From coco water to vodka to gum–all set for Jonas BrothersBy Pocholo Concepcion
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Twenty-eight black towels, six tetra packs of coconut water, six packs of mint-flavored chewing gum, four packs of low-fat string cheese, a bottle of Grey Goose Vodka, a case of Coors Light Beer, and a dressing room with its air-conditioner thermostat set at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
These are just some of the things that the popular three-member American boy band Jonas Brothers want to see in their dressing room when they perform on October 19 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City and on October 20 at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel.
Opening the shows is San Francisco-born actress-singer Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, a granddaughter of legendary Filipino stage-TV-film actress and recording artist Sylvia La Torre.
The requested items are contained in the provisions of the Jonas Brothers’ performance contract, sent by its management to concert promoters handling the group’s seven-city Asian and European tour that kicks off in Manila.
Kevin, Joe and Nick
Also on the long list of perks that the group wants in their dressing room are: 21 bottles of iced and room-temperature drinking water, specified as “Smart Water, no Fji or Evian;” six bottles of 5-hour Energy, an imported drink containing caffeine similar to local brands Red Bull and Cobra; six bottles of G2 Gatorade (assorted flavors);
Three packs of Listerine Pocketpaks Breath Strips; six small cans of pineapple juice; six small bottles of apple juice; two bags of raw, unsalted almonds; two bags of sesame honey almonds; one tray of fruits (with apples, bananas) with dip; and one box of fruit snacks.
The group—composed of brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas—broke into the entertainment scene when it signed a major label record deal in 2004 on the basis of two demo songs by Nick, who was originally being groomed for a solo career by his father, Kevin Jonas Sr.
8 million records sold
From its four albums—“It’s About Time” (2006), “Jonas Brothers” (2007), “A Little Bit Longer” (2008), and “Lines, Vines and Trying Times” (2009)—the group has sold 8 million records worldwide.
The brothers have become even more famous as actors, starring with American singer-songwriter and actress Demi Lovato in “Camp Rock,” a made-for-TV musical film on the Disney Channel.
More than 8 million people reportedly watched the film’s premiere in 2008—making “Camp Rock” the third-highest-viewed Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) at the time, behind “High School Musical 2” and “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.”
Two years later, the brothers and Lovato reprised their respective roles in a sequel, “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” It is said to be the second-most expensive DCOM, behind “High School Musical 2.”
Earlier, in 2009, the brothers starred in their own Disney series, “Jonas L.A.,” which also featured their younger brother Frankie.
In August this year, “Married to Jonas” premiered on the E! Channel, starring Kevin and his wife, Danielle, with brothers Nick and Joe in supporting roles.
Produced by American radio personality and TV host Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol” fame, “Married to Jonas” documents the young couple’s domestic life as well as the brothers’ recording efforts as they prepare to release their latest album.
Joe, who visited the Philippines recently as a product endorser of clothing brand Bench, released his debut solo album, “Fastlife,” last October.
Nick—apparently the most musically inclined of the brothers (he sings and writes songs, and plays the guitar, piano, drums and percussion)—formed his own band, Nick Jonas & the Administration, which released its debut album “Who I Am,” in February 2010.
Although busy with other solo projects, the Jonas Brothers decided to hold a reunion concert as a group on October 11 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The brothers’ series of shows after Manila and Cebu will be held in Singapore (October 22); Kuala Lumpur (October 24); St. Petersburg (November 6) and Moscow (November 8), Russia; and Viña del Mar, Chile (Feb. 28, 2013).
The shows come on the heels of a renewed interest in boy bands, sparked by the worldwide popularity of the five-man English vocal group One Direction.
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