For Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, joining forces for an arena tour made perfect sense for where they are personally and professionally in their lives right now.
After all, Jonas is still learning how to tour as a solo artist, rather than as a Jonas Brother. “I’m so accustomed to traveling with family and having that be kind of my version of touring,” he said at a recent joint news conference. “When you take that away, it becomes interesting how to relearn how to be on the road.”
Lovato said that after launching their own label, Safehouse Records, doing a joint tour, which stops at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday, seemed like a natural progression.
“We thought it would make the most sense as not only label owners, but label mates,” she said. “And of course, we’re best friends as well so we thought it made perfect sense to go on the road together.”
Lovato raised a lot of eyebrows last year with her adventurous and revealing album “Confident” (Safehouse/Hollywood), and Jonas says that encouraged him to be more open on his own “Last Year Was Complicated” (Safehouse/Island) album, which reveals details about his breakup with former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.
“Demi, in pushing me to get more vulnerable in my music with this next record, encouraged me to really open up about some things that happened in my life that I think will help people get even more connected to me,” Jonas said. “And those moments among friends and creative relationships are so important because I think they really shape not only your next steps, but the way the world sees you as well.”
Lovato says she wanted to use her music to show that she “wasn’t just a stereotypical Hollywood starlet that goes to rehab.” “I wanted to make sure that the music that I made was great and that I was passionate about the music that I put out and I sang my heart out,” Lovato said. “I wanted to continue the message of using my platform for more things than just singing about heartbreak. That’s what music is for, is getting you through times, but also using it to inspire people.”
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Jonas and Lovato plan to weave their performances together, rather than doing two separate sets, and will include times when they’re sharing the stage with each other, as they did last week at a concert in Orlando, where they paid tribute to the victims of the shootings at the Pulse nightclub by performing “Rise Up” with Andra Day.
“I think that the key is for us to really give people that are fans a look into this next chapter and where we want to go in the future,” Jonas said. “We want to really show them who Demi and I are and make that the focus of this show.”