thanks for all the love! i’m so grateful to have been a part of this band and shared the experience with all of you. the past 8 and a half years have been an amazing ride. i had the honor of meeting so many awesome fans along the way. thank you for your support over the years! trusting God for whatever is next in life.
There’s so much I’m about to say. I don’t even know where I should begin. It all really began when I saw Hold On for the first time. The lyrics to the song itself is so inspirational and the way you performed showed me how much the song meant to you. You worked well with your brothers. You could tell you loved the music life. After watching the video, I did youtube searches and became hooked. You and your brothers changed me.
I never fully had a favorite band that I loved. I liked many different bands and musicians, but none impacted me the way you guys did. It began in 2007 and carried on till now. In all honesty, I’m most likely forever going to be a fan.
You see, growing up was easier because I had your music to turn to. Each song was special in it’s own way. It helped me through hard times. It made it easier to find myself. I was lucky to grow up listening to one of the best bands there is. Your music really encouraged me to hold on (no pun intended) to life, because everything falls into place in the end.
My first concert was one of the most memorable. After winning tickets after a bidding war on eBay, I finally managed to see you guys on the WYLMITE tour. It was the last night of the tour. It was also the night I realized that I was in this fandom to the fullest. I attended all your tours since. The only one I missed was this past summer’s tour, but that’s only because I had just opened a business with my boyfriend and the timing wasn’t right. My mind had to be there, yet I thought about that tour constantly all summer.
The most memorable concert for me will always be August 23, 2008. It was during the Burning Up tour. When meet and greet contests were being held, I accidentally did something that makes almost no sense. I entered the meet and greet for Ohio when I was going to the concert in New Jersey. I didn’t think much of it to be honest. I figured I wasn’t too lucky of a person, the chances of me winning were slim. Well, how wrong I was.
Three days before the concert I got the call. I had one. I remember it so clearly. I remember the whole phone call. I remember being at the supermarket, walking around, hysterically crying tears of joy and excitement. I remember sitting on eBay for hours and hours bidding on tickets for that concert, seeing that at the time, I didn’t have tickets.
I won another eBay war and guess what, I had fourth row for my mother and I. After a nine hour car ride, hours of waiting on line outside the venue, I found myself waiting on line backstage with a group of girls for the moment I would meet you boys. I couldn’t believe I was about to meet the boys who changed my life. I was excited. I was nervous. I was in awe. Before I knew it, my turn was next.
I met your brothers first. Both were so sweet. Then, I met you. I still remember it. You had your black hat on and you introduced yourself with a smile and arms spread inviting me for a hug. Your hugged me tightly, tighter than your brothers had. I literally felt right then and there that you and your brothers loved us all so much. We posed for the picture. I said my goodbyes, and you smiled at me as I made my way past you and toward the door. Before I was fully past you, you reach out and rubbed my back, saying “Thank you for everything”.
The concert was great. Every single concert I have been to of yours was great. You and your brothers lit up the stage. I was lucky enough to see you perform at a Britney Spears concert and you still rocked it even being solo.
During your break, I promised I stayed. I loved watching you find yourself and do your own thing. Your album was amazing and it was a pleasure watching you discover yourself further. You are an amazing talent and should be proud of all that you have accomplished. When you and your brothers came back, I was overjoyed. I stayed. I was still here.
My boyfriend bought me tickets for the fall tour. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe I was going to see you again. I cried. I had a countdown. I couldn’t wait.
Then, a few days before my concert, my sister informed me of terrible news. The tour was cancelled. I was shocked and devastated. I turned to my Team Jonas family to get me through it. Then the rumors started. We were scared, angry, confused, etc. I just wanted to hear from any of you. I wanted to know if you were okay. I was scared for you. I didn’t want to believe the rehab rumors, but we didn’t have answers over anything.
Finally, everything was set straight and it seems the story had come to an end. The break up of the Jonas Brothers was all over the news. I have never cried over a band before, but I cried over this. I was heartbroken, and still am. But what can we do besides support you and send our love?
I want to say thank you. Thank you for all the laughs and for cheering me up when I was down. You lifted my spirits. You helped me feel comfortable with being myself. You made me feel like it’s okay to be wild and crazy sometimes. Thank you for all the memories. Thank you for being you. Thank you for loving your fans. Thank you for giving me some of the best years. I will never forget how you impacted my life.
"They always say a heart is not a home without the one who gets you through the storm."
Thank you for being the one who got me through the storm.
I’ll start with you seeing that you are the oldest and have always held a special place in my heart. From the moment I first saw Hold On, I knew you were someone special. You could see the passion on your face with every note you played. You loved what you do. You were a natural. You blew my mind. I was in awe. So, I began searching on youtube. I watched video after video. I watched the interviews. I watched it all. It then happened. You and your brothers took my life by storm in the most positive way possible.
I have never had a favorite band before, ever. Sure, I like bands and musicians growing up, but you and your brothers changed me. It all started in 2007 and carried on to today and will be carried on in the future. You and your brothers are what helped me through growing up and finding myself. It’s your music that helped me through the toughest times in my life. It’s your music that saved me.
I will never forget my first concert. March 22, 2008 on the WYLMITE tour. I won tickets off eBay after having a bidding war. My mother is the one who had to do the bidding for me, because on the last day I was asleep on my couch suffering from strep throat. I was terrified I wouldn’t get the tickets. I remember me watching tv and my mother walking into the room and quietly saying “We won the tickets”. I called my cousin once she got out of school with the good news. We both cried.
We were so excited for your concert. We couldn’t wait. It was our first concert. I went with two of my cousins, my younger sister, and my mother. We had nosebleed seats on your side. I’ve never been happier. We sang, we dance. Ultimately, we enjoyed every single second of the show. Even my mom enjoyed it. I was honored to have my first concert be a Jonas Brothers concert.
When you announced your Burning Up Tour, I was thrilled. Yes! Another chance to go see our boys in action! I entered the meet and greet, only silly me entered for the wrong one. Rather than entering for the one in Jersey, I entered for the one in Columbus, Ohio. How did I mix up the two? I still couldn’t tell you to this day. I went on to attend the concert in Bryant Park for Good Morning America on 8/8/08, and then your concert in New Jersey on 8/16/08. Such a memorable night.
Then August 20th rolled around. I was in Pennsylvania visiting family. I was still raving about that beautiful concert I had just been to when I went to a supermarket in PA with my dad. Upon entering, my phone started ringing. I had never seen the number before. Being sixteen at the time, I usually ignored the calls with numbers I didn’t recognized. Yet, this time I picked up. I was greeted by a representative from the Jonas Brothers Fan Club who asked me what if I had any plans for Saturday. Before I had a chance to answer, I was greeted with this magical line…
"You do now because you won a meet and greet with the Jonas Brothers."
To this day, I get emotional all over again thinking about that phone call. I was in shock. I immediately burst into hysterical tears of joy, giving my thank yous over and over as he gave me more information. My dad had wandered off, leaving me crying in the supermarket. I even had a woman asking if I was crying because I was lost. When I finally found my dad, I told him about the phone call. I called my mom who thought I was just joking until I got back to my uncle’s and showed her the email. There was one little problem, I had accidentally entered the wrong meet and greet. I didn’t have tickets for the Ohio tour. But all that was about to change.
I sat on eBay for days bidding for fourth row tickets. I knew that meeting you was going to be a memorable experience. I wanted to make it the best night of my life, so I was going to get those fourth row tickets. Finally, the moment came. I won the tickets. Two fourth row tickets for the Nationwide Arena August 23, 2008 concert. I could hardly handle my excitement. I didn’t know how to handle my excitement. Finally, my family and I embarked on the rest of the drive to Ohio. Ohio was a nine hour drive from Staten Island. It was worth every single second.
Our hotel was right across the street from the arena. I was taking my mom to the concert with me with the other ticket. I waited on line for hours to get in to finally meet you. It was so incredibly hot out that day. I remember people were getting dehydrated very quickly. My mother went and bought water bottles from other stores and handed them out. The excitement of all the fans never left, despite the heat. Finally, after hours of waiting, we were allowed into the arena.
Those with meet and greets were allowed downstairs to the backstage area to meet you. I waited on line, growing more and more excited the closer I go. I met Coach K and Maya, who were both as sweet as anything. I began to get closer and closer until before I knew it, I was next. “Alright Katie, you got this. Keep it together. No crying until you walk out those doors and out of sight.” That’s exactly what i told myself as I entered the meet and greet.
As I was called in to meet you, I immediately found myself face to face with you. I was in awe. I could not believe that I had Kevin Jonas in the flesh standing right in front of me. It almost felt like a dream. It was surreal.
"Hi I’m Kevin!" is the exact words you greeted me with. I responded with my name and told you that I was from Staten Island and drove nine hours just for this exact moment. You told me "Then we should make it special! Come here!"
You extended your arms for a hug and moments later, you embraced me. It was the nicest gesture that you could have ever made. It was the moment I realized just how special you and your brothers are. I realized how genuinely thankful you were for us. You even said it. You thanked me for driving all that way to see you. I said it that day and I will say it again, it was MY pleasure.
After meeting you and your brothers and getting the picture, I walked out, saying bye to Big Rob and proceeded to burst into tears. It was at that moment I realized that entering that meet and greet for Columbus wasn’t a mistake, it was a blessing. It was meant to happen. I also learned that meeting your idols is one of the most memorable, special times in your life.
I attended many concerts after that. I met you after that too. Still the nicest, most down to earth group of people.
When it came out about you and Danielle. I cried. I cried happy tears. I loved seeing you in love. I was so happy for you and still am. I cried happiness at the engagement news. I cried the day you got married. I cried watching moments from the wedding. Seeing you love someone so much is so beautiful, because I love you as my idol. I want you to be happy and seeing the way you look at Dani shows that you are happy. When you announced you and Dani were going to be parents, I was so happy. When you announced that your baby was going to be a girl, I started screaming. I’m so excited for the two of you, I cannot even begin to explain.
When the break came about, I wasn’t even sad. I trusted you boys. I understood. I knew you wanted time with your wife. I would be shocked if you didn’t. I knew your brothers needed time to do their own things too. I promised I’d stay. I still blasted your music. I still watched Camp Rock movies. I supported all three of you. I promised.
When you finally made your return, I was thrilled. My boys were back. New music was coming. Concerts were coming. I was completely stoked. When you released Pom Poms and First Time, I loved it. Both songs were amazing. Unfortunately for me, I had just started a business with my boyfriend at the time and we couldn’t take time off to go on the summer tour. But when you announced your fall tour dates, my boyfriend surprised me with tickets. Finally, I’d be seeing you boys again.
Then things took a turn out of nowhere. My boyfriend and I were driving my sister to her soccer practice when she told me you guys cancelled your tour. I didn’t believe her until I looked it up and it was confirmed. I cried. I cried and cried. I turned to my Team Jonas family for comfort. We waited for an answer. We felt every emotion that was possible. I spent the night of my concert watching the 3D movie with my cousin, aunt, and sister, wishing I was at the real thing.
When you announced your break up, all these mix of emotions came back. I didn’t know how to feel. I didn’t know what to think. Finally, I let myself be sad. I let myself cry. I let myself hurt. I needed to, for my sake. I let myself feel heartbroken. I had to, because if I didn’t let myself feel, it was going to all come out at once.
We love you. You fans adore you. We’re hurting too, but just know something. You are still one of my heroes. You still hold a special place in my heart. You guided me when I needed guidance. You helped form me into the person I am and I cannot thank you enough for all of that.
Whatever happens in the future, just know that I will be waiting to hear the news. Whether you guys reunite or you move on to new business adventures, I will be proud of you. I cannot wait to watch you become a father and make that little girl the most blessed baby. She is going to have the most loving family there is. You wanna know why? Because not only is she going to have you and Dani, as well as your families, but she will have your Jonas family loving her.
So now I just want to say thank you. Thank you for the past seven years. Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for giving me guidance. Thank you for all the memories. Thank you for loving us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart it all.
"They always say a heart is not a home without the one who gets you through the storm"
Thank you for being the one who got me through the storm.
i got an out-of-the-blue phone call to audition for the (then unknown) Jonas Brothers. never did i think that what i considered to be a summer job would lead to becoming part of a family of best friends - between the 3 brothers, band members and touring crew.
what’s even more unbelievable is…
Please excuse me. I’m an emotional mess.
I guess they’re really not going to work this out.
i can’t with how much i love this song.
this is me always.