NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK TO BE HONORED WITH
STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
WHO: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood.
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Arsenio Hall
WHAT: 2,530th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
in the category of RECORDING
WHERE: 7072 Hollywood Boulevard
WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. PDT
Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that they will be honoring the multi-platinum selling, award-winning performers New Kids on The Block with the 2,530th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. The star will be located at 7072 Hollywood Boulevard. “Fans have been asking for quite a while now when the New Kids on The Block were going to get their star. We want to thank them for “Hangin’ Tough” for waiting patiently to hear the announcement of their favorite boy band star ceremony,” stated Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Since then, fans from all over the United States and the world have been booking flights to get to Hollywood for this special day!” Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO, Leron Gubler to unveil the star in the category of Recording will be Arsenio Hall.
New Kids on The Block was formed in 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood signed with Columbia Records and their first album entitled “New Kids on The Block” was released. Their popularity grew with the releases “Hanging Tough” and “Please Don’t Go Girl.” The following year the New Kids were touring the country and their songs were reaching the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Charts. In 1990, the group won two American Music Awards and earned a Grammy nomination. By 1994, the group disbanded and went their own ways. By that time, they had sold 80 million albums, shattered concert box office records playing an estimated 200 concerts a year worldwide and grossed more than one billion dollars. They achieved five platinum albums, ten top 10 singles, and five No. 1 singles.
After 15 years out of the spotlight, the 21st century saw the boys from Boston stage one of the biggest and most anticipated reunions of all time. In 2008, they officially revealed their return on The Today Show. An enormous crowd gathered at Rockefeller Center for their first comeback performance, and everything snowballed once again from that magical moment.
Their long-awaited fifth album, “The Block,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. Galvanized with new tunes including hot collaborations with Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo and an undeniably impressive modern stage show, “the guys now,” as Wahlberg puts it, reclaimed their spot at the top of modern pop. It certainly would’ve been easy for the five-some to simply careen along on past glories.
New Kids on the Block have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and dominated airwaves with a bevy of hits such as “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, “Cover Girl,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Hangin’ Tough.” “I’ll Be Loving You.” “Step By Step,” and “Tonight.”
Not to mention, in the early ’90s, the band had smashed box office records performing 200 concerts per year at stadiums across the globe and were named “highest paid entertainers of 1990” by Forbes Magazine. However, they weren’t content to simply rest on their laurels in the '00s. Instead, they upped the ante immensely with a series of career firsts over two decades into their illustrious legacy.
Since reuniting, the band has gone on to tour to sold out arenas worldwide. One of those sold out tours even included a once in a lifetime stop at Fenway Park. The Boston pop icons brought their brainchild NKOTBSB to the famed stadium as part of the historic NKOTBSB Tour. Selling out 140 arena shows on their reunion jaunt and numerous co-headline dates, the Fenway Park gig remains a high watermark for the group.
In April 2013, New Kids released their sixth studio album 10, which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart. Following the release, they co-headlined The Package Tour along with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. The wildly successful tour spanned nearly 50 shows across North America before concluding in August 2013. Most recently, NKOTB completed the New Kids On The Block After Dark, the exclusive four day engagement at The AXIS in Las Vegas from July 10-13. The four incredible shows were part of the ultimate Vegas weekend that included concerts, pool parties and after parties – and were the exclusive North American tour dates in 2014.
In the midst of it all, New Kids On The Block always find time to continually give back. In 2009, the guys and their fans started supporting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Since then, they’ve collectively raised in excess of $200,000 towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Fans continue to host fundraisers and jumpstart events like “Race for the Cure” and “3-Day for the Cure” teams furthering the cause. After losing his mother to the disease, Wood created “Remember Betty” to celebrate her memory. Their charitable pursuits extend even farther. Supporting Toys For Tots in 2010, they put on an intimate show at the Boston House of Blues, and the hometown gig sold out in a matter of minutes and raised over $60,000 for the charity.
There are even more firsts on the horizon for New Kids On The Block though, and they've still got "the right stuff" after all these years.
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Wear comfortable shoes and hydrate, bring sunscreen.
We do not allow chairs or step ladders in the audience area of the ceremony.
We highly suggest you leave young children at home as the area may get very crowded.
Star ceremony begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. and will be over by 12:15 p.m.
Crowd needs to disperse immediately following the end of the star ceremony please as we must give back the sidewalk and the street to the community.
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By Matt McMillen
1. You're on Blue Bloods and Wahlburgers, you executive produceBoston's Finest, and you were touring with New Kids on the Block. How do you find time for a life outside of work?
I've always been able to multitask in my career and make it work with my kids. Fortunately, I'm now married to someone who likes to spend as much time with me as I like to spend with her, and we're both starting to see that it's less important to fit our relationship into our careers than to fit our careers into our relationship.
2. You were a teenager when NKOTB exploded onto the scene. Now you're 45. How has the music changed?
Back then we made music for our fans that we enjoyed, and now we make music for our fans that we enjoy. That's the secret: Don't get caught up in what we want, but pay attention to what the fans want and do it in a way that we also enjoy.
3. Much of your TV work is about cops. What draws you to police stories?
No idea! My brothers spent their early lives running from the cops, and I got in a lot less trouble than they did. I think it's because I was smarter. They think it's because I was less of a risk taker. But I seem to have an instinct for police work. All the cops we work with on Blue Bloods say I would have made a great detective.
4. What's a typical day like for you?
The morning after a tour date in Las Vegas, I go to work on Blue Bloodsat 6 a.m. On breaks, I edit Wahlburgers and Rock This Boat [a new reality series], and work on a script I'm developing. I'm doing everything I ever dreamed of doing.
5. Wahlburgers is about your brother Paul's restaurant, which you and your brother Mark invested in. What's it like working with family?
Reality shows, in some ways, do capture reality. Paul's very hot, Mark's very cold, I'm right in the middle, and our mother is very loving and funny. The true essence of our personalities is there.
6. Food also plays a role in Blue Bloods, right?
When I first read the script and got to the dinner scene, it was so much like my life as a kid. I knew exactly what it looked like, felt like, smelled like, and I wanted to be part of that show.
7. So, family dinner was an important part of growing up?
Our mom was really big on it. She didn't always come home to dinner as a kid, and it was important to her that we did. We didn't have a lot of money. We were just getting by most of the time. But every day -- every day -- we came home to dinner at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
8. How do you stay in shape?
I get really in shape to go on tour with the New Kids, then when it's time to do Blue Bloods, I'll spin out of control with my diet, gain some weight, and eat a lot of donuts like a cop. But I do try to pay attention to my health.
9. What's your favorite exercise routine?
Our [New Kids] shows are the best cardio. I probably burn as many calories as a boxer in a 12-round fight.
10. What do you wish you knew at 20?
I would have stretched a lot more and been more aware of my joints and muscles, kept them flexible. I've really got to work the creaks out before I go on tour now.
SOURCE: WebMD Magazine
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