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Jonas Brothers Talk World Tour, Fourth Album and TV Show

March 20, 2009 5:27 PM ET

With the Jonas Brothers on the verge of embarking on their first world tour, the trio recently held a conference call to discuss their new concert arrangement, their Monkees-inspired JONAS television show and their new June album. "The tour will be in-the-round," Nick Jonas tells Rock Daily about the arena shows that will plant the band at center court. "We've always talked about wanting to do a tour like that, and this has been our first opportunity. It's a way for us to really connect with our fans." The tour will kick off this Sunday, March 22nd, with a show in the Bahamas, after which the JoBros will invade South America, before returning to North America and then heading to Europe.

In our Spring Music Preview, Nick Jonas explained to Rolling Stone the origins of the title of their fourth album Lines, Vines and Trying Times, due out June 15th. "Lines are something that someone feeds you, vines are the things that get in the way, and trying times — well, that's obvious," Nick said. (Despite these "trying times," top-tier JoBros ticket prices have leapt to $89.50 from $49.50 last year.)

Nick hinted at his current influences, mentioning Elvis Costello six times, and Prince four, during the call. "This new album for us I wouldn't say it's a big jump but it definitely is a progression in our music and a growth for us. We're very excited about this new album," Joe Jonas said. "It feels like just a good growth in our music and it has a lot of more kind of horns in the record and a lot more strings. Also there's more to the music rather than just a typical kind of relationship song." For much more on the Jonas' new album — and upcoming LPs from Dave Matthews Band, Eminem, the Flaming Lips and many more — check out our Spring Album Preview:

Spring Music Preview: Inside 45 of the Year's Biggest Albums

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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