Thursday, June 30, 2011

Listen Unfinished album by Jordan Knight

Jordan Knight Unfinished album by ThatEricAlper
Stingy feat. Donnie Wahlberg
Jordan Knight - Stingy (featuring Donnie Wahlberg) by ThatEricAlper

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WORLD PREMIERE: NKOTB’s Jordan Knight Debuts New Solo Single “Stingy” Featuring Donnie Wahlberg [AUDIO]

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

It’s been 12 years since New Kids On The Block heart throb Jordan Knight released his first solo single “Give It To You” which reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Platinum status selling over a million copies. Following the release of the handful of solo music in the years between, Jordan is back with an all new single featuring his longtime buddy Donnie Wahlberg, “Stingy.”
Jordan explained exclusively to RyanSeacrest.com that “Stingy” was recorded last minute, the same day he was mastering his upcoming solo album. Donnie getting on the track wasn’t in the plan either.
“Donnie heard me playing it at rehearsal and was like….’Why didn’t you have ME do that part?!’” said the 41-year-old singer/songwriter. “It was a natural fit for Donnie, we just didn’t have the time to do it before turning in the album. So we decided after that album was released to recut it with him on it, include it on my album, make it my next single, and shoot a video.”
“Doing this song together was a natural fit,” said Donnie. “Not because we are bandmates, but because are styles are so complimentary.” Mixing Pop, R&B and Hip Hop, the song clearly bridges the gap between the early 90s to 2011 according to the duo.
Listen to the song below and click here to download the song when it hits iTunes at midnight tonight!





JORDAN KNIGHT FT. DONNIE WAHLBERG – “STINGY”
Verse 1:
Tell me you love me girl
Over and over again
Tell me you love me girl
I can be your man
I saw it coming
It hit me like a nail went straight to my heart
When you came and told me
That you had other plans
I didn’t want to believe it
Pre Chorus 1:
A careless whisper from a careless man
A new found love for the new found friend
But you’re probably gonna say you don’t love me
But you’re probably gonna say you don’t trust me
A careless whisper from a careless man
A new found love for the new found friend
But you’re probably gonna say you don’t love me
But you’re probably gonna say you don’t trust me
Chorus:
I’m being selfish
Girl but I can’t help it
I don’t want nobody else to love you
Don’t know what I’m gonna do
It’s not like I own you
But I can’t see you with another
Baby I’m so stingy
Baby I’m so stingy
I can’t let go, stingy
Girl you got me so stingy
Verse 2:
Like cake and ice cream
I’ve had my fair share
But I keep on it more
You should be wifey
Ohh, instead I’m keeping
One foot in and one out the door
Pre Chorus 2:
A careless whisper from a careless man
A new found love for the new found friend
But you’re probably gonna say you don’t love me
But you’re probably gonna say you don’t trust me
A careless whisper from a careless man
A new found love for the new found friend
But you’re probably gonna say we gotta to fix this
That’s why we had to remix this
Chorus:
I’m being selfish
Girl but I can’t help it
I don’t want no body else to love you
Don’t know what I’m gonna do
It’s not like I own you
But I can’t see you with another
Girl I’m just so stingy
Girl I’m just so stingy
And I can’t let go, stingy
You got me so stingy
B Hook:
Tell me you love me girl
Over and over again
Tell me you love me girl
I can be your man
Bridge:
Ain’t no telling what the future holds
All I know is I can’t let you go
Can’t let you go
Can’t let you go
I like your love better when it’s flexible
Ain’t no telling what the future holds
All I know is I cant let you go
Can’t let you go
Can’t let you go
I like it better when it’s physical
Chorus:
But girl I’m just so stingy
Girl I’m just so stingy
And I can’t let go, stingy
You got me so stingy
Stingy

Source: http://ryanseacrest.com/2011/06/29/world-premiere-nkotbs-jordan-knight-debuts-new-solo-single-stingy-featuring-donnie-wahlberg-audio/

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jordan Knight has some ‘Unfinished’ business

Jordan Knight (second from right) and the rest of NKOTBSB performing at Philips Arena July 22. Photos: Robb Cohen
Jordan Knight (second from right) and the rest of NKOTBSB performing at Philips Arena July 22. Photos: Robb Cohen
It’s about two hours before New Kids on the Block will electrify a swelling throng of fans at Philips Arena with their new buddies in the Backstreet Boys and what is Jordan Knight doing?
Eating a piece of chocolate cake.
The slender, handsome Knight is wearing jeans and a blue and white checkered shirt over a white T – his normal attire before transforming into a black-clad heartthrob who, at 41, possesses impressive abs that he’ll occasionally flash to the receptive crowd.
In the bowels of Philips Arena, Danny Wood and Donnie Wahlberg walk down a hallway, Wahlberg’s sturdy boxer dog Lumpy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bedGtRS_uvg)  pulling him along.
BSB’s Brian Littrell, a Georgia resident with family at tonight’s show, also breezes by, sporting long shorts and a grin.
But Knight’s pre-show ritual in Atlanta involves nothing exciting, just dinner in a backstage catering room peppered with roadies and a few banquet tables of food.
We head toward a quieter table in the back, where Knight is eager to chat about his solo album, “Unfinished,” released at the end of May, as well as the current boy band mega-tour selling out arenas nationwide.
In a half-hour interview, Knight, his Boston accent and dimples still prominent, talks candidly about missing his kids (they don’t travel with the show because, “This is more like sailor life, like pirates. It’s just crazy.”), how he stays in shape and his inspiration for the melodic, hook-filled “Unfinished.”
On touring with BSB
“It’s been so great. When you see another group come up and they’re kinda like you, when you’re younger there might be, like a rivalry. But they don’t have a name for nothin’. They’re really good. I’m a big fan.”
On staying in shape
“We do a two-hour show, so that’s a workout. We have time underneath the stage to check email, we have a screen down there where we might watch sports. But we work out during the show. We have resistance bands and are doing pushups. The show is a serious workout because we’re working out while it’s going on so we’re freshly pumped.”
On the timing of “Unfinished”
“I didn’t plan the release because of the visibility [of this tour], but that’s amazing. I finished it not too long ago, and I thought, this is perfect timing. But I’m selling CDs at the venue, I get to do interviews about it on the road, so that’s cool. We have a day off tomorrow [June 23], but I’m filming a video with Donnie for ‘Stingy’ [at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta]. It was the last song I recorded for the album and the day I sang it, I had to hand it in for mastering. When I was singing it I thought, this would be a great song for Donnie to be on, but there wasn’t time for him to record it. He heard it and was like, ‘Dude! This would have been perfect for me!’ so we’re remixing it and he’s going to be featured on it in the video and we’ll release it online.”
On whether “Unfinished” will be released overseas
Knight crooning with group mates at Philips.
Knight crooning with group mates at Philips.

“We have to figure out a time since we’ll try to release it in conjunction with being on the [NKOTBSB] tour. This tour will go overseas, probably not until this time next year. I’ll probably go over myself to release the CD and come back with the group(s). New Kids will take a break, but I probably won’t. I’ll roll right into performances in select cities like here in Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Dallas.”
His thoughts on the finished product
“The album stands up to any album out there if you ask me, any hip Top 40 album out there. The songs are great. I think it’s probably even a better album than most newer artists because I took a lot of time to make sure each song was really, really great. I worked on it about a year on and off.
I did it for the fans so I did it with great intentions. I envisioned fans listening to it in the car, in the gym, in the kitchen, The beautiful thing about us is we have a fan base that, as long as we don’t sell them short, they’ll come back. The moment you take them for granted and sell them short, they see through that. We don’t want that.”
On a future NKOTB album
“There hasn’t been any talk of an album, but I’m sure we will [do one].”
On being back with Donnie, Danny, brother Jonathan and Joey McIntyre
“We’re like brothers, man, now more so than ever we get along better. We’re older, wiser, more humble — and being humble is the best way to get along with other people.
Sometimes we didn’t keep our heads about us, but the thing that really did keep us together was the fact that there was five us and we didn’t have to go through it alone. I think it happens to a lot of big stars that they go through it alone and don’t have anybody to talk to and they kinda lose perspective. If we’re having a bad day we can just talk about it. I think that’s what kept us together.”
On the group’s rabid fan base
“It’s really amazing and sometimes, a lot of times, I’m like, what is it? We must have something. I don’t know what the hell it is. It seems we’re a ragtag bunch of guys, but when we come together, we make it happen. It’s the power of the team. We all have strengths and weakness, but when we work together it is magic.”
On what he’s currently listening to
“I’m not listening to anyone these days! I don’t have time. I’ve got no time to listen to my iPod. If I’m listening to music it’s either what I’m working on or it’s in the background on the radio of if I’m driving. I do listen to the radio a lot, so it’s not like I’m out of touch. Actually, it’s probably better since before I would listen to obscure stuff and now it’s all radio so I know exactly what’s going on with the sounds on radio.”
Knight said he and his live band – whom he’ll take on tour – will perform on George Lopez’s late night talk show, “Lopez Tonight,” July 18 on TBS.
“Unfinished” is available now at retail on online outlets. Listen to first single “Let’s Go Higher” here: http://www.jordanknight.com/
To read about the NKOTBSB show at Philips Arena, click: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-music-scene/2011/06/23/nkotbsb-bring-spirited-nostalgia-to-philips-arena/
Follow me on Twitter: @ajclifestyle

Source: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-music-scene/2011/06/28/jordan-knight-has-some-unfinished-business/

Monday, June 27, 2011

NKOTBSB in Dallas review

NKOTBSB!

NKOTBSB! NKOTBSB! NKOTBSB! NKOTBSB!” seemed to be a popular chant last night at the American Airlines Center.  Together New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys put on a show that Dallas will never forget!  Two generations gathered in the American Airlines Center last night and were transported back to the “good ole days” with their favorite boy band.  Some were even lucky enough to get hugs or high fives from their childhood crushes (or okay, lets admit, we still love them even today). 
But have you ever wondered what it takes to put on a huge show like that?  How its possible to put NKOTBSB RIGHT in the middle of a huge crowd during a show?  I mean if you really think about it, it doesn’t seem very possible does it?  Well thanks to NKOTBSB and the American Airlines Center’s INCREDIBLE security and usher staff, you are able to get closer looks and up close serenades from your favorite stars.  Let us tell you how it works!
 Hours before the show starts, the artist security and the American Airlines Center security have a meeting of the minds and discuss everything that will happen during the show in detail.  They know where the artists should be during every song, and are especially aware of when the artists will jump down from the stage and come closer to their fans.  Then the head of security (who is a REALLY cool guy by the way!!) strategically places his staff around the stage and in the audience for the show.  You may think that the hard work is over after this point, but it hasn’t even begun.
 After the show starts, the security staff has to be TOTALLY aware of EVERYTHING going on around them.  The little things that you probably wouldn’t even notice, they notice.  They are constantly being placed in other areas that need tighter security, and basically keeping an eye on the entire building at all times.  Then, whenever you are experiencing your up close and personal moment with the artist, its all hands on deck!  On a regular basis they are pushing their way through crowds (and basically sacrificing themselves!) to make sure the artist and fans stay safe in these high stress situations.  It’s no easy job for security, but thanks to their incredible efforts you are able to be even closer with your favorite bands!!

 So, next time you see security and ushers at the AACenter, thank them!  It’s because of them that you have the opportunity to get those hugs and high fives!  They are definitely a key component to the wonderful experiences at the AACenter, and without them it wouldn’t be possible!

We were there: NKOTBSB at American Airlines Center

Source:  http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/06/we-were-there-nkotbsb-at-ameri.html




 AX126_4EC5_9.jpgMusic merges generations unlike any other form of entertainment. It creates a symbiotic situation with an unspoken rule, "I'll borrow from yours and you can borrow from mine."
That cummunal spirit made for fan pandemonium Sunday night at American Airlines Center. A packed house witnessed NKOTBSB, the high-profile tour that melded '80s vocal group New Kids on the Block with '90s harmonizing band Backstreet Boys. The pairing is ingenious, not only because both are million-selling boy bands but also because it appeals to a wide spectrum of people. Grown-up daughters brought their moms to relive memories. Fathers brought young sons to give them a taste of the pop of their day. Young girls grew up to become women, some mothers themselves, and they took a deserved night out. The '80s kids shared a venue and a bunch of songs with their '90s counterparts.
In turn, NKOTB - Jordan Knight , Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg , Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood - shared a platform with BSB - Nick Carter, Howie Dorough , Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean - for more than two hours. Backed by a dexterous, four-man band, NKOTBSB worked two stages connected by a long catwalk. They performed together and separately in a continuous show that flowed seamlessly.

For the full NKOTBSB review, go to my column page or pick up the Arts & Life section Tuesday.
Photo: A dramatic entrance for NKOTBSB Sunday night at AAC (Mona Reeder/DMN).


http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/06/we-were-there-nkotbsb-at-ameri.html

New Kids Back On The Block



You know what`s even louder than the squeals of 15,000 plus 13-year-old girls? The shrieking sounds of 15,000-plus 35-year-old women.
It wasn`t Elvis mania that elicited the reaction, or even Beatles mania and no it`s not Bieber fever.

It was N-K-O-T-B-S-B mania.Unfamiliar with the boy band Behemoth? Then you obviously aren`t around any females.
Former teenyboppers rejoiced as the super group New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys took the stage at the Toyota Center.
“I was 8 at a New Kids concert and I’m turning 30 in 2 weeks,” said one really excited fan.
In a 1989 meets 1999 moment two generations of women howled, cried, clicked dozens of cell phone photos and joyfully wallowed in the 2-plus hour nostalgia fiesta unfolding before them.
Now in their 40`s and 30`s, but still chiseled and sporting tattoos, facial hair, and hats for those losing their hair; there were more muscles on stage than an MMA main card event.
It was a whirling, swirling boy-band bonanza complete with raging hormones, pop music and dancing in the aisles.
For a moment you forgot it wasn`t high school and those boy band crushes weren`t now married with kids.
And just like that, the lights came up and it was 2011 again.

NKOTBSB salutes the troops (CNN video)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

NKOTBSB woos Atlanta

I love me some pop music AND I grew up in the 80s so of course I was at the NKOTBSB show at Philips Arena in Atlanta last night. I mean where else would I have been right? This was the perfect storm of pop. The only thing that would have made this better was if Debbie Gibson had opened up for them which might have resulted in a black hole of awesomeness opening up in downtown Atlanta and sucking all of us in attendance into some alternate universe of My Little Ponies, rainbows and tight choreography. I understand that most people have a love/hate relationship with this particular genre of music. If you hate it, why are you still reading? Go listen to Coldplay or something. If you love it then read on.

I attended this show with my younger sisters who are 27 and 30 now and were 8 and 11 when the NKOTB first captured their tiny little hearts. I’ll admit I used them as an excuse to listen to the infectious grooves back in the day when it wasn’t very cool to like them. Some of their friends attended the show with us, but one had to back out at the last minute. This person works for the Atlanta Childrens Hospital and we found out that both bands visited the children there earlier in the day so despite bailing on us at the last minute she still got to meet all the guys. We hate her. She is dead to me.

Our friend may have hob knobbed and canoodled with Danny, Donnie, Joe, John, Jordan, Nick, Brian, Howie and AJ but she didn’t get to see this awesome concert! The show opened with both groups doing a medley of NKTOB’s “Single” and BSB’s “The One” put to Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida“. The two songs together was a little clunky but it mostly worked. When the mix ended the BSB vanished and gave the stage to NKOTB for a while. I liked this back and forth action a lot, it gave the guys a chance to rest but provided the audience a non-stop show without those awkward video interludes we are forced to watch while the band changes clothes. When one groups’ mini-set ended the other group was usually already on stage and ready snap into action. It was crazy like Swayze!

The first section of the show was all dance with back to back showstoppers from each group that kept us on our feet including “Summertime“, “The Call“, “Dirty Dancing“, “Get Down“, “The Right Stuff” and “Larger Than Life“. The middle of the show was reserved for the ballads, and these guys have a lot of them. The ballad section is always nice because us old folks get to sit down and rest our weary feet. NKOTB warbled through “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind“, “Valentine Girl” which was never one of my favorites and “If You Go Away“. Then Joey McIntyre stepped forward into a lone spotlight for “Please Don’t Go Girl” and proved that even though his voice deepened quite a bit since puberty he can still kill that song dead with sexy.

BSB popped up after to lead us through their catalog of syrupy love songs like “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” which they performed to four lucky quivering women whom they selected from the crowd. Nick Carter went above and beyond by venturing far out into the venue to select a lady from the back. Brave boy that Nick. They also did 2 of their lesser known tracks “10,000 Promises” and “Drowning” which is one of my faves. They ended their ballad set with “Incomplete” which is always a crowd pleaser. AJ really shines on that one.

When NKOTB came back they came back hard with “Step By Step” and the amazing “Cover Girl” which is a song that Donnie Wahlberg completely makes his bitch. He tore his tank top off halfway through it and revealed those famous Wahlberg family abs. Boy is looking good for 40ish. I’ve always loved that track and they blew the roof off the arena with it. I wondered for a sec if this was their finale since it was so big and loud and crazy but they kept on going with a medley of “Click Click Click“, “Games” and “My Favorite Girl“. It still wasn’t over though. The boys left the stage and wandered up to the first rows of the side sections to perform “Tonight“. Our section got to see Joey McIntyre up close and personal and he looked to be enjoying the shit out of it.

By this point I started thinking this show had to be over soon, I mean they had sung almost everything and it seemed like I had been screaming and dancing for three hours. Turns out it was just past my bedtime and the BSB had more in store for me yet. Their next set began with “Shape of My Heart” and had them entering from the rear portals…including ours…and singing to the lucky fans in the aisle seats. I worried that poor Nick Carter wouldn’t make it to the stage in one piece judging from the frenzied looks the soccer moms were giving him as they grabbed at his shirt. They then brought out the big hits with “As Long As You Love Me“, “All I Have to Give”, “If You Stay” and “Quit Playing Games with My Heart” which they mashed up with Prince’s “Raspberry Beret“. Talk about coming out of left field.

The show finally started winding down with NKOTB’s “I’ll be Loving You Forever” followed immediately by BSB’s massive hit “I Want it That Way“. Is there a bigger pop song from the 90s? Maybe “Baby One More Time” but I think “I Want it That Way” sold more copies. I could find out but I won’t bother. My friends who hate boy bands even like that song. The boys then joined forces for their new single “Don’t Turn Out the Lights” which I haven’t warmed too yet and no one listened because when it was over they did exactly that. The lights went out.

After the annoying pretense of “would they or won’t they” come out again and ten minutes of chanting “N K O T B S B” we got the big finale, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and “Hangin Tough“. If you saw their big AMA performance earlier this year then you get the general idea of how this went. They had a little boy band battle for this one with NKOTB wearing Boston Celtics jerseys and the BSB wearing red ATL jerseys for hometown boy Brian Littrell. I really hoped they’d bust out a line or two from an NSYNC song here but they didn’t. Would have been perfect though to throw in a quick “Bye Bye Bye”. Oh well. When the lights finally DID got out…and the arena lights came on I was ready to pass out.

The truth here is that while this co-headlining tour was genius and great for the fans…the fact is that neither group is exactly filling arenas any more. The last time the BSB came through town they played Chastain Park which is an outdoor venue that at capacity seats less than 7000 people. The New Kids fare a little better thanks to their recent hit album and had no trouble filling Gwinnett Arena a few years back, which seats roughly 13,000 for concerts. Incidentally Lady Gaga played Gwinnetta Arena on her Monster Ball Tour and could have easily filled it twice. By combining their fan bases the boys of boybands past were able to almost fill Philips Arena which has a capacity of 21,000. The official word was that the place was sold out, but I saw a lot of empty seats. If it was sold out then a lot of people decided not to come. I should mention that the opening act, American Idol alum Jordin Sparks, put on a great little 5 song set of her big hits like “No Air“, “Battlefield” and “Tattoo” plus a new track “I Am Woman“. She sounds and looks amazing and had me actually wanting to get her cd when she left.

With the exception of the handfull of bored straight boys I saw staring blankly into the strobe lights silently praying for death as their girlfriends squealed and lactated on themselves I’d say everyone had a great time. The boys certainly delivered and unlike some other current pop stars I might mention also currently on tour actually sang for themselves for the entire two-plus hours. The only lull in the show was a terribly long bit where each band member introduced their counterpart from the other band. Bad Boy AJ introduced Donnie Wahlberg and so on. It drug on for way too long but I don’t think anyone left disappointed. If this show is coming through your town then GO SEE IT. It is well worth the money.

Source: http://www.accidentalsexiness.com/2011/06/23/nkotbsb-woos-atlanta/

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Merger breathes new life for New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys

Merger breathes new life for New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys

Written by Dave Paulson | The Tennessean

It’s a familiar scene at any concert by Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers: scattered among the sea of screaming teens and tweens are their poor parents, sitting through the shrieks with their hands either covering their ears or clenching a cold beverage.

Some very different scenes played out at the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night: elementary school-aged kids sitting in their seats while mom and her friends made the aisles shake with their dance moves.

The nearly sold-out show proved there is indeed life for teen-pop stars after that inevitable fall from the top of the charts. And for these two acts, billed together as “NKOTBSB,” that life might actually be better than ever.

“Nashville! We love you too,” New Kids’ Donnie Wahlberg said after the house lights were turned up to illuminate those squealing fans, who were almost exclusively female and somewhere between the ages of 25 and 40.

Though both New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys were once synonymous with teen pop, teenagers are few and far between in these acts’ audiences today. It’s been a good 20 years since NKOTB’s pop heyday. The group broke up amid a backlash in 1994 — the year Justin Bieber was born — and didn’t reunite until 2008. The Backstreet Boys have remained in action for 18 years, but it’s been a good decade since their popular peak.

The merging of the two groups into NKOTBSB brings this tour its extra jolt of excitement, turning what could have been another nostalgia show into a supersized pop revue. The members of both acts all took the stage at once at the start of show, performing a mash-up of two of their more recent tunes to the backing of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida.” From there, they became a non-stop musical tag team: NKOTB would wrap up “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” on one end of the stage, and the Backstreet Boys would magically appear on the other, launching into “Larger Than Life.” The energy didn’t wane until an extended interlude of ballads from both groups.

The ballads — particularly syrupy NKOTB slow jams like “Please Don’t Go Girl” — haven’t aged as well as their upbeat numbers. And now that all but one of the New Kids are in their 40s, those falsettos sound palpably challenging to nail. But the break gave the two groups a chance to pull some fans onstage to sit on stools for that inevitable one-on-one serenade. The fans had the chance to prove they’d grown up too, for the most part staying remarkably composed during the tunes — one casually snapped photos of Backstreet’s Nick Carter as he handed her a rose.

Then again, the crowd positively lost it when both acts ventured into the stands on separate occasions. With the help of bodyguards, the singers were all able to return to the stage without having their shirts ripped off. (Wahlberg handled his own shirt destruction, in a move that would have made his brother, the once famously shirt-shy “Marky” Mark Wahlberg, proud.)

Both bands got increasingly chatty as the night wore on, and between the profuse thank yous and introductions of each member, the Backstreet Boys proved to be very familiar with Music City. Nashville-area resident Nick Carter told the crowd he lived a short drive away, while A.J. McLean asked who wanted to meet up at local bar the Tin Roof. At the show’s end, when the groups donned Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic jerseys representing their cities of origin, Backstreet’s Brian Littrell instead wore the jersey of Tennessee Titan Rob Bironas.

Those last moments — which featured the two groups squaring off like some bizarre, boy-band version of West Side Story — packed the biggest thrills for fans. As NKOTB’s “Hangin’ Tough” blended with Backstreet’s “Everybody,” the room erupted in confetti, and soon both groups huddled in a circle/group hug like they’d just won the Super Bowl.

"I believe that we'll never be able to pay you back for everything you've given us over the last 25 years,” NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre told the audience that evening. Judging by the beams on their faces by evening’s end, he and his bandmates will likely be trying to return the favor to fans for years — maybe decades — to come.


http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110624/ENTERTAINMENT01/306240021/Merger-breathes-new-life-New-Kids-Block-Backstreet-Boys

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

NKOTBSB visit Children's Hospital of Atlanta (photos)

Fans remember their teen crushes

Fans remember their teen crushes

Published 12:03 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011

From weekly fan club meetings to afternoons spent learning choreography from the latest videos, former boy band loyalists remain true to their crushes years after the posters came down from their bedroom walls. We asked some local boy band fans about their favorite memories, and here's some of what they had to say:

Sylvia Carrizales, 32: “The New Kids on the Block Hangin' Tough tour was my first concert experience. I was 10 or 11 years old so I attended with friends and our moms. I just remember thinking that every time Joe or Jordan looked out into the audience in our general direction that they were somehow looking and singing directly to me ... it took me a (long) while to part with some of my New Kids memorabilia, including the concert program from that day. I still have a New Kids' trading card, however. I had to keep something!”

Nora Frost, 30: “I still get goose bumps when I hear Christopher Cross' ‘Sailing,' which *NSYNC covered on their self-titled album, and (I still) tear up when I hear ‘Yo Te Voy A Amar' (‘This I Promise You'). I think that's why I liked *NSYNC so much. They were the bizarro Menudo 20 years too late. I fell for them in Spanish and they did not disappoint ... My friends and I performed choreography to *NSYNC's ‘Bye Bye Bye' at our senior party thanks to Darrin's Dance Grooves.”

Missy Schultze, 27: “My sister and I had all the T-shirts, posters, knew all the words to all the songs. New Kids on the Block was the band we were really into ...We had all the dolls ... I remember the one of Jordan — we thought he was the cutest. It had a rat tail and a red and white outfit ... We grew up in the whole *NSYNC/Backstreet Boys era, so every time they were in town we'd go see them ... When we found out (NKOTB and Backstreet Boys) were coming to town, we knew we had to go see them. I guess it never really goes away.”


Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sacultura/conexion/article/Fans-remember-their-teen-crushes-1436393.php#ixzz1QLvpQX3a

New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys bring Nashville a night of pop nostalgia

New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys bring Nashville a night of pop nostalgia

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(this image: Patricia Melton/for The Tennessean).

It’s a familiar scene at any concert by Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers: scattered among the sea of screaming teens and tweens are their poor parents, sitting through the shrieks with their hands either covering their ears or clenching a cold beverage.
Some very different scenes played out at the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night: elementary school-aged kids sitting in their seats while mom and her friends made the aisles shake with their dance moves.

The nearly sold-out show proved there is indeed life for teen-pop stars after that inevitable fall from the top of the charts. And for these two acts, billed together as “NKOTBSB,” that life might actually be better than ever.

“Nashville! We love you too,” New Kids’ Donnie Wahlberg said after the house lights were turned up to illuminate those squealing fans, who were almost exclusively female and somewhere between the ages of 25 and 40.

Though both New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys were once synonymous with teen pop, teenagers are few and far between in these acts’ audiences today. It’s been a good 20 years since NKOTB’s pop heyday. The group broke up amid a backlash in 1994 — the year Justin Bieber was born — and didn’t reunite until 2008. The Backstreet Boys have remained in action for 18 years, but it’s been a good decade since their popular peak.

The merging of the two groups into NKOTBSB brings this tour its extra jolt of excitement, turning what could have been another nostalgia show into a supersized pop revue.

The members of both acts all took the stage at once at the start of show, performing a mash-up of two of their more recent tunes to the backing of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida.” From there, they became a non-stop musical tag team: NKOTB would wrap up “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” on one end of the stage, and the Backstreet Boys would magically appear on the other, launching into “Larger Than Life.” The energy didn’t wane until an extended interlude of ballads from both groups.

The ballads — particularly syrupy NKOTB slow jams like “Please Don’t Go Girl” — haven’t aged as well as their upbeat numbers. And now that all but one of the New Kids are in their 40s, those falsettos sound palpably challenging to nail. But the break gave the two groups a chance to pull some fans onstage to sit on stools for that inevitable one-on-one serenade. The fans had the chance to prove they’d grown up too, for the most part staying remarkably composed during the tunes — one casually snapped photos of Backstreet’s Nick Carter as he handed her a rose.

Then again, the crowd positively lost it when both acts ventured into the stands on separate occasions. With the help of bodyguards, the singers were all able to return to the stage without having their shirts ripped off. (Wahlberg handled his own shirt destruction, in a move that would have made his brother, the once famously shirt-shy “Marky” Mark Wahlberg, proud.)

Both bands got increasingly chatty as the night wore on, and between the profuse thank yous and introductions of each member, the Backstreet Boys proved to be very familiar with Music City. Nashville-area resident Nick Carter told the crowd he lived a short drive away, while A.J. McLean asked who wanted to meet up at local bar the Tin Roof. At the show’s end, when the groups donned Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic jerseys representing their cities of origin, Backstreet’s Brian Littrell instead wore the jersey of Tennessee Titan Rob Bironas.

Those last moments — which featured the two groups squaring off like some bizarre, boy-band version of West Side Story — packed the biggest thrills for fans. As NKOTB’s “Hangin’ Tough” blended with Backstreet’s “Everybody,” the room erupted in confetti, and soon both groups huddled in a circle/group hug like they’d just won the Super Bowl.

"I believe that we'll never be able to pay you back for everything you've given us over the last 25 years,” NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre told the audience that evening. Judging by the beams on their faces by evening’s end, he and his bandmates will likely be trying to return the favor to fans for years — maybe decades — to come.

Source: http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2011/06/22/new-kids-on-the-block-backstreet-boys-bring-nashville-a-night-of-pop-nostalgia/

NKOTBSB bring spirited nostalgia to Philips Arena

Source: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-music-scene/2011/06/23/nkotbsb-bring-spirited-nostalgia-to-philips-arena

NKOTBSB bring spirited nostalgia to Philips Arena

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You know what’s even louder than the squeals of 15,000-plus 13-year-old girls?

The shrieking of 15,000-plus 35-year-old women.

At Wednesday’s NKOTBSB show – a boy band behemoth if there ever was one – the predominantly female audience howled, cried, clicked dozens of cell phone camera photos and joyfully wallowed in the 2 ½-hour nostalgia fiesta unfolding before them.

These types of novelty packages are always a risky proposition. Will fans still care about their teenage crushes 20 years later? Are those teenage crushes in decent enough physical and vocal shape to endure a lengthy tour? Was the music just a forgettable snapshot of a few years in pop culture or is it authentic in spirit?

The answers: Absolutely. Completely. Surprisingly so.

A decade separates the insane peaks of success for ‘80s hunks New Kids on the Block (Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg) and ‘90s heartthrobs Backstreet Boys (Georgia resident Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean and former member and non-tour participant Kevin Richardson). But, as evidenced at Philips Arena, the groups share a musical soul and a fan base that might squawk a little louder for one or the other, but is perfectly content in the presence of either.

This joint outing, which has been on the road about a month now, is a study in seamlessness.

With so many hits and personalities between the groups, it’s an impossibility to please everyone. But wow, did these guys try.

The show is a zesty production stocked with fireworks, fog, flood lights, air-launched streamers, hydraulic lifts bookending the stage and a nearly floor-length catwalk, and those essential elements of any boy band performance – synchronized choreography, soaring harmonies and songs about love, heartbreak and innocent lust.

Opening with a medley of NKOTB’s “Single” and BSB’s “The One,” with the melody of Coldplay “Viva La Vida” running beneath, the groups made it immediately apparent that the mission of the show would be, simply, to have fun.

It was a challenge that this crowd met six songs into the set when NKOTB broke into those patented sideways kicks while standing behind five mic stands for “You Got It (The Right Stuff).” The surging response actually caused the cement stairs to quiver from the excited bouncing of fans.

Every few songs, the groups would swap places on stage, with one team heading beneath the stage – where, Jordan Knight mentioned in a pre-show chat, he and the NKOTB guys are usually doing push-ups and weights while BSB performs.

It was well-organized musical chairs and gave the groups time for ballad segments that truly showcased their durable vocals.

Jordan Knight’s aching falsetto was as creamy as it was in 1989 as he sang their cover of The Delfonics’ “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind)” and McIntyre’s convincing pleading during “Please Don’t Go Girl” – capped with a run-and-slide move on the catwalk – reminded fans of his Broadway pedigree.

Then it was BSB’s turn to woo the ladies, as the guys emerged in white suits to harmonize beautifully on “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” which found them plucking some “Georgia peaches” from the crowd and serenading them on bended knee.

Throughout the show, some songs were dusted with slightly rougher edges provided by a tight four-piece band.

Obviously, it would look ridiculous for the macho Wahlberg to croon “Cover Girl” with its bubblegum perkiness of old, so it received a dose a rock guitar that better suited his persona. (Fans of the bad boy must have loved when he shredded his black tank top, superhero-style, to showcase the Wahlberg family abs.)

BSB, meanwhile, engaged in a spirited dance-off at the end of the still-lustrous “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” which dovetailed into a snippet of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

As gratifying as the show was as sheer entertainment – and this combo crew seems to genuinely enjoy each other’s company – it was almost more heartening to see these guys, many of whom have dealt with substance abuse, health problems and other success-related issues, pull it together for one of the most entertaining tours of the summer.

Opening the show was Jordin Sparks, the 2007 “American Idol” winner who is most definitely not that shy teen anymore. Now 21 with a Beyonce-worthy figure, which she highlighted in a short, black fringe dress, the powerhouse vocalist squeezed several hits into a 25-minute set.

Performing against three vertical video panels, Sparks sang, with a track backing her, a string of tunes including “No Air,” “One Step At a Time” and “Tattoo,” sprinkled with snippets of songs from Pink and Jessie J. She wrapped her set with the new “I Am Woman,” a feisty empowerment anthem with multi-generational appeal.

New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, Jordin Sparks Play Philips Arena



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New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys Sell Out Philips Arena Wednesday

New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys Sell Out Philips Arena Wednesday

New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys (NKOTBSB) performed Wednesday night night at sold out Philips Arena. The Backstreet Boys were formed by producer Lou Pearlman in Orlando in 1993 and have sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band of all time. According to Billboard, they are the first group since Sade to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. New Kids on the Block (also initialized as NKOTB) were assembled in Boston in 1984 by producer Maurice Starr; they enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold 80 million records worldwide.

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Source: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-music-scene/2011/06/23/new-kids-on-the-block-backstreet-boys-sell-out-philips-arena-wednesday/

Review – NKOTBSB @ Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN 6-21-11

Source:

http://youtellconcerts.com/review-nkotbsb-bridgestone-arena-nashville-tn-6-21-11/


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New Kids on the Block

There is nothing more exhilarating than going to a concert where you know every word to every song. When it was announced that New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys were merging into supergroup, NKOTBSB, I just about lost it. When a press release went out that the NKOTBSB tour would stop in Nashville, I officially lost it.

I mean, the NKOTB reunion a few years back had me throwing bras on stage and taking bus trips to Vegas for a quick boy-band fix. I don’t even want to get into the stories I have from Backstreet’s glory days. Let’s just say this occasion marked my 17th BSB concert, not including Nick and AJ’s solo shows. BSB is my Phish.

My sister and I may have been ticketless upon drop off at the Bridgestone Arena, but at least we looked fierce! If there is any show I’m willing to spend big bucks on, it’s this one, but no need; some super nice folks hooked us up with extra tickets they had. We were in the venue before Jordin Sparks could finish “Battlefield.”

As the anticipation grew for the nine-man team’s grand entrance, I did a little fan-watching. Generations of women filled this place dressed in homemade shirts, crimped hair, neon colors, and buttons bigger than a baby’s head. It brought me back to my first NKOTB concert when I planned my outfit for months, asking mom if I could borrow her gold and pink sequined belt (which looked awesome with my way too tight stone-washed jeans, by the way). Sis and I decided to go the “groupie” route in attire for this event, which is also fun and complies with any decade’s fashion.

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The lights went down and a huge screen flashed pictures of each of our boys (well, men now), and the screams started. Attached to the stage was a long catwalk with another stage at the end that elevated for the audience in the higher levels. I read on the “Oh No They Didn’t” blog that Jordan Knight refers to it as the “penis stage,” because of its shape, which makes a whole lot of subliminal sense.

It was a conveyor belt of hot ass men making their way down the runway singing every song I resort to when I need an effortless pick me up. In fact, there was so much hotness going on, I didn’t know where to look. I felt like a cat trying to track down one of those red laser lights.

Donnie Wahlberg is clearly the main attraction of NKOTBSB. When all of the guys are on stage together, he leads and everyone feeds off his shadow. He may not have the best voice in the group, but his performance power and body more than compensate for it.

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The Bad Boys: Donnie & AJ

It sounds like these concerts are an innocent strip club for women. Yes, these guys are nice to look at, and that’s a lot of the fun; but they were also the first boys we loved. They sang us through heartbreak and are the reason why the boys in school went from cooties to cuties. So really guys, you should be nicer to them.

The setlist was hit after hit and being the perfect age for this show (able to fully enjoy and participate in the success of both bands), I could mentally time travel throughout the show, and every memory was a happy one. That’s why I love them. I’m sure I cried my eyes out to a number of times to those songs, but all that ran through my head was happy times with friends.

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Donnie F**KING Wahlberg

The pace of the show was great too. I thought there would be a lot more of the weird Coldplay/BSB/NKOTB mashup medley that happened at the beginning. There was some of that, which kept it new for those of us that have seen both bands before; but for the most part, it was each group switching off for a few numbers. Then, they’d all bust in together.


I didn’t know how NKOTBSB could top the Hangin’ Tough Boston Celtic-stylee finale, but they managed it. They mixed in “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and brought out BSB in Orlando jerseys. Other favorite moments included Danny coming into our section, the “Games” rap, anything and everything AJ, “Drowning,” and just seeing my boys again. What I would give to be one of those hookers :) that got pulled up on stage. *sigh*

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Danny Wood is in there somewhere!

This “power in numbers” idea is really working out for NKOTBSB. It was a smart decision. You get fans of both bands coming out. They can take breaks in a show while keeping the energy up. They can mess up on a dance move and no one will notice – because there are NINE of them. They can dance less and do more serious statuesque poses and formations while maintaining the same impact on the crowd. I’m just so glad NKOTB didn’t choose *NSYNC. Yuck! Juuuust kidding…kind of.

Someone said that they felt the audience was Backstreet-heavy, which made me happy. Since NKOTB made their comeback, they’ve been getting a great response, but BSB started to fade a bit, losing our tall, dark, man-skirt-wearing Kevin along the way.

It’s nice to see that people are indeed “Keeping the Backstreet Pride Alive.” I selfishly didn’t do video fan reviews after this show, because I wanted to fully enjoy it, and not have to work. Plus, we needed to get to the Tin Roof, in hopes AJ’s after party announcement was legit. He never showed up, but over at McFadden’s the New Kids weren’t afraid to throw down. Should’ve known the Boston boys would be out and about. Dang it! Next time.


I’m hoping to do a little road trip next month and make up for the fan review video that I bailed on this time and to see all my boys again, of course.

If you’ve seen this tour, please comment with your thoughts and reviews, because when YOU TELL CONCERTS – it’s cooler!

Click Here for a listing of tour dates!

Huge thanks to the super kind people that made this happen. Such a great night!

NKOTBSB's Atlanta concert review on Star94FM

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Posted 6/24/2011 8:00:00 AM
Ok, so I am totally ok with admitting that I was a SUPER New Kids On The Block gooooober! Ask any of my friends from that time and they will 100% agree. I couldn't help it, cute boys singing and dancing...I was in! I won't admit however, what we used to do growing up in Los Angeles when we would find out that New Kids were in town because it's beyond embarrassing but let's just say I am glad we never got arrested for "stalking". lol Oh and Donnie was my favorite. Big buttons, shoe laces, I had it all and all and yes, because of said stalking I did eventually get to meet him AND take a picture! :o)

Fast forward to many years later...the NKOTBSB tour comes to Atlanta. Now, I do love me some Backstreet Boys too but I think the difference is I was pretty much a grown up when BSB came around so their musical affect was definitely different now that I was a grown up. But none the less I definitely was excited to see both BSB annnnnd NKOTB at Philips Arena the other night.

We loaded up a bunch of fun girls including Heather Branch who apparently has the same love for NKOTBSB as me and we made a total girls night out of the show! I gotta tell you, they were AH-mazing! They each took turns singing and they sounded just like they did years ago...AWESOME! They were all definitely on their A-game. Singing, dancing, girating (lol), interacting with the audience from on and off the stage. Brian from BSB has been on our show a few times and has always been so genuine and sweet and really, he is just a really great singer! He is good people!

Personal silly childhood girlie highlight of the night: At one point in the show, Donnie Wahlberg (my fave!) strutted down the cat walk stage and ripped off his tank top and we all went wild. hee hee And while it was a tad bit Chippendales, he looked pretty darn great at 41 (42 in August) years old and I say more power to him! (Thanks to FB friend Christina Carlisle for letting me steal her Donnie pic-see to your right) Oh and I only know how old is he because after the show I decided to google all of their ages to make me feel better about how old I am so here ya go just in case you were wondering too:

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Jonathan 42
Danny 42
Donnie 41
Jordan 41
Joey 38

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Kevin 39
Howie 37
Brian 36
AJ 33
Nick 31

Really, I can honestly say it was one of the most fun shows ever! It was like reliving my youth. I only hope next time around I will be able to meet my little Donnie Wahlberg as a grown up! A girl can dream...

Hey, did you guys go to the show? Who was your fave? Comment here and give me the scoop!

Ok back to reality...have a great weekend!!!

Cindy Wahlberg :o)
hahahahha

Source: http://www.star94.com/cindy/blogs/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10254458

NKOTBSB concert review in 2 minutes


http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-625916

NKOTBSB Concert Review: Don’t Judge Me

Last week I was roped into going to the NKTOBSB Concert at the United Center in Chicago. This was to be my 5-year-old daughter’s first concert and originally her mother, a huge New Kids on The Block fan, was supposed to take her. Well, life doesn’t always work out the way you think it should and she had to work. There was no way I was letting my daughter down. We had watched about a million videos on YouTube, and she had settled on “the one with the golden hair” as cute and thus her favorite, this was Nick Carter. What I couldn’t really explain to her was that the videos that we were watching were in some cases, 15 + years old, and people change. Honestly, I figured 8 middle-aged chubby guys lip syncing to a bunch of out-dated tunes is about the best she could hope for, but hey, she’s 5 and doesn’t know what it really should look like, so we should be good.

The audience turned out to be probably about 18,000 people. Me, my daughter, 7,000 girls under 18 with their 7,000 fat 40-year-old mothers, 3,000 other random girls and a decent representation of the gay community. I was not shocked by this, nor was I shocked by their dogged devotion. I was shocked by $40 t-shirts and $30 programs. Had I not just sold a bass, I wouldn’t have had the money to comply with my pleading daughter’s merch request (and request for $8 nachos and $6 pop… she’s hard to resist, what can I say?)

In the pre-show, a number of the guys had their solo videos playing. Honestly, all pretty solid. I was pleasantly surprised. The strangest one was A.J. McLean’s video, where he is apparently admitting to the world that he is into the Furry life-style. Who am I to judge? Just kind of shocking. I, unfortunately, knew exactly the message of that video because I spend way too much time learning about the weird side of everyone, the rest of the crowd figured it was some odd costumed routine and found it cute. So A.J. McLean is a Furry. I learned something new and felt justified for having gone.

An opener came on, Ashlyne Huff. I’m not sure where or why she is on this tour, but let me say this. Great vocals, looks like she’s 40 and there’s nothing wrong with that but then don’t act like you are 20, not great backup dancers and the worst part was the constant pushing of her album, twitter and whatever other new media whorish thing she had. She had a DJ who just kept screaming random commercials during the set. Irritating, and by looking at her digital properties and presence, it apparently is the main strategy that she’s chosen. Problem is, it’s old, annoying and ineffective. Sorry Ashlyne, I think you have great talent, but your management is horrible and have guided you down a transparently desperate path.

Then Jordin Sparks rolled on stage. She felt bigger than she was, did a fantastic job, but since I have no familiarity with her, I wasn’t sure who it was… felt like a big time guest spot. She was amazing vocally, ultra charismatic, wonderful smile and engaged the crowd in a big way. The last time I saw her, it was at her uncle’s tractor sales booth at a farm equipment convention… wish I was kidding about that but family is a bitch sometimes.

Just as I prepared my arteries for what I KNEW was going to be a phone-it-in cheese fest, NKOTBSB hit the stage. I could go on and on about this show, but I’ll keep it brief. They are pros. They sounded like pros, they looked like pros, they engaged and played the audience like pros. I have not seen a show like this, EVER, and I have been to a TON of shows. Having been to about 200 local shows in the past 3 months, this came as quite a shock to me. Even local acts have shown lack of passion as of late, and they certainly do not have their shit together. This show reminded me of the hard work, the preparation, the experience, the difference between making it and not making it. Say what you will about boy bands and “instant” fame, laugh at their costumes, their dance moves, their lyrics, whatever, but there is no way if you are in tune with the music industry and artists that you would have watched this show and thought they had some how taken the easy road.

They could have phoned it in. They could have just been the joke that everyone makes them out to be. But they were anything but that. They know who they are, they embraced their rolls and they weren’t letting anyone tell them that they were anything but amazing. They turned the hate into drive. They were skinny, ripped, in amazing shape, looked years younger. Their vocals were unreal. Sure there were a couple of pitchy parts, and yes, Donnie Wahlberg couldn’t carry a tune if you gave him a handbag, but he knew that and he had fun with it. Overall though, dead on vocals backed by an amazing live band and they CRUSHED every song. They were reliving the old days. They were playing to 80,000 people in an 18,000 people venue and it was glorious.

I found myself yelling a lot of “WOOOOOO” and cheering right along with my through-the-roof happy 5-year-old, jumping up and down with each opening bar of the greatest hits. I have not seen a band work this hard to entertain in years. They brought it like they had something to prove, like they were hungry, like they appreciated every single screaming mom wearing a “I Love Donnie” t-shirt from 1990 that wasn’t quite fitting any more. They sang, danced, had top-notch sound and production and rocked the house for more than 2 hours, never stopping, pulling out every concert trick in the book and it was nothing short of glorious. This coming from a guy who grew up in local punk music, a guy who was hanging in the alley with heroin addicts during shows while NKOTB and BSB were at their peak. I would have laughed had I seen one of those guys on fire in the street at that time, but then again, I was young and thought I understood what “real music” is.

Now I’m old, and I know that real music is what people deem it to be. It changes from person to person, from culture to culture and age to age. Pop is no worse than Zepp. I’ve come to appreciate the joy that all kinds of music brings people, and that’s why I do what I do.

So hats off to some of the hardest working guys in the music industry. You’ve certainly earned your stripes and MOTU wishes you continued success and hope that all artists stop and take a good look at what you have done, worked towards and sacrificed to end up where you are today. Thanks for helping put a huge smile on my daughter’s face and creating a memory that we’ll both remember for the rest of our lives.

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Blue Bloods DVD is available in mid-September

- Official Announcement for 'The 1st Season' DVDs Brings Release Date, Pricing **UPDATE: Bonus Material**

The new series lead by Tom Selleck is available in mid-September

Posted by David Lambert 6/20/2011
CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment have scheduled a DVD release of Blue Bloods - The 1st Season, starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, for September 13th. As we've reported about a month ago, Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for this title, at a discounted cost from the $64.99 list price. Stay tuned for more details, once it becomes available! In the meantime, here's the package art:


UPDATE: The studio has now given retailers this information about the contents, including extras:
    6-disc set features all 22 dramatic and action-filled episodes and is packed with DVD-exclusive special features including behind-the-scenes featurettes, network on-air promos, deleted scenes and more!

Order this title from Amazon.com

Blue Bloods - The 1st Season


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Mash of the boy-band titans

New Kids and Backstreet Boys join forces to make fans squeal

By JOEY GUERRA MUSIC WRITER

June 23, 2011

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New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys bring their show to Houston on Saturday.

When New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys announced they were combining their pop powers for a tour and an album — NKOTBSB! — mothers and daughters rejoiced. And squealed. Loudly. Two generations of boy bands in one dimpled, slightly older package.

New Kids are now the elder statesmen, bubblegum forefathers who paved the way for Backstreet Boys, NSync, 98 Degrees and countless lesser acts. BSB, however, had a much longer run, buoyed by the teen-pop explosion of the mid/late-'90s that included Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

NKOTBSB's extensive summer tour, then, is pure nostalgia fluff. The voices and moves are still mostly intact (minus BSB member Kevin Richardson, who is no longer pursuing music). New Kids, however, seem to have held up better in recent TV performances. (Sorry, BSB groupies.) Here's how they stack up against each other:

New Kids on the Block

Love at first sight: Not quite, actually. The group released its self-titled debut album in 1986, and it went nowhere. Two years later, the guys broke through with Please Don't Go Girl, featuring chirpy lead vocals from a then-teenage Joey McIntyre. It became a top 10 hit and ignited NKOTB-mania - dolls, lunchboxes, even a cartoon. The group's first album was eventually re-released and went on to sell 3 million copies.

Boy-band classic:I'll Be Loving You (Forever), Hangin' Tough and Step by Step all hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. But it's impossible to top the soulful bounce and confident vocal of You Got It (The Right Stuff).

Low point: The 1994 album Face the Music and its single Dirty Dawg were attempts at a more mature, urban sound. It didn't work because nobody was paying attention anymore.

Breakout member: Donnie Wahlberg wisely avoided any big attempts at a solo music career. Instead, he focused on acting and earned solid reviews for his work in The Sixth Sense, Band of Brothers, Blue Bloods and several of the Saw films.

Comeback: The 2008 album The Block was a nice rebound and boasted collaborations with Ne-Yo, Lady Gaga, Pussycat Dolls and New Edition. Summertime was a top 40 hit.

Squeal appeal: Impressively high, despite only three years of pop dominance. That's a lot of hysteria packed into a short amount of time.

Backstreet Boys

Love at first sight: Despite all-American origins, BSB's first successes were in Europe, where they scored five hits before conquering U.S. radio with Quit Playing Games (With My Heart). Millennium, issued in 1999, sold more than 1 million copies in a single week. Altogether, BSB have sold more than 30 million albums.

Boy-band classic:I Want It That Way is still a lyrical mystery. ("I never wanna hear you say/I want it that way"?) But the midtempo groove and easy harmonies made it a pop classic.

Low point: Does anyone remember 2009's This Is Us? Because I don't, despite a top 10 debut. Seriously, where was I?

Breakout member: Nick Carter, but mostly for the wrong reasons, including struggles with drugs and alcohol, an arrest and that embarrassing E! reality show.

Comeback: NKOTBSB has put the Boys back on the pop map. So, technically, they have New Kids to thank for the resurgence.

Squeal appeal: Still high, even without Richardson. Backstreet's back, all right.

joey.guerra@chron.com