Jun 30 2009 1:23 PM EDT
NKOTB's Donnie Wahlberg On Michael Jackson's 'Chain Of Influence''
There's no artist today who wasn't impacted by Michael Jackson,' Wahlberg says.
By Jocelyn Vena
"Michael Jackson was the first musical artist that I looked up to, aspired to be like," Wahlberg said. "He was the first person to ever really inspire me to dream to what's bigger than what was in front of me."
He explained that there's a clear line drawn from the Jackson 5 to the New Kids on the Block. "There's an obvious chain of influence there," he said. "There's always someone who sets the bar. ... Michael Jackson was a child and he was a superstar. Rather than kids across America and across the world looking at adults performing, they were looking at someone like them performing. You could become like Michael Jackson ... suddenly the whole playing field changed."
Donnie Wahlberg/Photo: CBS
He continued that "from the Jackson 5's influence on New Kids on the Block, his personal influence on me to his personal influence on other members on the group" has been substantial. According to Wahlberg, It's been equally substantial on a number of other artists making music today. "I defy anyone to find an artist today who's out there making music who's not somehow influenced by Michael Jackson," he said. "There's no artist today who wasn't impacted by Michael Jackson. It's his swagger."http://www.mtv.com/news/
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On July 10th, 2009, New Kids on the Block will deliver a limited number of one-on-one personalized video messages to fans - YOU TELL THEM WHAT TO SAY while they sign select items available online at LiveAutographs.com .. .Each personalized New Kids video experience is available to fans for purchase on DVD or can be downloaded online at LiveAutographs.com .. !
New Kids On The Block performs in concert at the Verizon Wireless Music Center on June 28, 2009 in Noblesville, Indiana. (Photos by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
The first group opening up for the New Kids was Jabbawockeez. Jabbawockeez is compiled of an all male dance troupe established in 2003 by Joe Larot, Kevin Brewer and Phil Tayag. The group first appeared on America's Got Talent before going on to win the MTV hip hop dance reality series America's Best Dance Crew. They are known for their intricate, synchronization and precise dances, mime and kabuki-styled theatrics, as well as for wearing masks and gloves during most of their performances. Their performance was nothing short of hot, amazing and energy filled and the crowd absolutely loved them. Seeing them one time is enough to guarantee an interest in seeing them perform again and again. You were definitely left wanting more when they wrapped there portion of the event.
The opener for the NKOTB Summer Tour 09 was the smoldering hot little number known as Jesse McCartney. Phew! Just as talented as he is dripping with hotness it became very apparent who the daughters of the New Kids fans were there to see. It was a very interesting dynamic to see a "new school heart throb" meet the "old school heart throbs" all in one tour and see generations of family at the same concert event. McCartney who knows exactly how to work a crowd over made sure to make the announcement during his set that he is 22 years old and legal which was a statement that didn't go unnoticed by many of the self proclaimed "cougars" or the gay male members of the audience by the way. This included Jenn from Q102's Jeff and Jenn in the morning who made sure when she took the stage to thank the crowd for coming out for the New Kids to also send a shout out to Jesse McCartney for his impromptu special announcement. It was quite a fun moment and his "dreaminess" can't be denied! No doubt after seeing his performance, there were countless other "cougars" in the audience who felt the same way as she did.
The truly impressive thing about Jesse McCartney is that even though his specific demographic was there to represent him, he entertained the older generations of people that were there specifically for The New Kids just as well. His performances were very well put together, choreographed, his vocal ability was on point and it was great night for him. If you were not the biggest fan of his when you showed up for the show, there is no doubt a few of you left as new fans. It certainly was a hot and humid evening, and he definitely added to the hotness but in a GREAT way. Again collectively, Phew!
Moving on to the main attraction, the New Kids on the Block, WOW!
As these distinguished appearing suit wearing gentlemen took the stage, there was no point in sitting for the next several hours and no one did. According to NKOTB, it had been nearly 20 years since the last concert the New Kids played in Cincinnati, and after Saturday nights experience it is very clear they will be coming back for more. If you had no hearing loss issues prior to the concert, after the screaming of women and cheers from the fans, you may want to have your hearing checked to make sure you didn't leave the concert with a serious hearing loss concern. These men have not lost a single step in the years that they have not taken to the stage, and the mixture of old school classics and new soon to be hits rocked the river and rocked the crowd in the way only the New Kids can guarantee. Just as sexy, talented and beautiful to look at as ever, (even when compared to the much younger Mr. Jesse McCartney), it is very clear how much the New Kids appreciate their fans just by the interaction from on stage as well as their venture out into the pavilion. Seeing them perform just a few feet away is pretty amazing, and it is very obvious that there is a special and specific bond between the New Kids and their fans.
The moment that you realized that you had not just watched a good show, but experienced something deeper along with it came when the New Kids graciously did a Michael Jackson tribute. Screen shots of Jackson over the years appeared on the jumbo screen and people all around were dancing, singing and crying all in unison to this. This was quite a visually remarkable scene to watch as so many people all in unison celebrated the life of this man along with the New Kids on the Block. It was at this point you came away from this concert realizing that you took a trip back into your youth, and into your childhoods by hearing this mixture of New Kids favorites and old Jackson tunes. Suddenly mid 30-40 yr old folks were 15 and 16 yr old screaming teens again. This priceless although brief return to youth made this concert not only just an amazing show, but an experience not to soon forget.
Kudos to NKOTB for coming to Cincinnati and proving to us that you haven't lost a beat and that you can still rock the crowd just as much if not even more so than you did back in the late 80's and early 90's. You have left Cincinnati with not only just as many fans as you have ever had here, but with more. Your concert was not only an awesome show, but a cultural, musical, timeless event that many will attend as long as you keep coming back to Cincinnati and showing us "Step by Step" how you still have it and that it isn't going anywhere!
An additional shout out to Jesse McCartney for putting on a great show in his own right and for being just as hot in person as he is on television.
Also, your not going to see a better dance performance than a show from Jabbawockeez. What these guys do with just their bodies and a beat is not only endlessly entertaining and amazing to watch, it is a true art form that should be appreciated.
Overall, NKOTB in combination with their opening acts made for an excellent Cincinnati Summer Concert Event. When the New Kids return to Cincinnati, and hopefully it won't be another nearly 20 years down the road, there is no doubt their fans will come out and enjoy these shows time and time again. What a great experience!http://www.examiner.com/
Of all of the girly-girl concerts that have come through Riverbend – and there have been plenty in the last few years, whether it’s Tim McGraw, Coldplay or the Jonas Brothers – Saturday night’s New Kids on the Block reunion show has to be the girliest of them all.
The reunited singing and dancing quintet brought down a roughly ¾-filled house as if it were the late-‘80s, when the New Kids were pioneering the white-R&B brand of the boy-band thing during their first go-around.
Last year the group released “The Block,” its first album of new material in 14 years, and it’s marked with a more sophisticated sound that’s to be expected of guys – Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, and brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight – who now are in or are approaching their 40s. Joey McIntyre is the baby at 36.
Their nearly two-hour set mixed tunes from “The Block” with 20-year-old hit ballads and up-tempo anthems. It meshed well, and nobody in the crowd ever chose to sit down.
McIntyre took a solo turn at the piano for a new song called “Five Brothers and a Million Sisters,” which celebrates the ongoing success of the reunion in terms of a performer-audience partnership. The numbers in the title seem accurate. Several thousand of those million sisters were at Riverbend. Most were probably in there 30s, along with a scattering of ladies who could be a New Kid mom and girls who could be a daughter. Dudes were scarce.
The audience was rewarded time and again with the New Kids’ scream-inducing go-to maneuvers. These included various crotch-related activities – thrusting, grabbing, etc. – and the removal of suit jackets and dress shirts to get to the coveted undershirt.
You didn’t need to be a sociologist to be captivated by grown-ups in the crowd reverting to their screamy-and-sobby teenage selves. Some of these women probably have mortgages, meaningful jobs, aging parents, and children of their own. So it was nice to see them shedding tears over the things that are truly important in life, such as Jonathan Knight doing a knee-drop for the finale of the 1988 ballad “Please Don’t Go Girl.”
While most of the ballads effectively hit home with the crowd in a similar emotion-laden manner, it was the up-tempo stuff that carried the show. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and “Hangin’ Tough” were the bookends for the set, and in between came, among others, new ones called “Dirty Dancing” (“It’s so crazy, she’s like Baby, I’m like Swayze,” they sang) and “Single,” during which the guys ran into the crowd and sang from different locations in the pavilion.
They also took care of a piece of business that seemed inevitable. In an interview with the Enquirer last week, McIntyre named the Jackson Five as an influence on his band, and in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death two days earlier, a tribute at the show was a sure bet.The New Kids left the stage halfway through the show as a montage of Jackson photographs played on the video screen and the four-piece backing band performed Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” The New Kids returned, and Wahlberg introduced a sped-up rendition of the Jackson Five’s “I’ll Be There,” saying: “We’re gonna take three minutes and celebrate a man who inspired us and so many other people.” Later, Walhberg busted out some of Michael’s dance moves, including a pretty good moonwalk, as the band played “Billie Jean.”
When the New Kids on the Block were at the apex of their popularity in the early 1990s, I was just a tad too old to appreciate them.
I was, after all, in high school and had moved on from embarrassing boy band obsession to even-more-embarrassing hair band obsession.
(My maturity did not prevent me, however, from becoming a fan of 'N Sync in my late 20s. But that is a whole other embarrassing story.)
Over the past few weeks, though, I've come to sort of regret missing New Kids mania, especially as I've watched excitement over the group's show Friday at Hartman Arena completely overtake a fun group of women who are only slightly younger than I am.
New Kids on the Block, or NKOTB as they are just as commonly known, is a once-popular boy band whose fame was intense but somewhat short-lived in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The group's hits included danceable ditties such as "You Got It (The Right Stuff") and "Hangin' Tough."
At they time, they were five fresh-faced boys from Boston, and they inspired in preteens of their time the same hyperventilating, tearful devotion that 'N Sync did almost a decade later and that the Jonas Brothers do nearly a decade after that.
Now, the band members — Jonathan, Jordan, Joey, Donnie and Danny — are far from kids. Two of them are 40, and the rest are getting close.
Their once-ardent fans also have grown up, but that's not stopping them from rediscovering their inner hysterical preteen selves.
They include a local mother of four who has already attended several concerts along the reunion tour route and regularly announces her New Kids devotion on her Twitter account.
They include 27-year-old Carly Holmes, who giddily stood in line at Hartman Arena to buy tickets even though it would have been easier to order them online.
And they include Krista Rapp, 33, who credits NKOTB with helping her find her best friend of more than 20 years.
Krista was a Curtis Middle School student when her parents spoiled her with a $100 New Kids on the Block embroidered official tour jacket.
She wore it everywhere, including to band class, where she met fellow New Kids devotee Stephanie Kurdi.
The two became inseparable, and their parents agreed to drive them to New Kids' concerts all over the region. Krista estimates they went to five or six concerts in their early teen years.
They're still best friends. Stephanie (who now lives in Michigan) was maid of honor in Krista's wedding.
When they heard about the reunion tour, they knew what they had to do.
"It all came flooding back," Krista said. "We were pitifully excited. Embarrassingly excited."
In October, Krista flew to Michigan to attend a show with Stephanie. And later this week, Stephanie will board a plane to come to the Wichita show.
A funny story from the Michigan concert: The friends stepped into a bar across the street from the venue before the show and quickly realized that they were surrounded by women in their 30s, all wearing faded New Kids T-shirts and 1980s hairstyles.
"It's fun to just relive the memories and the friendships," Krista said. "We were so giddy and so goofy."Denise Neil
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