Jonas Brothers, New Kids on the Block, Miley Cyrus Earn Fans’ Shrieks at Zootopia

5/19/08, 12:35 pm EST


A glance around New Jersey’s Izod Center during Saturday night’s Z100 Zootopia show revealed a divided audience: there were teenage girls clutching Jonas Brothers T-shirts, tote bags and posters, and onetime-teenage girls decked out in the same attire for the recently reunited New Kids on the Block. The Jonas gang kicked off the night to earsplitting shrieks with a half-hour set of carefully choreographed rock & roll moves, down to Kevin Jonas’ guitar spins.

Photos of the Jonas Brothers, Sara Bareilles, Miley Cyrus and more from Zootopia


In addition to “Look Me in the Eyes,” “S.O.S.” and “That’s Just the Way We Roll,” the Jonases tossed in A-Ha’s “Take On Me,” a song it’s safe to say almost no one in the crowd realized was a cover. Though more than a half-dozen acts would take the stage after the Jonas Brothers, the crowd kept screeching their excitement anytime the Jersey trio’s mugs graced the arena’s screens or were mentioned by the station’s DJs.


Halfway through the nearly four-hour show the night’s other anticipated moment arrived: New Kids on the Block’s first official post-reunion concert. Their set was identical to last Friday morning’s Today show appearance, but the five singers had worked out some of the kinks. The resulting performance revealed a self-aware boy band more concerned with having fun than achieving the perfect show, as evidenced by their goofball antics and raw enthusiasm.

After a greatest-hits medley — “Step By Step,” “Hangin’ Tough,” “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” — and the comeback single “Summertime,” the band paused to celebrate Jordan Knight’s 38th birthday and honor their fans. “This song is for you,” Donnie Wahlberg proclaimed before “Tonight.” “This album, this tour, everything we do from now on is to pay you back.” While the sentiment was often echoed throughout the night, it felt most genuine coming from a group whose viability hinges on the support of its original fanbase.

The enthusiasm failed to peak again after NKOTB, even during a closing performance from night’s other blockbuster act, Miley Cyrus. Whether it was due to the post-bedtime set (Cyrus started at 10:45 p.m.), a string of newer songs or backlash residue from the Vanity Fair photo scandal, it took a confetti hurricane during “G.N.O. (Girl’s Night Out)” to wake the crowd up. Cyrus remained unfazed as she pranced around the stage, whipping her hair around and embodying the persona of a diva much older than her 15 years.

Zootopia’s other performers were a hodge-podge of Top 40 acts, ranging from bizarrely short one-song performances by Ferras and Sara Bareilles to a seemingly out-of-place set by Canadian pop-punkers Simple Plan and a piano rock sing-along from Gavin DeGraw that was plagued by technical issues. While OneRepublic mixed crowd favorites “Stop and Stare” and “Apologize” with two lesser-known songs that translated to a bathroom break, the energy was palpable during Danity Kane’s “Showstopper,” “Poetry” and “Damaged.” But it was Jesse McCartney’s R&B-infused performance that was the night’s true surprise, indicating that his forthcoming third LP could cement him as a Justin Timberlake for the Disney set.

[Photo: David Atlas (Cyrus, NKOTB), Getty (Jonas Bros)]


Comments

ivanee | 5/29/2008, 6:09 pm EST

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THE JONAS BROTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND MILEY A ROCK AS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELL!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!

nat | 5/28/2008, 5:46 pm EST

u guys rock . i LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEE Nick but miley is stupid

nat | 5/28/2008, 5:46 pm EST

u guys rock . i LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEE Nick but miley is stupid

nat | 5/28/2008, 5:46 pm EST

u guys rock . i LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEE EE Nick but miley is stupid

Kara/Nick lover | 5/27/2008, 4:06 pm EST

Nick sounds like a really awsome guy and i would love to meet him someday. He is so cute. Every thing on him is BEAUTIFUL. He is beautiful. I’m a big Jonas Fan. my two fav. jonas songs are “Just Friends” and “Inseperable”.

Kara | 5/27/2008, 3:56 pm EST

I LOVE Nick Jonas he’s so awsome!!! He’s the best singer and the hottest most beautiful guy ever!!! P.S. I love his cute face and his beautiful hair!!!

ashley | 5/26/2008, 7:04 pm EST

nick is so hot

kk | 5/26/2008, 5:33 pm EST

wow i love the jonas brothers and miley and all the rest!!

JLL | 5/26/2008, 6:46 am EST

The Jonas Brothers are the Best and in the whole wide world!!

Nick I Love You!!!!

JLL | 5/26/2008, 6:46 am EST

The Jonas Brothers are the Best and in the whole wide world!!

Nick I Love You!!!!

Max | 5/25/2008, 4:11 am EST

Kevin you are so hot, keep your hair straight please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

miley | 5/22/2008, 6:33 pm EST

guys please stop making fun of us we try as hard as we can

miley | 5/22/2008, 6:33 pm EST

guys please stop making fun of us we try as hard as we can

i duno | 5/22/2008, 2:55 pm EST

coolio…i dunno

i duno | 5/22/2008, 2:55 pm EST

coolio…i dunno

Jade | 5/22/2008, 1:32 pm EST

i love ur band!!!

Amanda | 5/22/2008, 1:31 pm EST

You rock! I love your band.

jonasluvr15 | 5/22/2008, 12:46 pm EST

OMG NICK JONAS is sooooooooooooooooooooo HOTTTT!!!!!!!!! Iwish I knew his fone#

Shelby | 5/22/2008, 11:31 am EST

They may try to be normal…but their not. I don’t think they can ever be normal and even though they are good-looking, they’ll probably end up doing something stupid…but…let’s hope not.

daytona | 5/22/2008, 9:18 am EST

nick jonas you are soooo hot don’t get your hair cut. you are sooooo i mean soooooooooo hot

andrea | 5/22/2008, 9:14 am EST

you guys are soooooooooo cool

Lioness | 5/22/2008, 12:39 am EST

OMG I OVE JONAS BROTHERS!!!!
THEY ARE SOOOO HOTTT

Destiny Iliff | 5/21/2008, 11:00 pm EST

i love Nick so much and i wish that i could meet u guy in person love your biggest fan

B.M.S Ya DigG | 5/21/2008, 9:42 pm EST

yo jesse mccartney hot ass hell just like nick jonas and joe jonas these nikkas are so sexy 4reals.

Sarzie | 5/21/2008, 7:43 pm EST

IIIIIIIII LURVVVVVVVVVV YYYYUUUUUUU Nick…..YUR SOOOOOOOOO HOTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarzie | 5/21/2008, 7:43 pm EST

IIIIIIIII LURVVVVVVVVVV YYYYUUUUUUU Nick…..YUR SOOOOOOOOO HOTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

heather | 5/21/2008, 5:19 pm EST

go miley, jonas brothers, jesse mccartney, and onerepublic!! you guys rock!

Stupid People YOU HATE MILEY!! | 5/21/2008, 4:55 pm EST

Ok i’ll tell you somin’ stop talking bad about Miley SHE IS A POP SENSATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

crazy4Joe | 5/21/2008, 3:55 pm EST

Nick don’t get your hair cut!! I love it the way it is now. Joe looks sooooo hot in that picture. I love u Joe!!!

Jessica | 5/21/2008, 3:14 pm EST

JESSE MCCARTNEY IS AMAZING.

ALLISON | 5/21/2008, 2:57 pm EST

NICK YOUR HOT

ALLISON | 5/21/2008, 2:56 pm EST

NICK I LOVE YOU

alexis | 5/21/2008, 11:49 am EST

i love nick

alexis | 5/21/2008, 11:49 am EST

i love nick

karina | 5/21/2008, 10:02 am EST

Iloveyou nile

karina | 5/21/2008, 10:00 am EST

youare thebastjonasbrothersIloveyou

Lindsay | 5/21/2008, 9:58 am EST

you guys are so cute!!!!!!!

the joe lover | 5/20/2008, 10:56 pm EST

ohh i cant stop tinking about joe.ilove you joe

aimee | 5/20/2008, 10:55 pm EST

i love the jonas brothers they rock love you guys

Gabbie:) | 5/20/2008, 10:52 pm EST

i love you joe!!!

jaime | 5/20/2008, 10:42 pm EST

im glad to see nkotb back and i luv miley and the jonas brothers too

jonaslovr | 5/20/2008, 9:29 pm EST

i love jonas brothers do they really live next to miley

jonaslovr | 5/20/2008, 9:29 pm EST

i love jonas brothers do they really live next to miley

NKOTB-generation Jonas-lover! | 5/20/2008, 6:56 pm EST

Whatever haters…the Jonas Brothers deserve major props…the seeming “choreography” of their shows is professionalism that comes from several years of hard work performing. I would dare say they’ve logged more miles and shows in the last 3 years than the New Kids EVER did. Not to mention their creative input in the writing and performance of their music… Although to be fair, they really aren’t in the same genre within pop music - it’s just reviewers that lump them together as “boy bands”. I am not sure who should be more embarassed….the New Kids who are 30 years from beings boys, or the Jonases who are actual musicians.

stupid Miley | 5/20/2008, 12:42 pm EST

eegads, NKOTB and Jonas Sisters are bad enough, but Miley freakn Cyrus? Puke.

Brittany H. | 5/20/2008, 12:36 pm EST

whats up guy you are alsome and hot

Brittany H. | 5/20/2008, 12:33 pm EST

whats up guy you are alsome

jade | 5/20/2008, 5:20 am EST

you are cool

Dr. Kervorkian | 5/20/2008, 4:51 am EST

re: JC | 5/19/2008, 3:58 pm EST

“NKOTB did ROCK.”

If you could put that group’s name and “rock(ing)” in the same sentence, you should be euthanized!

Today's Youth is Dumb | 5/19/2008, 5:31 pm EST

Trying to rise yourself above others by calling them old is vapid and souless. Good luck finding a real job.

J | 5/19/2008, 5:12 pm EST

ya all the old folks (yawn) that came to see the NK left.
Read the new york times review not this crap.

JoeLover | 5/19/2008, 5:02 pm EST

Joe looks so hot in this picture.

JC | 5/19/2008, 3:58 pm EST

NKOTB did ROCK. and miley? hmm… crowds LEFT as soon as NKOTB finished. so i’d say.. miley– not so much! jonas bros were cute though!

miranda | 5/19/2008, 3:30 pm EST

nicks hair is adorable leave it alone!!!!

AJD | 5/19/2008, 2:59 pm EST

As always this magazine gets everything wrong (miley rocked) NK
not so much.

mily | 5/19/2008, 2:45 pm EST

you ROOK

kelsey | 5/19/2008, 2:09 pm EST

nick please do not get your hair cut. i love you nick

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