LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - "Look at him!" shrieks the
11-year-old girl in the shocking pink tutu and stripy tights,
as Joe Jonas, of the American pop-rock trio the Jonas Brothers,
executes a Marty McFly knee slide across London's O2 Arena
stage. "He's well lush."
For British tweens right now, "well lush" (rough
translation: "My, what an attractive young man") is perhaps the
ultimate compliment. Trouble is, at a time when much of the old
British pop infrastructure ("Top of the Pops," Saturday morning
kids' TV, Smash Hits magazine) has been axed, there's been a
distinct lack of pop hunks upon whom to bestow the epithet.
Which is why much of Avril Lavigne's crowd of 20,000-odd
primped-up "punk" princesses are reacting to the opening band
like they've just taken hormones.
Homemade banners flutter in the front rows and deafening
high-pitched squeals fill the arena every time Nick, Joe or
Kevin Jonas venture anywhere near the front of the enormous
"Mum, I need the toilet," Miss Tutu and Tights' kid sister
"You'll have to wait," Mum snaps, with a scary glint in her
eye. "I'm enjoying this."
And when you've got the Mums hooked, you're really in
The Jonas Brothers took time off from making little girls'
hearts pitter-patter to chat with Billboard about touring in
Europe, the film "Camp Rock," their new album titled "A Little
Bit Longer," and more.
Q: Right now you're on tour in Europe, opening for Avril
Lavigne. How are the European fans treating you?
Joe Jonas: The show at the O2 Arena was amazing last night.
We've been hearing so much about it since we came here last
time, so we were definitely ready to go and play it. The
response was amazing. What was so cool was that it's all still
fresh and new -- it's nice to meet the new fans ... it seems
like one by one there's a few more people showing up at the
venues, and few more people waiting outside of the hotel. It's
really cool and really exciting. It's really fun and we're
looking forward to the rest of the concerts.
Kevin Jonas: We are driving through the streets of London
and we're on our way to Dublin tonight. We're going to keep
blogging everywhere we go!
Q: Are you gearing up for the premiere of the Disney
Channel movie "Camp Rock?"
Kevin: "Camp Rock" was an amazing experience. We were
definitely so pumped that we had the opportunity to do a movie
for the first time -- we were blown away by that. We have a
week until the premiere, we're counting down the days now. For
us, it was really exciting and being together on that film.
It's kind of just how our careers have always gone, and
it's worked out pretty well for us so far.
Q: And you've formed kind of a cool professional
partnership with your "Camp Rock" co-star, Demi Lovato.
Nick Jonas: Working with Demi was incredible. She's a great
actress and an amazing singer. We really connected. We knew
that she was going to be making a record, so we brought her out
on the road for a week on our Look Me In They Eyes tour this
past spring, and basically wrote about 10 songs with her. And
then right before we left for Europe we went into the studio
for a week co-producing those songs with John Fields. It was
incredible. Being able to co-produce was really cool and
definitely something we'll be doing a lot more of.
Q: Tell us about the recording of your new album, "A Little
Nick: The writing of the record started when we were
shooting "Camp Rock" up in Canada. We had about 10 to 15 songs
that we wanted to record, but we didn't have any time that we
could schedule in the studio. We met with our managers and we
said, 'Where can we record these songs, because we're going to
be so busy?' So what we did is they retrofitted a Gibson guitar
bus to be a studio, and they brought it out and our producer
John Fields started working on the road. We did that for about
two weeks on the bus, and then we went into the studio for
about a week after that for a couple last things, and then the
record was done back in January.
Q: And then in 2009, you guys get your own 3D movie from
the folks that did the "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both
Worlds" concert film.
Kevin: We're absolutely excited. Filming a movie in 3D is
going to be an incredible experience, (especially) having it be
a live concert performance.
We're always really excited about sharing our lives with
our fans, and the fact we can do that through the Disney
Channel, our little reality shorts, our YouTube videos,
whatever it is. But of course now to go on this grand scale of
doing a movie, it's just going to be phenomenal.
Q: What have you been doing in your spare time on tour?
Joe: When we have downtime, we'll go golfing or we'll chat
with friends. The music over here is so amazing. We're always
in the CD store, buying things.
The new Zutons record -- it just came out here -- and it's
unbelievable. We're going to promote it up. It's just an