WTF?! New Kids On The Block to play Forum

WHO: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK


WHAT: New Kids On The Block -- five now fully-grown men who forever defined what the modern boy band would look and sound like -- are back together for the very first time in nearly a decade and a half. Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood are looking a little older, but still youthful, fit and anxious to not simply celebrate their musical legacy, but also add something new and personally meaningful to it. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, while still teenagers themselves, New Kids On The Block became a phenomenon, selling over 70 million albums – including the back-to-back international number one efforts, 1988’s “Hangin’ Tough” and 1990’s “Step By Step” -- and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits like “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” -- as well as countless number of concert tickets. Now that the five Kids are standing together and planning to hit the road with a new show, simply reviving the old hits isn’t enough. “No, I want this to be redemption -- but not for us,” Wahlberg explains. “I want it to be redemption for the fans. I want them to feel entertained, to feel treated to something special. And I want them to realize they weren’t crazy all those years ago -- that they put their heart into the right place back then and that it was worth the wait to come back again.” Make no mistake; the NKOTB intend to play all the familiar hits – along with some brand new ones too. “Our old songs aren’t necessarily standards, but it’s going to be fun in a live show. People come to hear that music, so we’re going to sing it with basically the same sound. We have something like ten top ten hits. So if we do those and five new songs, we’ll have a hell of a show. We will give the people what they want to hear. So what will a NKOTB concert look like in 2008? “ We’re still young, we’re still hot,” McIntryre answers with a laugh. “Our fans are between 25 and 35 now because they were really young then. They’re still very attractive -- and very legal. So it’s going to be a girls night out.”


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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK ON SALE


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WHEN SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2008, 7:30PM


WHERE: ST. PETE TIMES FORUM


TAMPA, FL


ON SALE: MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008 AT 10AM


AT www.livenation.com OR ALL TICKETMASTER OUTLETS


OR CHARGE BY PH0NE:


TAMPA: (813) 287-8844


ST. PETE: (727) 898-2100


CENTRAL FL: (407) 839-3900


PRICES $77.75, $57.75 & $37.75 - RESERVED SEATS


All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, and service and handling charges.


WEBSITE ADDRESS: www.livenation.com (information and ticket sales)


ALSO ON SALE AT ST. PETE TIMES FORUM:


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 THE CURE


THURSDAY, JUNE 12 PEARL JAM


with special guests:


KINGS OF LEON


SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 GEORGE MICHAEL


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It's a sad, sad day in the music world. Thanks to unchecked 1980s (and now early 1990s) nostalgia, those hacks from New Kids On The Block are doing an arena-sized reunion tour that comes to the 20,000-seat St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on November 2.

I know every girl of my generation had a crush on one of the original white boy banders in sixth grade when NKOTB busted out with smashes like "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step." But, shit, that was 20 YEARS AGO. What self-respecting adult would pay $77.75 to see one of the sorriest bands in music history two decades past its prime?

Here's the press release:

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

AT ST. PETE TIMES FORUM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND

ON SALE MON., JUNE 9TH, 10AM

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