It was the craziest thing we had ever done for a band (at the time)…
Fueled in part by my epically failed attempt to snag Hannah Montana tickets* (and Mememoi’s nagging failure to go catch their free show at Penn’s Landing in Philly the previous July), we had the frantic notion that we may never have an opportunity to see them perform live ever again, so we decided to go to a free Jonas Brothers in-store performance.
One year ago today, we took off work, bundled up LBF, and journeyed over the river and through the woods (literally) to The Granite Run Mall for our very first Jonas show. We had no idea what to expect…apart from an acoustic performance by the Jonas Brothers.
It was the beginning of an epic year of Jonas for Mememoi and me – despite being pretty big fans beforehand, it is the real anniversary of our falling in love with them. The date of our engagement, you might say. We saw 5 more Jonas shows (resulting in a near Pavlovian urge to clap, sing, and jump in specific ways during certain songs), were inspired to explore all kinds of live music, and had a great time doing it. We also started this blog, which has been such fun!
Follow us over the jump for a reminiscence!
*I would like to take this opportunity to thank the lovely phone bank lady from Canada who tried as hard as she could to get me even just one ticket since I was the first person who had been nice to her all morning. It was much appreciated.
The show was set for 3pm, so we headed out the door at about 12:30 so we would get there with 2 hours to spare. When we arrived there were big signs on the doors announcing “This event is being filmed. If you don’t want to be filmed, go home.” (paraphrasing – lol).
The stage was set up in a two story atrium right outside of JC Penney. There was a round balcony overlooking the stage, and a large space in front of the stage which terminated (more or less) at set of escalators and the hub of the mall. The Granite Run is an average regional mall, nothing special.
People had already snagged all of the spots around the balcony, so we ventured downstairs and were pleased to find that there was still tons of space located pretty close to the stage. We set ourselves up along the barriers by the FYE, safely at the back of the early crowd (of a couple hundred young girls). I got us some coffee and water from the nearby coffee shop, and we settled in. We got to know the people around us, and were very nice to the security guards in the hopes they would help us out with LBF if things got ugly.
Taking a closer look, that may actually be us. My hair was not out and LBF was on Mememoi’s shoulders.
The crowd was scary, especially when the kids got out of school at about 2:30 and flooded the space in front of us, doubling the number of people in the same space. There were fights, one particularly bad one caused by a line of girls getting escorted up to the front of the crowd. The security guards looked kinda terrified and the State Police were called in (you can see – and hear – one of them in the vids below). There was pushing – we were asked to step back repeatedly (with no effect, even though they threatened to cancel the show). We stopped looking behind us after we realized that we were no longer at the back of the crowd, rather we were in the middle to front third of the crowd. Jonas fans seemed to take over the mall completely.
This situation caused some inadvertently funny moments with parents getting separated from their daughters who were hell bent on getting as close as possible to the stage. Mothers could be heard calling “When it is over, meet me at the Zales! The Zales!” after them. Thankfully, it wasn’t all scary. There was singing, cheering for various video cameras, and chanting – creating a delicate sense of fun and unity. (Thankfully, this was the most insecure I would ever feel at a JB show.)
They were nearly an hour late, and we were getting cranky after standing for three hours. Mememoi had been holding LBF on her shoulders for way too long, and the increasing body heat swirling around us was making me dizzy. Kids were also getting sick, which is never good, and the huge crowd was getting VERY anxious (I know I was feeling an impending anxiety attack). Because of this, the guy who came on stage to tune the guitars was very popular and got lots of screams.
Then, just when we started to think we had made a horrible mistake, we saw Big Rob.. and then… JONAS! All of the discomfort of the previous three hours was instantly forgotten. They started with Year 3000.
Entrance + Year 3000
I remember thinking “OMG, they are so much cuter in real life!” At the time, I was not yet a real fan of Nick, but I couldn’t help but love his mega shaggy hair – it was all I could see of him! I danced, clapped, and stood on my tiptoes so as to not miss a thing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Kevin or Big Rob, who stood on the stage, or on a set of stairs nearby. At the end of the song Kevin asked the audience to take 3 steps back, and they did it immediately.
Then they sang “Hello Beautiful” and Nick asked us if we knew the words to the second verse. We did.
Then they played “Goodnight and Goodbye”! I was thrilled because it is one of my most favorite songs. I was very happy.
Goodnight and Goodbye
Then on to SOS, and the end of the show. This was great fun. I remember their exit as taking much longer than it did – I was in such state of Jonas euphoria – they were so sincere and seemed (to me, at the time) that they wished they could do more for us (many of whom were unable to get tickets to the HM show). It seems so brief in the video, but I remember the love and appreciation just swelling in the place – from us, and to us – from them, and to them. It was magical.
SOS & exit
When the show was over and the whole crowd turned around I though I was going to faint! The wall of heat was just awful, and I just stayed on my feet as we journeyed back up the escalator and out to the parking lot and a nice BIG breath of FRESH AIR. Ahhh…. We piled back in the car, listened to some Jonas Brothers and It’s About Time and drove home smiling, and singing all the way (this would become a tradition). We may or may not have stopped at McDonalds – I am thinking yes, because – well, because Mememoi was in the car – lol.
Goodnight and Goodbye
Happy New Year of Jonas! (Well, for us anyway).
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A cute vid that gives a pretty good overview of the event and a (more or less) accurate depiction of what it was like to be in the audience. This vid is VERY shaky. It may cause seizure, or at least give you a little motion sickness.