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Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas turn "Camp Rock" into pop summer camp on Honda Civic Tour

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016

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Being on the road together is not unprecedented for Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas.

The two go back a ways, to Disney's "Camp Rock" films in 2008 and 2010, They did some touring, with Lovato opening for the Jonas Brothers, around those projects, but this summer's Neon Lights Tour finds the two singers on more equal footing, with Lovato supporting her 2015 album "Confident" and Jonas pushing his fourth solo outing, "Last Year Was Complicated," which came out in June.

"Demi and I sort of looked up...months ago and said how amazing both of our individual careers have kid of taken shape in a whole new way," Jonas, 23, said during a pre-tour conference call with reporters. Going on to share management and partner in some business ventures -- including the Safehouse Records label -- , a co-headlining tour made that much more sense.

"There are just even more layers of our worlds being intertwined and feeling like were both at a place where if we're ever going to do this again it was right now," Jonas said, "and to get out there and continue to build what we're building together and knowing that we could put a really great show together for our fans, separately, but also a whole night of music.

"So the opportunity just felt perfect, and once the creative conversations started I think Demi and I were both on the same page in a lot of ways, which made the whole conversation a lot easier."

Lovato, who`s also 23, adds that, "Since we were younger we made the transition into the kind of tween/teen world and to the mainstream world, and now that we've both been able to do that...we thought it would make the most sense as not only label owners but label mates. And, of course, we're best friends as well, so we thought it made perfect sense to go on the road together."

Lovato and Jonas -- who also stars in the DirectTV series "Kingdom" and recurs in Fox`s "Scream Queens" -- treat the hour and 50-minute production like a joint show, sharing the time on and off the stage and doing occasional songs together. In crafting the performance they studied other co-bills -- particularly, according to Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z's 2013 Legends of the Summer co-bill.

"I actually got the chance to see that concert, and I thought it was awesome how they kind of came in and out of each other's sets," Lovato said. "I think that it's a night about music, and it's a night about having fun for everybody and we're jsut going to do what makes the most sense with music, what songs flow best into the other ones and we've got a tone of songs to choose from."

Lovato -- who's become an advocate for mental health awareness after battling her own issues -- also made a stop earlier this week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where she voiced support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. And, Lovato noted, she's no mere recent convert to that team.

"I couldn't be more excited, especially as a woman but also as a Hillary supporter -- I've been supporting her since day one, so I'm really excited," Lovato said. "I'm just ecstatic."

The Honda Civic Tour: Future Now with Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Mike Posner

7 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Lapeer Road at I-75.

Tickets are $39.95-$89.95.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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