Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Interview with Danny on Trent FM

Here is an interview with Danny on Trent FM in Nottingham from last September. (You have to be a member of their website to view, so I copy and pasted it below.)

J presents the evening show, weekdays from 7pm-10pm on Trent FM and he caught up with New Kids on the Block.

J: It was all a big whirl wind for you, it was just like all condensed into two or three years, I mean what was it like for you at the time?

A: Oh, it was madness, craziness!

J: I mean you had screaming girls everywhere you went; your hearing must be completely knackered?

A: “What did you say!?” No, No, our hearing’s good, everything’s in tact ‘bro’, you know we’re all healthy, we’re all fit. You know part of the reason this is all working is because we all keep in shape. No one got fat or heavy.

*J: Would the reunion have been off had someone eaten too many Oreo’s? *

A: You know the way we work as a group, getting back together, we would have told that person, hey you gotta get back in shape, get a trainer. I mean we all consciously did it on our own, you know I’ve always kept myself in shape, but you know everyone really made an effort to get in good shape.

J: Just going back, looking back, you didn’t have the kinda paparazzi that they do now in the late 80’s early 90’s, you had the screaming girls, but you were able to have a life as well weren’t you?

A: Not so much man, cos we grew up in Boston and we were to go back home on our time off everyone knew where we lived. So we would go home and there would be 200 people outside you know on a daily basis. The whole paparazzi thing we’re not really worried about, you know what impact that’s going to have this time around because we’re resilient guys, we grew up in the inner cities.

J: And I suppose your mature enough now to deal with it, I think the people though who err kinda pestered with it now kinda get freaked out about it and worry about it too much and your just like ‘whatever’ if they take a picture of me in an uncompromising pose, ‘so be it’.

A: Yep, err, err that’s part of the job. I mean what’s the worst thing they are gonna get, one of us coming out of a club with some girl, or whatever? I mean we’re decent guys.

J: I was looking on eBay earlier on, and I thought, cos all the different merchandise that you guys put out at the time, t-shirts, lunch boxes, slippers, was there anything that kind of you were asked about.. “Ohh I’ve got this idea to put your names on”, and you thought that’s too much?

A: No. Well back in the day, that whole thing was crazy, the whole merchandising thing really wasn’t our choice and it kinda got out of hand. There was a lot of stuff that was crazy. Looking back now its like “What the hell we’re we thinking?”

J: Just on the internet on eBay, there’s annuals, mugs, novels, dolls, a FLEXIDISK! I don’t know what a flexi disk is anymore, and also I nearly bought the whole story by their friends, I don’t know who those friends were, but you can get it for 4.99 on eBay.

But yeah, the reunion, IT’S ON! Whose idea was it? Who made the first phone call?

A: It wasn’t anyone’s specific idea, we’d been approached over the past 14 years by different people to do things, but we were only gonna do it if it was our idea and we wanted to do it and it was based on music. Donny found a song called ‘Click Click Click’, and let everyone here it and we all agreed, let’s get back in the studio and see what happens. We defiantly took it one step at a time and we didn’t get ahead of our selves. We didn’t talk about a tour, we didn’t talk about money, we didn’t talk about any of that stuff, we just wanted to make a good record first.

J: And what did your families say, you know the thought of you being on the road and being in the spot light again?

A: Erm, I think they didn’t really have a grasp on what it was gonna be like, cos I mean I have 4 kids, and I’m a single dad. I sat them down and they were like “Yeah dad, go for it” and now they’re like “We miss you, we miss you” because this is a long stretch of me not seeing them, but right around the corner is the tour and the second week of the tour my kids are gonna come and see three shows and I know, they’re getting how big it is.

J: Did you show them old video footage of you guys back in the day, weather they liked it or not, you were like “SIT DOWN WATCH ME!”

A: No, No, they were curious when all this was happening. My daughters are nine and ten, they’re very curious, my sons are fifteen and sixteen so they weren’t you know as curious, but they were laughing at some stuff, and then like my daughters sing ‘Step by Step’ they love the song and they love the video. They think my hair is a little funny.

J: Eh, I suppose they help you with the routines for the tour as well?

A: Err my kids? No I help them, what are you talking about?

J: Maybe if they see the video and the dance routine, they can go ‘Dad you’re doing it wrong, your supposed to do this, your supposed to do that’.

A: They’re pretty impressed, they didn’t know what to expect, so the performances we have done, they’ve been pretty impressed with like what we’re doing on stage and the tour’s gonna be completely different we’re taking it to a whole new level.

J: Well that’s it; the reaction has just been crazy. I know you did a little gig in London on Monday, fans everywhere, screaming once again and the tour on sale on Friday, the tickets are gonna sell out so quick, I mean I know they have done in the states. What can people expect from this tour?

A: Well the tour we’re doing now, it’s a really good mix of our old hits and a lot of the new stuff. It’s a lot of dancing; it’s a great stage show. We’ve been working for the last many many months and we’re just really looking forward to getting on tour and being able to show the world what we’ve been doing this last four months, putting this together.

J: The tour goes on sale on Friday, we’re looking forward to it, great nostalgic feel, we’re looking forward to the new stuff and the old stuff as well, just everyone’s gonna be really excited.

A: Just so you know, we’re not going to skip over any of the old songs we’re doing all the old hits, ‘cos we know everyone’s been waiting so long and we don’t wanna be that kind of group, where you come to the show and they didn’t play ‘Step by Step’ or ‘Hang Tough’

J: As so long as you can do a few ‘Ohh Ohh Ohh’s’ for us then that will be fine. Donny, Jon thank you so much for dropping by the see us it’s been incredible, all the best for the new album that’s out this week and that’s all already selling thousands of copies and it’s gonna be top five this weekend. All the best!!

Metro Radio Interview

Update: Interview has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Donnie talks basketball

Here is an interview with Donnie at a Celtics game:

Youtube video courtesy of play12hockey

Rumor: May 15 - 18 will be a cruise with the fans?

I came across this blog post from Michelle over at "In search of New Kids on the Block (NKOTB)" that says the a fan had talked to Donnie about May 15 - 18 and Donnie says they are having a cruise for the fans!

By the way, check out the rest of their blog - they met Donnie and Jordan on the set of Bunker Hill and they have some good facetime stories.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Interview on KTU Radio

Radio station KTU interviewed the New Kids on the Block earlier this year. Here is the interview:

Videos courtesy of couthie

Friday, December 26, 2008

Retro Rewind Interview with Joey - Part 2

Part 2 of the Retro Rewind interview with Joey is now on youtube:

Thanks to Trey for the update. Youtube video courtesy of retrorewind

Monday, December 22, 2008

In case you didn't get the email... sent out this email today:

Dear NKOTB fans:

Happy Holidays from New Kids on the Block! Stay tuned for BIG announcements to come top of 2009! You won’t want to miss your opportunity for more FACE TIME!!!!

*** SAVE THE DATE MAY 15 – 18, 2009 ***

Interview from Musimax

Here is an interview from Musimax from September

Youtube video courtesy of yikes77

Interview with Joe from Retro Rewind

Here is an interview with Joe from Retro Rewind

Youtube video courtesy of retrorewind

Interview with Jordan from Asian News

Here is an article with some quotes from Jordan from the Asian News

New Kids On The Block's second coming


THE success of venerable Manband Take That continues unabated, and even a monumentally annoying Christmas advert featuring them cavorting with Twiggy can’t halt record sales.

It’s perhaps understandable then why New Kids On The Block should crave a slice of the pie, lest we forget that Nigel Martin Smith shamelessly created the Manchester five-piece as a British version of the US boyband.

In 2008, where every band containing a vowel in its name (bad luck for those awaiting the V reunion) has reunited, the motto is less: ‘Every dog has its day’ and more ‘Every dog gets buried in a Pet Semetary, ready for its festering corpse to rise up and bark until the end of time’.

It’s been 14 years since the world’s biggest boyband split, replaced by younger models such as Backstreet Boys and N*Sync, yet having sold 80 million records, racked up more number ones than a urinal, and had their faces transplanted onto every conceivable piece of merchandise, was there a fear of desecrating their legacy? That their faces may no longer match the ones on their 1992 Official New Kids On The Block lunchbox?

"There was definitely fears of how would we be perceived," agrees Jordan Knight, speaking to CityLife before performing a gig in Mexico.

"But I felt as long as were fit, as long as we were in shape, as long as we did music that we connected with and it felt sincere, that’s all that we could do.

"To me, it feels really the same. I guess when I look back at old videos; it’s different because the fans were really young. There’s braces everywhere. But it’s the same energy."

Even so, it’s possibly the most unexpected '90s comeback since the recession.

The band were conceived by svengali-like producer Maurice Starr, who had caused waves with R&B teen quintet New Edition, and sought to find a white counterpart to them.

In 1984, he met 15-year-old Donnie Wahlberg who helped him recruit the others: including younger brother Mark (before he exited to be reborn as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch), best friend Danny Wood, falsetto-favouring schoolfriend Jordan Knight, and his brother Jonathan.

Starting so young, did Knight ever feel he lost any of his childhood?

"It was just really exciting," he says. "I mean, there was a lot of things we weren’t ready for, as far as paparazzi, as far as our critics, as far as the negative feedback we were experiencing. But there was a lot of thrills.

"Especially as there was five of us, we got to share it with each other and go through it together. So it was a blast in a lot of ways."


At the fulcrum of their success, after hits like Hangin’ Tough and Step By Step, they couldn’t go out without being besieged by hordes of hysterical fans.

"We’d have to ask the mall in the local town to stay open half an hour late so we could run in and grab a few things, because we didn’t want to cause a scene," remembers Knight.

"At the start, you try disguises, but the fans don’t fall for them. They see some weirdo coming down the street with big hair and a moustache; or wearing a monkey suit on, they know it’s you.

"I don’t know how they do that, but they can spot you. They can sniff you out."

Did that make the usual teenage rites of passage – everything from drink to consequence-free promiscuity – tricky in the public glare?

"You know, we had fun and we acted our age and we did all the fun things that young guys will do," he insists.

"For sure. Never went too crazy with it, but we had fun. We didn’t miss out of anything."

As their star ascended, constant touring began to take its toll. "Well, there was a point where if you tour too long, it starts getting a little monotonous and boring," he explains.


"Like if you tour too much and stop doing new music, it gets really meaningless and you feel like you’re on a treadmill."

"The thing that probably made us feel the most like a product was the merchandise.

"We were on the road a lot and our manager was singing off anything and everything that had our faces on it. And it was overkill.

"And we did get upset about that. But by the time we had a chance to pull on the reigns; it was too late because our fame was tapering off."

In 1994, they changed their name to the anacronym-tastic NKOTB, which tanked, precipitating the split.

And the ensuring teenagers’ tears could have probably averted a hosepipe ban.

The Surreal Life

Afterwards, Knight released a series of solo albums, as well as appearing on VH1’s The Surreal Life (alongside Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav) and Five TV’s self-explanatory Trust Me....I’m A Holiday Rep (with er, Syd Little and Jodie Marsh).

"I heard some of the other guys say it was hard to settle down after touring and the craziness of being in the public eye and the constant stimulation of that. But for me, it was relief," admits Knight. "I like my privacy. I like to be in calm situations."

With a new album entitled The Block, the increasingly-less-New Kids have roped in the modern R&B A-list: Akon, Timbaland, the Pussycat Dolls and Ne-Yo.

It’s interesting that in an age where the boyband is an anachronism (discounting ersatz-indie such as Busted and McFly, there hasn’t been a successful pure boyband launched in the UK since Blue), people are more inclined to accept married men with children singing songs with titles such as Sexify My Love (really!), rather than a gym-honed 20-year-old with his top off.

"I do think we’re a bunch of good looking chaps, I’ll tell you that much," he disclaims.

"Though we have to work a lot harder at it these days."

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jonathan at Altar Boyz Show

Jonathan showed up at a performance by the Altar Boyz a few months ago - here is an article...


Fans of boy bands: your prayers have been answered. One of the original Gods of boy band stardom, Jonathan Knight of New Kids On The Block, dropped from the heavens into New World Stages to take in a divine performance of (what else?) Altar Boyz. After yet another show for a packed house of screaming fans, the Lord-loving Boyz were blown away by a surprise visit from (and impromptu Photo Op with) Knight. The idolatry wasn't one-sided: Knight was equally impressed with the Boyz and their spirit-moving footwork. But it looks like the off-Broadway eye-candy will be getting a little bit of friendly competition from their visitor: Knight and NKOTB's new album The Block dropped September 2, and the band has been performing on shows like The View and The Today Show as part of their comeback media blitz. Click here to see the Kids and the Boyz collide!

 Thanks to Bertha for the links.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Special autographed version of Coming Home available

Pre-Order Danny's CD "Coming Home", from Newbury Comics and receive a limited autographed CD booklet with purchase! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Holidays from Donnie

Hey All,

Just wanted to take a second to say Happy Holidays to all of you!!!

Its been an amazing year for me and I hope it has been one for you too!

I hope in some small way- we may have done something to help bring a smile to some of your faces.

I can tell you that meeting so many of you, hearing the kind stories you shared, feeling the love from you, has brought so much joy to me.

I owe so much to so many of you.

I don’t want to get sappy here- but there were so many moments to look back on…

So many fun meetings…

So many fun moments…

From Ping Pong Girl, to the Waffle House Girls, to my pal Ryan in Toronto, and on and on and on….

2008 started out as one of the toughest years of my life…. But damn it finished well!!!!

At holiday time… I am so grateful to all of you for that.

So now I gotta go on a mission to do the same for you in 2009!!!!!!!

08 was fun….

09 can be funner!!

08 was big…

09 must be BIGGER!!!!

Its time to get fired up!!!!

Do you think its gonna stop in 09???

Do you really think we would walk away now???


Man… We’re just giving you all a second to re-charge your batteries!!!!!!

Get your mind right!!!

Get your head straight!!!!

FACE TIME CONTINUES IN 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas.

Happy Hanukkah.

Happy Kwanzaa.

Oh yeah… Did I mention NEW YEARS????

Where you gonna be at???

Here is my resolution….

2009 WILL GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL!!!!!!!!!!


1st up- EUROPE!!!!!!!!

As Always Your Man!!!

~Donnie W

Jordan visits Donnie on the set of "Bunker Hill"

Here are some updates from the set of Bunker Hill:

From the Boston Herald:
Christmas came early for dozens of starry-eyed New Kids on the Block fans, who were gifted with some face time with Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan Knight on the Charlestown set of Donnie’s TNT pilot “Bunker Hill.” Jordan, who visited his bud’s Main Street shoot the other day, snapped photos with giggling gals and signed a ton of autographs. As for Donnie, he gave the female fans props for driving across the Tobin Bridge three dozen times the other morning to watch him film! “You girls are freakin’ crazy! But it’s a good kind of crazy,” the Dorchester homey yelled to his fans. Yesterday, the cameras were due to move to the Lynn Item, which is doubling as a police station for the show.

From the Boston Herald:
New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg, who’s busy in Beantown shooting the TNT TV pilot “Bunker Hill,” stopping by the Union Oyster House for some seafood and then checking out Sonsie with a group of friends for some pizza and midafternoon snacks...

From the Boston Globe:
New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, in town shooting a TV pilot, showed up at Sonsie with a few friends and also dined at the Union Oyster House with a lady friend. Called "Bunker Hill," the pilot for TNT filmed a scene at Joe Milano's landmark restaurant earlier in the week. Wahlberg's costar Bridget Moynahan wasted no time getting to work. Tom Brady's ex filmed a scene on Mead Street in Charlestown the other day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NKOTB Tour plans for 2009!

Here are some screen caps from a new video on the UK site that give us more info on next year's plans! Thanks to Beatriz for the update.

Update here is the video!

Videos courtesy of Yvette Patten

New Blog from Joe

Check out Joe's latest blog at

December 16th, 2008

I just finished my mad hunt for a Christmas tree…
It makes me wanna go back to New England, cut my own down
and drive it back to LA. You never know how long they’ve been standing there.
A week, two weeks? They look good and healthy in the lot, then
ya get ‘em home and set it up right over the heating vent and they are brown
in a week.

I have an affection for the folks working the lots. I’m pissed that I’m paying that much for a tree, so I start right in with the “highway robbery” jokes, thinking maybe they’ll know I’m on to them and give me a break. I’m not sure if that ever works, but its good for a few laughs and makes it easier when I fork over the money. Now, you must be thinking, you cheap bastard! But its not the money, its just the idea that I’m paying almost $200 (welcome to Hollywood) for something that’s gonna be dead in 2 weeks, plus break my back getting it in the house (I ain’t paying for delivery) and then the thing better look good or I’ll be furious the whole Christmas season looking at it. (Not as mad as my wife is when she is stringing the popcorn and cranberries- she loves how it looks, hates doing it).

But all these guys at the tree lots seem pretty honest. I believe them when they give ya the whole schpiel. And I know they work hard for that dough… standing in the cold all night, luggin’ trees on their back, standing them up for you so you can see it better, listening to you trying to talk them down in price.

Maybe I’m a little biased… My dad used to sell Christmas trees, when he was a laid-off bricklayer. He’d come home after long nights with the money frozen in his hand- my mother would have to pry his hand open. And then he’d fall asleep in the tub, he was so tired. He did what he had to do with 6, 7, 8 kids. What a schmuck I am to worry about anything at all. The question to him is always, “wow, how did ya do it with 9 kids?” And his answer is and always was, “Faith.”

May your tree be green. May your ass be warm. May your faith be strong.

A Safe, Peaceful and Very Merry Christmas, from my family to yours.

Monday, December 15, 2008

NKOTB Elved Themselves

Check out an "elf yourself" video (supposedly) made by Jordan...

Update: Video has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Interview from Germany

Here is a video of the guys talking about "Dirty Dancing" and being in "1 ½ Ritter"

Thanks to Joaquin and Inga for the link. Youtube video courtesy of nkotbkorea

Thursday, December 11, 2008

NKOTB on the Paul O'Grady show

Here is a video of the guys on the Paul O'Grady show (UK)

Youtube video courtesy of JordanKnightUK

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Brian Goodman talks about Donnie did an interview with Brian Goodman, who co-wrote "What Doesn't Kill You" with Donnie. He talks a little about Donnie. Here are some quotes:

CS: ... was Donnie Wahlberg (the film's co-writer who plays a small role) someone you knew from Boston?
Goodman: Donnie I met when I first got out in a high stakes card game. I met Donnie when I first got out of prison years ago, and we became acquaintances for a while and then we just evolved into where… and I don't use this word lightly… but we developed into very close friends.

CS: Was Donnie already into acting himself at that point?
Goodman: He was just starting out, 'cause the first audition I went on, I ended up being in the same movie he was already in called "Southie." I had known him but I never even talked to him about the audition or nothing. Just went in on a fluke on a local hire audition thing and I ended up getting a speaking part, and then when I moved to L.A., that's when we became close friends.

CS: Did you and Donnie have any concern about casting New York guys to play the roles?
Goodman: No, I wanted the challenge. I really wanted the challenge. I wanted to be able to be afraid, I wanted to be ignited by fear to make it even more interesting. If I went after Donnie's brother Mark or somebody from the neighborhood that would be so on the nose, I felt that would make it less of a challenge. I wanted to get somebody where I knew I could give an opportunity to Mark and show what he was made of, because I think sometimes, all actors are victims of material. We never get the role or something to bite into, and this one here, I knew he could… Mark's a solid, solid actor. And Ethan Hawke, I didn't see anybody else after I knew I wasn't playing that role, and he was better than I would have been. I liked him for it. I hopefully was going to play that role at one point but when I started to realize it's not going to happen, I was going to go a different route, Ethan was the first one I had prayed and hoped for.

To read the rest of the interview, click here

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Donnie on the set of Bunker Hill

Here is a photo and a short blurb on Bunker Hill from the Boston Herald

It was lights, camera, Donnie at the Union Oyster House yesterday, where New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg started shooting the set-in-Boston TNT pilot, “Bunker Hill.”

“Filming is going good,” Donnie told the Track outside the North End eatery.

In the show, the Dorchester homey plays against type as a Charlestown Townie who returns to his ’hood to police the streets where he grew up.

More on the Boston Music Awards

Here is another article and photos from the Boston Music Awards from the Boston Globe.

Despite being revamped for its 21st birthday, for a moment Sunday night, the Boston Music Awards felt decidedly old school - more 1988 than 2008. That instant came when New Kids on the Block - yes, those NKOTB - won the award for national act of the year. As two of the all-grown-up Kids, Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan Knight, took the podium on the Roxy stage, the air around them seemed a little surreal.

"We haven't had one of these in a long time," cracked Wahlberg. Twenty years ago, he recalled, the Kids were nominated for a Grammy - and lost to Milli Vanilli. "We'd rather have this any day," he said.

With a few catcalls ringing out from the competition - namely hip-hop artist Termanology's posse, who shouted "Who the [expletive] is that?" when the New Kids (and anybody else who was up against the Lawrence-bred rapper) were announced as winners, Wahlberg broke into a grin and pointed to the source of the taunts. "He's got it next year," Wahlberg said.

When you're part of a group that sold 70 million albums and is in the midst of a highly successful reunion tour, you can afford to be generous. And in fact, Termanology did nab the award for outstanding hip-hop act, and subsequently performed a rousing set to demonstrate why...

New Interview with MuchMusic

Here is a new video from Muchnews

Thanks to Justine for the update. Youtube video courtesy of yikes77.

Update from the set of "Bunker Hill"

Here is an update from the set of "Bunker Hill" from the Boston Globe.

By Mark Shanahan & Paysha Rhone
Globe Staff / December 9, 2008

It was barely 10 a.m., and Donnie Wahlberg was sitting at the bar drinking beer. The New Kid nuzzled a young redhead and then joined a few friends for a game of darts. Welcome to "Bunker Hill," the TNT pilot that began filming yesterday inside the historic Union Oyster House. Owner Joe Milano said the cast and crew pulled up at his place at 5 a.m., and went right to work. "It's kind of like a carnival," whispered Milano, watching Wahlberg and Maria Thayer tape the bar scene. "Bunker Hill," which is being produced and directed by Jon Avnet, is about a Charlestown cop, played by Wahlberg, who returns to Boston to serve and protect his peeps. He costars with Brian Dennehy and actress Bridget Moynahan, better known as Tom Brady's girlfriend before Gisele Bundchen. (Bridget wasn't in the scenes shot yesterday.) In addition to the Oyster House, the pilot's being shot in Charlestown, Chelsea, and at the Tobin Bridge. Avnet, who worked with Wahlberg on "Righteous Kill" and "Boomtown," told us he isn't bothered at all by Boston's frigid weather. "These wimps from LA," the Brooklyn-bred director said, motioning to others in the room. "I like to watch them shrivel up in the cold." Also on set yesterday was Walon Green, the screenwriter whose credits include "Hill Street Blues," "Law & Order," and "NYPD Blue."

Monday, December 8, 2008

NKOTB and Protect Seals Campaign

Some of the guys are featured in a short public service announcement about stopping the killing of baby seals.

New Kids on the Block winners at BMAs

New Kids on the Block won the Act of the Year (National) at the Boston Music Awards last night! Jordan and Donnie were there to accept the award. 

Here is a little bit from the Boston Herald

Last night at the 21st Boston Music Awards at the Roxy, New Kids Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan Knight picked up the boy band’s National Act of the Year award. After a crack about not winning a Grammy when Milli Vanilli did, Wahlberg said: “We’d rather have this than a Grammy any day.”

It was cool. The 30-something women became screaming tweens instantly. But it was the only VMA-ish moment of the night.

Thanks to Darlene for the update.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Donnie starts filming Bunker Hill on Monday

According to the Boston Globe, "Donnie Wahlberg is expected to spend Monday filming scenes for the TNT cop drama "Bunker Hill" at the Union Oyster House."

"On Broadway" now available on DVD

"On Broadway" is now available on DVD. Thanks to Julie for the update.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Extended Interview with Jordan on ETalk

Here is an extended interview with Jordan from ETalk...

YouTube video courtesy of yikes77

Donnie on B100

If you missed the interview with Donnie this morning, you can listen to it at Red Hot & Tony Tone MySpace

Updates on German Dirty Dancing single, and what will be the next single after Dirty Dancing?

Here is some news about the overseas releases from Christina

The German version of the "Dirty Dancing" single comes with a poster (It'll be released on Dec. 19th)!

Tracks Include:
  • Dirty Dancing (RedOne Mix)
  • Looking Like Danger (Album Version)
  • Dirty Dancing (Album Version)
  • Dirty Dancing (International Version)
Here is the Teddy Bear and tote bag that comes with the German version of "The Block" Deluxe CD

In UK they will release "2 in the Morning" on Feb 9th

The guys arriving in Monterray

The guys arriving in Monterray

Thanks to Darlene for the link

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rare Danny Wood Album now on iTunes

Danny sold this album "O.F.D. Unplugged" (OFD = "Originally from Dorchester") at some of his solo shows a few years ago, and it's now available for download on iTunes!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Blog from Beyond"

Donnie posted a new blog at


Hey All….

It’s your man here- Donnie.

I know some of you are worried…

I know some of you are confused…

I know some of you have heard a lot of stories that I almost died…

I can tell you they are not true.

I did not almost die.

The truth is…

I actually did die.

Yes its true… I am dead.

I am no longer alive.

In fact I’m writing this from heaven (or is it hell? Hard to tell with all the clouds around…..)

Anyway- I am sorry that I died behind the wheel of a car that never crashed… Never wobbled… Never even drifted into a stray lane. I’m really sorry that I let so many people down by dying. Please know that I wish I was still alive too but this dying this is kind of fun.

I left in my will that I want to be cryogenically frozen so I can be brought back to life one day if medicine finds a way to revive me…. So maybe they will find a way to bring back my uninjured, unscathed, unscratched, yet somehow dead body before for our next tour.

And whatever you do… Please don’t look at the car that I was driving on that fateful night- the lack of dents and scratches mean nothing. I did die. I didn’t crash. I didn’t almost crash. But I did die in the non accident.

Pray for my family….

As Always Your Man-

Donnie W

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Kids on the Block autographed bowl for charity

Thought I'd let you know about an auction for a NKOTB autographed bowl. It is signed by the the group (I don't think see Joey's autograph on there though) and the money raised will benefit Feeding America.

NKOTB in People Magazine

Here are images of the 2 page spread about the New Kids on the Block from the October 13th issue of People Magazine. (Images from Click on images for larger versions.)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Donnie and Danny in Vegas on December 31st?

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Donnie and Danny will be at Jet Nightclub in Las Vegas to ring in the new year.

New Kids to celebrate New Year’s in Vegas

By Melissa Arseniuk · December 1, 2008 · 4:01 PM
Beyond the Sun

Two New Kids on the Block will ring in the new year in Las Vegas.

The Light Group announced today that 39-year-old former teen idols Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood will welcome 2009 at Jet nightclub.

The two will later rejoin bandmates Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight on their tour later in the month.

The last scheduled NKOTB performance in 2008 will be in Monterrey, Mexico, on Dec. 4. The tour will resume in Manchester, England, on Jan. 16.

In addition to the appearance of Wahlberg and Wood, organizers said New Kids fans at Jet on New Year’s will be treated to “a special NKOTB-edition video set by acclaimed DVDJ Roonie G.”

Admission to the New Kids New Year’s bash is $150 per person, including a hosted bar from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Table reservations are also available, with a two-bottle minimum per table. Prices start at $800 and include a “complimentary” bottle of White Star champagne.

New Kids stage prayers before gigs

Here is an article from

New Kids stage prayers before gigs

New Kids On The Block have revealed they pray before they go on stage.

The newly-reformed boy band, now in their 30s and 40s, told the Daily Star that they have their own spiritual way of preparing for a gig.

"We don't have any superstitions and we haven't been wearing the same pants for good luck but we do a little prayer," said 35-year-old Joey McIntyre.

"People take it in turns to say what they wanna say and sometimes we have a quote from the scriptures, or tell a joke, or whatever we need to fit the mood."

It appears the prayers are working, as Joey said it was a miracle one of them hadn't fallen off the podium stage yet.

"Knock on wood - it's amazing that no one's fallen because there are no railings and it's turning and it's high and bouncy," he said.

Thank you from Danny

Here is a new blog from Danny:

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for all your love and support through out the first leg of the tour. This is just the beginning of an amazing journey. I also want people to know I don’t need a rest. I am having the time of my life. I love meeting all of you in meet and greets. I love riding the bus with Donnie. I love the whole experience.

The only negative thing is missing my kids. I am looking forward to spending the Christmas break with them. My daughters have turned into the biggest New Kids fans. We have replaced Miley and the Jonas Brothers. My teenage boys have enjoyed every second of it and both have told me numerous times they are proud of me. It’s not easy balancing my kids, NKOTB, and Halcyon jets. Thank goodness for ichat.

I have so much to be thankful for. I am so thankful you guys are along for the ride. More shows in 2009 to come. Stay tuned.


Danny Wood

Daily Star Article/Chance to win tickets to a UK show

The Daily Star also reports on Donnie's near crash, and they talk about other near-injuries and partying with Natasha Bedingfield:

...New Kids have travelled the length and breadth of America, to play a marathon 49 shows in front of tens of thousands of fans each night.

The tour comes to the UK on January 16, starting in Manchester.

And apart from Donnie’s close shave, the fivesome – including Jon Knight, 40, and Danny Wood, 39 – are having a blast.

Joey, 35, said with a grin: “I expected people to come but I didn’t expect so many new fans and for them to act so enthusiastically.

“It’s over and above everything we expected.”

But Donnie isn’t the only member of the band who needs to take better care of himself.

When NKOTB play old classic Tonight, they walk through the crowd to a second smaller stage where they get up close and personal with the underwear-throwing, mainly female crowd.

Jordan, 38, confided: “I’ve almost fallen off the B-stage like eight or nine times.”

Joey added: “Knock on wood – it’s amazing that no one’s fallen because there are no railings and it’s turning and it’s high and bouncy.

“When you have other members of the band bouncing up there you might not be ready for them.”

What a thought girls…

* NEW Kids partied with Natasha Bedingfield after their LA gig where the Unwritten warbler was celebrating her 27th birthday.

Tash invited the crowd to meet her in the foyer of the venue after her set before she hit the town.

Joey said: “We’re buddies with Natasha. We fancy her in so many ways.

“It’s always nice to be on the road with people you respect, get on with and admire artistically.”

Jordan added: “She’s a lot of fun.

“We’d meet up at catering and yell insults across the room to each other.”

NKOTB are exhausted:(

Here is an article from All Headline News.

(I hope they get some good rest now. Hopefully the next tour will have more rest between dates so they can catch up on sleep!)

NKOTB Star Donnie Wahlberg Nearly Died After Falling Asleep While Driving

December 1, 2008 7:37 a.m. EST

Anne Lu - Celebrity News Service News Writer
Los Angeles, CA (BANG) - New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg nearly died after falling asleep at the wheel of his car.

The 39-year-old singer - who revealed he is "exhausted" after reuniting with the 90s band for a staggering 49 concerts - briefly closed his eyes while he was driving home following a performance last week.

He said: "I nearly crashed my car last week after the show. I was driving from San Diego to Los Angeles and I had been on the road for three hours. I was so tired that my eyes kept closing. Then I fell asleep at the wheel and it was raining."

"I was like, 'Whoa,' and I have been quiet ever since. I'm so tired."

Donnie isn't the only member of the band to be feeling the pressure of the lengthy tour.

Jordan Knight has revealed the group have employed massage therapists to help them stay relaxed during their grueling schedule.

He added to Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "We have got masseuses as you have got to take care of yourselves!"

Update, 7:48PM: is saying this is just a rumor.  Thanks to Darlene for the update.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

American Music Awards Photos

There are several photos of the guys at the AMA's

Donnie at NBA game

Donnie was at the Lakers game on Friday. You can find more photos of him here

Pose for me...

Here's a fun video put together by Eshani of various "Click Click Click" poses:

Jonathan's birthday blog

Here's Jonathan's birthday blog from 

  Oh sh*t!!!!! It’s official, I’m FORTY!!!!!! Thank you all for your cards, donations, and well wishes! Heading to Mexico today. Looking forward to having a well deserved break after our shows down there! Don’t know how much I will be in touch from now until the New Year, but will do my best to check in briefly. I have a million things to do and only a few weeks to get them done. Jon

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Update on German CD

Here's a quote from Christina who sent me an email reguarding the German CD:

They won´t release 3 CD´s in Germany. It is a Box-Set (limited Edition) with the normal Deluxe CD, a tote bag and a Teddy bear. It´s a special for the movie 1 1/2 Ritter. That is the official information from Universal (official NKOTB record company).

Image above from

Interviews with Donnie and Danny from Z104 (Madison)

Found a couple more radio interviews... These are from Z104 (Madison, WI)

Donnie (From Oct. 10, 2008) Update: Interview has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

Danny (From June, 2008) Update: Interview has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

German version of "The Block" to include 3 Discs?

According to, there will be a 3 disc version of "The Block" for sale in Germany on December 12th. They don't have a track list on there yet, but I'm wondering what is on these other 2 discs. If anyone knows, please let me know.

Also, the single for "Dirty Dancing" will be also be released in Germany on December 12th. You can order it online at Thanks to "djnkotb" who sent me the head's up. (Sorry I don't know your name because I can't read the Korean letters:)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Promotional video from Interscope Records

Here is a promo video from Interscope. Thanks to Amy for the link.

Update: Video has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

More videos from NK TV

Also, check out some more more videos from NK TV!

Donnie plays Ping Pong with a fan

Meet Donnie's alter-ego Tony

Videos courtesy of Yvette Patten

Video courtesy of Nykki72

Interview with Channel 933

Here is an interview with Joey and Jordan on Channel 933 (San Diego)...

Update: Interview has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Joe is Grateful

Here is Joe's latest Blog at

After the show in Vancouver I was talking to a fan- I really don’t
like referring to people as fans, so lets say supporter… That feels
So anyway, I was talking about how after the Seattle show (the
following night) we have to get on a plane at 1 in the morning, then
land in LA at 4 am then be up at 7:30 am for soundcheck at the AMA’s
and then fittings and then a run thru and then try to get a couple
hours sleep before getting ready for red carpet and then the awards
show at 5 pm and then we are the second performance of the night.
Now when I was saying it, I wasn’t really complaining but I guess I
had a little “whoa is me” in my voice, maybe a little dramatic.
And she very dryly said “nice life” with a tad of sarcasm. I got a
good chuckle at it. I’ve felt that I have been rightly grateful thru
out for all the amazing things that have happened to me/us, but it’s
always funny to be checked up on.
All that being said, it was quite a 24 hour period- from rehearsing
once before the show in Tacoma then off to All Access VIP to meet our
supporters (these parties are getting more and more fun… Now groups
are performing for us), then an awesome show in Tacoma, then the
flight where you were lucky to get any sleep with Jon Knight and
Natasha Bedingfield yapping away into the wee hours of the morning.
Then 2 hours sleep then some sort of a run thru in a hazy morning fog.
For me to go back to the hotel after that and close my eyes and close
off all the noise and excitement takes alot of patience and focus.
That’s an oxymoron, “trying hard to fall asleep”.
But I did cuz I personally would have been a zombie if I didn’t.
After all that, the AMA’s was a really good time. I felt a solid unity
among us and I thought our performance showed that. Through the whole
whirlwind, we had fun and put together a good performance.
I was not surprised when Donnie told everybody to get up (he’s been
doing that for years, but it isn’t any less ballsy to do so now) and I
wasn’t totally surprised when the whole audience stood up, but it felt
good to feel the love.
I thought the whole show looked amazing with a bunch of great
performances- Beyonce is from another planet, and Ne-yo can handle
that mic stand, huh? It was great to be back at the show. And let me
tell you something, out of all the people there, they were still
screaming our names from the cheap seats… Not during the
performance, I’m talking about when we were sitting in the audience
during commercial breaks.
I didn’t hear any other names being shouted.
Those are the kind of fans… I mean supporters we have.
I hear bands and artists say alot how they have the best fans in the
world and I’m sure they feel that way.
I think we have the most special fans in the world.

Etalk Interview

Here is a new video from Etalk

Youtube video courtesy of yikes77

New Interview with Access Hollywood

Update: Video has been deleted, does anyone have it saved?

Monday, November 24, 2008


Here is the video of the New Kids on the Block performing at the 2008 American Music Awards:

Youtube video courtesy of MusicMan

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Plans for 2009?

We've all heard that the New Kids are planning on touring next year, but here is quote from an article from with some more specific details: Knight anticipates being on the road another year, visiting Asia, Australia and Europe. The group also plans a summer tour in 2009, playing outdoor venues and amphitheaters.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

"What Doesn’t Kill You" in theaters December 12th

The movie "What Doesn’t Kill You" (starring and co-written by Donnie Wahlberg) will be in theaters in LA and NY on December 12th. Thanks to Darlene for the tip

Donnie talks to the Boston Herald

OK, we all know what Donnie meant in the Calgary Herald article, but apparently some people mis-understood, so Donnie clarifies what he meant with the Boston Herald

Donnie Wahlberg didn’t out Jonathan Knight – honest!

The Inside Track

New Kid Donnie Wahlberg says he absolutely did not out his best bud Jonathan Knight by comparing Jon to openly gay ’N Syncer Lance Bass in a newspaper interview.

In a sit-down with the Calgary Herald the other day, Wahlberg was asked about the “template” the New Kids set for other boy bands - including ’N Sync.

“You could look at a group like N’Sync and go, ‘Oh my gosh, Lance Bass is the Jon Knight, Justin Timberlake is the Joe McIntyre, JC Chasez is the Jordan Knight - you could go right down the line. But there was no plan with us.”

Donnie said mentioning Jon in the same breath as Lance Bass was not a shot at luring his lifelong pal out of the closet.

“That was an . . . out-of-context manipulation of my answer,” Wahlberg told the Track in an e-mail. “I was referring to ’N Sync’s management trying to copy us - Joe the cute young Justin type, Jordan the dark and handsome JC type; Jon the shy and quiet Lance type.”

So it was a “shy/quiet reference,” Donnie said. “Not a gay reference.”

“The point was that they built that group to look like us and we were not built to look like anyone,” he added.

Point taken. But rumors about Jonathan’s sexuality have been clogging the blogsphere for months now, fueled by none other than the Queen of All Media Perez Hilton. Back in late August the celeblogger wrote that Knight was stepping out to gay L.A. hotspots with actor-turned-personal trainer Harley Rodriguez.

Knight has never confirmed nor denied the rumors. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As for Donnie, he says “Jon is my good friend. I wouldn’t backhand him.”

File Under: Faulty Gaydar.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New NK TV Video blogs

11-13-08 NKTV Danny blogs from the bus

11-13-08 NKTV Opening in Omaha

The "O" Group - NKOTB backstage


Videos courtesy of Yvette Patten

NKOTB is a Boston Music Award Nominee

The New Kids are a Boston Music Awards 2008 Act of the Year nominee

The Boston Music Awards are on December 7th (no word yet if they guys will make an appearance or not)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Seattle Times Article

Some fans share their memories with the Seattle Times: New Kids on the Block forever! Fans share their memories.

Katie Incantalupo, far right, and her friends pose with the New Kids at the ACC Center in Toronto in September.

Editor's note: Earlier this month Seattle Times reporter Marian Liu confessed to the world that she was a New Kids on the Block fan ... and proud if it. Her story about 1980s and '90s boy-band love generated response from fellow NKOTB fans, from then and today. Read on:

I am also a PROUD fan of the New Kids on the Block! I have been since I was 11 years old. I followed them religiously until they broke up and then continued with each of their solo careers. ... I was more than thrilled to hear of their reunion. I couldn't wait until November and decided to make a trek down to Dallas, Texas, in October to not only witness my favorite group of all time take the stage and perform live, but to actually meet them.... Jordan, Joey, Danny, Donnie and Jon are THE NICEST GUYS EVER!!! I got to give my favorite, Jordan, a hug that has been reserved for him for 20 years and it was worth the wait (he asked me to make sure it was). They sweetly listened to my ramblings, each gave me a hug (and not the pat on your back, done out of obligation hugs, but really good hugs) and they even signed my shirt I designed myself when autographs were NOT ALLOWED (I can thank Jon for this favor). It was a quick visit, but an incredible moment I will never forget.

— "imnangl," Bellevue

I was so in love with NKOTB that I thought my world may end when I wasn't allowed to attend their concert at age 12. To get the opportunity to see them as I approach my 30th birthday is a dream come true, and I look forward to wearing my '80s-style leggings and hair scrunchy to the concert. I am sure it will be a night to remember!

— Natalie Surowiecki, Kent

I really enjoyed reading your recent story about NKOTB at the Tacoma Dome this month. I can absolutely relate! In fact, I will be flying to Washington from Minnesota with three friends just to see the show and celebrate as the band winds down this first leg of the reunion tour. Cannot wait! Oh, the crazy things we do as dedicated and loyal fans of the New Kids. I'm 34 and I feel like I'm 15 again. It's brilliant!

— Katie Incantalupo, Saint Paul, Minn.

I was also a Joey fan back in the day. I fell in love with him after seeing the "Please Don't Go Girl" video on TV. I remember when I was 13 ... my cousin and my aunt were going to see them in concert and my aunt bought a third ticket for me to go with them!! I was so excited! Sadly, even though my aunt pleaded with my mom to let me go, she said no. I was too young. That was the only chance I ever got to go back then. I'll never forget how depressed I was.

Fast forward to 2008, I first heard the rumor about their reunion in late January and the dormant NKOTB fan in me woke up!! In February, I went on eBay and was able to buy everything I've always wanted related to NKOTB. ... In May, I went to see them at "The Today Show" in New York and camped out two days before the show. That's where I got to meet Jon Knight because he came out at 2:45 a.m. to see that we weren't rained on....

What NKOTB meant to me was so much more than just a band. Their music had an intensive effect on me in a way that I will never forget. I can explain it over and over again to a non-fan but they will never "get it" ...

— "miss_ava," San Francisco

I've been a New Kids fan since 1989. I used to bring their tapes with me to school and listen to them on my Walkman at recess!

I went to my first concert in February 1991 in Reno, Nevada, with a bunch of my friends. My mom told me I could only go to the concert if we went with an adult (I was 12 at the time). I told her that we were, and she didn't ask any more questions. The reality was that my friend's 16-year-old brother was going to drop us off and pick us up! We dressed up completely in New Kids' gear — T-shirt, shorts and leggings.

I've stayed in touch with those friends from junior high who went to that first concert with me. Only one is still a New Kids fan. Unlike me, she followed all of their solo careers and never gave up hope that they would reunite.

I'm so excited to finally meet the guys at the end of this month!

— "emalea," Lakebay

I have been an avid fan since I was 9 years old. I still remember the first time that I heard "Please Don't Go Girl," and from that moment I was hooked.... All throughout my life I have remained a true fan, listening to their greatest hits CD from time to time. But even I didn't realize just how crazy about these men I truly am until one January evening, when my husband, who was on his way to a Garth Brooks concert in L.A., asked me who was my all-time favorite band. Of course my answer was the New Kids. His response to me was, "Imagine that you just heard that the New Kids were reuniting and that they would be performing one last time. Wouldn't you want to be there? If that was to happen I would do for you what you are doing for me now." Never in either of our minds did we think that NKOTB would be getting back together, let alone releasing another album!! I was so excited that I cried and haven't stopped smiling yet. My husband lived up to his word and purchased VIP tickets for the Tacoma show. Since then I have just been counting down the days until Nov. 22; I am still on my "Block" high!!

What I love most about all of this is how young I feel again, corny sounding I know, but so true. The New Kids played a very important part of my childhood. Listening to them now always brings me back to those days when life was so carefree; memories of my first crush (Jordan!) and learning all the dance moves to their songs was a must. I am a mom of three little girls now and they love seeing mom act like a total goof and have even become dedicated fans themselves! So thank you Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jonathan and Joe for bringing back to life a part of me that I had forgotten was there!!

— "mkolbas," Silverdale

I am looking forward to the concert coming up in Tacoma. The article really made me feel like a kid again, back in the '90s. I was that girl with New Kids everything ... from blankets to posters, shirts, pins buttons ... everything you can think of. I even still have a few tapes left.

I know I will have a blast in my neon tights, oversized shirt tied in a knot, and my hair in a ponytail slightly off to the side!

— Sylvia Hansen, Shoreline

Yes, I have loved and fought over both Joey and Jordan — seeing them first in concert at the Puyallup Fair many years ago! My fondest memory is seeing them from the third row at the Kingdome for the sold-out Magic Summer Tour. My mom tried to corner Jordan in a bookstore for a photo — how embarrassing but cool! I still have a tour jacket, dolls, baseball cards, buttons, lots of magazine pics, and all of my concert ticket stubs. ... Of course I got tickets to this show in Tacoma — wouldn't miss it for the world!

— "melp," Auburn

Article from the Calgary Herald

Here is an article with quotes from Donnie from the Calgary Herald

Wahlberg pleased with boys to men transition
New Kids on the Block back in spotlight
Nick Lewis, Calgary Herald
Published: Tuesday, November 18, 2008

They sold more than 70 million records between 1988 and 1994, about as many as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have over their entire careers. They charted countless No. 1 hits, sold out arenas across the world, and had their mugs plastered on everything from lunch boxes to, well, mugs.

When the inevitable backlash came, the pressure crashed in and broke them up. Fourteen years later, the world's biggest boy band is back together, and Donnie Wahlberg for one is having a blast with New Kids on the Block.

"I don't really get caught up in successes and I don't harp on failures, but the timing has been impeccable," the 39-year-old says during a sound check in Salt Lake City.

"Each member of the group in some way deserves credit for that. Not for the timing itself, because you can never predict what the right time is, but for avoiding the pitfalls of the earlier attempts, each of which would have been the wrong time.

"So many people came at us over the years with ideas and plans, and someone always smelled a rat.

"I also thought it was important to protect the integrity of the name of the group--not that New Kids on the Block has always been associated with integrity.

"But if we give it away cheaply, what do we have?

"There's a value to the group, and I always believed that. And had we done little things over the past decade, maybe said yes to some of the goofy TV shows and other ideas thrown our way, we probably wouldn't have as much goodwill as we do with the revival."

That's been the best part of reuniting, Wahlberg says of the goodwill. For a pop group that went down in ridicule after its last-ditch transformation into the edgier NKOTB in 1994, the enthusiasm from both fans and the press over its reunion has been a pleasant surprise.

"Encountering all the goodwill, especially from people who probably wouldn't have had it before, has been great," Wahlberg says. "Because we are doing it now for the right reasons, in the right way. There's no reality show, no gimmicks and tricks, it's just us doing what we do. When we last toured back in the day, the reviews were filled with items about pre-recorded vocals and backing tricks and this and that.

"This time around, without question, there's been unanimous support."

New Kids on the Block were put together by Maurice (The General) Starr around 1985. Starr was a musical Svengali who had struck gold with his R&B teen hitmakers New Edition, an all-black group whose members included Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill. Wanting to replicate that success with white kids to appeal to white kids, he met a young Donnie Wahlberg in the summer of 1984 in Dorchester, Mass. It was Donnie who helped him find the others --his friends Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight and Joe McIntyre. Donnie's brother Mark Wahlberg was briefly in the group as well, but quit when he didn't care for its musical direction.

The five New Kids soon became an international sensation on the strength of singles such as Hangin' Tough and The Right Stuff, as teen magazines like Tiger Beat attempted to categorize each with tags --"the tough one" or "the sensitive one." Those tags soon became templates other boy bands followed.

"I do feel I can be myself these days, but the reality is I always felt that way," Wahlberg says. "We weren't manufactured in that way. It's important to me that people know that we weren't conceived in a board room. I wasn't the 'tough guy' or 'bad boy' to fill a role, I was who I was. I was also working my (expletive) off 20 hours a day involved in every aspect of the group. It's important for me for people to know I was not a manufactured image--that was something people tried to attach to us afterwards.

"You could look at a group like 'NSync and go, 'Oh my gosh, Lance Bass is the Jon Knight, Justin Timberlake is the Joe McIntyre, JC Chasez is the Jordan Knight'--you could go right down the line. But there was no plan with us. I was the first member of the group and I brought in guys I knew. I brought in Danny Wood and Jordan Knight, and I didn't bring them in because one had movie star looks and one was a good baritone. The reality was, A, they were my friends, and B, no other white kids in 1985 were doing that (expletive)."

Being back together after 14 years apart hasn't been a problem, Wahlberg says. In many ways, it feels easier now that the five kids are mature adults.

"I think some of the guys, we're a bit different and we may not connect on some levels," he says. "At the same time, when you're young you think you all have to be on board with everything, and it's all for one and one for all. When you grow up you realize everyone has their own way of doing things. In the past, when you're a 20-year-old kid, you find problems with little things the others do and blow up about it. 'Why is he talking to the fans that way?' or 'Why isn't he talking to the fans?' Now we realize, we each just have to get through the day our own way, and if one guy doesn't want to do sound check or do a radio interview, then that's OK. If those are our biggest problems, we're doing fine."

Wahlberg himself is doing great, having branched out into a successful acting career in the steps of younger brother Mark. He's appeared in all but one of the Saw movies, and you can presently catch him in Righteous Kill with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

But nothing has been as shocking as his role as Vincent Gray in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense, in both his appearance and the power of his performance. What's incredible is that the role was originally written for a 13-year-old boy, until 30-year-old Wahlberg convinced Shyamalan otherwise.

"I really didn't try to convince him, the reality was I read the script and cried," he says. "I loved the script so much I got on a plane to New York to meet M. Night and asked him if I could turn it into a play where I could play the lead. And we hit it off so well, he told me he was thinking about Bruce Willis for the lead, and maybe that could make me about 18, 19, the right age for the character. And I said, 'Dude, I'll sweep the floors for this movie, that's how much I love it. If you can make it work with me, I'm there.' And that was it.

"I don't know what convinced him apart from the passion I had for the script. I dropped from 182 pounds to 140. I had such anxiety about it because I knew it was such a pivotal scene, and I was going to be on screen with Bruce Willis."

Today, Wahlberg says, he looks at that Oscar-nominated film as great preparation for everything else he's encountered since.

"I learned about commitment, about work ethic, and it's pretty much how I tackle anything now," he says. "It came from a time when the only person I could rely on was myself, and I've brought that back to New Kids now. I think it helps me, it helps the group, and I treat everything with that intensity. I know I'll never sing as good as Jordan Knight or Joe McIntyre, and maybe some of the other guys won't dance or write songs as well as me, but this time we're all committed. So, let the chips fall where they may."