean what’s been the most unusual part of this ride that you’ ve been on this, like, rise that you’ve had the past few months.
Male: It’s been amazing. You know, before our record ((inaudible)) Six Flags and smaller theaters, but for the most part it was around the 2000 ((inaudible)) and that’s when we really started to just get amazed at how many people were showing up to the shows, it was a change.
And, you know, now that the tour that we questioning, should we play the bigger venues, like the 6000 seat venues. One of the venues in Chicago – I mean a lot of arenas as well, like should we play those or should we try to scale it down? And the fact that they all just sold out so quickly it was so encouraging, it was just so honoring that people are really – they really care and stuff. So it was a cool reality.
Operator: OK. And we’ll go back to Michael Roberts with Westword.
Michael Roberts: This is a question that my daughters just have to know about Nick. Nick were you going out with Miley Cyrus? And if you were, have you broken up?
Nick Jonas: You know, there’s always a lot of rumors going around about who we’re dating. You know, if we take a picture with somebody, immediately we’re dating them. And I can honestly tell you we’re not dating. Thank you.
Operator: OK. We’ll go with John Bream with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
John Bream: This is another question for Nick, but probably a little bit easier to handle, how would you compare playing on Broadway versus performing in a huge arena?
Nick Jonas: I’m not going to answer personal questions – ha, just kidding. It’s cool. You know, Broadway was really great training for what we’re doing now. And, you know, really just, I love being in a band with my brothers and it’s where I started on Broadway. But the fact that I’m able to play pop music, rock music, it’s really cool. And I am so thankful I had the opportunity to do the Broadway because it has really helped me in being in the band now. And Joe also did Broadway. He was in a show, and Kevin was doing commercials at the time, while I was doing Broadway with Joe. So we were all kind of in the business, somehow, but it was cool.
Operator: And we have time for one more question, and we’ll take that question from Alan Sculley with the Evansville Courier.
Alan Sculley: Yes, hi, again, guys. You know, there was a quote that I saw, I think it was from Kevin, in a Billboard article where you talked about having some struggles being out on the road. And apparently, you used some of those experiences kind of inspiration for some of the new lyrics on the next album. And just kind of curious what sort of experiences you ran into and kind of how that stuff filtered into the new song.
Kevin Jonas: Some of the new record was definitely written because of those experiences. We had been on the road for a while now. I haven’t unpacked my bag since May of last year. So it’s kind of amazing, but we really do – we try to take from everything around us, from the people we’re with, from the experiences we can go through. Songs like…
Nick Jonas: We actually just wrote a song with our producer John Fields that will be on the new record – this is Nick speaking – it’s called Sorry. And some of the lyrics are, Sorry for breaking all of the promises I wasn’t around to keep. It’s kind of just this whole thing where you’re not around for the person that you’re interested in, but you want them to know that you’re sorry about it. ((inaudible)).
Operator: OK. And that concludes the question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to the Jonas Brothers for any additional or closing remarks.
Kevin Jonas: Thank you, everybody. Hopefully, we’ll see you on this next tour.
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Nick Jonas: We’re looking forward to seeing all of you guys and meeting you in person. Thank you so much for coming today to speak with us.
Joe Jonas: Thank you very much.
Operator: And this does conclude today’s presentation.