My Summer with NKOTB

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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.

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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

Summertime

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)

Single

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”)

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Why New Kids on the Block Still Rock My World and Make Me Smile

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My name is Caitlin.  I am 32.  I still love New Kids on the Block.  The confessional part of this blog is now done.

My love of New Kids on the Block goes back to elementary school.  They were the first band I ever truly fell in love with on my own.  I remember trying to decide if I was more of a Joey Joe or Jordan girl.  At some point, I guess I must have decided on Jordan, because I remember that he was the one whose doll I owned.  I gave that doll a haircut, by the way, because I never could back Jordan’s hair tail.  I remember falling asleep upon my official New Kids on the Block sheets in the 4th grade.  Oh, and one of the best Christmas presents I ever received were the Step by Step and Hangin’ Tough VHS tapes! 

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In January of 1994, when I was 12 years old, my family bought our very first CD player, and I remember that the first CD I ever owned was New Kids on the Block’s Face the Music.  Admittedly, by this point, many of my peers had abandoned our beloved New Kids, which I thought was tragic. Nevertheless, I remained true to the Kids, and convinced by parents to allow me to attend my first concert ever:  It was the New Kids on the Block Face the Music tour at the Palace Theater in Los Angeles.   I. Was. In. Heaven.  I was surrounded by my people.  After the show, I drafted many a letter to Seventeen Magazine to try to convince them to stop making fun of my boys!  I argued that the crowd at the show PROVED they were still relevant.

Flash forward to 2010. The Kids were Men now, but they were back and rocking once more. Sadly, I had missed the previous tour for The Block for some reason that I cannot recall, and I’m sure I’d be ashamed of if I could. However, a friend of mine from High School won 10th row tickets to the NKOTBSB show at the Staples Center, and I begged to be her +1.  We had the most amazing time I think I have ever had at a concert before or since (sorry to all my musician friends….I’m just keeping it real here).  We danced as though we were back in the 5th grade again.  We shrieked and screamed our heads off during the show, and blasted the NKOTBSB CD in her car afterwards.  Ever since, we still recall that as one of the best nights either of us could ever remember having.

All this has gotten me wondering:  What is it about the music that still speaks to those of us who loved them decades ago?  Perhaps it reminds us of a time when we were younger, and things were simpler.  It could also be the infectious melodies and harmonies that we can’t help but sing along with—for me, it’s usually very loud, in my car, ignoring the looks I’m getting from others.  Also, I’m going to be honest:  they still make my heart melt.  I will say though, now that I’m older, I’m finding myself a Donnie girl, which is interesting.  I’m not sure what that says about me and a possible tendency towards bad boys.

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At any rate, I shall be with that very same friend who rocked out with me 3 years ago when NKOTB comes to the Staples Center July 5 for the Package Tourth.  My only regret is that I’m a broke public school teacher, so the Meet and Greet packages were a bit out of my reach.  However, I am choosing to believe that the dream I had last night, where I met all the boys—er, men—will one day come true!