Thursday, April 3, 2008

New article from Boston Herald!

The Boston Herald published a new article with quote from Donnie. Some of the highlights are "A single will be out this spring followed by the yet-untitled album and a TV show in the summer. And then there’s a worldwide tour in the fall." Here is the whole article:

New songs on the block key to reunion
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa Thursday, April 3, 2008 The Inside Track

Photo by PeopleThe New Kids on the Block reunion - rumored for years - became official this week because holdout Donnie Wahlberg was finally convinced that the ’80s boy band had The Right Stuff to go back on tour.

“I had no interest going out on a nostalgia tour and singing the same material,” said the Dorchester homey, 38, who hits the “Today” stage tomorrow with bandmates Joey McIntyre, Jordan and Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood.
Whoa. So no “Step By Step?” No “Cover Girl?”

“We absolutely will do the old songs for sure,” the pioneer boy bander-turned-actor told the Track before heading off to last night’s Celtics [team stats]-Pacers game at the Garden. But Wahlberg said he couldn’t go along with the reunion until NKOTB recorded some contemporary tunes as well.

NKOTB - five Boston teenagers literally picked off the street by music Svengali Maurice Starr - sold 70 million bubble gum records worldwide in the ’80s and ’90s before splitting in ’94. They went back into the studio in August to work on some “up-to-date, contemporary music that reflects who we are,” Wahlberg said.

“We are not pretending to be somebody else. We didn’t go country, no rap, no metal. We are who who we are,” added Donnie, who wrote 80 percent of the new Stuff with McIntyre and Jordan Knight.

“You’ve got to mention Joe and Jordan, because I don’t want them to think I’m hogging the spotlight here,” said the vintage teeny-bopper bad boy.

“The Block” - the name the boys privately hung on themselves, since most of them have Kids of their own - signed a deal with Marky Mark’s old label, Interscope Records. A single will be out this spring followed by the yet-untitled album and a TV show in the summer. And then there’s a worldwide tour in the fall.

Our music biz spies report that Wal-Mart is rumored to have ordered up 2 million copies of the NKOTB album. But Donnie wouldn’t take the bait on that one. And you know how we hate that.

“The fan response to this has been incredible,” said Wahlberg, who like the rest of the boys was beset by throngs of screaming fans during NKOTB’s heyday. “You know when the news got out about the reunion a while back our Web site got 1 million hits?”

So, ah, how’s it been being back with the rest of the Blockheads?
“As far as us working together and collaborating, it’s been seamless, like riding a bike, but eventually we may end up mountain biking and that may get a little crazy,” he laughed.

“Actually, it feels right and the timing feels good,” said Donnie, whose own Kid, Xavier, is in a death metal band. “It serves our agenda instead of some tour promoter or music executive. We want to do something we’re proud of.”
Which can only be done Step by Step . . .

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