Veteran boy band New Kids On The Block have offered words of advice to latest teen pop sensations One Direction.
Twenty years after they first did the rounds, the re-formed all-singing group have advised One Direction to enjoy the fame while it lasts.
"My advice would be to have tonnes and tonnes of fun and always be good to your fans," says Jordan Knight.
"I'm sure they don't need any help from an old boy band though. They're doing a good thing so they just need to keep doing it."
Arriving for a tour of Australia in May, New Kids On The Block are unlikely to attract the frenzied fan-mania that greeted their visit almost two decades ago.
But sharing the bill with fellow American boy band Backstreet Boys, the group still pack tens of thousands of fans into arena-sized venues, including two dates at Rod Laver Arena.
Knight believes the quintet's brand of upbeat pop and crotch-grabbing showmanship appeals to original fans who are now grown up and cashed up - but still young at heart.
"We're all kids deep down and I think when you hear music it pulls you back to the time that song came out," he says.
"Those are the feelings and images you see in your head so that's what happens, we turn a lot of grown women into young girls again."
New Kids On The Block were the biggest boy band on the planet in the early `90s with a string of number one hits including Hangin' Tough and You Got It (The Right Stuff).
The group - Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight - re-formed in 2008 to record new material and to tour.
Having experienced life outside the bubble since first splitting, Knight says the group are far more appreciative of their second chance.
"The odds of a group of teen idols doing what they love doing 20 years later is very slim," he says.
"So to have that chance and to still be together with our fans is a beautiful thing."
New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys play Burswood Dome on May 29.