1/22/2013 5:47 PM ET |
ZOMG!!! All those years of hangin’ tough finally paid off!!
New Kids on the Block joining the ladies on The View is cause enough to puff out our pantaloons, but today it was just the tip of the awesome iceberg!!
As we reported this morning, one of history’s biggest and baddest boy bands is back and better than ever… and they’re taking Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees on tour!
Ch-ch-check them out taking the stage together for the very first time in front of screaming fans and frantically excited hosts in Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck (above)!
Whoa!! This might be the sweetest reunion tour EVER!!
Ugh!! Nick Lachey is soooo unbelievably dreamy!!
We’re pretty sure it’s 98 degrees and rising in our undies, but we give him permission to check our temperature any time!! HA!
These gloriously gifted gentlemen start their tour in May! Mmmm hmmm — we can’t wait!
See more of the boys sharing the stage with the ladies of The View (below)!
It’s 6:30pm on a Tuesday, I’m smushed in the vestibule of Irving plaza. Me and about 40 other members of the press, along with approximately 200 fans, are about to be let into the main event of the evening: New Kids on The Block. It was widely reported earlier in the day that NKOTB was going to be hitting the road with 98 Degrees and Boys II Men for “The Package Tour.” It’s like a tour through the decades! And also a weird sexual innuendo.
I have been an NKOTB fan girl ever since I can remember. My brother hooked me up with the cassette tapes in about 1990. I would dance in my room to every hit and fawn over Jordan Knight. I had all the paraphernalia: stickers, posters, trading cards, even a Joey McIntyre doll, which my dog mauled one summer. I spent the days picking up chewed limbs from the yard and when I found Joey’s head floating in my pool—yes, that was a sad sad day.
But now, in present day, I am 27 and my heart is still racing in anticipation that I am going to be in close proximity to all five New Kids. As I made my way up the steps of Irving Plaza, the members of the press are escorted to the stage. I am on stage at Irving Plaza? There’s a platform in the middle of the venue where the boy band is going to be performing. Rumor has it that soon to be tour mates 98 Degrees and Boys II Men are also in the building. Yup.
The stage is packed with everyone wanting the best spot to get the best shot. I look to my left and I am about a foot away from a passing New Kid—Jonathan Knight, number three on my list of New kids ranked in order of hotness. I notice he has a small little ponytail on top of his head, which I am totally into. I hop down off the stage to get primo spot stage right. I am a genius and stood by the door they would be entering from. I wanted to high-five all of them as they made their way to the stage. While me and a half empty room of fans awaited the boys—now all well into their 40’s—the DJ ran through a slew of today’s hits: Bieber, One Direction, Fun, every song you unintentionally know all the words to. I was groovin.
A little after 7pm, the MC of the night, radio host Robert Samson, amped up the crowd and NKOTB made their way to the stage. 1, 2,3,4,5 boom, hit em all, HOME RUN! Itouched all the New Kids on the Block. They all exuded this energy that they have been doing this for a long ass time and can pretty much say and do whatever they want. There was no script for the evening, they just went out, rolled with it, and seemingly had a blast. They re-announced their tour as well with a new album due April 2nd. Together they went into a rendition of the gut wrenching classic “Please Don’t Go Girl”—still know every word and oh boy, did I love every second of it. They were singing to me! Two songs later, 98 Degrees is making their way to the crowd. Frankly, I could give a shit about them, they played two of their hits and boom! Boys II Men is nowalso in my presence. I mean, picture the most ridiculous night of your life and then imagine twelve grown ass men whose posters littered your bedroom walls when they, not you, were teenagers. I was in a constant state of jaw dropping amazement as well as WHAT THE FUCK is happening.
While the fans in the room screamed and shrieked, I couldn’t even begin to fathom what this tour will hold for America and quite possibly the world. More hip gyration? YES! More take your shirt off? YES! More touching? YES, TOUCH ME! AGAIN! I went to the reunion tour four years ago and I can honestly say that I have never screamed louder in my entire life. Jordan, Joey, Jonathan, Donnie and Danny, let their shirts flutter in the faux wind and I almost passed out. These are grown men, and thank god their fans have also gotten older and not younger. When this tour rolls through your town, its going to be 3 1/2 hours of panic attacks and heart flutters. Are you tough enough.
Please enjoy this tune of the day.
New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men Team Up for ‘Package Tour’
Camille Bautista19 hours ago
Move over, One Direction — the big boys are coming back. New Kids on The Block announced their new summer tour on The View Tuesday, joining boy-band forces with 98 Degrees and best-selling R&B group, Boyz II Men.
NKOTB is also set to release a new album called 10 in April. Their first single, “Remix (I Like The),” hits iTunes on Jan. 28.
“The Package Tour,” which will include more than two dozen shows throughout the U.S., kicks off on May 31. It’ll be the first tour for 98 Degrees in more than 12 years.
“Ladies, we’re coming for you,” NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg said in apress release . “We can’t wait to give fans ‘The Package!’”
Eighties babies, hold onto your Lisa Frank folders.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
New Kids on the Block to Tour with Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees This Summer
23 Jan 2013 07:59 AM EST
-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: “The Package” Tour (Image Source: NKOTB)
The boy band craze is back in full swing, and what better time than to bring some veterans back to the stage?
This summer, New Kids on the Block are back again, and this time they’re bringing along Boys II Men and 98 Degrees for “The Package” tour.
The tour will begin in Uncasville, Conn., at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 31, and the boys will travel across North America through mid-July, hitting a handful of major cities on the way.
Meanwhile, New Kids on the Block are set to release a new album, 10, on April 2. Their first single, “Remix (I Like The)” will premiere in January 28.
This is also a big announcement for 98 Degrees, who will be touring together for the first time in 12 years.
Tickets go on sale February 2 with an American Express advance sale beginning on January 25.