Entertainment - Concert Reviews

Nostalgia with a fresh new sound: Jonas Brothers brought both to Raleigh show

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

   RALEIGH — The Jonas Brothers brought joy and excitement to fans Wednesday night at the PNC Arena.
The Happiness Begins Tour is a milestone for the three brothers — it is their first tour since disbanding in 2013. The concert reflected both the nostalgia of the Jonas Brothers we knew and loved as young children, and the fresh, new sound that they now showcase.
After energetic openers Jordan McGraw and Bebe Rexha, fans waited in anticipation for the brothers to appear. They were not disappointed — Joe, Nick and Kevin descended on a platform decked out in stylish blue, orange and green outfits, respectively. They performed the new song, “Rollercoaster,” followed by an old favorite, “S.O.S.”
Much to fans’ delight, the beloved songs kept on coming with nostalgic hits like “Lovebug” and “When You Look Me in the Eyes” and tracks from the new album such as “Only Human” and “Comeback.” Nick and Joe even brought back songs from their solo careers — “Jealous” and “Cake by the Ocean,” complete with floppy inflatable creatures sprouting from the ground and colorful neon lights.
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Kiss show ‘a night to remember’

By Bret Pierce
Times-News correspondent 

   RALEIGH — From the moment Kiss came on stage at the PNC Arena on Saturday night, it was clear that this was no run-of-the-mill concert.
With everything from classic pyrotechnics to the more modern technology-driven special effects, concertgoers were entranced by the performance.
This is being called the End of the Road Tour for Kiss — your final chance to see the band live. And a CD recording just doesn’t compare to the fun Kiss (and its Kiss Army) has live.
This is a rock ‘n’ roll theatrical production and Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are the stars.
“Hey, Raleigh. This is a night you will never forget. And we plan on playing to everyone in this arena, from the front to the back, to the floor and those of you up there,” Stanley said at the beginning of the show.
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Troye Sivan’s show personal & upbeat

By Paulina Lopez
Times-News correspondent 

   CHARLOTTE — Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan made one of his first stops on the Bloom tour on Tuesday night at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Bursting with energy from the excitement of having just started his tour only a week before, Sivan gave a spectacular performance.
His electro-pop/dance-pop had the audience dancing along with him to every song. From his old hits from the Blue Neighborhood album to his newest hits from the Bloom album, the audience rarely sat down. This included parents who were dragged there by their kids. Troye Sivan’s music is clearly personal to him, but his lyrics are ones that other people could relate to. He sings about falling in love while you’re young and his experiences as an LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex and asexual or allies) youth.
He began the concert with “Seventeen” and closed the show with “MY MY MY.”
For two hours, Sivan gave his all — singing and dancing beautifully. Seeing him live was an amazing experience. If you get a chance to see his Bloom tour, take it.

Paulina Lopez is a senior at Clover Garden School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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