New Kids On The Block star: Today our fans ease moderately hystericalBy Marie Ravn Nielsen
Jordan Knight from the mature boy band welcomes the group's fans have put hysteria on the shelf. He says in an interview with DR Culture
Imagine that you step onto a stage. 20,000 screaming teens eagerly, many of them crying with joy, while others pass out. For many of the fans is the highlight of their young lives.
Does this sound like the wildest dream? Certainly. But even though Jordan Knight from boy band New Kids on The Block lived the dream again, it's not a situation that he misses.
- Our fans are of course excited now, but in the old days, the fans so overwhelmed with excitement that I sometimes thought: Everything we do means nothing. All we needed to do was just stepping onto the stage.
So says the now 43-year-old pop singer more than 20 years after his group - also known as NKOTB - topped charts around the world.
- The fans were so filled with emotion at the time that they were not able to concentrate on the music and our show, he told BBC Culture on a phone from the U.S..
Glad to fans relax more
On 8 May faces NKOTB back to Danish reason when Jordan Knight and the other four adult men from the group appear in Falconer Salen Frederiksberg.
It is the first time they played in the metropolitan area since 1991. In 2012, the group appeared in Herning in a joint show with colleagues from the Backstreet Boys.
- Today we feel that we become more appreciated for the art we deliver in such a show. And our fans relax a little more and can better enjoy the concert, says a satisfied Jordan Knight.
He looks forward to going on a spring tour in Europe, where the big stadiums and arenas are replaced with a series of more intimate venues. On the whole, he is more to the way the aging boy band working on now - and yes, the group still call themselves a boyband, says the singer.
- We better take it all in now, but we still have a very busy schedule. We play concerts at night, afterwards we keep after parties and before the show we hold meet-n-greet with fans, says Jordan Knight.
Perfect balance between work and family
But being Falconer Salen not just full of old fans who had posters of Jordan, Donnie, Joe, Danny and Jonathan stuck for more than 20 years ago? Not necessarily.
- I see some younger fans who follow us on Twitter. Many of them are teenagers, so I think it's pretty cool, they like us. When I was a teenager I might even like the older artists. One discovers the groups even have disintegrated long ago - as the Beatles.
When you see a boy band like One Direction, do you miss the intense attention that I got at the beginning of your career?
Young and ready to move- For me, we have achieved the right balance between work, family and ease moderate hysteria from fans. When we broke through it was all a bit too much. I would not want to return to it. I have so many wonderful memories, but as it is now is absolutely perfect.
The good memories could be for example the recording of breakthrough album 'Hangin' Tough ' from 1988.
Even though NKOTB released his latest album '10 'last year, the group's second album still Jordan Knights favorite.
- 'Hangin' Tough 'is the album I'm most proud of. There are so many good songs and good memories with this album. We were all so young and ready to go - we were sharp and had a finger on the pulse with everything he says.
"Almost as if we've never been away"
There are currently no plans for a new NKOTB album, but ahead of you, as I said a month on Europe's roads. This brings the five singers again to sit with your thighs apart.
- We live in different areas of the U.S., so we do not see much of each other when we are not on tour. But when we meet, we are very together on the job. We still share locker rooms, traveling in the same tour bus and so on. We are still very close, said Jordan Knight continues:
- It's almost as if we've never been apart. Even when we made our comeback tour, it was as if we had just come home from our previous tour, although it was 10-12 years ago.