Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
New Blog from Donnie:
Wow. Detroit was amazing. New York was insane. Atlanta was fire.
The crowds are getting better and better and better.
How is this happening????
This is not normal on a tour.
Especially in the YouTube era!!!!!!
You all are supposed to get bored….
You are supposed to lose interest….
You are supposed to let up…
You all are supposed to stop screaming!!!!!
How do you keep amazing us night after night?????
I am humbled every time I lift up onto that stage!
I am amazed every time the cameras flash!
I am moved almost to tears every time you all sing every word to I'll Be Loving You Forever!
Every time I see those arms waving on Hangin Tough I am filled with humility, gratitude, pride, love, and so many emotions that I cannot really express them all.
A lot of fans ask me if "I get tired of all of this…"
The day I get tired of all of the love you all show us….
Is the day I am six feet under the soil!!!!!
Nothing will ever stop me from doing what I love!
I could never get tired of the love you show us!
I am just amazed that you guys don't get tired either!!!!
You still want hugs!
You still want Face Time!!!
You still want to share these nights with us!!!!
I LOVE IT!!!!!
The party continues!
In the immortal words of Joey Mac….
LET'S GET THIS!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
New Kids on the Block still have their edgeBy Stephanie Hayes, Times staff writerIn print: Thursday, October 30, 2008My heart was racing. Minutes before the interview, I didn't know which New Kid on the Block would call.I did Zen breathing exercises, picturing my childhood Jordan Knight doll. And my trading card. And the dance instruction video that, uh, my cousin Bethanie Dayes may have sort of purchased off television a long time ago.What, you don't have skeletons?My manifest Jordan yoga technique failed. Danny Wood, who once sported a rat tail and did not have my Tiger Beat heart, was on the phone.Danny, who was super nice and has trimmed the tail, discussed their reunion tour and album, The Block. Bad boy Donnie Wahlberg even popped in with some Rays trash talk. Here are some excerpts.I almost asked Danny to give Jordan my number. Then I remembered he had a rat tail, too.You guys have been getting great reviews. Is it a weight off to know people are having fun?We didn't do this to get good reviews. We did this to do a good album and to put together a great show, so the reviews are a plus, you know what I mean?I've heard different things about bras flying on the stage. Is it different this time around playing to grownups instead of kids and teens and tweens?It's a little different. They're a bit more, uh, a bit more . . . active. They drink during the show. It's like a girls night out.Did it feel like riding a bike, doing the New Kids Dance?We use some of the old moves, but most of the choreography is new. We definitely wanted people to have the flavor of the old stuff, but we wanted this to be new and fresh with what's happening today.You guys were known for your memorabilia. What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen yourself on?We had these creepy stuffed animal dolls that weren't out very long 'cause we had them taken off the market. . . . They were not cute. They were kind of demonlike.Are you all bunking together?There's three buses. Me and Donnie share a bus. It's the Baby Daddy bus. Then you have the Dark Knight bus with the Knight brothers. Then you have the Baby Baby bus, which is Joe's bus because he has his son with him and wife and the nanny and the whole deal.Does anyone have strange tour habits?Not really. (All of a sudden, loud cursing breaks out. Danny laughs.) I'm sorry. That's Donnie.Donnie Wahlberg: WHO DAT? WHO DAT TALKING?Times: Hey, Donnie.Danny Wood: She says hello, from the St. Pete Times.Wahlberg: HELLO!!! ST. PETE! I'm still mad about the Devil Rays whopping the Red Sox!Wood: He's mad about the Devil Rays. . . . You know. It's their turn this year. (Donnie pipes down.)You guys have had solo careers. How did splitting up and exploring your own tastes impact your musical style on this album, The Block?Coming back together, you kind of knew we should stick to the basic formula that we had success with. Basically, doing pop records with an urban flavor to them.Do you think you are better performers with age?Absolutely, no doubt about it. Maturity, life experience, learning from mistakes we made in the past. Coming together to do this again, none of us were going to settle for nothing but the best. If we were going to sacrifice time away from our immediate family like my kids, I wasn't just going to come out here and do some reunion tour with a couple new songs.Do your kids grasp the whole New Kids frenzy?Oh yeah, they do now.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I JUST got back from one of the most enviable spots in all of New York. No, not the set of Gossip Girl. I was just backstage at Madison Square Garden (which brought back major mems from my time spent back there with the Jonas Brothers — I half expected to see Kevin Jonas zoom by on a Segway), where I interviewed Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan Knight, of past and present New Kids on the Block fame, IN THEIR DRESSING ROOM, surrounded by their button-down shirts, tube socks, other wardrobe staples, and cough drops. I EVEN SAW THE PASSWORD TO THEIR WIRELESS INTERNET! ZOMGZ!But first, let me back up and provide you, the die-hard New Kids/ NKOTB/ The Block fan with a few more selections from the scene.Highlights of this opportunity of a lifetime included:+ Jordan jumping on a couch, laying down, and jokingly declaring it was time for a nap.+ … At which point Joey then jumped on top of him.+ Joey expressing shock when he found out TRL was canceled (we’re sad too!) and declaring that they should’ve had him host.+ A brief discussion between Jordan, Donnie, Joe and myself about the rise and fall of the music video. I told them that between “Thriller” and “Hangin’ Tough,” videos pretty much peaked. LOLs ensued, and I about died from making New Kids LOL!+ Jordan asking me where catering was. BECAUSE WE’RE SUPERHARDCORE FRIENDS NOW! I got back to work and saw that he’d Facebooked me… Okay, we’re neither superhardcore besties nor Facebook friends (relax, he didn’t Facebook me, so break yourself!), but Jordan and Donnie were extremely down-to-earth, and they were unbelievably grounded, friendly, and we talked just like a few friends having a beer. Except now I’m legally of drinking age, and 12-year-old me wasn’t, and 12-year-old me would NOT have been capable of carrying on any sort of conversation with, like, Jordan Knight’s fourth cousin or anyone that proximate to New Kids on the Block, let alone the guys themselves. But talking to Donnie and Jordan was totally not stuffy or pretentious or showbizzy at all. YAY, NKOTB/ New Kids/ The Block, et al.Ok, so, I’ll post the interview later this week (there are a few uh-oh dirty wordies that got through — shame on you, Donnie! — so we’ve gotta magically remove those), so instead, check out these wardrobe photos we snapped while we were waiting for Donnie and Jordan, and their new video, “Single.”Talk to you soon — I’ve got a New Kids concert to see! No shame in this girl’s game!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Now, here’s something you won’t read on tombrady.com: The New England Patriots QB/QT’s baby mama Bridget Moynahan - presumably with 14-month-old Jack in tow - will be headed to the Hub in December to film scenes for TNT’s “Bunker Hill.”
B, who hasn’t been on the telly since ABC canceled “Six Degrees” in the spring of 2007, has scored the role of Donnie Wahlberg’s sister-in-law in the pilot about a townie named Michael Moriarty who returns to his rough Boston ’hood as a cop.
According to yesterday’s Hollywood Reporter, Bridgie will play Erin, who has a love-hate thing going on with the bro of her dead cop husband. (Moynahan will also appear as a guest star on ABC’s ‘Eli Stone’ this season, BTW.)
There’s crime, corruption and, of course, the Code of Silence in the made-for-TV drama produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
A “Bunker Hill” shooting marathon will begin on a soundstage in Mexico City in early December, Wahlberg told the Track. Then the production heads to the Hub for exteriors. “We are working hard to make a ‘series’ happen in Boston - not just a pilot,” said the New Kid. “This is a huge endeavor and has many issues to resolve. We need the city’s help to make this dream come true.”
Are you kidding? Tom, Bridget and Jack in town for the hols? A Track dream come true!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Jordan held a contest with this video... Questions that went along with this video:This is a video Jordan took at a recent show, he takes it from the small stage to the big stage! JK wants to know if you can answer these questions:1. what city is this?2. what lyrics are the guys singing in place of “Tonight”?3. What’s the name of the bodyguard that yells “HEY!”?4. What color tape is on Joe’s mic?5. Donnie’s mic?6. Who does Donnie drag on stage?7. Who do you thin Jon is gonna vote for?8. What’s the last face you see at the end of this video?these are the answers1. San Antonio2. Jon Knight3. Earl4. blue5. orange6. Johanna (wardrobe)7. Obama8. smiley face on the back of joe’s jacket ;)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
What’s up everyone? Just wanted to thank everyone for all there support with our breast cancer tank tops. They have sold out in a lot of cities. With this being breast cancer awareness month it is so important to spread the word about early detection. Thank you and let’s keep the memory of Betty Wood alive.On a different note I am having the time of my life on tour. The shows have been amazing. The crowds are the loudest ever. The meet and greets have been awesome. You guys keep thanking us for getting back together, but we have to thank you. All this would not be possible without your love and support. Let’s keep this going strong together. See you on the baby daddy bus.Danny Wood
Hey everyone,Greetings from another long bus ride. I am on my way to New Orleans at the moment. It’s about six am and I’ve been up all night. Still can’t fall asleep on the bus while its rolling down the highway at 70 miles an hour! Anyway I wrote a blog to you all overnight only to have come back to my computer to delete it. This is probably the tenth one I’ve done deleted the past few months. I am bored with the whole blogging thing lately. I’m sure you can tell by my absence from our site! I’ve decided to try something new. I want you all to ask me things you are interested in knowing. A nice good old fashioned Q&A. If one of you would be so kind to start a thread or whatever they are called on our website I would love to hear what you have on your mind. I’m gonna ask the moderators to not erase anything or censor your questions. I am a grown man and can decide for myself what I choose to answer or not. So…..no holding back. This is either gonna be a blast or a complete disaster. I’ll figure the best way to get my answers back to you. Hope you all enjoy this…..I’m on the site all the time so I will be checking on you soon. Gotta say I love the NKOTBfans site too….looks like they love me over there as well…….JonathanVisit the COMMUNITY to ask Jon a question!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here is a short interview with Jordan
Jordan Knight: He LOVES the 90s
Last update: October 16, 2008 - 5:06 PM
HE LOVES THE '90S
From "Hangin' Tough" to "Dancing With the Stars," New Kids on the Block have been part of pop culture in three decades. We asked reality-show veteran Jordan Knight to vote for his favorites in a smackdown of 1990s pop forces.
Backstreet Boys vs. 'N Sync
Justin Timberlake and the boys because "they were more like the New Kids. They leaned more urban and they were more fun."
Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera
Britney is "sexier, she's funnier and she can act really well."
"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" vs. "In Living Color"
Sorry Will Smith, but the Wayans brothers, Fly Girls and crew were a "phenomenal cast."
"Wayne's World" vs. "Dumb and Dumber"
"I'm a big Jim Carrey fan."
"Seinfeld" vs. "Friends"
Jerry and friends win "because it's more goofy or slapstick."
"Beverly Hills 90210" vs. "Party of Five"
His preferred number is "Five" because of its cast.
MC Hammer vs. Vanilla Ice
It's Hammer time: "Vanilla Ice had only one hit, and it's hard to get into someone who has only one hit because you don't know what they're about."
Mark McGwire vs. Sammy Sosa
"Neither. I don't trust either one of them."
Notorious B.I.G. vs. 2 Pac
The Massachusetts native votes East Coast because he likes Biggie's voice better.
Chicago Bulls vs. Dallas Cowboys
"The Bulls for sure, for sure. I was nuts over them. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen."
Here is one more article with how Jordan feels about his "Surreal Life" appearance and a bunch of stuff we already know:)
Life after NKOTB
By Jon Bream, Star Tribune
Last update: October 16, 2008 - 5:04 PM
OK, Jordan Knight admits that he did "The Surreal Life" in 2001 because he was bored and looking for a career boost. "Looking back, for me, it wasn't smart," he said. "I'm not that type of personality." Here's what each of the New Kids has done since their 1994 breakup -- embarrassing or not.
Although he produced the 1991 hit "Good Vibrations" for his brother Marky Mark and solo albums for ex-bandmates Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight, he has mostly pursued acting, earning respect in more than 20 feature films ("Ransom," "The Sixth Sense") and several TV series and movies ("Boomtown," "Band of Brothers," "Runaway").
The youngest and most versatile New Kid, he has appeared on Broadway ("Wicked"), in films ("The Fantasticks") and on TV ("Boston Public," "Dancing With the Stars"). He also released four solo albums, scoring a top 10 single, "Stay the Same," from 1999 debut; 2006's "Talk to Me" is a collection of covers.
A 1999 solo album yielded the top 10 hit "Give It to You." He offered the embarrassing indie project "Jordan Knight Sings New Kids on the Block," a 2004 one-man remix CD, and 2006's "Love Songs," including a duet with Deborah Gibson. Desperate to keep his name out there, Knight was on VH1's third season of "The Surreal Life" and a judge on "American Juniors," an "American Idol" spinoff.
On "Oprah," he revealed that he suffered panic attacks and was clinically depressed after NKOTB disbanded. He became a real estate developer in Massachusetts.
He released little-noticed solo albums in 1999 (as D-Fuse), 2003 and 2007. The tattooed, muscle-bound Wood has acted in a few movies, including "Tequila Express."
A local San Antonio website "210SA" has a Q & A with Donnie and a boy band podcast here. Thanks to Kristie for the update.
Here is the interview with Donnie:
Call it what you want, the New Kids on the Block are back. Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre and Jordan and Jonathan Knight take the stage Friday, Oct. 17, at the AT&T Center. 210SA chatted with Wahlberg, who said the group is older, wiser and better than ever.
The first question is, I’m sure, the most redundant: What inspired the reunion?
That is the most redundant question.
Sorry, I have to ask.
The stock answer is that I heard a song, and it inspired me. The true answer — I mean, I had notions (of getting back together) before, other guys too, but to actually take the step to try and see it through is the mystery part. Time and circumstance dictated that. This particular time, I was going through a lot of changes in life. The possibility of being more creative in something other than acting was calling me. And Jordan and Joe said, all right, let’s see. Once the energy was right with us three, then I put on the blinders and didn’t listen to what anyone said. I felt good about it. I think we never really resolved the group the right way.
Did everyone just sort of fall back into the same patterns?
No, it was different. It wasn’t the same old thing; I think it was better. Everyone’s approach has changed so much for the better with maturity. It’s like riding a bike in some ways. It’s very reminiscent. But it’s better than before. There are moments in the studio when Joe’s really looked at a singing part like an actor playing a part, trying to connect. He’s really trying to make it his own. The whole mentality is totally different.
You’re all older now. Has that made a difference, physically?
No. We just have to be smarter, that’s all. I can’t run around and do the crazy things I used to do when I was 20. We’re better onstage, and smarter offstage. We can’t be crazy. We’re responsible for 100 people’s jobs. There are too many people to let down. This is too special to mess up. We have to take care of ourselves.
What’s the biggest difference in the business now, versus 15 years ago?
The business is totally changed in many ways. We took a similar approach to what we did before, other than the use of the Internet — we take advantage of Internet stuff. But it’s mostly the same approach. We’re financing ourselves, going out and finding songs and writing songs and shopping around to labels. We didn’t go about it in any new way. We could have done it a lot of different ways, but I believe in partnerships. It’s more important to have a label with the best people behind us to help us make and sell a good album. We needed people who cared about making a great record the same way we did.
How’s the crowd? Have the screaming teens become screaming 30-somethings?
The crowds are unbelievable. I don’t know if I can try to describe it. I had a friend of mine, a movie producer, come to a show, and he couldn’t believe the amount of joy from the fans in that building. He was really blown away by it. I have moments in the show where I stop and look out there and am overcome every time. To be able to bring joy to so many people, especially when there’s not a lot of joy around right now, is such a gift. I look out there at those people being so happy watching me and my friends — I feel blessed, honored, privileged to be the source of that joy.
Are we going to see a revival of New Kids sleeping bags and pillowcases, or has the merchandise been dialed down a bit?
We’re keeping it simple. We could probably get away with doing some gimmicks, because the fans are coming up with some pretty crazy stuff. It’s the fans’ deal. They make incredible posters, T-shirts — it’s their way to participate. We see the signs. They’re touching. Funny. We notice them all. We’ll talk about them after the show. That’s more fun than seeing someone with a New Kids bedsheet.
Have you had a moment when you’ve thought, what the hell did we get ourselves into?
I can’t let that moment happen. There are moments when the thought’s crept up on me — but I stop it, take a breath, and let it pass. I can’t walk around with that. If there was one moment where I was worried about karma, it was at the very first “Today Show” performance. It was pouring, and we’re about to go on live TV on a stage that’s soaking wet. The first performance in 15 years, and I kept thinking, if someone falls what is that gonna mean? “They don’t have it. They’re old men, they don’t have it.” That was not the kind of karma I was looking for. But it worked out great. What are you gonna do? You just gotta go with it. That maturity prevented those moments.
Last question, on behalf of all the girls I grew up with — will you marry me?
Oh come on, you guys probably still get that all the time. What do you say to that?
I don’t know. I was having a conversation with a buddy not long ago, and he asked if I would marry or date a fan. I said of course. He said, really? You’d go out with some girl who stood outside for hours in the rain to meet you? And I was like, wouldn’t you want a woman who’d wait outside in the rain to meet you? That’s kind of hot. I’ve been kissing a lot of fans. I’m probably on 10,000 now. I hug everyone. The fans are the sixth New Kid. There’s no us without them.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Music: Party like it's 1989
By JON BREAM, Star Tribune
October 16, 2008
What is the price of reliving your early teen years?
For Kim Carlton and Alexis Lomen, it's $375 each. That buys the 31-year-old BFFs from St. Paul a chance to meet their childhood idols, the New Kids on the Block, and sit near the stage Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.
"I'm so excited to finally get my Donnie hug," gushed Carlton, referring to New Kids leader Donnie Wahlberg. "Having an outlet for that stupid energy you have when you're 13 is kind of important," said Lomen, who is blogging with her pal about their trips to five New Kids reunion concerts at www.projectnkotb.com. "I guess you carry that with you for the rest of your life."
Thanks to devoted thirtysomething fans like Kim and Alexis, New Kids have become the unlikely pop-music comeback of the year. Their new album, "The Block," debuted at No. 2 last month, selling 139,000 copies, and their tour of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe is the hottest-selling reunion since the Police in 2007.
"The tour is going amazing, really. It's like a time warp," said Jordan Knight, 38, once known as the cute New Kid. (Now he's the handsome one.) "It's almost the same. We're all a little older, a little wiser and we pace ourselves a little more. But it feels exactly the same."
At the height of NKOTB's popularity, a New York critic said that New Kids were selling sincerity, and sincere about selling it. From 1988 through 1990, the Boston quintet issued two studio albums, a Christmas CD and a remix album, which together sold more than 70 million copies worldwide and featured eight top 10 singles including "Step by Step" and "I'll Be Loving Your (Forever)." Back then, NKOTB played five concerts in the Twin Cities in just 14 months. They were the top-grossing show-biz act of 1990.
So what are NKOTB selling now?
"It's sincerity, it's love for what we do, it's nostalgia," Knight said before going onstage last week in Sacramento. "And we're selling good old-fashioned entertainment. Not too many gimmicks and special effects. We're five creative guys. We're not over the hill; we're in our prime. You're going to see a show that brings you back in time and is up to date. It is now and is cool and is hip."
Everyone was talking but them
There has been talk of a New Kids reunion ever since their 1994 breakup.
"MTV tried to put us back together, VH1 tried to put us back together, different record companies, different promoters," Knight said. "Everyone heard talk of it because they were trying to get us back together. [But] not 'til a year and a half ago, we all five didn't start talking about it. We weren't going to sell out for somebody else just because they're flashing an idea in front of us and saying 'You guys can make so much money.'"
Conceived by R&B producer Maurice Starr as a white version of the black vocal group New Edition, New Kids started in 1986 as mere teenagers, playing bubble-gum ballads and derivative R&B with rap touches. In 1994, after the ill-fated "Face the Music" album, they pulled the plug. Still, New Kids became the prototype for such boy bands as Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync.
Unquestionably, the key man for this year's reunion is Wahlberg, who has become a successful actor (though not as successful as younger brother Marky Mark). Executive producer of "The Block," he co-wrote nine of the 13 tracks on the CD, which features such famous guests as the Pussycat Dolls, Akon, Ne-Yo and New Edition and A-list producers Timbaland and Polow Da Don. New Kids also hired a new manager -- Irving Azoff, who works with the Eagles, Guns 'N Roses and Neil Diamond, not boy bands.
One of the concerns about the reunion is Jonathan Knight's attitude toward performing. During NKOTB's heyday, he reportedly suffered from panic attacks.
"He's doing amazing," Jordan said of his older brother. "He's moved beyond it, to tell you the truth. It's quite natural to get nervous before a show. I would say it's almost a non-issue. All we need Jon to do -- and I even tell him this -- is just get onstage and look good. That's not a slap in the face; he looks like a fricking model."
Jordan is not sure where New Kids fit in today's pop world.
"I hope to think we're making our marks," he said. "Before, it was kind of like we did it, we faded away, we left a mark but maybe it was a flash in the pan. Now, by doing this, it's really branding us as the real deal. That's why I'm glad we came back, to prove to the world that we're the real deal and to prove to the fans that they weren't crazy for believing in us and liking us."
That's music to the ears of eternal Blockheads like Lomen and Carlton.
Ed Berthiaume column: New Kids fans still chasing boys around the Block
There is one certainty when it comes to boy bands in the pop music world. They grow up.
Less certain is whether any of their once-swooning fans will continue to care as they, too, navigate the roller coaster known as adulthood.
We pondered that very question in this space a few weeks ago as the reunited New Kids on the Block released their first album in nearly two decades and set out on an arena tour that makes its way to Milwaukee's Bradley Center Wednesday. We asked readers who fell for the boys 20 years ago to tell us, do you still care?
Today we share the responses from three readers — then teens, now adults — whose answers are yes, yes and well, duh, of course.
Today's New Kids fans are in their early 30s, still refer to themselves as Blockheads and have learned to ignore the frequent pop culture ridicule that traditionally lands at the doorstep of boy bands that once dominated the pages of Tiger Beat magazine.
Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg may not get the respect of pop culture critics — it should be noted, however, that the new album, "The Block," has been getting some surprisingly stellar reviews — but their fans still have their back.
Snicker if you will, but 32-year-old Angie Stevens of Waupaca says NKOTB was among her best memories from her early teen years.
"When I was 14 years old, the New Kids on the Block were my substitute boyfriends," she said. "I was the classic awkward teenager — braces, acne, glasses and a perm gone wrong. Worshipping the New Kids was my great escape from teenage angst."
Teri Peterson, also 32 and from Waupaca, said she already bought two versions of the new CD, downloaded all of the music from iTunes, bought five VIP tickets to the Milwaukee show and waited in line for 16 hours when the New Kids appeared recently at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
"We New Kids fans have taken a lot of criticism over the years — and, sadly, it continues still — for standing by our group," Peterson said. "When the group announced the reunion tour they made it clear that this reunion is for us, to show that we weren't crazy all those years ago."
Trisha Montalbano of Greenville is 30, married and the mother of four. But the mere mention of Donnie Wahlberg and company melts her as if she were 13 years old and jammin' to that "Hangin' Tough" album all over again.
She and best friend Kim Thompson road tripped to Minneapolis for the Mall of America appearance and spent much of the night eluding security in a successful attempt to be first in line. That got them a coveted spot in the meet-and-greet, and for Montalbano a hug from Wahlberg that she's been waiting for since her teen years.
"I was a mess of emotions the whole day — two days actually — just knowing I was going to be able to meet Donnie," she said. "Then I was forward enough to ask for a hug, and he stood up and welcomed me. Then I couldn't let go. My brain said 'let go' but my body said 'hold on, you have waited 15 years for this hug.' I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that the sight of them would completely make me lose myself."
The security guard, Montalbano notes, was very polite when he peeled her off of Wahlberg.
"You know, when people ask, 'What famous person would you like to meet someday?' Donnie was always it."
There's still a little teenager left in all of us, and those Blockheads are proud of it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
To all the many fans that I meet-
You know I always do my best to give you crazy love!!!!
I try to keep it real with the FACE TIME!!!!
I love seeing y’all.
Sometimes I rush because we got obligations….
Sometimes there is no time for autographs….
Sorry when that happens…
Your boy has an inside secret for you of how to “get what you want”!!!
If you REALLY REALLY REALLY want an autograph… There is only one way to just about guarantee it.
You approach me with a CD of “The Block”……
It will get signed!!!!
I WILL NEVER REFUSE TO SIGN A CD OF THE BLOCK…. EVER!!!!!!
So bring those with you if you wanna cop an autograph!
That album is my heart!!!!
Otherwise- hugs and a picture will have to do.
PS- this tour is CRAAAAAAAZZZZZZZYYYY!!!
Get your mind right!!!!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Three things to say……
MY ARMS ARE FALLING OFF FROM ALL THE HUGS!
Keep them coming!!!!!!!!!
MY FACE IS SORE FROM ALL THE FACE TIME!!!!!!!
I want more!!!!!
MY HEART IS SWOLLEN FROM ALL THE LOVE!!!!!!!
I can’t get enough!!!!!
Boston, Toronto, Montreal, New York, New Jersey, Atlantic City, Connecticut have all partied like there ain’t no tomorrow!!!!!
D.C., Cleveland, Chicago, and L.A. Kept the party rocking!!!! They took it to the next level!!!!!!!!
Get your mind right because the party carries on!!!
It’s time to free your soul and let it all go!!!!!
Get at me.
WE got enough love for the whole world!
As Always Your Man,
PS- I’m collecting kisses now too!!!!!!!! So pucker up.
The party continues….
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
by Megan Finnerty - Oct. 7, 2008 02:22 PM
The Arizona Republic
Recently, a balding man from Boston made me blush.
This is no easy feat.
But Donnie Wahlberg is no regular guy.
One of the front men for the New Kids on the Block, performing Sunday, Oct. 12, at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, he proved to be a suave and well-spoken man, with a self-deprecating sense of humor and an unexpected thoughtfulness. He was also a flirt. While usually I'm a pretty cool customer with celebrity interviews (and with men's slick lines, for that matter), I found him as charming a few weeks ago as I did 17 years ago.
Or at least I'm saying that based on a 15-minute interview with the sometimes-actor and full-time newly single dad.
Question: What's changed that made you feel it was time to tour again?
Answer: We thought there would be a market, a base of fans that would come back. We cut that video and put it out on the site. It was a careful sort of feeler, and the response was ridiculous - a million hits in a week. The fan reaction has dictated (the arena tour.) I can't not see adding another Boston date.
Q: Anything you can't do on stage now that you could back then?
A: I can do anything now that I could do back then. We're a little smoother. It used to be like we were hormone-enraged teenagers, running around stage trying to exhaust ourselves by the end of the first song, and now we take our time. It's like having rabbit sex when you're 15 and like making love when you're 35.
Q: Who spends the most time in the gym?
A: Danny (Wood). I've had to drop out a little to finish up the album.
Q: What's better this time around?
A: We're older now, all of us, and we appreciate it more. For us to be in an arena again is amazing. And for the fans, to be able to go through this experience again is amazing. They're having a meaningful experience. I mean, women are out there, working, paying a mortgage, raising the kids, and if they can escape for an hour or so a day while they listen to the CD or come to the show, it's kind of profound.
And how many times in life do you get a chance to relive something that's not awkward, but kind of liberating? It's really an emotional experience for a lot of people. You see people come in, they're a lawyer, they have a career, and they see us and just kind of loose it. It's people that you wouldn't expect it from. We're not that handsome that people should be losing it like that. But there's a connection, a happening, taking place.
Q: What's the hardest part?
A: We really worked our asses off on this project. I've averaged about four hours of sleep a night for the last year. I know I've worked really hard for this. If it's a meeting with the fans for two hours, or out on the stage, I'm giving it all. When we finished the first time, I had some regrets, there were things I wanted to do over. So I'm giving everything I have to it so I won't have any regrets.
Q: Any fashions you regret?
A: My hair, my ponytail, my mullet, my ripped jeans, it's all cringeworthy. We (dress) with a little more consideration now. I still rock my own style the way I want to, but I'm not going to go too far outside the box. In the past, it became a group of five totally unique individuals going to a black-tie affair, with one in a tux, one in a suit, one in a sweatshirt, one in jeans and boots. I think we lost a cohesiveness.