It’s not often I enter radio competitions. But on the morning of Friday 20 April, I took the radical decision to enter a competition to win tickets to see Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block that evening in the Odyssey Arena, only to go and win a pair of tickets. Delighted would be an understatement, being a fan of both boy-bands.
The Odyssey Arena show was a sell-out, with the crowds being dominated by either middle-aged women, or young girls who long for the return of these 80’s and 90’s boy-band wonders. The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block definitely know how it’s done, JLS and The Wanted have a lot to live up to.
After the lights went out, and the crowd went wild, both New Kids on the Block and The Backstreet Boys put on a fantastic, exciting and energetic show. You would never have thought that the New Kids on the Block were in their early 40’s – they’re still dancing about to “The Right Stuff” like they were 16 again.
The Backstreet Boys entertained fans with renditions of their classics such as “I Want It That Way”, “Larger Than Life” and their most recent power ballad “Incomplete”, which saw Nick Carter picking up a guitar and joining their backing band.
New Kids on the Block kicked the show off with their most recent hit, “Summertime”, which saw heartthrob Joey McIntyre melting the hearts of many a woman, including myself, with his sultry tones. Belfast was whisked back into the 80’s as the five piece man-band performed hits from their first albums, “The Right Stuff” and “I’ll Be Loving You Forever”.
At different intervals, both bands would come together to give a musical battle, which saw the show finishing with an extra-ordinary mash up of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys, and “Hangin’ Tough” by the New Kids on the Block. Fire and fake snow added to the show, as well as the fantastic dance moves shown by the ultra-fit men gracing the stage.
All in all, this was an extremely enjoyable night, albeit, slightly random. Both bands were excellent and proved they could still whip fans into a frenzy, my personal favourite band being the New Kids on the Block.
This concert showed that the boy-band genre was definitely not over, but perhaps, today’s young guns need to take a leaf out of their senior’s books. Roll on Westlife, I say!