New Kids on the Block continue to redefine the term “dad bod.”
The guys show off their ripped abs in a behind-the-scenes-themed music video for their latest single, “Thankful.” Through black and white footage, NKOTB takes viewers through a day in the life on the road from waking up on the bus to hitting the gym, meeting with fans, squeezing in some quality time with their family, and performing.
The sentimental video also adorably highlights some of the most loyal NKOTB fans, showing off vintage ticket stubs and photos from the band’s early success in the ’80s and ’90s.
Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight are currently in the midst of their Total Package Tour alongside Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men.ET caught up with the group last month as they prepared to kick off their cross-country trek.
See what they had to say about tour pranks and being a part of Abdul’s musical comeback, below.
New Kids on the Block have been one of the biggest pop acts since their late 80s debut and are still going strong in 2017. They’re on a massive tour with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul this summer and they’re well aware that such career longevity is all thanks to their die-hard fans.
On Friday (June 23), the classic boy band released a music video for “Thankful,” the title track of their recent Thankful EP. The video features behind-the-scenes shots of the group on tour, showing visuals of them on the bus, reuniting with their children, and triumphantly performing in sold-out arenas.
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The band said the song with the emotional chorus, “Because of you, I am thankful,” is a tribute to their fans and a show of gratitude for all that they have done for them. In the video, as the track builds, it features shots of a number of fans honoring them and their entire fan community, thanking them for the success of NKOTB.
DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Tragedy struck a departing crowd at the Manchester Arena in Northern England Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert.
A suicide bomber took the lives of at least 22 people and injured 59 others, some of them children.
Tuesday night in Dallas, a New Kids On The Block show is set to take place at the American Airlines Center.
One of the members of the pop band, Donnie Wahlberg, took to Facebook Tuesday morning to express his feelings on the show tonight and the attack in Manchester.
“Heading back on tour today. Obviously, after the tragic events in (hashtag) Manchester, it’s with a heavy heart and lots on my mind. I found myself searching for the right words to say to the thousands planning on attending our concert in Dallas tonight – who suddenly have to consider things of far greater concern than the inconveniences of parking their cars.”
Heading back on tour today. Obviously, after the tragic events in#Manchester, it’s with a heavy heart and lots on my mind.
I found myself searching for the right words to say to the thousands planning on attending our concert in Dallas tonight – who suddenly have to consider things of far greater concern than the inconveniences of parking their cars. My thoughts kept bringing me back to a dance I shared with this young lady in New Orleans, a few nights back. She must have be…
Wahlberg then touched on a moment he shared with a young girl at a show in New Orleans a few nights ago. Wahlberg goes on to say that he danced with the young fan and described it as what music and concerts are all about.
“This moment/dance that I shared with her, and the thousands who witnessed it, was a moment of joy, energy, love, hope and freedom. That’s what music is. It’s what concerts are – a great expression of (hashtag) hope and (hashtag) freedom. Which is exactly why those with no #hope in their hearts, would choose to target them.”
“It is also exactly why we must carry on, and continue our ritual of gathering to celebrate our lives, loves, dreams, hopes and freedom. Those hopeless souls, who wish to spread misery and hatred by carrying out acts of terror, can only win by turning us into the same lost and hopeless souls that they are. They only win by killing our hope, and taking away our freedom, Whalberg said.
“Tonight, I will dance. I will dance, sing and celebrate. It will be with a heavy heart, and with thoughts of the victims and families in (hashtag) Manchester on my mind, but I will not be deterred. I hope that you won’t be deterred either. I hope that young people everywhere, much like the young lady in this picture and the millions of (hashtag) Arianators around the world, will continue to celebrate their freedom – and continue to find hope through music. We need (hashtag) hope now more than ever, and our (hashtag) freedom can only be sustained by honoring it – every day of our lives.”
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.
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.
Here’s everything you need to know before catching NKOTB, Paula Abdul & Boyz II Men at an arena near you.
New Kids on the Block put out their debut album more than 30 years ago, back in 1986, but the quintet of Boston buddies (and bros) hasn’t slowed down in recent years, steadily touring and releasing new music, including Friday’s five-song Thankful EP.
They also just kicked off their Total Package Tour on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, joined by fellow classic acts Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul. So what new tricks do the not-so-New Kids have up their sleeves when it comes to entertaining a crowd of fans who have been coming to see them for three decades?
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Before the tour continues Tuesday night (May 16) in Cincinnati, Billboard caught up with the guys for a Facebook Live interview (watch below) and found out everything you need to know before catching NKOTB at an arena near you this summer:
Old & New
“We’ve changed the show a lot,” Danny Wood tells Billboard. “We’ve added some old songs, kind of take fans on a trip down memory lane from the first album [1986’s New Kids on the Block] to our current EP Thankful. We haven’t really done something like that in our shows, so it’s a lot of fun. We do all the hits still and add a little bit of the new music. The first two shows [in Columbus and Grand Rapids, Michigan] went great.”
“We still dance a lot even though we’re old geezers,” Jordan Knight jokes. “But we put out a lot of energy. We love dancing and interacting with the crowd.”
In Good Company
“We toured with [Boyz II Men] in 2013, and it was great,” Wood says of their repeat tourmates. “We had a blast, so it’s kind of a natural thing to do it again, because it was very successful and they’re easy to work with. And Paula [Abdul] was just like a gigantic bonus that she wanted to tour again.”
“Paula Abdul’s show is amazing,” Jordan Knight chimes in. “We saw some footage of it earlier — we haven’t gotten a chance to see the full thing yet — but we saw some footage of it, and it looks like a music video or a musical. It’s like a Broadway show live onstage.”
On the Road Again
“When you go out on the road, even though we have families and lives, I mean, this is your job,” Joe McIntyre says of the highs and lows of touring. “You miss the other life, but it’s kind of nice to just focus on your job: the show at night. There is some downtime, which is nice, but you also need it because the tour is a grind, so I feel a little selfish at times knowing that my wife is home taking care of the three kids, but I have to enjoy it and make the most of it. Just traveling around the country and seeing these towns and then hanging with the guys — we’re lucky.”
Thankful for the Fans
“So far, so good,” Jonathan Knight says when asked how the crowd is responding to their brand-new EP Thankful. “I mean, the reaction from the crowd has been amazing. You know, and just for us to have new stuff to perform onstage — it’s always so fun to have that.”
“It’s been like four years since the last time we’ve put something out [2013’s 10], so it’s kind of more like a feeling of just, ‘Man, it’s kind of time now. It’s kind of time do something new for us and for the fans,’” Jordan Knight says of Thankful‘s timing. “It makes it fresh and new for us because we want to do some new stuff, we want to sing new songs and do new routines and stuff like that. And the fans want something new as well. We always, always do the old school stuff, so that’s a given, and we always want to do new stuff as well just to make it fun.
The Total Package Tour continues Tuesday night (May 16) in Cincinnati and wraps July 16 in Hollywood, Florida. Hear the New Kids’ full interview on an upcoming episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast.
THE men of New Kids On the Block are masters of the science of the scream.
The communal howl of teenage girls that split eardrums in the boy band’s early 1990s heyday has declined in volume but not enthusiasm in the past decade of their man-band reunion.
When they launched One More Night, the first new single in four years, on The Late Late Show with James Corden in March, the band was greeted by loud cheers and almost constant clapping keeping time with their R & B flavoured pop.
When Jordan, Donnie, Joe, Danny or Jonathan stepped out of formation to take a solo spot or the quintet busted one of their signature moves, they were rewarded with a burst of screaming reminiscent of the piercing screeches which dogged them until they called it quits back in 1994.
Back in 1992 when the band toured Australia for the first time and attracted the level of teen fan hysteria generally labelled as Beatlemania, Donnie Wahlberg told the Australian media at their press conference that NKOTB welcomed the attention.
“It gets crazy. It’s just the price you have to pay and we’re not going to complain and tell the fans to stop enjoying themselves and stop showing their affection for us,” Wahlberg said.
“If that’s the only price we have to pay having girls chase us around the streets, then I’ll pay that price for another 10 years.”
Wahlberg couldn’t know then they would be over in another two years. Or that they would reunite in 2008 and keep going.
As NKOTB prepare to head out on an American Total Package Tour with fellow ’90s survivors Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men, Jordan Knight says the scream remains one of the barometers they monitor to determine the success of a gig or a song.
“Of course, you can just feel it. We also get honest feedback from family and friends and fans,” he says.
“We haven’t yet had the moment ‘Oh, they don’t love us’ but we don’t ever want to take it for granted.
“Sometimes you have a sense ‘Yeah, they’re screaming’ but we feel we didn’t kill it; they just didn’t scream that loud and we do have a special sensitivity to that.”
NKOTB are releasing a new EP Thankful on May 12 where the chart barometer will have to substitute for a decibel meter.
Reunited boy bands rarely trouble the upper echelons of the pop charts with their new wares and One More Night failed to crack the top 100 in the major markets of America or UK but did in several countries through Europe and South America.
“Thankful” has been the mantra of the five men in their comeback phase. There are still thousands of women in their 30s and 40s who maintain their love of the Step By Step chart-toppers.
“We’re not chasing No.1. We would love to have a No. 1 for sure and maybe when we first came out, we were looking at the charts,” Knight says.
“But in this day and age, we’re thankful and grateful just to still be doing it.”
It is remarkable that NKOTB or Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and Boyz II Men are still playing arenas — or cruises — up to three decades after they generated their phenomenal success.
No one gave NKOTB a shelf life of longer than five years when they first cracked the top spot in America in 1989 with I’ll be Loving You (Forever), kept it with Hangin’ Tough and returned in 1990 with Step By Step. There were also plenty of top 10s — Please Don’t Go Girl, You Got It (The Right Stuff), Cover Girl, Didn’t I Blow Your Mind and Tonight before the hits dried up.
While Wahlberg, Knight and Joe McIntyre maintained careers in entertainment, Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood chose to stay out of the limelight.
There were a couple of attempts to get the band back together before all five members agreed in 2007.
“Honestly when I was 20 years old, I would never have imagined us doing this now. No way did I see it; I thought I might go into producing or developing other acts. Which I totally didn’t get into,” Jordan Knight says.
“I remember back then when journalists asked us where did we see ourselves in five years, you knew they thought we were not going to last another five years.
“I think we used to say ‘You never know. We hope our fans will grow up with us.’ Everyone probably thought ‘dream on, kid’.”
Knight says there have yet to be discussions about bringing the tour to Australia but it would be more likely another run with their good mates Backstreet Boys, who shared arena stages here in 2012.
“I would love to go back there. Usually we do a tour of the US one year and international the next year so there’s a good chance we will see you in 2018, maybe another co-headline tour with the Backstreet Boys.”