Demi Lovato to light up this year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Singer Demi Lovato performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' show in Central Park in New York City, New York, U.S. June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Demi Lovato.

When Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas hit TD Garden on July 20, it will mark the third time the two have performed in Boston since KISS 108’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball last December. But Lovato insists it’s not exhausting swinging back to the same city over and over again in such a short span of time. “Absolutely not,” says the pop star. “It all comes down to the experience, and if the audience comes and are really excited and are happy to be there, and you put on a good show for them, then that’s great. I’ll [happily] do that several more times in a shorter amount of time.”

Good thing, too, because before they make it back to the Garden, Lovato and Jonas will be the featured performers (along with country stars Little Big Town) at this year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade this Sunday and Monday. The “Cool for the Summer” and “Skyscraper” singer recognizes that it’s a different audience from the one she usually plays for.

“It’s not my typical concert, where it’ll just predominantly be screaming girls,” Lovato says with a laugh. “There’s families and a wide variety of different people and different demographics, so what’s going to be the best for an overall great show?”


Q. “Camp Rock” came out in 2008, and here you are in 2016 touring with Nick Jonas. After eight years, are you like, “Him? Still? This guy?”

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A. No. No, no, no, of course not! Of all people, I do not get sick of him. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of him, actually. Which is good, because he is one of my best friends, and we love hanging out together. We just never get the opportunity, because we’ve both got our own careers going. But finally, we’re going to have a lot of chances to hang out and be around each other. We’re both excited about that. It’s going to be awesome.

Q. How easy or difficult has it been navigating the transition from a singer aimed primarily at teens and tweens to one pitched at the general non-Disney pop audience?

A. It’s not that it’s been too difficult. It’s just, OK, how much do I give them now versus how much do I give them later? You don’t want to do it too fast. You really don’t want to do it too slow. So it’s about finding the timing. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of it. It’s just a matter of what ends up working is what ends up working. So you can never try to figure out the formula. You just have to make little decisions along the way, which are going to help benefit you in the long run.

Q. When you were on “Saturday Night Live” back in October and you performed “Stone Cold,” just you and a piano, it almost seemed like a defiant declaration both that you were really singing live and that you really can sing. Has that been something that you’ve had to prove?*


A. Of course. I think people always just assume that some pop artists will use Auto-Tune, or they’ll lip-synch or whatever. For me, I just wanted to show everyone that this is me as an artist, and you may know me from other projects, you may know me because of your kid, but I make music that you can listen to, too. I had a big opportunity in front of me I wanted to take advantage of.

Q. “Good Morning America” just did a piece on the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, and the background music they used was “Confident.” How does it feel knowing that your song is a self-esteem anthem for all species?

A. [laughs] That’s so cute. I love that. That makes me so happy. That made my day. All species. That’s huge.

Q. You recorded what was supposed to be the pop version of “Let It Go” for the “Frozen” soundtrack, but destiny had other plans for which version blew up. Do you ever shake your fist at Idina Menzel for stealing your thunder?*

A. [laughs] No, of course not. She did an awesome job. Her song is the first, and really mine’s just for the soundtrack. So there’s no animosity or anything like that.


Q. You don’t feel left out of a pop-cultural phenomenon?

‘I just wanted to show everyone that this is me as an artist, and you may know me from other projects, you may know me because of your kid, but I make music that you can listen to, too.’

A. No, absolutely not. There’s actually toys that have my version on it. So I feel part of it.

Q. I would like to preface this by saying that it’s the dumbest question I could possibly think of. So, when do you think you’ll finally become a Full Lovato?

A. Um. . . that is hilarious. I have no idea. No one’s ever asked me that question, and I credit you for that.

Q. Like I said, it was the dumbest thing I could think of.

A. It is really dumb, but it’s actually very clever.

Q. Thank you. I usually go back and forth over that line, so to straddle it that cleanly is pretty rare.

A. [laughs] Well, we’re ending this conversation with a lot of respect.


At the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, DCR Hatch Shell, July 3 and 4 at 8:30 p.m. Free.

At TD Garden, July 20 at 7 p.m. $29.95-$99.95. 800-653-8000,

Interview was condensed and edited. Marc Hirsh can be reached at officialmarc