Yes, I admit it, I went to see New Kids on the Block last night. Actually, they are going by The Block these days. But to me, they will always be the New Kids. I blogged about this a few months ago, saying I was going to see them. And I did. Alone.
When I arrived at the arena, I was skeptical, worried that I would feel like an outcast, attending a concert by myself. And the parking lot wasn't welcoming to a single attendee - there was tons of tailgating (at an NKOTB concert???) and old NKOTB music was blaring from the cars. Once inside the venue, it was mass craziness - tons of girls, many in their tshirts from 1988 (you can imagine what that looked like), pregnant women, drunk girls declaring their love for Joey, Jordan, and Donnie (not much love for Jonathan and Danny, though).
Having always been a fan of Jordan, I still am, but I have a deep appreciation for Joey now. His voice is great, he's really matured as a performer. Jordan is the same sexiness as he always was (even giving the crowd a treat: singing bare chested!). Donnie is still the bad boy (I don't know how many Red Sox hats he has - one in every color, it seems). Danny is still... well, he's still the tallest (I don't know: he didn't do much. Oh!! He had a breakdancing solo, which was pretty cool). And Jonathan is a little shy, but that's to be expected since he had all those issues about performing years ago.
The show itself was spectacular. They did a great mixture of their old material ("Please, Don't Go Girl", "Didn't I Blow Your Mind this Time", "Step by Step") and their new ("Summertime", "Click, Click, Click"), plus honored those we had lost in the last 15 years (Tupac, Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, plus those who were present in their personal lives: Donnie's father, Danny's mother). They had an entourage of sexy dancers, of course, and both Jordan and Joey did performances of their solo works over the years. Donnie, bad boy extraordinaire, emceed the evening and let the ladies know that he was single.
And they haven't lost their moves. Well, considering it's been 20 years since they started doing them.
I had a great time. And I actually forgot I was there alone. The girls that were sitting in my area was loads of fun, singing at the top of their lungs and dancing. I, of course, was not far behind.