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About New Kids On The Block
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.
In the late eighties and early nineties, while still teenagers themselves, New Kids on the Block (Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood ) 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, t-shirts and even lunchboxes to primarily female kids around the world.
These days, four of the five Kids have kids themselves, as well as assorted careers and lives of their own, and so their decision to reunite had been an adult if joyful one that they've taken very seriously. That's why this time around - even with the assistance of a great new team including Interscope Records and the Azoff Management team, it's the original Kids themselves who have taken charge of their own destiny with new music that they found and funded themselves.
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 be so satisfied by what they get that they'll 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 New Kids intend to play all the familiar hits - along with some brand new ones too. "Our old songs aren't necessarily standards — they were pretty sweet — 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... Yes, the wait has been a long one, but it won't be much longer now."