98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block coming to St. Louis
4:29 PM, Jan 22, 2013 |
By Korina Lopez, USA TODAY
Time to stash the mom jeans.
New Kids on the Block are delivering The Package Tour this summer with the addition of 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men to the lineup. Donnie Wahlberg called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Tuesday morning with the news.
The groups will perform in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center on June 30. Tickets start at $17 and go on sale Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the Ford Box Office at Scottrade Center, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, or online throughticketmaster.com .
“We’ll have plenty of surprises! With all those egos in one building at the same time, you know there’s going to be a lot of crazy and fun stuff going on,” Walhberg told Seacrest. “We’re going to pull out a lot of surprises every night … pull in as many special guests as we can, and do as many fun things as we can.”
NKOTB’s new single, Remix (I Like The), will debut on Seacrest’s show Friday and goes to iTunes Monday. Album 10 comes out April 2.
The 80s Called. They Want The New Kids on the Block Back, But We’ve Got Them!
Danny, Donnie, Joe, Jon, Jordan. Any girl of the 80s (and some boys) need no further introduction.
To the non-Blockheads of the world, we’re of course speaking of THE boy band – New Kids on the Block or NKOTB.
And today, the music and pop culture world’s a buzzing with news of a reunion including a new album – 10 – and a tour – The Package – kicking off May 31 with other hot 80s acts 98 Degrees and Boys II Men. Find tour dates and locationshere.
No need for us to play coy. We all probably qualified as quasi stalkers.
After all, they had the right stuff.
Admit it: Teen Beat, Tutti Fruitti and BOP papered your bedroom walls, you studied every dance move, heard song hooks in your sleep and never, NEVER missed a TV appearance.
When a family friend took me to see them in concert with the peach-complected Tiffany, my obsession really jumped up a notch complete with a NKOTB concert swag tank top, book covers doodles (Erica + JM 4Ever), and sleepover girl talk always returned to “What do you think they’re really like?”
It was our Beatlemania. Silly, fun and harmless. Though, now as a parent, I imagine it drove my mom and dad a little bananas.
The band’s aware of their lasting appeal.
“There is a lot of nostalgia and we embrace that. But it always feels young and fresh. I guess that’s one of the great things about being in the music business is that you never have to quite grow up.” – Joey McIntyre, 40
Dedicated fans, such as myself, helped propel the Beantown boys to superstardom. They sold 80 million records worldwide and won two American Music Awards.
It’s the kind of rocket that few musical acts ride.
But fame was fleeting. The first album, News Kids on the Block, was released in 1986. By 1994, the party was over.
The Maurice Starr-created band faced allegations of lip-syncing after the Milli Vanilli scandal. They defended using backing tracks in recording sessions and on stage, and even sued over the accusations, but the scrutiny continued.
It even hurt my view of the band. As a music student, I backed away from my ardent defense of their “bubblegum pop.” Down went the NKOTB posters as I graduated to the more serious early 90s “grunge” sound.
Yet today, I forgive all because with time comes a little grace. They were young and likely had very little creative or business control over the band.
And just because they stopped Oh-Oh-oOoh-Oh-ing, like the rest of us, doesn’t mean they stopped living.
Here’s what our boys have been up to:
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- Jordan Knight, 42, launched a solo singing career selling 1.5 million records worldwide and regularly appears on TV.
- Spotlight shy Jonathan Knight, 44, works as a real estate developer and recently revealed publicly that he’s gay, saying “I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay.”
- Joey McIntyre, 40, turned to singing, songwriting and acting, and resurfaced on the first season of Dancing with the Stars, winning third place.
- “Bad boy” Donnie Wahlberg, 43, enjoyed some admirable acting success in hits, such as “The Sixth Sense” and “Band of Brothers.”
- Danny Wood, 43, also pursued a solo music career and operates his own record label, Damage Records.
Welcome back, boys. You might not be “new” anymore, but neither are we. It’s just darn good to be young and feel young with those whom you were young.
P.S. Do you think Joey’s a really involved dad? I’ll bet he is. *sigh*
Follow me @erica_holloway.
New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees Going on Tour
by ABC Digital
(NEW YORK) — Ladies, get ready to scream and cry like you did as a teenager.
This summer, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are all hitting the road to tour together. The Package Tour is scheduled to kick off May 31 in Uncasville, Conn. The tour will then travel across the country, wrapping July 13 in Minneapolis.
“The #ThePackageTour is going to be some next level s*#@!!!” NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg tweeted.
The group announced the tour on The View Tuesday. Tickets go on sale Feb. 2 on Ticketmaster.
“It’s true!! @98official will be touring this summer with NKOTB and Boyz II Men. Very excited!! #98degrees,” 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey tweeted.
NKOTB will also release a new album, 10, on April 2 with the first single, “Remix (I Like The),” debuting Jan. 28.
NKOTB toured with the Backstreet Boys in 2011, and the groups performed separately and together. But the boys of Backstreet will not be part of this summer’s tour.
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