NKOTB raised $110,000 for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Article from Tonic:
The New Kids on the Block Love Women's Breasts. Gabby Reese Has Strong Words for Obama
By Jo Piazza Monday, June 21, 2010 2:30 PM ET
In a surprise to this Anti-Gossip writer, the New Kids on the Block prove that like a fine wine, they get better with age. Gabby Reese Calls on President Obama to Be a Big Bad Mama Jamma!!
Women in their 30s Love NKOTB More than Ever
It was hard to imagine the crowd at the New Kids on the Block concert at Radio City Music Hall on Friday night getting any more emotional than they already were as the five former boy banders (now man banders?) crooned "Please Don't Go Girl." But they did. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as the guys brought out a $110,000 check made out to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Band member Danny Wood lost his mother, Betty, to breast cancer in September 1999. Since then, the band has sold special NKOTB tank tops and donated portions of ticket sales to breast cancer charities in Betty's honor.
"Through all of this, I wish my mother were here to see it, but I know in my heart that she sees it every night," Danny told the crowd of wildly emotional women (and three men).
Danny's declaration ended up in a group hug that felt so genuine that I want to rename these now-approaching-middle-aged crooners, The Brotherhood of the Traveling Pants.
While talking to Joey McIntyre before the show, he told me brotherhood is actually pretty accurate.
"We are more like brothers than buddies. We're not each others only best friends. We have lives outside the group and we're not brothers, but we are somewhere in between," Joey said. "We have this unique and cool relationship and you know I think it is a kick that we all still want to do this together. These guys wanting to do it, just makes me want to do it more."
If their fans have anything to say about it, the guys will be doing it for a lot longer than they ever anticipated when they shot to fame as the sexiest 18-year-olds in America (yeah Bieber you weren't the first).
Joey told me they will happily keep performing after they collect their AARP cards.
"If our fans want to see us and someone asks us then of course we will be doing it."