America’s favorite Jersey boys are back and have finally “got their shit together,” according to a tweet by Joe Jonas! “It feels good to be home,” Jonas bellowed to the adoring audience. In fact, over 8,000 fervent fans welcomed the hottest band back home. The Jonas Brothers returned to their native state on Sunday, August 25th, to film a very special VMA performance in Asbury Park, NJ inside the iconic Stone Pony and along the Jersey Shore boardwalk. You may have seen their performance on TV the following day or alternatively on YouTube; here’s a behind the scenes look of experiencing the filming in person.
Courtesy of 1iota, 850 lucky fans, called “the cast” by the production crew, received tickets to secure a priority spot to see the boys. Three hundred of these loyal fans were inside the Stone Pony, 200 were lined along Ocean Avenue where the Jonas Brothers would cross to get to the boardwalk stage, and 350 surrounded the boardwalk stage in a special VIP section. As a cast member, no phones or cameras were allowed during filming, since it does not look good on screen. The rest of the 7,150 fans either waited on a general admission line (some since 10AM!) to stand on the boardwalk in front of the stage, or found a spot on the beach to watch and enjoy from a distance. These people were allowed to use phones and cameras during the filming, since they were not part of the cast. 200 people even paid a $20 cover at the Watermark Bar to get a rooftop view of them! The money raised went to the Asbury Park Music Foundation.
The Jonas Brothers did two takes of their “Sucker/Only Human” performance as the sun began to set. After all, MTV wants to make sure everything is both smooth and perfect. The best part was seeing fireworks explode from the sky twice! Even though “Sucker” was sung inside the Stone Pony and walking along the street, the fans on the boardwalk still heard the playback (and happily sung along) up until the boys switched to “Only Human” when they entered the boardwalk stage to an eruption of screams.
After the filming concluded, the Jonas Brothers surprised the audience with a mini concert, jammin along to “Cool,” serenading the audience with “I Believe” and rocking out to their recent no. 1 comeback hit “Sucker.”
The Happiness Begins tour runs until December 2019 in North America and makes it way to Europe from January to February of next year. Feel nostalgic with some classic Jonas Brothers’ hits and enjoy some new ones at a city near you!