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Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block is on a cross-canada tour right now that touches down in Victoria on Sunday. Listen as Rob Michaels chats about what happens to stuff that fans throw on stage and what’s new for not only Jordan’s solo career, but also New Kids On The Block.
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Times colonist: New Kids on the Block's Jordan Knight is also happy still touring with his old bandmates
NKOTB will have a new CD in the spring, which is to be followed by a summer tour. Once his solo tour wraps, Knight will switch back into gang mode, a mentality that NKOTB had to adopt to survive a business that often eats its young.
"When you're new and fresh and on top of the world, the world is holding you on a pedestal," he said. "There's a lot of people that want to knock you down."
Reading Is Fundamental: New Kids on the Block Five Brothers & A Million Sisters
"....Anyhow, Five Brothers is the story of how the New Kids became a pop phenomenon in the late Eighties and early Nineties. It follows the members from their roots in late ’70s/early ’80s Boston, to their union under the aegis of producer Maurice Starr, through the multi-platinum success they attained with Hangin’ Tough (after suffering through a dud debut) and so on. There’s not much here you won’t already know if you’re a fan of the group, but to read it through the words of the individual members and their family members (many of whom contribute to the book) makes for a succinct, and somewhat interesting, read..."
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Like any girl who came of age in the early 90s, we knew some basic facts on the New Kids on the Block.We knew Donnie was the leader; Joey and Jordan, the cute ones, and the lead singers; Jon, the shy, sensitive one; Danny, the one who looked like a monkey. We knew that our best friend in grade school was utterly convinced she was going to marry Jordan. And we knew that when the New Kids, now known by the acronym NKOTB, made their triumphant return four years ago, a surprising number of our friends bought tickets and shrieked all the way through the show.
So maybe those friends -- the diehard fans -- knew everything there was to know about the band already. But for those of us who just knew the basics, Nikki Van Noy's new authorized biography, New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters, contains a surprising number of revelations about the boy band that practically invented the genre, at least for white folks. Here are the ten we found most surprising.
10. The New Kids were legit. Or, at least, they weren't manufactured in the way of so many boy bands that followed, like the Backstreet Boys. With the exception of Joey McIntyre, they were all from Boston's hardscrabble Dorchester neighborhood and all went to the same elementary school. It was Donnie Wahlberg who met producer Maurice Starr and recruited the others -- with, again, the exception of McIntyre, who lived a few neighborhoods over and was found after Starr's aide called around looking for "white kids who could sing and dance."
9. Their backgrounds are genuinely hardscrabble.All five New Kids were from ginormous, blue-collar families. Joe and Donnie both had eight siblings, Danny had five, and Jonathan and Jordan were part of a family with six biological children and typically as many as six foster kids at any one time.
Interestingly, Donnie's younger brother, Mark Wahlberg, was a member of the group's earliest incarnation, called (bizarrely) Nynuk. But when the Wahlbergs moved to a different neighborhood, Mark fell in with a new crowd. "Mark had new friends in Savin Hill, so he didn't want to be in the studio with me," Donnie tells Van Noy. "He wanted to go out and steal cars with his friends."
8. The New Kids were originally marketed to black audiences.
Starr's previous success was with New Edition, so his connections were in black radio. Plus, the New Kids were urban kids who liked breakdancing, R&B and hip-hop -- and at that point, crossover was still rare.
But their album, made with CBS Records' black division, faltered on black music charts; it was only when a DJ on a pop station in Tampa started playing "Please Don't Go Girl" that anyone realized that white girls might be interested, too.
7. They paid their dues.
Among the New Kids' early shows: retirement homes and, Van Noy writes, "a jail where one of Donnie's brothers was incarcerated at the time." In a desperate attempt to woo the inmates, the boys threw cigarettes into the crowd. Donnie tells Van Noy, "I just knew prisoners loved cigarettes, and I also figured it's the only way we wouldn't get humiliated." It worked.
6. Their first big breakthrough? Harlem's Apollo Theater. They were petrified to perform in front of the notoriously tough crowd. (As Danny explains to Van Noy, this was not Showtime at the Apollo as we see it on TV; it was an even rowdier night for true amateurs.) But they were a hit: Halfway into the performance, Jon recalls to Van Noy, "They started shouting, 'Go white boys! Go white boys!' It was just like, 'What the hell is happening?"
5. When the New Kids got big, they got really big. A girl was trampled to death at a concert in South Korea. J. Lo was a backup dancer during their performance at the American Music Awards in 1991. They were also treated to a guest appearance by Public Enemy's Flava Flav.4. Jonathan Knight pulled the plug. When the group disbanded in 1994, it was mostly because their fans had grown up and moved on. But it took Jon's departure to hit home the fact it was over. He'd been riddled with anxiety over live performances. And he'd grown tired of hiding his sexuality. Yep, the shy, sensitive one was gay.
In those quaint, pre-Internet years, the band's demise came out in a trickle, not a pop. Many of the New Kids' biggest fans got the news when they received a snail-mail letter from the fan club, refunding their membership and saying thanks.
3. The band reunited 15 years later -- and the fans were still there. After recording an album in L.A. and first trying their stuff out in a performance at WeHo's House of Blues, the newly reconstituted NKOTB made their triumphant return on theToday Show. The performance, Van Noy reports, drew more fans than a recent performance on the same show by Bruce Springsteen. Among the collaborators assisting with their comeback: A then virtually unknown Lady Gaga, who was brought in as a songwriter ("Big Girl Now") but ended up singing on the track, too.
2. You could meet a New Kid at a Waffle House.
Since their reunion, NKOTB has been touring for nearly four years -- continuing both to draw crowds and soak up the adulation. (The joint tour with the Backstreet Boys, called NKOTBSB, has been particularly successful.)
Now that their fans are full-grown, there's a camaraderie between performers and performees. Frequently, after concerts, Donnie will tweet directly to the followers: "Meet us at the Waffle House," Van Noy reports. As many as 300 fans show up.
Van Noy quotes one admirer: "It turns into a party both inside the restaurant and in the parking lot, with music coming from the parked cars with the windows down and the stereo up. There's music playing inside, and Donnie leading chants such as, 'When I say Waffle, you say House: Waffle! House! Waffle! House!' Donnie has been known to come in with a boom box held over his head with The Block blaring, leading the restaurant in singing 'Full Service' and 'Dirty Dancing.'"1. Deadheads have nothing on Blockheads. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Van Noy's book is this: NKOTB have a core of deeply passionate fans, women who aren't just attending these shows ironically as we'd assumed. The self-described Blockheads camp out. They, yes, flood the Waffle House after shows. They snap up tickets for New Kids' cruises -- all 2,700 of them -- within hours of an announcement.They even travel to see multiple shows in the same tour -- although, as Van Noy concedes, it's an identical setlist from town to town. "The lifestyle element of all of this is more frequently found in the jam-band scene, with bands such as the Grateful Dead and Phish," she writes. "[For NKOTB] fans, this willingness to travel great distances and see multiple shows per summer has more to do with soaking in the atmosphere and excitement than seeing a different show every single night."
So, why? How is it possible that this band is still lighting up big venues four years after they reunited? No matter how "cute" they are, let's face it: The music is mostly forgettable. And no matter how talented, tastes change, or at least they should. Just how many boy bands are still going strong decades later?
But in the dozens of fascinating interviews with super fans that Van Noy records for posterity in this well-researched, smartly organized book, it becomes clear it's not about the music. (It never is.) It's about remembering the way we were -- those junior-high days when so many of us loved nothing more than this band, when you could dream of marrying Jordan Knight and fully believe it really would come true.
Today, of course, you still can't marry Jordan. He's got a wife, and kids. But thanks to the magic of Twitter and the band's enormous accessibility to its fans, you could probably meet him. And you can definitely still scream your heart out when he sings.
Eric Antoniou PhotographyNew Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre doesn’t get back to Boston as much as his kids would like. “They have a lot of cousins here and they love to see each other,” says Joey Mac, who grew up the youngest of nine in Jamaica Plain. (He was last here over the summer to shoot the film “The Heat,” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.) Joey Mac is back now, if only briefly, to attend Tuesday’s gala fund-raiser for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a place that’s near and dear to his heart since his 2½-year-old son, Rhys, was born with severe hearing loss. “He’s doing fabulous,” says Joey. “You never want to say you’re out of the woods, but thanks to my wife [Barrett], who’s done all the legwork with the audio/verbal therapist in LA, Rhys is doing great and is in the same school as his older brother and comfortable and learning.” Monday, McIntyre visited Mass. Eye and Ear, joined by Channel 5’s Bianca de la Garza, the gala’s emcee, and Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics principal owner and chairman of the hospital board. “We met some special kids,” says Joey, who’ll be singing at the event with special guest Sweet Honey in the Rock. He also told us that he and fellow New Kids Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan and Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood are recording a new CD and plan to hit the road again. “We want to keep it fresh — and dignified,” he said, laughing. “We’ve been so fortunate, since [the 2008 comeback], to be doing what we’re doing.” Although scheduling is complicated because everyone’s scattered and Wahlberg has commitments with his CBS show, “Blue Bloods,” McIntyre said it’ll work out.
From left: Joey McIntyre, Bianca de la Garza, Moi Blaton and daughter Elle, and Wyc Grousbeck at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Jordan Knight’s Unfinished Business: New Kid Brings Solo Tour To Canada
Celebrity Interview by Jason Clevett
It has been a busy couple of years for Jordan Knight. As member of The New Kids On The Block, he’s toured the world on a giant penis, selling out arenas on the NKOTBSB tour, released a solo album, and judged last year’s Cover Me Canada. Many people would take a break at this point, but Knight had some unfinished business with Canada.
"It is a lot of fun, I love to tour and be on the road. I had a really nice relaxing summer for two and a half months. You kind of get the itch and want that excitement. I didn’t do Canada on my solo tour so I feel like I left them out. Canada is one of New Kids and my solo music’s supporters so I felt it necessary to come up there. A lot of fans wanted me there, there were a lot of different reasons."
Knight chatted with GayCalgary Magazine in advance of his Live & Unfinished tour which hits Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre October 16th and Macewan Hall in Calgary October 18th. Knight is excited to bring the intimate solo tour to Canadian fans.
"When you do a solo tour you can really showcase yourself and your talents. During the show I do a whole piano set. It is really cool because the audiences are smaller so you can joke around with them, take some requests, and I can take my time and sing songs I wouldn’t sing on a New Kids tour. I can sing more obscure songs that diehard fans know, which is good for me and for the fans that know every single recording. It is really gratifying. I love to tour by myself but I also love to do the New Kids On The Block, it really balances out my career as a singer. I don’t do New Kids stuff, all solo stuff. Some of it sounds like New Kids because I am one of them."
The intimate venues are quite different from the massive boy-band extravaganza that was the NKOTBSB tour which came to Alberta in July 2011. The combined headlining show with The Backstreet Boys brought two of the most popular boy bands of all time and was an amazing night for fans of both groups.
“I agree it was one of the highlights of my career. In 2009 we were doing a summer tour and some of the promoters suggested the Backstreet Boys open up for us. We kind of thought that was selling the whole thing short. They are a huge international act and have so many great songs and are a class act. So we put that in our pocket because we could go as a co-headline and make a great show, a boy band extravaganza type of thing instead of them just opening for us. We did a show in New York City at Radio City Music Hall and invited them to come on stage and join us to sing I Want It That Way. For the first 20 seconds the crowd was like what
is going on here? Their jaws dropped and they were silent. As the song grew and they saw that we were really collaborating together onstage and there was goodwill there, they went crazy. It showed us that it was a good idea to tour with them. After that we were off so we put the tour together and went on the road.”
The stage design was... interesting. Those logging online to purchase tickets and see the map of the venue were greeted with what appeared to be a giant penis. “The name ‘penis stage’ came afterwards. We didn’t design it to look like a penis, but it did so we called it that. Nine guys on stage there is nothing more appropriate then being on a big penis stage.
We got a lot of feedback from the fans and in these big arenas a lot of fans don’t have great seats. They are far away from the stage and they want to be close, and we want to be close to them. They designed this long ego stage, it is called an ego thrust and it was the biggest ever, so they designed it and showed it to us…and we said, it looks like a penis. We like it! It was designed to get close to the fans and for everybody to have a good seat.”
The tour also had VIP Meet and Greet packages, seemingly a staple in the industry now. In Calgary I met fans who had purchased VIP packages for multiple tours and cities, which shows
the rabid passion of some, who can meet Jordan in person this tour as well.
“The VIP thing is kind of the modern model for touring. It also goes well with twitter and facebook and social media. Now instead of having fans you have fans/friends, you get to know them from the tweets they send and the videos they make and the VIP stuff you have a closer connection. It is another way to really get closer and know the fans better. It makes it more of an experience for myself and the fans.”
On a break from the tour, Jordan was a judge on the CBC show Cover Me Canada which ran for one sason and featured contestants singing Canadian songs.
“It was actually a good experience. I wish that the show got picked up again so that I could pick up where I left as far as being a judge. It is challenging for me to do that stuff,
I know what I am talking about but it can be hard to formulate it into words. I would love to do it again. To see all the emerging talent in Canada was great. It was filmed in Toronto and a lot of my fans were in the crowd every week, Deborah Cox was awesome and Ron Fair was great. It was definitely fun.”
It wasn’t his first foray into reality television. Knight had previously been a judge on American Juniors and participated in two seasons of The Surreal Life as well as the UK documentary Trust Me – I’m A Holiday Rep.
“These stations like MTV and VH1 used to play videos and now they do a lot of reality shows. They have taken over. A lot of people do videos on YouTube, it is seeing people in their everyday environment as real people. Icons are now just regular people instead of these glossy polished images. A lot of people want to see more behind the curtain, raw and who you really are it is becoming the norm. It’s not that I’m interested in reality shows, just that is what is en vogue and popular these days.”
One reality show that might be interesting would be the life of Lady Gaga. In 2008 the relative
unknown had just hit the charts with the song Just Dance and was one of the opening acts for the New Kids The Block tour. Fans that 2 years later paid $200+ per ticket to see her headline Rexall Place likely had no idea who they were seeing.
“You can never say 100% sure that you knew someone will be a star, but I felt that she was a star. We were in the studio we were with RedOne producing and he said my brothers I have this girl I am working with who would like to come down and write with you guys, she is a great writer. In comes Lady Gaga and not being onstage or in front of a camera she exudes artist. We wrote the song Big Girl Now with her and she was on the same label with us so why not do a duet? So we put her on the album and the label asked us to put her on the show. She ended up with a smash record. We didn’t know she would be humongous but we definitely saw the potential.”
In 1990, I attended the New Kids on the Block concert at the Saddledome. Being a young male NKOTB fan had its challenges. Teenagers could be heard complaining about how much the band sucked, but worse would throw around terms like “fags” to describe the band. Jordan reflected on the challenges in that era of dealing with the homophobia. His brother Jonathan is a member of the band and came out in publicly in 2011.
“This was more than 20 years ago so things were different then. Homosexuality wasn’t as accepted back then as it is now. It did bug me a little bit because a lot of people would say Jordan’s gay and I’m not. As far as Jon, it is almost like I took the attention off the guy who was really gay, my brother. I don’t know exactly how he dealt with it; it must have been very tough for him. Back then you didn’t have openly gay boy band members, it would have been
taboo. It is hard to believe that was only 20 years ago. We banded together as a group and we were good friends so I’d be able to talk to the other guys about it. It was what it was, it didn’t bother me too much because I was just who I was so whatever.”
Jon’s “coming out” was fairly casual. After 80’s pop idol Tiffany said he was, he posted a statement on the bands website stating, “To all my fans who have expressed concern: I have never been outed by anyone but myself. I did so almost twenty years ago. I never knew that I would have to do it all over again publicly just because I reunited with NKOTB! I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay. Apparently the prerequisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption, I am gay. I love living my life being open and honest, but at this time I choose not to discuss my private life any further! My fellow band members don’t discuss their private lives with their loved ones and I don’t feel that just because I am gay, I should have to discuss mine!”
The more casual way of coming out and lack of drama around it shows progress, Jordan believes.
“We are also going to see athletes starting to come out I think.When Lance Bass came out I was asked about it and I said, I think it’s great. He’s made it ok for a boy band to have a gay member, or two or whatever. I am glad that it has gotten to that point. I was just watching CNN and the preacher Joel Osteen was on and there are people that still believe it’s unnatural and a sin and blah blah blah but, it is really cool to see there is a lot of movement in the direction of it not being unnatural because there are gay people in the world and always have been so how is it unnatural? That whole notion of people being more accepting and not seeing gay people as something bad or is a choice, or it being a bad choice. We are all opening up.”
Boy bands have long been supported by the gay community, which means a lot to Knight who has long had gay people in his life.
“I think it is wonderful. I have never really found anything wrong with gay people, I have always worked with gay people; my brother is gay, some of the best songs and choreography have been created by gay people. To me it is just a normal thing to work with anyone. To be supported by the gay community is great. It shows that I am open and not judgmental in any way.”
It has been 4 years since the New Kids reunited and released The Block. Fans who are anxiously awaiting a new album won’t have to wait long.
“I am doing this tour and then right after I will be in the studio with the New Kids doing another album. We have some great songs lined up. It is awesome when you do new material because with it comes new choreography, new videos, a new stage act…it is just new new new. The fans and us will both be very happy. It has been 4 years since a new album so it is always fun to do new stuff.”
To tide you over, you can get your dose of one New Kid in October in what promises to be an amazing show.
“The show is great. There is some great choreography, there are a lot of up-tempo songs on Unfinished and there are a lot of ballads from past albums. It showcases the things I love which is dance, choreography, ballads and I love good pop and R&B music. The band I have is from Boston and they are all Berkeley College of Music alumni and are incredible musicians, they just have it. They are a great sounding band and compliment the whole show.”
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OCTOBER 14TH SHOW CANCELLATIONWed, Oct 3, 2012
As some of you may have heard, unfortunately we have to cancel the Moncton Show on Sunday October 14th due to some issues with getting our equipment to Edmonton. I know, this stinks, BUT that will not stop Jordan from coming to see his fans!!
So.....Instead, on Sunday October 14th we are planning an exciting Meet + Greet with Jordan, including him performing a couple of songs on Piano!! We will also do some cool Giveaways, Q&A, and Games!!
And YES, we will be offering a VIP Dinner package including time with JK and 1 on 1 Pictures!!
We will be going on sale this Saturday with pricing and location to be announced then!
We are going to issue a refund to everyone who bought tickets to the Moncton Show at The Capital Theater, and hope you will join us at our NEW Event!!
" Jordan Knight stopped by CTV Morning Live ahead of Wednesday night's concert at Centrepointe Theatre. Jordan talked about his Live and Still Unfinished tour and life as a member of New Kids on the Block"Video by CTVOttawaMorningLive
And here is a couple of pics from the studio thanks to @cbernardi and Lianne Laing on twitter:
Jordan Knight at the CTV studios@ Bell Media (CHUM Market Media Mall) instagr.am/p/QUpSQjlb_3/
— Consuelo Bernardi (@cbernardi) octubre 3, 2012
Watch this interview with Donnie on CBS This Morning, video thanks to yikes 77 on youtube:
"Twitter helped me as an adult because I realize if I shine a light on the one negative comment and don't pay attention to the three million positive ones that come in, I'm bringing attention to the negativity," he said. "I've learned to ignore the bad stuff and focus on the good stuff and I have the power to eliminate the negative stuff if I choose to, and that's what I choose to do."or Read the whole article on CBS NEWS:
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New Kids on the Block readying some new music
Mere months after polishing off an international tour with Backstreet Boys, the Bostonians are already at work on their first new record since their 2008 comeback disc, says Jordan Knight.
“We’re doing an album now,” the 42-year-old vocalist confirms. “We’ll be touring with it next year. It’s exciting; the last album we did was four years ago. It’s going to be great for the fans — but it’s going to be really great for us because we’ll be re-energized with new music, new videos, new dance moves, a new stage act. It’ll be new, new, new.”
That reinvention may extend to their sound, he says, claiming NKOTB would even be willing to try their hand at dubstep — though a mashup with genre superstar Skrillex might not be in the offing. “Who?” Knight asks. “See? I’m showing my age there. But we do like to mix our classic sound with whatever is going today so it’s very relevant. We like to keep on top of the trends.”
But before moving forward with bandmates Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and his older brother Jonathan, Knight has to take care of some unfinished business: Touring Canadian theatres with his own band in support of his 2011 solo album — titled Unfinished, appropriately enough. While driving in the slow lane outside Boston, he chatted about being secretly Canadian, life as a middle-aged heartthrob and stretching on the Lido Deck.
You just finished the NKOTBSB tour in June and you’re touring again. Are you broke or a workaholic?
Yeah, what’s wrong with me? I think I’m a workaholic. Really, the thing is that I didn’t get to do my solo tour and sing my new music in Canada. I did about 20 cities in the States and I got a lot of requests to go to Canada. So I felt the need and the desire to top it off with a Canadian run.
It seems there’s a strong connection between New Kids and Canada. You started your 2008 comeback tour here. Why the love?
Well, both my parents are from Canada. I’m actually a dual citizen. I definitely have Canadian roots. I mean, I definitely consider myself an American because I was raised down here, but every Christmas I would go to my grandparents’ house at Dunville, Ont., and every summer we’d spend time on Lake Erie. We were always heading up to Canada. So there’s definitely a connection.
What’s the difference between Americans and Canadians?
I’ve always thought of Canadians as salt of the earth people. All my relatives, you could just feel the Canadian essence when we would go visit. They were just good people. Not that I’m saying Americans are bad people — at all. I just feel comfortable around Canadians. They’re more polite. That’s for sure.
How do you feel about touring theatres with your solo band instead of touring arenas with New Kids?
I look at it as a special thing. I don’t look at it as a downgrade. It’s just a different setting. It’s cool to be in a smaller setting with hardcore fans. They get to have a more closeup view, and I get to be more off the cuff, instead of having a set show in an arena where every song has to be a smash. I get to sit at the keyboard and sing songs of mine I wouldn’t be able to do at a big show. I can take my time, I can do whatever I want: Make a joke, have a laugh, bring someone onstage. It’s more of an in-the-moment experience.
Does being a heartthrob make it tougher to be taken seriously when you’re in your 40s and trying to get people to listen to your music?
Nah. I think the fans can enjoy the music I make and see me as a heartthrob. It just comes with the package. But I don’t feel like I’m going out there and living off my image of when I was 18 years old. I put a lot of pride into my work and that’s why I’m still doing it. And I believe they feel that.
It could be worse: You could be a former heartthrob.
Yeah. That would just be sad. I don’t think I’d be on the road if that was the case. Then again, I probably would. I love it too much to let that stop me.
Speaking of getting older, how are you holding up? Is it getting tougher to keep up with the physical demands of your show?
There’s a lot of stretching, I gotta tell you. But I’ve always been big on stretching. Fans know me as someone who likes to stretch. Actually, on one of our (concert) cruises, I did a stretch class on the Lido Deck. The whole ship was watching me do yoga moves. And on Twitter, there was a time when I would walk fans through stretches every morning. I guess it’s pretty weird.
Jordan Knight tour dates:SOURCE: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/02/new-kids-on-the-block-readying-some-new-music
Oct. 3 | Ottawa | Centrepointe Theatre
Oct. 4 | Toronto | Guvernment
Oct. 5 | Montreal | Metropolis
Oct. 13 | Halifax | Casino Nova Scotia
Oct. 14 | Moncton | Capitol Theatre
Oct. 16 | Edmonton | Citadel Theatre
Oct. 18 | Calgary | MacEwan Hall
Oct. 20 | Vancouver | Venue
Oct. 21 | Victoria | McPherson Theatre
THE PATHS OF THE FOUR Dorchester boys who would become the New Kids on the Block — brothers Jon and Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood — crossed at Roxbury’s Trotter Elementary School in the 1970s and early 1980s, although they were spread across different classes. (The fifth member, Joe McIntyre, was from Jamaica Plain.) Danny has fond memories of his time at Trotter. “Outside of school it was a very controversial time, because busing started when Donnie and I went into first grade. We were surrounded by chaos, but in school it was amazing. We didn’t feel all that. Everyone was open to being around everyone else.” For Donnie, being bused outside to Roxbury was a gift of sorts. “We lived in a racially diverse neighborhood, but on my street, it was mainly all white kids. In the white neighborhoods, we weren’t really allowed to dream. It wasn’t like, ‘I’m gonna be famous one day.’ That would get you punched in the face. But in school, it was OK to talk like that and think like that.”
MARLENE PUTMAN says of her son Jordan, “I remember him going downtown and around the corner with his cardboard and break dancing. He would go into the subways and sing when he was really young. There were times I was concerned for his safety, but he was so darn charmed, he just got around the city smoothly. He was a young teenager and thought he knew everything. But he was fine. And his sense of confidence just allowed me to relax.”
MEANWHILE, Donnie and Danny were busy building up a repertoire of their own. According to Donnie, “Me and Danny used to do rap performances and shows. I would write rap routines for Danny and me. In ninth grade, Danny and I used to go to the Catholic school dances every Friday night. We would be the two hip-hop guys, and they’d be like, ‘Where did these guys come from?’ In those neighborhoods, the guys didn’t dare do anything like that. That wasn’t cool. But me and Danny came in and turned the place upside down. There’d be a big circle, and we’d be break dancing in the middle of it, and all the girls loved us. One time my brother Paul was in culinary school. I saw his white double-breasted jacket and was like, ‘Yo! Can me and Danny borrow one of those each?’ And we made outfits. We had white gloves and the white culinary jackets.”
AS THE GUYS were immersed in high school, over in Roxbury, producer Larry Johnson — more widely known as Maurice Starr — had just been ousted from pop group New Edition and had turned his attention to other projects. One of his ideas was to work with a group of kids like New Edition, only this time he envisioned a white band. In an effort to identify just the right kids, Maurice called in talent agent Mary Alford, who was previously involved with R & B acts such as Rick James. In July 1984, then 14-year-old Donnie had caught the attention of Mary through his frequent performances around Dorchester. She persuaded him to audition for Maurice.
AFTER PERFORMING for Maurice, Donnie and his brother Mark were immediately asked to join, while Donnie’s two friends were dismissed. And, thus, the music group Nynuk (a meaningless name Maurice pulled out of thin air) was officially born. Though the Wahlberg brothers started taking singing lessons at the house of Soni Jonzun, one of Maurice’s brothers, and recording songs, it wasn’t exactly the most organized endeavor. Maurice slipped in and out of the picture. Donnie remembers: “We’d go every weekend to Maurice’s house, and he would never show up. [Maurice] was just out screwing around playing basketball.” In time, Mark started to drift away. Maurice and Donnie pressed forward, writing and recording songs. After laying down four tracks, one day Maurice turned to Donnie and said, “You gotta find some other guys now.” With this, Donnie began the process of rebuilding, using his schoolmates and neighborhood circle as a talent pool.
NYNUK HAD ONE of its first major lessons in dealing with adversity onstage while playing a show at the Franklin Park Kite Festival hosted by a local radio station. Thousands of rowdy fans packed the park as a series of bands played. In attendance that day, Donnie’s mom, Alma Wahlberg, remembers, “I almost had a heart attack. It was just a lot of people. A lot of people.”
As Nynuk came onstage, audience members started throwing some of the 45 records that had been handed out that day. “Somebody threw a record, and it cut Danny,” Alma says. “The bodyguards are grabbing the kids off the stage and making them go in the car. Donnie kept saying, ‘No! No! We’re here. We’re going on.’ ”
What compelled the band to get back onstage? Donnie says: “The records was flying. The security guards dragged us offstage, and the song kept playing. The crowd was laughing because the song kept playing and the voices were on the tape and we were singing. The mikes were on. There was, like, 10,000 people. But my classmate Cristin, who I’d been going to school with since first grade, was standing dead center in the front row looking at me. And Danny knew her, too. The minute they pulled me offstage, all I thought was ‘Cristin’s gonna tell everyone in school what happened. I can’t let this happen.’ And I ducked under the security guard and I ran back onstage, and I looked back and said, ‘Come on!’ and all the other guys came back onstage.”
Alma remembers watching the crowd turn around once the guys reemerged and continued performing. “They all started clapping and yelling for them. . . . As scared as I was, that was the right thing to do, and I knew it.”
Donnie says: “In those times, when race relations were so tense in Boston, you couldn’t drop another white kid in Franklin Park at the Kite Festival and expect them to perform in front of 10,000 black people. They would’ve ran. We were like, ‘This is awesome.’ We loved it. We thrived on it. . . . Going back onstage was simply about us believing in ourselves and wanting to stand our ground.”
SOME OF THE BAND’S shows in the mid-’80s occurred at unlikely places, from retirement homes to a prison where one of Donnie’s brothers was incarcerated. The group was clever enough to adapt to each audience by pulling tricks out of its sleeves, such as tossing cigarettes to the inmates. “I just knew prisoners loved cigarettes, and I also figured it’s the only way we wouldn’t get humiliated,” Donnie says. “When we threw those packs of cigarettes out, that’s it. We were heroes. The whole prison was going crazy. Any movie you’ve seen with a prison or, like, Marilyn Monroe singing at the USO, it was like that. Except we were boys singing at a man’s prison.”
IN 1987, Danny, Donnie, and Jordan all worked summer jobs in downtown Boston. Donnie remembers: “Danny and me worked in the Shawmut Bank building, and Jordan worked right across the street in the mailroom in some other bank building. We’d take the subway into work in the morning, we’d meet for lunch, and then we’d probably go to Maurice’s house at night after that. From the summer of ’87 on, we were together all the time. We were with Maurice or we’d go ride around and play basketball together. We’d go try to pick up girls together. Everything we did all day was related to the group.”
“PLEASE DON’T GO GIRL” was released as the lead single to the group’s second album,Hangin’ Tough, on April 16, 1988. The song was distributed to black stations, utilizing the same marketing strategy put in place for the 1986 debut album, New Kids on the Block, which reflected the band’s new name.
In conjunction with the single, the band recorded a low-budget music video, which was released to BET (Black Entertainment Television). The video featured a very young-looking Joe, with the four other guys in tow, holding a yellow flower and imploring a significantly older woman not to leave him. The video was recorded on a frigid winter day, which is apparent by the group’s red faces. “It was downright freezing that day; it was really bad,” Jordan says. “That video was so whack. But you gotta start somewhere.” Maurice fronted the $9,000 needed to film the video — a lot of money for him to come up with.
ASK ALMOST ANY MEMBER of NKOTB about his standout memory of those earlier days, and he will cite the group’s first Apollo Theater appearance in the spring of 1988. Located in Harlem, the landmark theater attracted a primarily black audience that was infamous for being unforgiving, frequently driving performers offstage. Of the anticipation leading up to it, Donnie says: “We weren’t terrified that we were white and no one was going to like us because we were white. We kinda figured when these five white kids walk out onstage they’re gonna think we’ll sing like a barbershop quartet. Then we’d start dancing and going crazy. I think by that point, we were aware that it was an asset. But there in the Apollo Theater, it was like ‘We can’t fail. We can’t be booed. This could be the end of us.’ ”
Looking back on their performance of “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “The Right Stuff” that night, Jon says, “I think that was the scariest show I ever did. It was just nerve-racking.” Back then, before boy bands and crossover music, NKOTB was a novelty for the Apollo crowd. As a testament to the audience’s wonderment, Jon remembers that in the middle of the performance “they started shouting, ‘Go, white boys! Go, white boys!’ It was just like ‘What the hell is happening?’ ” Danny recalls that night as a big turning point: “The moment for me when I knew it was going to happen was when we did the Apollo and got a standing ovation. That was pretty big.”
Joe’s proud father, Tom McIntyre, remembers watching the boys perform that night. “I was there with my daughter Judy, and Alma and Marlene. We were the only Irish people there. There was a break, and I went downstairs and smoked my cigar. I said to myself as I was smoking my cigar, ‘Jesus, if these guys at Amrheins could see me now.’ . . . The Apollo is the first thing they did with any kind of notoriety. They knocked ’em dead. It was marvelous.”
ON THE EVENING OF JULY 19, 1988, the five guys (along with a slim road crew) gathered outside Maurice’s house, ready to board their bus and embark on their first national tour, as pop singer Tiffany’s opening act. While Jordan and Donnie had recently finished high school, Joe was still only 15 and in between his freshman and sophomore years. As the guys boarded the bus, a small group of family, friends, and “fans” bid them farewell. “I was crying,” Jordan says. “I think it was mainly over my girlfriend. All our friends were there, and they were hugging us. We were going off on tour. There were three girls waving us off — they were fans-slash-friends-slash-neighborhood girls.”
Tom McIntyre remembers seeing off his son and the other New Kids. “They left in a bus that would be lucky to get to Copley Square,” he says, “let alone wherever they were going.” Jon and Jordan’s mother, Marlene Putnam, recalls that night as a moment of stirrings that bigger things were afoot. “The boys went on the tour bus with care packages from the parents,” she says. “We were there to say goodbye, and the bus rode off. Off they went to become famous. They were going off, as far as we were concerned, to be an opening act for Tiffany. Wasn’t this great? But that was really their first big bus ride off into stardom.”
Nikki Van Noy is a writer and editor in Boston. Send comments to email@example.com. From by Nikki Van Noy. Copyright © 2012 by Nikki Van Noy. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster Inc.
Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jonathan, and Joey.
New Kids on the Block, the early years: From left, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joe McIntyre, Jon Knight and Jordan Knight (wearing, yep, a Batman T-shirt)
The boy band, whose bio hits stores Tuesday, was initially marketed to a surprising audience, wrote "Hangin' Tough" with a sports team in mind and employed a future "American Idol" judge as a backup dancer.
Attention Blockheads: The authorized biography of New Kids on the Block hits bookstores Tuesday.'
The book, titled New Kids on the Block: Five Brothers and a Million Sisters, traces the Boston-based boy band's rise to become arguably the biggest recording act of the late '80s/early 90s to their breakup a few years later to their reunion in 2008 and their joining forces with Backstreet Boys for a wildly successful summer 2011 tour.
Author Nikki Van Noy interviews all five members of NKOTB --Donnie Wahlberg, brothers Jordan and Jon Knight, Joe McIntyre and Danny Wood -- along with several fans, although songwriter-producer Maurice Starr, who created NKOTB but later parted ways with the group, isn't quoted here. The bio, from Simon & Schuster's Touchstone Books, retails for $25.
Here are eight things revealed in the 256-page tome.
1. Because of their R&B sound, NKOTB was initially promoted to black radio stations.According to the book, a "great misconception" about the group is that record label execs created the group to fill a void in the marketplace for young white girls. But, as Jordan Knight says, the strategy simply arose because of Starr's connections in the black market." "Even when we went to CBS, we were in the black division," he adds. "No one ever thought, 'Um, these kids are white. Maybe white kids would like 'em too."
2. The turning point for the group came when Randy Kabrich, a DJ at Q105 in Tampa, Fla., discovered "Please Don't Go Girl."The song went on to become the station's No. 1 most requested at the time, which prompted the record label to change its marketing strategy to begin targeting pop radio.
3. The Hangin' Tough album was recorded in less-than-ideal conditions.The recording for group's second album was done in a makeshift studio in Starr's perennially under-construction home. The temporary studio had no vocal room, and there was plastic on the windows to try to drown out the sounds from outside. "If you solo the tracks on Hangin' Tough," says Jordan Knight, "you'll hear babies crying, you'll hear sirens, you'll hear a lotta stuff in the background."
4. The song "Hangin' Tough" was written with NBA's Boston Celtics in mind."We literally set out to do a song that could be a theme song for the Celtics," Wahlberg says. "That was the idea: blatantly trying to sound like Queen's 'We Will Rock You.'"
5. Jordan Knight isn't really a huge Batman fan.In the video for 1989's "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," the singer is seen wearing a Batman T-shirt. But it wasn't one of his own; he actually wore it simply because "the stylist brought it, and i just gravitated toward that shirt. I like the colors, it was cool and young, and so I wore it." But soon after the video began airing, fans began sending him Batman T-shirts, so then he started wearing those, which continued to fuel the idea that he was a Batman fan. "Honestly, when the  Batman movie came out, I actually feel asleep in the theater because I didn't like it," he admits.
6. The Step by Step album wasn't what the group had in mind for their Hangin' Toughfollow-up.NKOTB wanted more input in the songwriting and production process, but the group members say they actually had less input, with Starr doing most of the creative work. Although Wahlberg considers it a better album than Hangin' Tough, "it needed just a little more grit," he says. Wahlberg actually wanted to incorporate some of the rappers the New Kids were fans of: "The crossover music that everyone does today. I wanted to do it then."
7. Jonathan Knight left the group in 1994 not just because of his panic attacks and anxiety, a commonly held belief.The singer, who was inadventently outed by former tourmate Tiffany in 2011, says that hiding his sexuality also became tiring. "I was so run down," he says. "I had just been in a couple relationships with guys, and nobody knew. I knew I didn't want to be confined anymore. I think I was dealing with my inner demons."
8. Jennifer Lopez once was a backup dancer for the group.
The future actress/singer/American Idol judge -- a then-unknown backup dancer -- performed with NKOTB at the 1991's American Music Awards. The performance marked a departure from the prevous year's AMAs -- where the group believed they had played it too "safe" -- with an "in-your-face" version of the remixed "Games."
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Some of the more dedicated New Kids on the Block fans might know the shoe size, childhood pet, and preferred breakfast cereal of the band's five members, but only the truest Jordan Knight die-hards know that the suave singer is actually a Canadian citizen!SOURCE: http://ca.omg.yahoo.com/blogs/north-stars/kids-block-member-jordan-knight-talks-omg-canada-154314157.html
It's true. Despite being born in Boston, Massachusetts, both he and his brother Jonathan have close ties to Canada. Omg! Canada talked to Jordan about it while he was in Toronto to prepare for a cross-Canada tour this month for his latest solo album, "Unfinished."
What is your family connection to Canada?My parents are Canadian, and all of my extended family is Canadian. They're both from Ontario. My mom's from Dunnville -- have you heard of Dunnville? It's a small town, by Lake Erie. And my father's from Meaford. That's north. They met at McMaster University and moved to the States in their late 20s. My sisters were born in Canada, and all my brothers were born in the U.S.
When would you visit your family in Ontario?I have fond memories of Christmases at my grandparents' house and spending the summers at Lake Erie at my grandparents' cottage. My grandfather built his cottage with his own two hands; it's pretty impressive. I kind of have a strong Canadian identity.
What would you do during these visits?In the winters we would go sledding; that was always fun. We'd go into Toronto once, and that was always a big deal. I'm from the city, but every time I'd come to Canada it would be country living, so we'd make the trek into the city and that was always a big day. Mini-golfing. Being on Lake Erie, we had these cheap Styrofoam surfboards and that was always fun, riding the waves back to the beach. We would walk down paths and collect salamanders and frogs -- of course, we'd set them free. At my cousin's house, it was a farm, before we went swimming we'd have to go down to the main road, set up a stand, and sell corn. And on the way down to the road, there was a little bridge, and in the stream below is where we would fish and dig for worms.
Did you still see your Canadian family during your NKOTB days?Every once in a while, but we would usually make stops in Canada. New Kids on the Block have a big following here, so we would always do shows here and my family would come. It has always been work since we started, it wasn't as leisurely for sure … It feels great [to be back in Canada]. Canada has always welcomed me and welcomes the New Kids with open arms.
What was your experience as a judge on 'Cover Me Canada'?I did a show called "Cover Me Canada" last year; that was a lot of fun. It was the first reality show that I was a judge on. I had a hard time being harsh or judging people, because I know what it's like being onstage. You're going to make mistakes, but you don't want to be discouraged. You're already telling yourself how bad you messed up, you don't want somebody else pointing it out. So, you don't want to be cruel, you want to support them, but you don't want to be the Paula Abdul type and keep saying, "Oh yeah, that's great. Keep going, blah blah blah." So it was challenging to do that, but it was a lot of fun, too.
Being too nice -- that's kind of a Canadian trait.Maybe that's why I'm so nice, because I'm Canadian! No, but that's actually one of the things I love about Canada and my family. Every time we would come up to Canada -- we were from the inner city of Boston and we had attitude and egos and everything else -- our cousins would look at us and just laugh. 'You guys are so full of yourselves.' That's what I loved about my family, that they were so down to earth and pleasant to be around. They're good, good people, the salt of the earth.
So what's next for you, after your Canadian tour of 'Unfinished' in October?New Kids On the Block are making a new album, so we'll be in the studio and getting a tour ready for next year, and we'll definitely be in Canada, I know that. The new album will be out maybe in March. It's classic New Kids, but we always like to put a couple twists and turns in our music and make sure we have those stand-out songs that catch people by surprise.
List of dates for Jordan Knight's Live and 'Still' Unfinished tour:October 3 Ottawa, ON Centrepointe Theatre
October 4 Toronto, ON Guvernment
October 5 Montreal, PQ Metropolis
October 13 Halifax, NS Casino Nova Scotia
October 14 Moncton, NB Capitol Theatre
October 16 Edmonton, AB Citadel Theatre
October 18 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
October 20 Vancouver, BC Venue Live
October 21 Victoria, BC McPherson Theatre
It's not listed in any tourist guide, but NKOTB fans flock to the house where the Knight brothers grew up By J...