Monday, December 28, 2009
Here are some articles about the House of Blues Concert... Check out my Twitter page for links to videos from the show.
Article from nkotb.com:
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
BRING THE HOLIDAY CHEER TO BOSTON
THE GROUP PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JOHNNY GILL AND RICKY BELL FROM NEW EDITION
FOR A SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT
BENEFITING GREATER BOSTON’S TOYS FOR TOTS
EVENT RAISED OVER $60K AND 5 TRUCKLOADS OF BRAND NEW TOYS FOR THE CHARITY
NEW YORK – New Kids on the Block brought the holiday cheer to a sold out crowd at Boston’s House of Blues during a special holiday show this past weekend to benefit great Boston’s Toys for Tots. The Boston boys sold out their show within minutes, and with all net proceeds from the event going directly to Toys for Tots, the group raised over 60k instantly. In addition to the monetary donations that poured in, fans filled FIVE plus truckloads of brand new toys to support the charity.
“We’ve said it before, but we can never say it enough, we have the most amazing fans in the world. It is their generosity and dedication that made this all possible,” said Donnie Wahlberg. “Thanks to them, we are able to do what we do and help to give back. 5 truckloads of brand new toys went to Toys for Tots last night!!! The trucks were brimming! It was truly the most incredible sight.”
“Santa who? The New Kids bring more toys than that guy!” exclaimed Sergeant Clint T Schibner of Greater Boston Toys for Tots. Going on, the Sergeant said, “We are absolutely amazed at the sincerity and generosity the New Kids have not only shown Toys for Tots, but more importantly the less fortunate children of the Boston area…their hometown! Marines pride themselves on taking care of their own. The New Kids can take pride in knowing their contribution, as well as their fans’ contributions, will affect the lives of tens of thousands of children in the communities where they grew up, thus, taking care of their own.”
Promising a fun night full of surprises, the group did not disappoint. NKOTB showed some fan appreciation performing hit after hit including classic NKOTB holiday songs that haven’t been performed live in over 15 years! The New Kids pulled out all the stops even bringing local legends Johnny Gill and Ricky Bell from New Edition on stage to sing their joint song “Full Service” from New Kids’ recent album, “The Block.” The Boston boys even debuted their brand new song, “Coming Home” which fans received as a free download when the pre-ordered the band’s upcoming DVD of the same name. Adding more local flavor, NKOTB invited local businessman Ernie Boch to open and even play with them on select songs with his band Ernie and the Automatics. With non-stop action and surprise after surprise, lucky NKOTB fans were certainly treated to a one of a kind evening.
Step by Step
Coming Home - First Ever Live Performance
Full Service - w/ Johnny Gill and Ricky Bell of New Edition
Merry Christmas Intro
Funky Funky Christmas
Last Night I Saw Santa
Oh Holy Night
This One’s for the Children
Toys for Tots Check Presentation
For more information please visit www.nkotb.com.
Article from Boston Globe:
Fanatical devotion greets New Kids’ holiday spectacle
By Jonathan Perry, Globe Correspondent December 22, 2009
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet - nor two canceled flights nor a seven-hour delay, for that matter - was going to keep Amy Stroud and Laurel Mahaney from seeing New Kids on the Block bring down the House of Blues on Sunday. “I said we can’t not do this - we’ve gotta support our boys,’’ said Stroud, 36, as she stood with her friend near the rear of the sold-out room, both of them happily singing along with Jordan Knight as he cavorted to “Dirty Dancing.’’ “I think they love us as much as we love them.’’
With that in mind, both friends, who met at a New Kids show back in the day, braved the weekend blizzard and flew into Boston from their home state of Oklahoma. It was a rough flight, they admitted, but worth every bump. Stroud, who lives in Tulsa, said it was the 20th time she’s caught a New Kids show (including four trips to Boston). “I’ve only seen them 12 times,’’ said Mahaney, 33, who lives in Tahlequah.
Such is the kind of fanatical devotion New Kids on the Block engender more than 20 years after their debut album and more than a year into a highly successful reunion and tour that brought the now-all-grown-up boy band to the House of Blues for a benefit show supporting Toys for Tots. And a show it was - as much glitzy, campy, holiday-themed spectacle (did you expect anything less?) as concert showcasing songs from the Kids’ ’08 comeback album, “The Block.’’
Of course, we got many of the monster hits that, along with NKOTB predecessors New Edition (whose Johnny Gill joined the Kids onstage), helped spawn a generation of boy bands. “Step by Step’’ (cue rapturous screams from the overwhelmingly female audience) and the show-closing “Tonight’’ (cue more rapturous screams) were two particularly giddy trips to the time-machine.
We also got all the preening and wooing, all the choreographed dancing and clowning around, all the cheesy buddy banter among Jordan, Jonathan, Joey, Donnie, and Danny that’s always been at least as important as the music. And yes, they still looked sharp in their tailored suits as they paraded down the stage runway, taking solo turns to croon in the spotlight.
This being the season to be jolly, the boys pulled a handful of holiday nuggets (circa 1989’s “Merry, Merry Christmas’’) from their Santa goodie bag of a set list. De facto bad boy Donnie Wahlberg led a spirited rendition of “Funky, Funky Xmas’’ and jumped from a piano. Jordan, sporting a red and white Santa’s hat, unleashed his heart-melting falsetto on “The Christmas Song.’’ Joey McIntyre got off on the wrong key (“Jesus, you did not give me the right note tonight,’’ he said, gazing up at the rafters) before requesting a do-over and then making like an angelic American Idol on “O Holy Night.’’ The seven-piece gospel choir screamed sincerity. Joey’s sunglasses at night - indoors - did not.
Ernie and the Automatics opened with a set long on covers and genial bar-band blues-rock. Although the band is ostensibly led by auto titan and group namesake Ernie Boch Jr., the presence of guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Sib Hashian - both onetime members of the band Boston - was easily the outfit’s biggest selling point, as its medley of Boston hits made clear.
Article from Boston Herald:
New Kids bring holiday cheer to House of Blues
By Barry Thompson Monday, December 21, 2009 http://www.bostonherald.com Music News
Photo by Kelvin Ma
The holidays are supposed to be about togetherness, presents, cookies and other warm, fuzzy things. Boy bands, on the other hand, are usually about searing aural agony and the mutual humiliation of both performer and listener. Usually, boy bands are not about fuzzy things. Boy bands are about hogwash.
That doesn’t mean the New Kids on the Block can’t use their evil power to spread cheer. Sixty dollars might seem like a steep price to see yet another reunion from the Boston quintet who served as the late 80s/early 90s equivalent of the Jonas Brothers. But net proceeds from Sunday night’s NKOTB concert went to Toys for Tots, and many revelers brought a toy to donate. NKOTB may be exploiting their fans’ nostalgia, but this time, it was to improve the holidays for some underprivileged youngsters. Perhaps NKOTB are on the path to redemption.
By now, some of NKOTB’s original devotees are pushing the age requirement for cougardom. But when the curtain rose on the matching black-suit-outfitted former teen idols, the sold-out room unleashed a collective shriek that could match any response Robert Pattinson’s gotten recently. During some good-natured banter - and after Joey McIntyre admitted to flubbing a verse - Donnie Wahlberg mentioned it was getting moist at the end of the platform into the crowd. He was probably only exaggerating a little.
Of course their music is hammy and dated, and their latest tune, “Coming Home,” is so close to elevator music it barely qualifies as a song. On the plus side, it was sort of cool when two members of New Edition made a surprise appearance. At worse, it was pretty entertaining to watch five guys histrionically prance around as if they were playing street toughs in a Broadway musical.
After the New Editioners ducked out, opening act Ernie and the Automatics backed NKOTB for the second half of the show. Faux snow fell from the ceiling as NKOTB offered up a number from their 1990 Christmas album. Then this Herald scribe scrambled off early to make deadline.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Rockin’ with the Kids
McIntyre and mates look forward to House of Blues - and beyond
By Sarah Rodman, Globe Staff | December 18, 2009
Joey McIntyre is on the phone promising that the New Kids on the Block show on Sunday at the House of Blues will hew toward traditional New England holiday rituals. ‘‘We’re going to have a harp. We’re going to have bonnets on and muffs. It’s a Pilgrim Christmas,’’ he says with a chuckle. Of course, the youngest member of the recently reunited boy band is kidding. They may have rocked pegged pants in the ’80s, but there’s no way McIntyre, 36, and his brothers in synchronized choreography — Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, and Jordan and Jonathan Knight — would be caught dead in a muff. The sold-out show, a benefit for Toys for Tots, will be the last stand in the reunion for now as each Kid returns to solo pursuits. When we chatted with McIntyre, he was excited to talk about his new seven-song iTunes EP, an uptempo pop affair called ‘‘Here We Go Again,’’ but even more jazzed about the arrival of his second child, another son, born Sunday. After a few weeks on diaper duty with his wife, Barrett, McIntyre will return to the Hub on Jan. 14 for a solo show at the Paradise.
Q. So what’s the story with Sunday’s show?
A. We’re going to have a party; there’s no way around it. But there’s going to be a genuine performance too. Maybe do a couple of the hits and some Christmas songs and really just be together and have a good time and raise a lot of money for Toys for Tots.
Q. It’s been six months since the tour ended. With the benefit of a little hindsight, how do you feel the reunion went?
A. To just be a part of that experience was beyond any of our imaginations. It was amazing. Personally, I’m an intense guy so sometimes that was interesting. (Laughs.) You have five different personalities. I love these guys, they’re my brothers, but I am my own artist at the same time. So sometimes that was difficult to navigate for me. And I know it’s crazy because you think, Joe, what are you worried about? It’s nothing but success.
Q. I would imagine since you’re all grown men now with separate lives, coming back together for such a long stretch probably was great fun some days and probably felt like a big mistake on other days. And you all have actual brothers, too, so it’s not like you need more family.
A. Yeah, exactly. (Laughs.) And I’m the pipsqueak little brother. Everybody else gets along fine except for me. But that being said, we all have a great time and we get on the conference calls and we [chat] and have a lot of laughs and everything’s cool. And we’re thrilled about the stuff we get to do. We ordered up another cruise in May.
Q. Were you on the first one for the whole time or did you get whisked on and off by helicopter?
A. No, no, we were on it the whole time. You’d think, OK, 2,000 girls, where the hell are you going to go? But they didn’t feel the need to chase you around, because you were on the boat. So it was like, Hey, how you doing? See you on the lido deck in two hours. (Laughs.) It was all totally cool.
Q. When did you start thinking you wanted to do a solo thing again?
A. On the second or third leg of the New Kids tour when we were in Europe I started getting mad. I get mad because I hear all the nos: “No, you can’t do it because of this.’’ “Look at the state of the music business - who’s going to want it?’’ “You’re wasting your time.’’ “You’re not good enough.’’ All those cliché things. So I knew I was getting itchy, but I didn’t know how I was going to do it. As soon as I came off the road I went right into the studio, and I was lucky enough to team up with three guys, a production and songwriting team [Brent Paschke, Drew Ryan Scott, and Gabe Lopez]. We wrote all these songs, and I think that angst is in the music. “Here We Go Again’’ is about getting back in the fight and staying in there. It’s honest, but it’s cool at the same time, and that’s the idea, to be honest.
Q. For the solo tour will you have a full band or play to tracks?
A. It’s going to be a band; it’s going to be full-blown. I could’ve done seven songs to tracks with some dancers and signed some autographs, but I decided to rock and roll and do it the right way, or the way I think it should be done.
Q. Have you guys talked about making another record and keeping the New Kids reunion going?
A. I don’t think we’re going to be making music too soon. We’ve got a couple of things on the horizon. We want to do stuff that’s cool and that we’re excited about and that we think the fans would be excited about, like the House of Blues date and the cruise. What we were able to experience and have with the fans is really cool, so we’re not going to blow it.
Sarah Rodman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Two of the New Kids on the Block were in Norwood last night putting the finishing touches on the group’s sold-out benefit show for Toys for Tots, which will be held Sunday night at the House of Blues. Car magnate Ernie Boch, whose band Ernie and the Automatics will open Sunday’s show, gave his private hangar space at the airport to the New Kids so that they could practice their moves. The only Kids at the airport last night were Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan Knight. Among the missing was Joey McIntyre, whose wife just had a baby a few days ago. There’s no official word on where the Kids will be between now and Sunday, but we have some guesses. Wahlberg’s protege, hip-hop artist Jimmy Marsh, has a gig at Vintage lounge on Broad Street on Friday night. The poster for the party says that Marsh will welcome a “special invited guest’’ during the event. It’s a good bet that Donnie is the special guest in question, right? The “Christmas With Jimmy Marsh’’ party starts at 11 p.m. Meanwhile, Rob Lewis, of MTV’s “Making His Band,’’ has a gig at 10 on Saturday night at Oliver’s at the Cask ’N Flagon. Lewis has been the keyboardist on the New Kids tour and advertises on the poster for his Saturday show that “surprise special guests have been invited.’’ Sounds promising.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
NKOTB "Coming Home" on DVD today at http://www.NKOTB.com. Get it now and own a piece of history!
After 15 years, THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK made a triumphant return to the world's stage. Coming Home, the DVD, will take you along the group's process and their many journeys as they toured the globe playing over 140 sold out arena concerts and performing to a million plus fans.
"Coming Home" also captures NKOTB and their dynamic live performances as they perform songs from the group's 2008 release, "The Block," as well as other fan favorites from their extensive hits catalog. Highlights include the singles "Summertime," "Single," "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Step by Step, "Hangin' Tough," and more! Plus each DVD comes with an un-released song "Coming Home" at the time of purchase.
"Coming Home," the new DVD from NKOTB comes packed with never-before-seen footage, extremely rare items and additional goodies:
- Over 90 minutes never-before-seen footage.
- 6 Live performances filmed during the group's world tour.
- Chance to receive 1 of 5 Golden Keys. The Golden Key provides LIFETIME tickets for you and a guest to official NKOTB shows anywhere in the world for 2010 and beyond.*
- EXTREMELY LIMITED edition authentic wardrobe swatch from Full Service tour outfits (yes, its REALLY from the guy's ACTUAL wardrobe). OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY!
- Limited edition NKOTB dog tags.
- Inside peek at NKOTB life on the road.
- Special Moments with the fans.
- Behind the scenes.
- Deluxe booklet with additional artwork.
AND the unreleased track "Coming Home" delivered digitally at time of purchase.
* certain rules and restrictions apply. keys are inserted into packaging at random.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Paradise Rock Club
The Note - West Chester
West Chester, PA
New York, NY
Mod Club Theatre