They are not new on the block and they are no longer kids. Some of the members of the 90’s chart-topping boy band, New Kids On The Block now have kids that are perhaps older than they were when they were making teenage girls scream and swoon.
NKOTB, as they currently go by (Remember when IHOP was International House of Pancakes? or KFC was Kentucky Fried Chicken? Ok, I digress) are back on the block and paid a visit to some of their longtime and newer fans last Tuesday night (7/9) at The T-Dome down in “The 253”.
The boys came to town for the first time on March 1989 for a KPLZ-FM St. Patrick’s Day event alongside Alice Cooper and Donny Osmand. (Hmm… what an interesting bill.)
That summer the group’s sophomore effort, Hangin’ Tough was a huge smash. Their success may have helped pave the way for 90’s outfits such as Boys II Men, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC , 98 Degrees (Boys II Men and 98 Degrees also appeared on the bill for last week’s Tacoma show.) and a host of others. NKOTB members Donnie Wahlberg, Joe McIntyre, Danny Wood, and brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight became mega-stars but by the Mid 90’s the boys were no longer kids and their young fans grew up and out of the boy band thing.
Some of the members started families and have had success in other areas. Donnie Wahlberg in particular, has gone on to have a very successful and credible acting career, and we recently hear he is dating former 90’s MTV game show vixen, and newest “The View” co-host, Jenny McCarthy (Good on ya Don!)
During the band’s set in Tacoma, Jordan Knight, the band’s strongest vocalist , provided most of the vocal highlights, but it was Mr. Wahlberg who provided the star power. Like fine wine, the former kids have aged well and are still Hangin’ Tough.
SMI’s Mocha Charlie was there to capture photos of the dapper and cool NKOTB ,as well as supporting acts Boys II Men and 98 Degrees. Check out the slideshow below….