OP-ED: The Jonas Brothers getting back together is the best thing to happen this year


This opinion-editorial was written by Kathryn McKenzie, junior in industrial engineering. If you would like to write an op-ed with the Collegian, send us an email at opinion@kstatecollegian.com to get started.

Unless you live under a rock, you are likely more than aware that the Jonas Brothers have recently overcome whatever caused them to, heartbreakingly, go their separate ways back in 2013.

Now, if you are an average member of society, you probably read the news, thought it was neat and went on with your life. However, if you were a tween girl when the “Jo Bros” were in their prime this is possibly the best news you will hear in 2019.

Like many girls my age, the Jonas Brothers was the first band I truly loved. Their music led to countless dance parties with friends and many debates on which brother each of us would marry.

When I was a young teenager, my sister and I got tickets to one of their concerts so that I could finally see them perform. However, they called it quits two weeks before the show I was supposed to see. I still remember the moment, including where I was and who broke the news to me, when I found out that the long-anticipated event would not be happening.

At the time, I was incredibly disappointed and didn’t understand. Why couldn’t they get along for the rest of their tour? Wouldn’t it be worth it to stay a band just “a little bit longer?”

As time went on, Kevin and his wife kept up with their show “Married to Jonas,” Nick released solo music and starred in “Jumanji” and Joe began a journey by forming the band DNCE. It became clear to the public that the brothers were interested in different things, and they all seemed very happy — according to Instagram, that is. I personally gave up hope that the band would reunite, but I was fortunate enough to see both Joe and Nick perform at different times.

While Joe was always my favorite brother, being at Nick’s concert here on campus meant so much more to me and other Jonas Brothers fans than seeing DNCE. Nick knew that we were all around the age group that grew up loving his first band and watching “Camp Rock” and blessed us by singing songs from the old days as well as his new material.

I left Nick’s concert perfectly satisfied having heard him sing my favorite songs from when I was young and no longer felt bitter about the concert getting cancelled so many years ago. It didn’t even cross my mind that the Jonas Brothers would reunite and I had made peace with that.

But they. are. back.

And possibly better than ever. The release of “Sucker” gave me and many other fans the energy and motivation we needed to make it through to spring break. It was very considerate of the band to confirm their return to fans and release their first song in the same day.

So many times, songs are announced and then fans have to wait weeks or even months before finally hearing them. The fact that the Jonas Brothers did not make their loyal fans wait longer than 14 hours to hear the promised music shows how much they care about those who support them. In listening to the song, and especially in watching the music video, it is clear that their music has grown up with them.

The setting is much more extravagant than anything they’d produced before, and Nick and Kevin’s wives and Joe’s fiance are huge parts of the music video. While there’s the argument that incorporating their real-life spouses takes away from their boyband image, it also shows how much they care for loved ones, which is something fans can relate to.

The teenage fans from the band’s first time together are getting to the age where many are in serious relationships or married. Seeing the Jonas Brothers blatantly sing about their wives is likely something many fans enjoy and can relate with, which keeps the band’s music relevant to their fans’ lives.

Whether it’s a song about high school, time travel or adult relationships, the Jonas Brothers do not disappoint.

Kathryn McKenzie is a junior in industrial engineering. The views and opinions expressed in this opinion-editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.