Nick Jonas kicked off Colossus 2018, a two-night show held by Loyola’s Department of Programming, March 16 in Gentile Arena at Loyola University Chicago. Famous for both his solo and Jonas Brothers careers, Jonas worked the crowd in Gentile through a show filled with nostalgic and new hits alike.
Jonas entered the stage to deafening screams and applause from a predominantly female crowd. He opened with his 2016 song “Close” off his album “Last Year Was Complicated.” The screaming of the crowd made it difficult to hear Jonas’ vocals, but he demanded attention with the high notes he reached throughout his set.
At the event, Jonas revealed he had just flown from Japan to play at Loyola.
“It’s a long flight, about 12 hours, but you’re worth it,” he said.
A few songs into the set, Jonas strummed the opening chord to the 2008 Jonas Brothers song “Lovebug.” The crowd immediately screamed in excitement and recognition, to which Jonas jokingly asked if anyone knew the song.
Jonas continued the nostalgia when he brought out his acoustic guitar and began to play the song “Introducing Me” from the 2010 Disney Channel original movie “Camp Rock 2.” He asked one fan what song they wanted to hear, which was followed by a crowd chanting of “Burning Up.” The crowd received what they asked for and Jonas played a shortened, acoustic version of the 2008 Jonas Brothers hit.
In between songs, Jonas talked about the success of his recent movie “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” as it was the reason he was just in Japan. He thanked his fans for their support of the movie and his music.
Jonas also gave some advice to the crowd of college students, urging them to make the most of their time at Loyola.
“Enjoy the ride. That’s the best part,” he said.
He went on to talk about how he was just beginning his solo career when he was the audience’s age and how he had just written and recorded his song “Chains,” which he performed following his talk. The pop hit with electronic beats got the crowd moving.
Jonas closed with his hit “Jealous,” riling up the crowd one last time before he departed.
Jonas knew his audience and used that to his advantage to deliver a fun and engaging show. Playing his newer radio hits caught the attention of those who are fans of his recent solo career, while playing songs from his time with the Jonas Brothers helped fulfill childhood dreams of those who grew up seeing him on Disney Channel. No matter the reason someone might have attended his show, they were shown a good time.
Jonas’ most recent album “Last Year Was Complicated” is available to purchase and stream on iTunes and Spotify, respectively.