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
The iconic group return with a collection of new material.
by Daniel Falconer | 11 May 2017
The wait for fans may have been excruciating, but with the release of New Kids On The Block’s brand new EP ‘Thankful’ it was clearly worth it as the iconic five-piece return with five sleek and infectious tracks. Unafraid to fall back on their previous sound whilst also bringing contemporary themes in, such as the rap included on ‘Still Sounds Good’, the group sound better than ever.
New Kids On The Block return
Whilst many will be disappointed to only get their hands on a collection of five songs, it’s just the right amount to whet the appetites of those who have been looking for new NKOTB material for some time. This is pure pop and exactly what we needed to hear from the group in order to maintain their relevance in an ever-evolving world of music.
Titular track ‘Thankful’ sounds like it could blitz through the student nightclubs of the UK, or storm its way up the charts. Personal favourite ‘Still Sounds Good’ has the perfect title for a group who are proving they’re still exactly where they belong in this industry.
Powerful vocal performances are layered across beautifully produced tracks and allow Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan and Jordan Knight and Danny Wood to cement their status as some of the most memorable musicians of their era. Unafraid to be bold with their music decisions, we should celebrate the likes of New Kids On The Block for pushing music in an altogether different direction than the one they’re used to.
WATCH CARRIE UNDERWOOD SERENADE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK [VIDEO]
photo: New Kids on the Block Facebook
Country music superstar Carrie Underwood got to live out a dream last night with New Kids on the Block! Check it out.
Wednesday night’s New Kids on the Block concert in Nashville had a very special surprise guest— Carrie Underwood! As fans well know, Carrie is a huge fan of the group but wasn’t at Bridgestone Arena just as an audience member. The country music superstar took to the stage to sing “Happy Birthday” to NKOTB’s Jordan Knight (May 17) and Danny Wood (May 14).
After her “Happy Birthday” shoutout, the guys treated Carrie to her own personal serenade, of course she couldn’t resist joining in!
Enjoy Carrie’s adorable rendition of the classic tune and watch the fun unfold below!
Besides connecting with her childhood heartthrobs, Carrie also reunited backstage with former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, who is currently touring with NKOTB and Boyz II Men. Paula literally had a front seat when the nation was first introduced to the talented Oklahoman during the fourth season of the popular singing competition. Carrie Underwood crushed her competition and won the season with approximately 500 million votes cast in the season and 37 million for the finale.
Paula wrote in the caption, “So happy to reconnect with the amazingly talented and equally beautiful @carrieunderwood tonight. So proud of your journey.”
Carrie also shared the sweet snapshot with the message, “Well, look who I ran into backstage at #TheTotalPackage Tour! So cool to watch her do her thing!”
Besides Carrie, Big & Rich also made a surprise appearance onstage and country music maven Reba McEntire was seen enjoying the show from the audience. Between Nashville Predators hockey and concerts, Bridgestone Arena has become like a second home to the award-winning songstress! She’ll be back at the venue on Thursday, May 18th when the Preds take on the Anaheim Ducks and continue their Stanley Cup playoff push.
Judging from the flood of posts and video clips coming from Underwood’s social media feed, we think the star had a blast last night!
Carrie Underwood Geeks Out Over Singing Happy Birthday to NKOTB’s Danny Wood and Jordan Knight
by Latifah Muhammad 9:23 PM PDT, May 18, 2017
Photo: Marcello Ambriz
Carrie Underwood is geeking out over the New Kids on the Block!
The country star had a total fangirl moment after singing “Happy Birthday” to NKOTB members Jordan Knight and Danny Wood during the group’s Total Package Tour stop in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday.
The clearly surreal stage experience left Underwood in shock.
“Um…did I just sing happy birthday to @dannywood and @jordanknight on stage with the NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK?!?! Yup!” she excitedly tweeted.
Listen to the roars of the crowd in this YouTube video as native Oklahoman and country music superstar Carrie Underwood takes the stage Wednesday night in a surprise appearance at New Kids on the Block’s Nashville, Tenn., tour stop.
The Checotah native sang “Happy Birthday” to NKOTB members Jordan Knight (born May 17, 1970) and Danny Wood (born May 14, 1969) from the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
The newly announced 2017 Oklahoma Hall of Famer wasn’t the only country star power at the Nashville show: Duo Big & Rich surprised audiences with a performance of their hit song “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” NKOTB undoubtedly delivered a night to remember for the crowd of 20,000 Blockheads.
It wasn’t the first time Underwood stepped into the spotlight at a Nashville NKOTB concert: As previously reported, she attended their 2015 Bridgestone Arena show, and the guys even took her request, serenading her with their ballad “Single.” Check out that video here.
NKOTB is on the road with its “Total Package Tour” alongside Grammy Award winners Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. As previously reported, the tour includes an Oklahoma show May 24 at Tulsa’s BOK Center, 200 S Denver. For tickets and information, go to www.bokcenter.com.
EXCLUSIVE: New Kids on the Block Reveal the Hilarious Tour Prank They Haven’t Outgrown
by Sophie Schillaci 6:30 PM PDT, May 05, 2017
These guys are clearly still kids at heart!
As New Kids on the Block gears up for their Total Package Tour with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul this summer, ET’s Nischelle Turner got a sneak peek at what to expect during their rehearsals. Since hitting it big in the ’80s, there’s still one tour prank they can’t seem to outgrow.
“We can’t have certain things because of our youth,” Donnie Wahlberg says of the group’s backstage snacks. “If there were cold cuts, it would usually be like, frisbee toss time, and that’s bad. So we can’t say that we have grown out of that, but we just grew smart enough to know that — don’t bring cold cuts.”
“Anything that can stick to a wall,” Jordan Knight chimed in, “we don’t want it.”
“Or someone’s face,” Wahlberg continues. “Guys getting smacked with a piece of bologna.”
The New Kids have kids of their own now, and touring has become a family affair. In fact, one of Joey McIntyre‘s young sons even filled in for Wahlberg during a recent choreography rehearsal. “It was the cutest thing,” McIntyre gushed.
Also hitting the road is Wahlberg’s beloved pup. “Lumpy polices us,” he says. “So if anyone’s screwing up, he comes and growls at you.”
“He does every tour,” Wahlberg continues. “He loves the tour buses and flying around. We’ll go in an arena for the 10th time, Boston Garden, whatever, we don’t always know where to go. He knows where to go every time! [And] he knows whose got the treats.”
While NKOTB and Boyz II Men have toured together before, this summer marks Abdul’s first trek in 25 years.
“We did the Package Tour and Boyz II Men was a part of that last time,” says McIntyre. “‘Total’ comes from Ms.Abdul, who’s total everything. She’s totally awesome and totally amazing and totally a pro and totally has a million hit records and it’s totally cool to have her on the tour.”
“It’s doubly interesting for us because, A. We watched her come up and become successful right at the same time that we did,” Wahlberg adds. “But we never got to work together, so there’s that. After all of these years, we finally get to work with her, but it’s also her comeback now. We’ve been on our comeback for the last nine years and she’s starting hers now. We get to bear witness to that and it’s exciting, it really makes it all the more special. It’s not like we’ve both been out there doing it for the last 30 years. This is a big deal for her and it’s a big undertaking, so to be there to support her, because we’ve been there, it makes it special for us.”
The Total Package Tour kicks off May 12 in Columbus, Ohio, and includes a special Boston homecoming for NKOTB on July 8 at Fenway Park. Also on May 12, NKOTB will release a brand new EP titled Thankful.
For more on how the tour came together, watch below.