My Summer with NKOTB


This summer, New Kids on the Block hit the road with Boys II Men and 98 Degrees to bring us The Package Tour, and WHAT a package it was. I was able to attend 2 of the stops on the tour: Los Angeles and Anaheim, with my friend and fellow Blockhead, Michelle. In all honesty, we had an amazing experience.


First of all, I want to note that NKOTB still brings an amazing amount of energy to their shows. You can’t help but feel that when you’re a part of the audience. Genuine enthusiasm emanated from the stage the entire two hours that they played. For those who may have any doubts, yes, the vocals and dance moves are all still there—although, I’m thinking there are move pelvic thrusts, crotch grabbing, and showing off of the abs than there used to be. Vocally, Joey McIntyre still kills it on Please Don’t Go Girl, and Jordan Knight shines in I’ll Be Lovin’ You (Forever). Donnie Wahlberg gets into the act by rocking it during Cover Girl. One moment I particularly loved was when Jonathan Knight, who has been very honest about his issues with anxiety, shone during his solo in Survive You.

Second of all, they definitely seem to still love what they’re doing after 25 years. I left feeling as those these “Kids,” who are now men in their early to mid-40’s, could teach today’s young performers a thing or two about having passion on stage. Also, they seem to really understand the connection that exists between a band and their fans. They realize that the comeback they are experiencing would not have happened without the support of their fans, and the fans can see that.

Here is the set list from the tour, which was a mix of songs from their new album, 10, and old fan favorites.

We Own Tonight

Block Party


The Right Stuff

The Whisper (blended with “Shout” at the end)

Survive You

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind

Valentine Girl

If You Go Away

Please Don’t Go Girl

Remix (I Like The)


Baby I Believe In You

I Remember When (this seems to have replaced the previous two songs)

I’ll Be There

Tender Love

Click Click Click

Faith (George Michael Cover, Joey on lead vocals)

Kiss (Price Cover, Jordan on lead vocals), followed by short clip of Sexy and I Know It (LMFAO cover)

Hot In Here (Nelly cover)

Dirty Dancing

We Found Love (Rihanna cover, some shows only)

Step By Step

Cover Girl

Games (The guys film the crowd while Icona Pop’s “I Love It” plays)

Tonight I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)

Hangin’ Tough (with Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You”)


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters to hit theaters this month!

If you’re a lover of YA literature, which I am, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the month of August!  Not one, but TWO movies are coming out that are based on popular and addictive books. Percy Jackson:  Sea of Monsters and Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones are scheduled to be released this month–to the fangirl delight of millions worldwide.

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters is based on the second novel in Rick Riordan’s modern day Greek Mythology series.  Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Brandon T. Smith, Stanley Tucci, and Nathan Fillion, the story follows Percy and his friends as they attempt to find the legendary Golden Fleece.  Camp Half Blood is in peril, and only the Golden Fleece can protect the demi-gods from various monsters intent on destroying them.  However, it turns out that one of their own may be leading the charge against them, which only serves to complicate their mission. 

Riordan’s series has delighted readers worldwide, and the first film did respectfully well at the box office.  From the trailers and leaked scenes, it seems like this one has nothing but potential.  Oh, and did I mention that Nathan Fillion (of Firefly and Castle fame) is playing the God Hermes?  That alone is reason to shell out $11 to see the film.  The cast has been busy promoting the film at Comic Con, advanced screenings, mall events, and so on…as if the fans needed any extra encouragement.

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The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones, starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jonathan Rhys Myers, and Lena Headley, is based on the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.  In this first installment, Clary Fray discovers that there is more to the world than she could have possibly imagined.  She learns that there are demons in the world, and the Nephilim, descendants of Angels, are charged with protecting “mundanes” from the evil the demons would spread.  Clary soon discovers that she may not be as mundane as she once believed.

As with the cast of Sea of Monsters, Clare and the cast have been pounding the pavement to promote the film.  Having attended book signings, Comic Con, mall events, etc, they have managed to make an already enthusiastic fan based salivate even more at the thought of this unique and amazing world coming to life.