The Courier Mail: New Kids On The Block deliver big-sound spectacle to fans young and old (Brisbane Review)

NKOTB/Backsteet Boys
Members of the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys in concert. Picture: Brenton Edwards Source: The Advertiser
IT may have been a number of years since New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys have had a hit but they definitely still can whip a crowd into a frenzy.
While most of Brisbane was last night glued to the State of Origin, the real clash of the titans was at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre as two powerhouses of pop battled for supremacy.
There was no clear winner.
The NKOTB element of the acronym may not have had the recent hits behind them but the affection for the band was immense.
The BSB part merely had to follow with their string of hits.
Love or loathe the boy-band phenomenon, the reality is it works for a lot of people and most of them were there singing along, crying and dancing last night.
Sure, there is something awkward about a bunch of grown men dancing in that signature boy-band fashion but there also is something awfully charming about it.
The muddy acoustics at the Entertainment Centre dogged the concert, making it nearly impossible to discern voice from drum in the big sound moments but no one was really there for the singing.
The spectacle was what people were after and it was delivered.
My 14-year-old self had the party of his life. My 30-year-old self had a pretty radical night too.


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