New Kids On The Block
Wednesday 28th January 2009
- Doors Open:
£44.04 & £34.26
For once, all the rumours are actually true. "The Right Stuff" really is at long last returning to your block.
New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood have reformed and are embarking on an 8 date UK arena tour in January 2009 appearing at The Metro Radio Arena on Wednesday 28th January 2009.
Now fully-grown men who forever defined what the modern boy band would look and sound like are back together for the very first time in nearly a decade and a half and have already had great reviews in the US for their new album "The Block" featuring their new single "Summertime".
The brand new New Kids album was really sparked when Wahlberg was in New York for a costume fitting for the upcoming film Righteous Kill that finds him living out another life-long dream by acting in a film alongside two of his greatest heroes, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino as well as 50 Cent. Finding himself around the block, Wahlberg visited the office of his longtime entertainment lawyer, Jaimie Roberts, who handed him a demo tape of a young singer-songwriter name Nazaree. Since the days of New Kids and his time producing hits in the early Nineties for his brother Mark as Markey Mark and The Funky Bunch - Wahlberg has been handed a mountain of demos in his time and he took the offering with absolutely no expectations.
In the months that followed, Wahlberg and the other Kids would collaborate closely with Nazaree, who turned out to be a New Kids fan since childhood, as well as other gifted producers and writers including Bryan-Michael Cox, Emanuel Kiriakou, RedOne and Fernando on an new album that blends the melodic soul of vintage New Kids with a decidedly contemporary, hip hop feel.
In the late Eighties and early Nineties, New Kids on the Block became a phenomenon, selling over 80 million albums - including the back-to-back international number one efforts, 1988's Hangin' Tough and 1990's Step By Step and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits like "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Cover Girl," "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," "I'll Be Loving You," and "Tonight" as well as countless concert tickets, t-shirts and even lunchboxes to primarily female kids around the world. Then under the guidance of producer Maurice Starr who had previously brought the world New Edition, the New Kids made a tremendous impact on culture very quickly.
So what will a 'New Kids On The Block' concert look like in 2009?
"We're still young, we're still hot," Joey McIntryre answers with a laugh. "Our fans are between 25 and 35 now because they were really young then. They're still very attractive.... and very legal. So it's going to be a girl's night out. I know my wife's going to be there every step of the way, but it's still going to be fun."