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Jonas Brothers at Mohegan Sun

The Jonas Brothers are BACK! And they brought their happiness begins tour to the Arena at Mohegan Sun near the end of August. Both the onsale for tickets AND VIP M&Gs were an absolute shit show – yet somehow I managed to get a M&G (with a backstage tour I really didn’t want to take) and a really nice seat for the show.
With all the drama of the on sales behind me – I went to check in for VIP – and more drama! I believed the only email I had received from the VIP company was the receipt. But apparently I had also received and didn’t save (so unlike me, but whatever) another email with a confirmation code. The woman was very rude and assured me since SHE sent the emails – I had to have gotten one. My email trash deletes every 30 days or so – it’s August and I bought this in May – forced into a level higher than I wanted – and now they were acting like they weren’t going to let me in without this code – when my name and all my info were on her list and I was standing in front of her with an ID that matched. I remembered taking screen caps of things when I bought it, because it was such a nightmare I wasn’t convinced their servers would handle emailing out the confirmation. But my sD card in my phone had crapped out 2 weeks earlier – of course! Fortunately I pay for Google Photos extra storage backup and scrolled through to May and sure enough – the screen cap with the confirmation code was good enough (and she barely even looked at it, so WTF) and I was given my backstage tour wristband and let inside.
The backstage tour had us go down the arena steps, under the stage (a lot roomier than I was expecting, honestly) and then up the escalator. We went outside and waited for our “walk down memory lane” which was a couple dead-end aisles of clothes the boys had worn, Nick and Kevin’s guitars and one of Joe’s mic stands we could use for photo-ops.
We then were taken into another room and had to give up our purses and cell phones for the M&G – which I really didn’t mind but making us sit there for nearly an hour with no way to let my friends know I wouldn’t be able to meet them before doors wasn’t really fun. (Fortunately we have done enough M&Gs they knew I’d get in contact as soon as I could after their “where are you?” texts went unanswered for a bit) Finally it was time for the M&G where they lined up those with Lane One ‘first on the floor’ tickets and other perks first.
Then it was time for my M&G. I wore my “Id rather be at a Hanson concert” shirt because I was looking for a fun photo-op. I told them I wanted them to pose based on the shirt but I’d let them pick what to do. Kevin started instructing me where to stand and what they would all do – but Joe cut him off and said that he would give a thumbs up because he also wanted to be at a Hanson concert. Afterwards I told them I’d be seeing Hanson the next 2 days so I’d get my wish. Joe asked if I’d be meeting them and I said I didn’t know, but he told me if I did to let them know that they want the beer that they promised them “like 10 years ago.” I told him if I met them I would definitely let them know!
My seat for the show was more amazing than I could have even thought, basically as close to the stage as I could have been without being forced to stand in the GA pit all night. I was able to sit all night and only couldn’t see them when they went to the B-stage, but there was screens up front so I didn’t entirely miss out on what was going on. (Surrounded by stairs I didn’t trust myself to not fall right off!)
I was super excited when they came out on stage – so happy to see them happy and together again!! I thought the setlist was a great mix of old and new and fan requests – and a lot of fun and color! (but somehow despite being so close I only ended up with like 3 pieces of confetti. What the heck!?)

Throwback Thursday: Nick Jonas and the Administration 1/8/10

Headliner: Nick Jonas
Opener(s): Forever Seven, Diane Birch
Venue:  Beacon Theater
Cost: $63.40

Setlist:

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Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 7/21/09

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Honor Society, Jordin Sparks, Wonder Girls
Venue: Nassau Coliseum
Cost: $50

Setlist:

 

Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 7/20/09

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Honor Society, Jordin Sparks, Wonder Girls
Venue: Nassau Coliseum
Cost: $85

Setlist:

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Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers July 26, 2008

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne
Venue: Meadows Music Theater
Cost: $98

Setlist:

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Future Now Tour – Mohegan Sun 7/6/16

Wednesday night the Honda Civic Tour / Future Now Tour made a stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville (or, based on the hashtags they were encouraging us to use on the screens, Hartford.)  Before the show, Nick Jonas had a soundcheck Party for those who pre-ordered his album through his website.  Of course, this was Part I of Christine and Katie do stupid things (for that day – I’ve lost count of how many we’re at now) and arrived at the venue at 2:15, as we were told… and spent the rest of the day waiting in line.

Mike Posner was the opening act, who I was not at all looking forward to seeing. His set appeared to be relatively short – until he sat at the end of the stage for a bit and then started… a poem of sorts that started with “I am Jesus Christ” (read a sort of transcript here: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s535/sh/c36328dd-3b41-491f-afd7-b5f3f7f83b43/1768dc183d95be0bef93d382187fc59d)  To me, it didn’t seem like the right place or the right time and if we didn’t love distractions he wouldn’t have a career and a million dollars to spend on girls and shoes (distractions!) It just totally rubbed me the wrong way and I was left so dumbfounded over it, I kind of couldn’t get into Nick’s set for a bit because I was still just like… wtf?  Seriously regretted our earlier plans to miss his set after that!!

Nick started off the show, then Demi and they did some songs together as well.  At one point Nick was giving Demi a compliment, I think he said that she had been singing her ass off, but Demi couldn’t hear him so he had to repeat it.  The stage set up was really cool too, the backdrop of the stage was basically a giant screen – filled with all sorts of imagery throughout the sets and of course – BACON.

Overall it was a really fun tour and I am glad that we had such great seats to check it out!

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Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 3/18/08

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Valora, Rooney
Venue: Oakdale Theater
Cost: $150

Setlist:

Year 3000
Just Friends
Goodnight and Goodbye
Australia
Hello Beautiful
Take a Breath
Underdog
Don’t Take My Heart And Put It On a Shelf
Pushing Me Away
That’s Just The Way We Roll
Games
Take On Me
Still In Love With You
Hollywood
Burning Up
When You Look Me In The Eyes
Hold On
A Little Bit Longer
SOS

Recap:

I started this blog in 2008 and went back and recapped most of my concerts from that year. You can see the post for the show here most of the photos got lost when the site crashed a few years ago, so here are some highlights…

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Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 3/16/08

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Valora, Rooney
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard
Cost: $60

Setlist:

Year 3000
Just Friends
Goodnight and Goodbye
Australia
Hello Beautiful
Take a Breath
Underdog
Don’t Take My Heart And Put It On a Shelf
Pushing Me Away
That’s Just The Way We Roll
Games
Take On Me
Still In Love With You
Hollywood
Burning Up
When You Look Me In The Eyes
Hold On
A Little Bit Longer
SOS

Recap:

I started this blog in 2008 and went back and recapped most of my concerts from that year. You can see the post for the show here most of the photos got lost when the site crashed a few years ago, so here are some highlights…

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Nick Jonas at Mohegan Sun

Friday night Nick Jonas performed for the first time as a solo artist at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  He had played there several times with his former band and brothers, The Jonas Brothers.  We were kind of surprised that Nick would play such a large venue, especially when a lot of his other shows are in smaller general admission venues. But when we tried to get tickets in presale and then the public sale and nothing that we considered to be “good” showed up… we got a bit nervous.  But we (and by we I mean myself and Christine, my typical partner in crazy boyband crime) decided we would wait until that night and see what we could get.  She had a M&G with Nick before the show so I was perched outside the box office and checked 3 times while she was inside and had no such luck. We ended up “caving” about 30 minutes after the opening act was on the stage and got 14th row. We were hoping for first 10 rows, but first 15 isn’t so bad either (we’re just self-spoiled brats).

Recently, Jay-Z said that Nick was the “Justin Timberlake of his generation” which, I found to be a bit odd because… Justin is still the Justin of his generation… but it was pretty evident that this tour was heavily influenced by Mr JT.  Nick is also all grown up now.  The setlist was made up mostly of songs from his self titled album, with a few new songs thrown in as well as a Nick Jonas and the administration song and a couple JoBros / Camp Rock songs and of course, a few covers for good measure.

About halfway through the set, a lot of security started showing up in our area.  They were all linking arms, blocking off the aisle of our section (and I was seated on the aisle)  Nick ended up walking by and I reached out and juuust missed touching him.  Then he went up a couple steps into the lower level to sing.  On his way back, I reached my arm over the security and he ended up grabbing my hand for a few seconds.  So exciting! (Nick might be all grown up, but I am not! 😉

I kind of wish that his tour schedule worked out a bit better with being close to us around a weekend because I think we would have ended up at a few more shows than just this one!

Chains
Numb
Levels
Wilderness
Good Thing
Area Code
A Little Bit Longer
Who I Am
Introducing Me
Warning
Push
Don’t Make Me Choose
Santa Barbara
Under You
Roses (OutKast cover)
Can’t Feel My Face / Watch Me
Teacher Ft. Poison
Take Over
Jealous

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Mixtape Festival Day 2

After the broomball game we hung out in the car for a bit and heard some of the Jonas Brothers soundcheck.  We then went to Chocolate World to kill time before night 2.  We knew that it was predicted to rain, so we grabbed our rain coats and headed in to the stadium.

MKTO kicked off the show.

Emblem 3 was up next.  About 2 songs into their set they told us that lightning was in the forecast and that we had to go under the stands for our safety while it passed.

We were underneath for about an hour and it was ridiculous because there was no room for people to move yet everyone was trying to get somewhere else.  I was also told I was too young to know Boyz II Men songs. LOL, I’ll take it. (Turns out I was older than the people who said that to me.)

Emblem 3 continued their set at 7:15 and the show just went on from there – but it was still raining. We were all SOAKED.

Boyz II Men came out next and I think they did a bit of a modified set compared to what they did on The Package Tour (we figured if everyone cut a song or two from their sets, everything could kind of stay on schedule)  We spotted Zac Hanson checking them out on the side of the stage in the beginning of the set too and then he went into the gold VIP side stage area to take some pics.

Jonas Brothers played what seemed to be the longest set ever – and I’m a fan. I don’t know, they seemed to just never end and I was soggy and pruney and just wanted to get the show moving.  They sang Thats Just The Way We Roll – Joe didn’t change the lyric from Hanson and I thought for sure they’d come out, but Kevin just pointed off in the back of the stage where I assume at least one of them was watching the set.

TLC’s reunion was next.  They started off with some technical issues with TBoz’s mic but then they seemed to get everything worked out. Before Waterfalls they said that it was a song that meant a lot to Lisa Left Eye Lopes and had us all hold up lighters, cell phones, etc in honor of Lisa.  The stadium lit up and it looked so beautiful!  Most people held them up for the whole song.  They had all of Left Eye’s raps on a track.  It was a bittersweet set because I loved TLC growing up, but never had the chance to see them until now.  They said that they will never replace her but that they wanted to move on and continue to make music and share with everyone.

NKOTB was up next and they also did a more modified set from The Package Tour. It was a ton of fun and during Tonight, Danny and Joe walked right by the ADA seating and we got to shake Joe’s hand!

We were hoping that all the bands would come out on stage again, but that didn’t happen.  And by that point we were freezing and soggy so we just decided to leave.

All in all it was a fun weekend and I hope that Hanson goes back again next year!

 

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