NKOTBNew Kids On The Block
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Fast forward 25 years and I find myself heading off to see NKOTB again with the same friend, but this time at Newcastle City Hall.
It's like, why not get with like-minded - get like-minded fans together with, you know, like-minded bands and perform," explained NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg.
NKOTB formed in 1984 but didn't hit the big time until second album Hangin' Tough in 1988.
These days, it's unlikely a new generation of girls will fall for their charms - but who cares, NKOTB belong to people like me who danced to the original version of I Think We're Alone Now by Tiffany.
It's a maturer sound for NKOTB, but I'm not sure if it's what the true fans want to hear.
The well-drilled prodigies of impresario Maurice Starr, who'd made a mint managing New Edition and was cleaning up again with his white version, NKOTB earned their fortunes - an estimated $861m in 1990 - with a kicking combination of Stylistics-style soul and proto-hip hop - predating The Beastie Boys by nearly a decade - before splitting in ignominy when they tried to ditch their svengali.
The perception of NKOTB was so much different than what I am now.
The deal features VIP access to the music festival with headliners New Kids on the Block, Kelly Clarkson, The Fray and more, a Hersheypark roller coaster ride with NKOTB, a year's worth of Hershey's Chocolate and all the amenities to round out an avid fan's weekend in heaven.
NKOTB surprised viewers with a special reveal of TLC and a personal message from Nelly (who is currently overseas with the armed forces).
Billed as An Intimate Evening with New Kids on the Block, the European leg started in Stock-k holm earlier this month with the boys performing NKOTB classics such as You Got It (The Right Stuff) and Hangin' Tough, with the first night featuring an acoustic set seeing the lads performing songs from their fellow pop stars such as Take That's Back For Good, Robbie Williams's Rock DJ, One Direction's Story of My Life and Prince's classic Kiss, alongside their own wellloved hit songs.
The band of my youth, New Kids On The Block - or NKOTB as they now prefer to be known - are back with a European tour, An Intimate Evening With.
One highlight is when NKOTB don their eighties gear to drive the crowd wild for Right Stuff as well as Step by Step and Summertime.