Girls on the Brothers: 'Oh, they're so hot!'

Entertainment Scene

August 07, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

For 16-year-old Chelsea Bradford, standing outside the 1st Mariner Arena last night, wearing a pair of sunglasses on which she had painted the words "Jonas Brothers," the question couldn't have been easier.

Asked "What's so great about the Jonas Brothers?" she paused for about one-thousandth of a second before answering, with a look that suggested the answer should have been painfully obvious, "They're hot."

There was a lot of that going around in Baltimore last night, as a few thousand teenage girls massed at the arena to welcome Disney's newest singing sensations to Charm City. Some carried signs; others wore hand-decorated T-shirts. Some looked as if they had spent all day primping, getting their hair just right and putting on their makeup just so. A few even brought their reluctant parents.

They all came to watch Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas perform onstage. Some might have even been eager to hear their music. But most sounded like they simply wanted to look.

"They're so hot," said 15-year-old Lindsay Sixx of Bel Air. "They're hot," said 13-year-old Alison Connell of Pasadena. "They're hot," said 15-year-old Lacy O'Neill of Kenwood.

You get the point. One of the few dissenters was Annalise Desiato, 10, whose parents gave her Jonas Brothers tickets for her birthday last month. "I think they're cute," she said. Which, come to think of it, is probably a 10-year-old's version of "They're hot."

The crowd of teen and preteen girls gathered throughout the day; by midafternoon, dozens were already massing along the arena's south entrance, perhaps hoping they might get a preshow glimpse of 15-year-old Nick, 18-year-old Joe and 20-year-old Kevin. In the six months since their last Baltimore appearance, as the opening act for Hannah Montana/Miley Ray Cyrus, they have all but wrested the teen-superstar crown from their fellow Disney Channel star.

How come? The answer, as far as these young fans are concerned, is obvious.

"Their songs are so good, and they have the best music ever," said 15-year-old Amanda Torres.

And?

"I love Kevin," she gushed. "He's so cute."

Larry Schultz knows all about such enthusiasm. And he's a good parent. Not only did he get tickets so his daughter, Chelsea, 16, could see the show, but he also got tickets for two of her friends. And when a third decided that she, too, wanted to go, he gave up the ticket he had bought for himself.

"I didn't really want to see the show," he admitted as he walked around outside the arena, figuring what he could do to while away the three hours or so until his three teen charges, no doubt hoarse from all the adulatory screaming, would be ready to go home.

Not that he minded, not really. It was cool seeing his daughter so happy, he said. And the proudly squeaky-clean Jonas Brothers, who stress their Christian roots and have pledged to abstain from sex before marriage, are OK by him.

"They're good kids; they come from a good family," Schultz says. "Good for them."

Still, not everyone was having a great time last night. Inside the arena, security guards repeatedly had to break the bad news to the Jonases' more visually creative fans: No signs larger than a standard piece of paper would be allowed inside. By each entrance, piles of lovingly created broadsides, most decorated with a heart and some spelling of the word love (luv was especially popular) were piled in heaps.

"All the time they spent on these things ... " sighed a wistful Sam Cornick, whose melancholy task it was to shove the discarded signs into green trash bags. "It's kinda sad."

But outside, as she used a borrowed pen to sign her name to the Brothers' tour bus, melancholia was the furthest thing from 10-year-old Mariana Lancashire's mind. As she joined the hundreds of other fans who signed their names and best wishes on the bus - even its tires were covered - she couldn't wait to get started on what would assuredly be one of the best nights of her young life.

"They make great music," she said, her eyes widening with excitement. "And they're so cute!"

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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