His band New Kids on the Block played Hard Rock Live on Sunday night as they wrapped their Total Package tour with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men, and McCarthy was in the audience.
A love letter to my husband, Donnie Wahlberg, For the past three months I have watched you pour out your heart and soul. I have seen you give hundreds, if not thousands, of hugs. I’ve seen you make every person you came into contact with feel like they were somebody special, because you do believe they are special. You have entertained all of us. You have tipped hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to hardworking people in Waffle Houses across the country. I’ve seen you get on a plane to work at Blue Bloods all day, only to get on an airplane that very same day to go perform your heart out at your concerts. Back on a plane then again…and repeat. I’ve seen you do all this all while making sure your fans felt appreciated. That our sons felt loved. And that your adoring wife felt cherished. Moments I will never forget; Holding a disabled woman in your arms so she can dance with you. Paying for funerals for fans who left us too soon. Giving the shoes off your feet, the coat off your back, and the hat off your head to those whose lives changed because you did. I’ve seen you give people jobs, lead with mindfulness, stay present while those around you slept, (myself included). And I watched you do this with a smile on your face, and with unconditional love in your heart, with no sleep in your tired bones. Never in my life have I met anyone who has gone out of their way physically, emotionally, spiritually and lovingly for the sake of others. I don’t know anyone like you. And I never will. I just know how lucky I am to have you. I love you, Mrs. W ￼ ❤️
To say that these two are still in the honeymoon phase after almost three years of marriage would be an understatement.The former “Singled Out” personality has the “Blue Bloods” star’s back.She posted on Instagram a lengthy love letter with a pic of him serenading her from the stage.
“For the past three months [of the tour] I have watched you pour out your heart and soul. I have seen you give hundreds, if not thousands, of hugs. I’ve seen you make every person you came into contact with feel like they were somebody special, because you do believe they are special.”
To those who joined us on this epic journey – Look back lovingly. Look forward hopefully. Stay present constantly. #TotalPackageTour ❤️
He thanked her for sharing: “Your support means everything to me, Lady. You make me better in every way.”
Wahlberg got some beef recently after publicizing the fact that he liked to compensate the late night staff at Waffle House.
My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars– for years! So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens! Thanks to the team at @wafflehouseofficial Charlotte, NC! ❤️
Naysayers commented that if you really want to do nice stuff for people the whole world doesn’t need to hear about it.
Technically, Nicole Giordano may be too young to truly appreciate the phenomenon that was New Kids on the Block. After all, she was just 2 years old when the group released its debut album in 1986.
And yet, her room was wallpapered with NKOTB posters. She had (and used) a NKOTB sleeping bag and definitely had their tape on blast in her room most days.
“You could see me and my fellow side ponytails bouncing around the house to ‘Step by Step’ and ‘Hangin’ Tough,’ ” says Giordano, who hosts the after hours show on the radio station 99.3 Now FM.
That puts her well inside the target demographic for the group’s Total Package Tour, which stops Wednesday at the Save Mart Center.
“It’s about nostalgia,” says lead singer Jordan Knight, talking on the phone in advance of the tour, which includes ’90s R&B stars Boyz II Men and the return of pop icon Paula Abdul, who hasn’t toured in 25 years.
’90s R&B stars Boyz II Men will be at Fresno’s Save Mart Center on Wednesday, May 31, opening for New Kids on the Block’s Total Package Tour.
Total Package Tour
“We want to take people back in time,” he says.
Make no mistake, that’s what the fans want, too. It’s the reason that a boy band, one with “kids” right there in its name, can continue to make music after more than 30 years, even though its members are all grown men. It’s the reason 3,000 fans will pay $700 or more to book a cabin on the band’s annual New Kids Cruise.
Yes, NKOTB does a cruise. They party on the top deck every night, Knight says. This year’s cruise kicks off Oct. 19 in New Orleans.
There is a certain bond that forms with fans, especially young ones. That doesn’t go away even as those fans age, Knight says.
“Some new group isn’t going to come steal their hearts. They know and love and trust us,” he says.
WE’RE YOUNG AT HEART.
Jordon Knight on the success of NKOTB as grown men
That extends to NKOTB’s just-released, five-song EP, “Thankful,” which the band has been performing during its tour. The crowd might not known the words or the dance moves, but they catch on quick, Knight says. It helps that the songs have that distinctive NKOTB sound.
In a way, this is the perfect time for the album and the tour.
This kind of pop-culture callback is trending across pop culture. Television has been full-on embracing nostalgia lately. FOX brought back “X-Files” and the ’90s cult hit “Twin Peaks” just got its own surreal return on Showtime.
ABC just announced the return of “Roseanne” in 2018, following the return of its ’90s hit “Full House,” which was a surprise sensation when it was released – as “Fuller House” – on Netflix on last year. Not so coincidentally, NKOTB made a cameo on season two of the series. The third season of the show airs on Netflix later this year.
Locally, Strummer’s has seen success with its regular ’90s theme nights. There’s often a line of people around the corner waiting to get in. They often comes dressed in ’90s fashions, fitting the theme. The Fresno Grizzlies host at least one ’90s themed promo night each season. This year it was a “Totally Krossed Out” tribute to Kris Kross. The player wore backwards jerseys and the stadium sold Surge soda.
The team does the nostalgia night because they work, says the team’s marketing director, Sam Hansen.
“Gen Y and millenials are parents now,” he says. “And they feel like they should be just as entertained as their kids.”
That’s the bottom line for Giordano, who says you can safely assume the show will be filled with women in their 30s and 40s looking to have a “girls night out” – complete with a pre-concert dirty martini.
“I think it comes down to good ol’ fashion fun,” she says.
“Memory lane can be pure dopamine. So, the chance at seeing these three acts all in one show is a golden opportunity to re-live the running man and roger rabbit. Why not?”
One Direction, Backstreet Boys and NSYNC may be successful on their own accord, but New Kids on the Block reminded Tulsans who laid the foundation for the boy band movement and why it caught fire.
The BOK Center was an estrogen-filled hub Wednesday night as women (and sometimes the husbands they dragged with them) chatted excitedly about the night ahead. Groups of friends were clad in matching homemade T-shirts with “NKOTB” and “Wahlberg, Knight, McIntyre and Wood” scrawled across their front or backs.
When NKOTB was introduced in a video before its opening song, iPhones shot immediately into the air, blocking any vantage point of the stage. Women with graying hair, their daughters in tow, screamed like 12-year-old girls preparing to meet their biggest celebrity crush.
Decked out in black jackets, tank tops and tight-fitting jeans, NKOTB took the stage, belting out one of its more well-known songs “One More Night.” The group’s first song was quickly followed by “My Favorite Girl” and “Dirty Dancing,” in which each member of the group tossed jackets aside and flexed their biceps to every woman’s delight.
Every man on stage was well aware of the pre-pubescent sex appeal their teenage band was endowed with and made certain their female audience wasn’t disappointed. The group punched out a line of hip thrusts during “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and spent at least 10 minutes walking out into the crowd, posing for selfies and sending grown women tumbling over chairs to get to the NKOTB member closest to them.
Donnie Wahlberg stood on top of a flaming piano for one of the band’s greatest hits, “Cover Girl,” while lifting up his shirt and flexing his abs. In fact, each of the five members put their bodies on display when they ducked back stage to change in front of a camera called the “Live Quick Change Cam,” eliciting an exuberant chorus of screaming that all of downtown Tulsa must have heard.
The group then walked “through memory lane,” plucking various songs throughout their career beginning with their first 1986 single, “Be My Girl,” and ending with “I’ll Be Loving You.” The group’s ’90s-esque choreography and overall mediocre vocals (with the exception of Jordan Knight’s falsetto and Joey McIntyre’s belts) isn’t why women pay lots of money to see NKOTB.
NKOTB gave audiences an experience reminiscent of their youth, with all the fireworks and confetti as an added bonus. The original boy band’s attempts seemed to pay off. Women with wide eyes stood outside the BOK Center after the concert was said and done in awe or as one woman put it, “Isn’t that the best concert you’ve ever seen?”
Of course, NKOTB was set up for success with the exquisite help of their “friendly neighborhood harmonizers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania” — otherwise known as Boyz II Men.
Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris, whose soulful vocals give Boyz II Men its signature sound, sent everyone rocking side to side when they started the party with “Motownphilly.”
The Philly-based group made it impossible not to smile, with its effervescent energy and untouchable vocal runs. Stockman was also sure to give a nod to the individuals affected by the bombing at the Arianna Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Manchester,” Stockman said.
After a serious note, the group went on to perform “I’ll Make Love to you,” passing out roses to audience members, and ended the night with its hit “On Bended Knee.”
The soulful group was proceeded by ’80s pop princess and former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul.
Perhaps the most thrilling aspect of Abdul’s performance was her quick costume changes and poppy choreography. The 54-year-old entertainer didn’t miss a beat, keeping up with the pack of her youthful back-up dancers. She was also sure to give the crowd performances of her greatest hits, including “Straight Up,” “Rush, Rush” and “Cold Hearted.”
Review: Have New Kids on the Block still got the right stuff? Screaming fans say ‘yes’
New Kids on the Block were the stuff of innocuous preteen fantasies when they rolled out of Boston back in 1988 with the crush-worthy charms of a bittersweet ballad called “Please Don’t Go Girl.”
That breakthrough single was the first of five songs from their second album, “Hangin’ Tough,” to crack the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, touching off a shriek-inducing wave of New Kids mania.
The youngest, Joey McIntyre, was just 15 at the time.
He’s 44 now, still inducing shrieks with the same four heartthrobs he’s been learning dance steps with for more than 30 years.
Their names, as previously scrawled across the notebooks of a generation, are Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and the Knight brothers, Jordan and Jonathan.
Friday in Phoenix, they played to what certainly looked to be a capacity crowd at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The screaming may have fooled you into thinking there were twice that many people. But there weren’t. The fire marshal wouldn’t let that happen.
Still got the right stuff
The question for New Kids is “How do you entertain someone when you’ve taken them from preteen slumber parties to bachelorette parties and out the other side?”
And if you don’t think that’s a question these guys asked and answered, how do you explain the skill with which they pulled it off?
The right stuff? They’ve still got it. And they serve it with a playful sense of self awareness.
Did they go a little heavy on the Chippendales theatrics, with the backstage quick-change cam and Wahlberg showing off his abs while standing on top of a flaming piano? I’m sure that depends on who you’re asking.
But this is their crowd. And they know how to work it, with their matching outfits and slick choreography. They wandered the crowd, shaking hands, and performed for a while on a much smaller stage at the back of the venue, where Wood executed some serious breakdancing moves in an ASU Sun Devils jersey.
They’d come back to Phoenix for two reasons, Wahlberg explained to thunderous applause by way of introducing “Summertime,” the Top 40 hit that announced their return in 2008.
“Nobody knows how to party like Phoenix,” he said. “That’s one. But we came back here to bring some happiness back into this f–king world.”
And that’s exactly what they did for nearly 20,000 people.
Does it help that they’ve mastered the fine art of staring straight into the crowd as they sing in a way that seems to say, “That’s right, I see you and you’re beautiful. That’s why I’m sending this one out to you and only you. Because you are my favorite girl?”
Of course it does.
The performance began with the five men rising from beneath the stage on a hydraulic lift in matching outfits, having set the tone with a video that played out like a movie trailer.
They opened with a new song, “One More Night,” whose racy lyrics were a far cry from the subject matter of their 1984 debut.
“She gets me high / Lying on my bed with that look in her eye / Reading the signs / I’m riding every curve with her into the light.”
And it somehow felt perfectly natural when they cut directly to “My Favorite Girl” from “Hangin’ Tough,” grinning their way through the chorus of “My favorite girl, oh, she’s my favorite girl, don’t you know” while executing a series of synchronized dance moves as confetti rained down on the crowd.
So many pelvic thrusts
They stripped down to sleeveless black undershirts for the more recent “Dirty Dancing,” which involved more pelvic thrusting than “My Favorite Girl.” So many pelvic thrusts.
And then it was back to the ‘80s again for the opening track of “Hangin’ Tough,” “You Got It (The Right Stuff).”
There’s no escaping the nostalgic aspects of a show like this. They’re playing to a sold-out crowd made up primarily of fans who spent their tween years crushing hard on every New Kids picture they could find in “Tiger Beat.”
But they managed to satisfy that needs of the nostalgic while making a case for the music they’ve made since reuniting in 2007.
In fact, the mix of old and new was probably less focused on the early years than, say, a Paul McCartney show.
And a lot of the older songs were performed in a series of medleys broken down by album with the cover art projected on the screen behind the screen to rapturous applause.
That portion of the concert started with five songs from their 1984 debut, which flopped on impact but eventually went triple-platinum when the label chose to cash in on the “Hangin’ Tough” hysteria by issuing their heartfelt take on the Delfonics’ “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” in 1989, resulting in another Top 10 hit.
Three songs from 1990’s “Step By Step” gave way to four from “Face the Music,” a 1994 release that Wahlberg joked about the fans not liking as much as their previous work, which was certainly true at time.
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A large part of their fan base seemed to think they’d grown out of their New Kids phase by 1994.
But here we are.
They even dipped into their “Merry, Merry Christmas” album.
And then, it was back to the future with two songs from “Thankful,” a new EP – the nostalgic “Still Sounds Good to Me,” with its lyrical references to 1989,and “Hard (Not Luvin U),” where the double entendre of the title was duly reinforced with phallic images, from bananas and eggplants to a champagne bottle spraying.
And speaking of bringing this thing to a climax (just trying to stay in the spirit of the show), the concert ended with not one but three chart-topping singles, “Step by Step,” a soulful “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” and a muscular “Hangin’ Tough,” which included a snippet of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
It was everything the New Kids faithful could have hoped for in 2017. And maybe more.
It’s called the Total Package Tour for reasons that go deeper than their love of phallic humor. It’s an actual package tour with two well-chosen openers who also play well to nostalgia for the early New Kids era – Paul Abdul and Boyz II Men.
Still forever your girl
Abdul hasn’t been on the road since the Under My Spell Tour wrapped in 1992.
But she’s still got the moves and energy to lead her crew of backup dancers through a hit-filled set that kept things short and sweet while touching on the highlights of her career, including an appearance by the legendary MC Skat Kat (via video).
The animated cat made his appearance on a feisty romp through “Opposites Attract.”
And after setting the tone with “The Way That You Love Me,” she managed to feature no fewer than five chart-topping singles (that’s the right stuff) in a six-song set that may have peaked with her biggest hit, “Straight Up,” before bringing her part of the package to a close with a friendly reminder that she is forever your girl.
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men opened the show with a deeply soulful survey of their own career. After setting the tone with their first single, “Motownphilly,” they made their way through such obvious highlights as “On Bended Knee” (which ended with Shawn Stockman on his bended knee, pleading his case), “I’ll Make Love to You” and “A Song for Mama.”
They strapped on instruments for a spirited medley of Lenny Kravitz’ “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” the Guess Who’s “American Woman” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and treated the fans to their take on the Five Satins gem “In the Still of the Night.”
When it came time to feature “One Sweet Day,” a massive hit recorded with Mariah Carey, they invited fans to take Mariah’s part – how hard could that be? – which resulted in a rousing singalong. Of course, most songs they did resulted in a rousing singalong, from “I’ll Make Love to You” to the set-closing “End of the Road.”
New Kids setlist
One More Night
My Favorite Girl
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
Remix (I Like the)
Stop It Girl
Be My Girl
I Wanna Be Loved by You
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
Call It What You Want
You Got the Flavor
Never Let You Go
If You Go Away
Peace to the World
This One’s for the Children
Still Sounds Good to Me
Hard (Not Luvin U)
Please Don’t Go Girl
Step by Step
I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)
Hangin’ Tough / We Will Rock You
Paula Abdul setlist
The Way That You Love Me
Singin’ in the Rain
Forever Your Girl
Boyz II Men setlist
On Bended Knee
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Water Runs Dry
Are You Gonna Go My Way / American Woman / Locked Out of Heaven
First we’ll give you the facts and then … the dare.
On June 1, the New Kids on the Block along with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men will bring The Total Package Tour to the Viejas Arena.
And since each of these acts has made pop music history, with catchy melodies that have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, we dare you to get through this story without having one of the songs we refer to completely dominate the soundtrack of your mind for the rest of the day.
The Boston-bred members of NKOTB are no longer kids, and they’ve been around the block — a lot.
For the past decade the band has enjoyed a surging, screaming wave of popularity, proving that step by step, they have the right stuff … baby. OK, we’ll stop now.
In the early 1980s, Boston producer Maurice Starr, aka Larry Johnson, had a contract dispute with his R&B act New Edition and decided to create a Caucasian version of that group.
At the tender age of 14, Donnie Wahlberg auditioned, Starr approved, and Wahlberg recruited his high school friends to become the next big boy band.
Starr named the group Nynuk and marketed them to black audiences and radio stations, where they were initially perceived as a novelty act.
In 1988, “Please Don’t Go Girl” was released as the lead single to the group’s second album, “Hangin’ Tough,” which was co-produced by the band.
The song was distributed to black stations, utilizing the same strategy as the 1986 debut album, “New Kids on the Block,” which featured the band’s new name.
At first, the song floundered.
But then the New Kids received a standing ovation during a 1988 gig at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, known for its notoriously critical audience.
And when a Tampa DJ at pop station Q105 played “Please Don’t Go Girl,” the song became one of the most requested tracks and NKOTB effectively attracted a mushrooming crossover audience.
With their rat-tailed hair, acid-washed jeans, tight harmonies and synchronized choreography, NKOTB went on to achieve global success with pop hits that included “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Cover Girl,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You,” “Step by Step” and “Tonight.”
NKOTB also launched a merchandising empire, with the members’ likenesses inspiring everything from a cartoon series to playing cards. Forbes reported that the group earned $115 million for 1990-91, more than Michael Jackson and Madonna.
The singers severed their relationship with Starr in 1993 and parted ways a year later. They were exhausted with constant touring, sales began to drop, and Jonathan Knight was suffering from an anxiety disorder. The NKOTB members went their separate ways until 2008, when Donnie received a demo tape with the song “Click, Click, Click.” He imagined his old friends singing the track, and he eventually sold them on the idea of reuniting after a 15-year break. Since then, NKOTB has toured with Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, TLC and Nelly. In October, the group intends to “bring happy back” by hosting Cruise #9 New Orleans to Cozumel. Find more information at nkotb.com.
New Kids on the Block
Donnie Wahlberg, 47
Then: Donnie’s younger brother, Mark Wahlberg, was one of the original members of New Kids on the Block.
Now: Donnie has earned numerous acting credits. He appeared in the 1999 film “The Sixth Sense” and currently plays the role of Danny Reagan in the CBS television series “Blue Bloods.”
Jordan Knight, 47
Then: Jordan has recorded solo projects, including “Unfinished” in 2011. In 2014, he joined Nick Carter to record “Switch.”
Now: The married father of two signed a franchise agreement to convert his Rhode Island gym, Fit World, into a Retro Fitness.
Jonathan Knight, 48
Then: Jonathan suffers from an anxiety order that kept him home-bound from 1994 to 1997.
Now: Last year, Jonathan proposed to fitness trainer Harley Rodriguez during a trip to Africa. In 2015, the couple placed ninth in the CBS reality competition “The Amazing Race.”
Joey McIntyre, 44
Then: Joey was just 12 years old when he joined NKOTB, and for the first year he wanted to quit because the older boys gave him a hard time.
Now: McIntyre stars in and produces the comedy series “Return of the Mac” on the Pop network.
Danny Wood, 48
Then: In the ninth grade, Danny and Donnie would break dance every Friday night at Catholic school dances.
Now: Wood created the Remember Betty Foundation in honor of his mother, who died of breast cancer in 1999. The foundation has raised $1.5 million, and helps to cover treatment expenses of New Kids fans with breast cancer.
Boyz II Men
The members of Boyz II Men attended Philadelphia’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts and were classically trained vocalists who sang a cappella in a lot of bathrooms (can’t beat those acoustics) before they sneaked into a Bell Biv DeVoe show and auditioned backstage for BBD’s Michael Bivins. One of the best-selling artists of all time, the group won four Grammy Awards in the 1990s with timeless classic R&B songs such as “I’ll Make Love to You” and “End of the Road.” The group was a quartet until 2003, when member Michael McCary left due to illness. Earlier this month, the Philadelphia City Council voted to rename a section of Broad Street “Boyz II Men Boulevard.”
Then: When he was just 9 years old, Stockman was touring with the Philadelphia Boys Choir.
Now: Stockman has a son with autism, which motivated him to launch the nonprofit organization Micah’s Voice in 2012 to help support families dealing with the condition.
Nathan Morris, 45
Then: The founding member of Boyz II Men got kicked out of a world history class for singing out loud.
Now: He likes to relax at his new house in Florida, which boasts 20-foot ceilings, huge windows and an ocean view.
Wanya Jermaine Morris, 43
Then: He dated the singer Brandy.
Now: Last year, he competed with Lindsay Arnold on “Dancing With the Stars” and finished the competition in fourth place.
Paula Abdul, 54
A former Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader and choreographer for video and stage (Janet Jackson, Duran Duran, Pointer Sisters), Abdul became one of the first women to chart four No. 1 singles with her 1988 debut album, “Forever Your Girl.” She went on to serve as a judge on “American Idol” for seven years in addition to appearing on “Dancing With the Stars: All Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Then: Abdul choreographed Janet Jackson’s 1986 “Nasty” music video in 30 minutes in front of her bathroom mirror.
Now: Abdul stated earlier this year that she would not return to the reboot of “American Idol.”
The Total Package Tour with New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men
When: 7:30 p.m. June 1
Where: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego State University, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego
Country superstar leads 20,000 Blockheads in ‘Happy Birthday’ surprise during show that also featured Big & Rich
Carrie Underwood surprises fans at NKOTB’s Nashville show to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jordan Knight.
Birthday greetings from Carrie Underwood and a special appearance from duo Big & Rich were among the surprises awaiting legions of New Kids on the Block fans – dubbed Blockheads – as they converged on Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night for a heavy dose of stone-washed, late Eighties nostalgia. Carrie Underwood, whose most recent appearance at the downtown Nashville venue cast her in the role of national anthem singer during the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs, took the stage to help the crowd wish NKOTB members Jordan Knight and Danny Wood “Happy Birthday” in rousing style.
Also taking the stage were country duo Big & Rich (Big Kenny and John Rich), who dusted off their rowdy 2004 breakthrough hit, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” for the 20,000 spectators. Backstage, there was an American Idol reunion for Underwood and singer/dancer and original Idol judge Paula Abdul, who was one of the Total Package Tour’s show’s opening acts, along with R&B hitmakers Boyz II Men. Abdul and Underwood first met in 2005 when the Oklahoma-born vocal powerhouse auditioned for, and eventually won, the show’s fourth season. “And I’m instantly back in 6th grade,” Underwood wrote in an Instagram post spotlighting Boyz II Men’s mega-hit, “On Bended Knee.”
The Total Package Tour continues Friday in New Orleans, with upcoming shows in Houston, Austin, Dallas and Tulsa. meanwhile, Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher, the captain of Nashville’s Predators, returns to the hockey arena tonight as the team take on the Anaheim Ducks, in a bid to extend the Preds lead to 3 to 1 in the conference playoffs.
After finally deciding to give their feelings for each other a chance, Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) might start contemplating again on their relationship in the next episode of “Blue Bloods” season 4.
According to the synopsis for the upcoming episode titled “Not Fade Away,” the new couple will witness an argument between another pair of cops in a romantic relationship. This will prompt the two to think about their own complicated romance.
But while the couple is in the middle of reconsidering their decision to be involved with each other beyond the professional level, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) will also make a decision of his own after receiving a job offer from a former convict who went to jail after taking the fall for someone else. Based on the trailer, the ex-con will offer him $10,000 to serve as his bodyguard for a couple of days.
Danny will reportedly take the job offer and will use the opportunity to investigate further and look for the real culprit.
Their father Frank (Tom Selleck), on the other hand, will face a different situation when Lieutenant Sidney Gormley’s (Robert Clohessy) wife Sheila (Cady Huffman) asks him to give her husband a higher command position. But will the New York City Police Department Commissioner give in to Sheila’s request?
The Futon Critic posted the synopsis for the episode, which reads: “When Danny accepts a side job as a bodyguard for a recently released ex-con who took the fall for someone else, he uses the opportunity to go after the real criminal. Also, Gormley’s wife, Sheila, asks Frank to give Gormley a bigger command position, and Jamie and Eddie witness a lovers’ quarrel between two cops that leads them to reflect on their own complicated relationship.”
CBS will air the upcoming episode of “Blue Bloods” season 7 on Friday, Jan. 13.
The Grammy winner rang in the new year on a rocky note when she gave a shaky performance during the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest. While she was slated to perform two of her career hits, “Emotions” and “We Belong Together,” the songstress ultimately spent her set walking around the stage out of sync, claiming she could not hear the background track. “We didn’t have a check for this song,” Carey told the packed Times Square crowd as she tried to carry on with the routine despite alleged technical difficulties. “I’m trying to be a good sport here.”
Amid rising speculation and public criticism, the reality star later took to social media to try and shake off the snafu. “S–t happens…Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!…Here’s to making more headlines in 2017,” she tweeted.
“I felt really bad for her, because it was that bad,” the event’s co-host Jenny McCarthy said of the routine on her SiriusXM radio show, The Jenny McCarthy Show. “It was a complete train wreck. And like Donnie [Wahlberg] said, being in this business, I know what it’s like to have your prompter go out. I know what it’s like to have my inner ears go out. It’s scary, and it’s like your brain malfunctions and you’re on live TV. So I was like, you know what, I have sympathy for her. My sympathy stopped, however, the moment she accused Dick Clark Productions of sabotaging her performance.”
McCarthy was referencing later developments from Carey’s camp, which claimed dcp was aware of Carey’s alleged sound problems and failed to fix them before it was time to take the stage.
“We told them [the stage managers] that the in-ears were not working 10 minutes before the performance,” Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, told Billboard. “They then changed the battery pack, and they were still not working on the frequency four minutes before the show. We let them know again, and they just kept counting her down and reassuring her that they will work as soon as they go live, which never happened—at which point she pulled them out but could not hear the music over the crowd.”
“After the show,” she continued to Billboard, “I called [Dick Clark Productions’] Mark Shimmel and I said, ‘What the f–k happened?’ He said, ‘Let me call you back,’ then called me back and confirmed the in-ears were not working and asked if I would make a joint statement. I said, ‘No way.’ I asked him to cut the West Coast feed. He said he could not do that. I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches unless they just want eyeballs at any expense…It’s not artist-friendly, especially when the artist cut her vacation short as a New Year’s Eve gift to them.”
However, the production company had a different story. “As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists,” dcp said in a statement released Sunday to E! News. “To suggest that DCP, as producer of music shows including the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and Academy of Country Music Awards, would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.
“An initial investigation has indicated that dcp had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance,” the organization added.
“If Dick Clark were alive today, I guarantee he would be on air right now fighting back. He’s not, so I’m going to,” McCarthy continued to sound off. “Dick Clark Productions has been doing this show for 45 years…I’ve never seen a production company, like Donnie said, more prepared, more supportive of their musical guests, so for her to defame them was so incredibly insulting for the group of people who work their balls off preparing and rehearsing for their musical guests.”
McCarthy and her husband did not take too kindly to Carey’s lack of a sound check, either.
“She did whatever you would call a like dance move rehearsal holding her gold microphone, and she stood off to the side of the stage while she had a stand-in do a sound check,” the co-host alleged.
“The buck stops with the artist,” the New Kids On The Block member continued. “No rehearsal, that’s on her. And to blame Dick Clark Productions and Ryan Seacrest by default who is an executive producer, too—these people have made their career on love of music and artists and respect for music and artists. Dick Clark built his whole empire on music and artists and performances. Those guys make you rehearse, and rehearse and rehearse. I heard Gloria Estefan out there rehearsing. I heard last year Demi Lovato 10 times rehearsing.
“I was there for the past seven years watching band after band,” McCarthy added. “Taylor Swift rehearsing her balls off. Like I said, we rehearsed for four days, 10 hours a day. We have more sound checks, satellite checks, teleprompter checks, than any show down there. I promise you that.”