Do you remember NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK?? They're BACK!!!
April 3, 2008 5:51pm CST
New Kids on the Block to reunite They may be pushing 40, but the New Kids are returning to the block. The Boston boy band New Kids on the Block, which sold 70 million albums in the 1980s and early 1990s, has reunited and plans to release a new album and go on tour. The reunion comes 20 years after the release of the group's multi-platinum album, Hanging Tough. The group released a new photo Wednesday and reportedly will appear on the Today show Friday morning — the same time an unmarked countdown clock on http://www.nkotb.com ends. "The fan response to this has been incredible," band member Donnie Wahlberg told the Boston Herald. Wahlberg said he was convinced to get back together with his former bandmates — Joey McIntyre, brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood — when they decided to record new music. Wahlberg said he wrote 80% of the new material with McIntyre and Jordan Knight. "I had no interest going out on a nostalgia tour and singing the same material," said Wahlberg, 38. But he added, "We absolutely will do the old songs for sure." Producer Maurice Starr formed the group in Boston in the 1980s, hoping to recreate the success he had with another teen group from the city, New Edition. At the height of their popularity, New Kids sold out world tours, marketed millions of dollars in merchandise and spawned a Saturday morning cartoon. The group disbanded in 1994. Wahlberg has acted on television and in movies, while Jordan Knight, McIntyre and Wood released solo albums. Jonathan Knight became a real estate developer http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2008-04-03-newkids_N.htm?csp=34
• United States
4 Apr 08
Oh my goodness, I soooo remember them! My sons were born in '81 and '84 and my older son especially loved them. They were right up there with Vanilla Ice! I was going through some old boxes the other day and found a 'New Kids' VHS tape. I will have to pull that out and watch it. I wonder if it's worth anything now?
• Palatka, Florida
4 Apr 08
I can't belive after all this time they are making a new album. My little sister was really into them years ago in the 80s. I thought that Jordon and Johnathan were cute but I was never really crazy about them as far as their music.It's just crazy to me.
• United States
8 Apr 08
I just saw this article and was going to post a discussion but see that you beat me to it. I can't believe they are actually going to put out new songs. And because of how popular they were once upon a time I'm sure they will sell millions of dollars worth wether the music is good or bad. I guess they were pretty smart to quit when they did and now come back to capitilize on their old fame when they might be starting to ruin out of opportunities and possibly money. I was never a huge NKOTB fan. I had the one I liked better than the others, sad he doesn't look so good these days. I think I bought one of their albums. But about a month and half after they hit the scene I stopped being interested in them. I do remember girls though that were fanatics about them. There was some friend of a friend of mine who had a whole room full of their stuff. Bedspreads, pillows, posters, everything. Those are the women who I'm sure will be front and center at these reunion concerts and in line to buy the albums.