Saturday, March 31, 2012

NKOTB News for March 31

Kind of a slow news day, but here are a few things...
  • Word on Twitter is Donnie and Jonathan have been sighted at Jordan's show in NY tonight!
  • And speaking of Jordan, some fans have reported that he plans on doing another tour this fall - maybe in November.

Friday, March 30, 2012

CBS Local's Jordan Knight interview

CBS Local interviewed Jordan about his Live and Unfinished tour. Watch the video clip below:

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

Los Angeles NKOTB Town Hall

Here is an update from

LA Town Hall/Tour Send Off!

Ladies and gentleman of Block Nation! The Town Hall Meetings were received with huge success! The turnouts – tremendous! The energy – exciting! The passion – indescribable! Block Nation has spoken and were beyond thrilled to have the chance to sit and talk with you. And by popular demand, we are excited to announce that we are bringing a Town Hall Meeting to the West Coast!

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Venue: TBA
Check-in: 6 PM
Event begins: 7:30 PM

Sign up NOW for a chance to attend. Capacity is extremely limited, but we will do our very best to accommodate you.

Over the next several weeks, you should expect to see and hear many of the things that were discussed during our first few Town Halls -- New Music -- Improved Events -- Timelier Announcements! We will continue to make sure each and every NKOTB event is the best experience for you! We can’t wait to see you!


Watch Jordan Knight on NBC 10

Jordan was on NBC 10 Philadelphia this morning. Check out the video clip below:

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

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Joey McIntyre talks to Runners Feed

Runners Feed has posted an article about Joey and his plan run a half marathon to raise money for Alzheimer’s Association on April 7

Joey McIntyre could tell you hundreds of captivating stories about traveling the world as a member of New Kids On The Block. With over 80 million albums sold, one might find it difficult to speak about anything else. Not McIntyre. I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with this international superstar AND runner, and to be quite honest, it wasn’t because of who he was or what he has done as a musician. After interviewing countless professional runners, it was refreshing to speak with someone who appreciates what the sport can do for him but also what the sport can do for others.

McIntyre appreciates the health benefits of running. “It is great cardio and keeps the weight off” said McIntyre, but this is such a small portion of why he will toe the line in Hollywood on April 7th. He is running to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Here are a few interesting facts from

1) 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

2) One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.

3) Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

4) More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

5) Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.

McIntyre’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and he was quick to admit that it is tough to watch. He speaks about his mother and the process in a powerful blog post entitled “My Mom May Not Know Who I Am…“. He is candid and forthcoming with stories that one might expect a person of his stature to hide. It is evident that McIntyre is on a mission to raise awareness to put an end to this nasty disease. As one of nine children, he says “this disease affects the whole family. My mother is so fortunate to have the care she has, but so many are not as lucky.”

McIntyre respects the half marathon distance. He likened running this distance to dealing with Alzheimer’s. “You must be present and focus on the moment. You have to run mile 6 before you can think about mile 10″.

When I asked McIntyre about his training leading up to The Hollywood Half Marathon, McIntyre said, “I run three to four days a week and upwards of 6 miles”. Within five minutes it became evident that he had caught the running bug.

He went on to say, “I was out for a 7 mile run and it was beautiful outside so I decided to run 10 miles. Once I got there I figured I might as well run 13.”

As a native of Boston, McIntyre mentioned that the Boston Marathon is on his radar. If you thought it was loud when you ran past Wellesley College, wait until Joey McIntyre debuts in Boston.

Below is an excerpt from McIntyre’s Fundraising Page:

My mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. She loved to walk everywhere. Never had a driver’s license- so I’ll run for her instead the Hollywood Half-Marathon. Thank you for your support to Alzheimer’s Association- its an amazing organization working hard to finding a cure for this debilitating disease.

Donnie Wahlberg appearances?

Although he is not listed on the ticket site, Donnie hinted today on Twitter he will be attending the JTV and "The Redemption" CD Release party and Jordan's show in NY.

Here is some more info about The Redemption" CD Release party:

JTV and "The Redemption" CD Release party featuring Jimmy Marsh & Friends
** $75 "ALL VIP" Ticket Package ONLY 
Package Includes:
- JTV - 10-11pm
- Live performance by Jimmy Marsh & Friends at 11pm
- Meet & Greet Photo ( Following Live Performance)
- Complimentary Beverages & Snacks
- Complimentary "The Redemption" T Shirt
- Complimentary "The Redemption" CD 
LOCATION : Helen Mills Theatre
137-139 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001-6872
Subway: 28th Street - 7 Av
9:00pm - Doors Open
Registration Check-In
Refreshments & Snacks
9:45pm Opening
10pm - JTV Live
11pm Live Performance by Jimmy Marsh & Friends ; )
11:30 Meet & Greet w/ Photos

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jordan Knight's after party with Clinton Sparks on April 1

There will be a "Live and Unfinished" End of Tour after party featuring Clinton Sparks on April 1st following Jordan's show at Showcase Live in Boston. It goes on sale tomorrow at 10AM. Tickets are $20 and you also need to have tickets to Jordan's show to get in. If you already have VIP for the concert that night, then after party is included and you will be in a special section with Jordan.

For more info, check out LiveUnfinished on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NKOTB News for March 27

TBD posted an interview with Jordan:

Jordan Knight lets his guard down

If you were to ask a teenager who Jordan Knight is, they probably wouldn’t know. But ask any woman between the age of 25 and 50 who he is, and you’ll probably see their eyes bulge out of their head as they begin to profess their love for him.

Jordan Knight is the lead singer of New Kids on the Block, the original boy band that hit it big in the '80s and sold over 70 million albums worldwide. He's also sold 1.5 million copies of his solo albums. Today, those fans are still around, as proven by the audience at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md., on Sunday night.

There were women waiting in line to see the pop star hours before his performance. Some wore vintage NKOTB T-shirts, and some women just looked vintage themselves. But they were there to meet their teenage idol, to meet the guy in the poster on their bedroom wall that they kissed all throughout high school. Knight met and took a picture with every person who purchased a VIP ticket, as well as some radio contest winners, and let them watch his sound check.

Pleasing one woman is hard enough, but Knight had to entertain hundreds and seemed to do it effortlessly, at least to his fans. Behind the scenes, however, he let his guard down, and it was obvious that he was exhausted. But by still going on only an hour later to perform for his fans, it only proved to me more how dedicated he was to each and every one of them.

Knight performed a 90-minute set consisting of tracks off of his latest release, Unfinished, his first solo album, Jordan Knight, as well as an NKOTB track, “We Got It.”

Knight appears to have been touring non-stop since 2008 when New Kids on the Block reunited, released an album, and toured after a 14-year break.

“To see the fans after all this time is pretty wonderful. To go away for that long and to see all of our fans still there is pretty mind-blowing,” Knight said.

Following that release, NKOTB decided to collaborate with another boy band, The Backstreet Boys, for a tour and collaborative album release, under the name NKOTBSB.

“It was fun," he said. "A lot of people thought we didn’t get along or wouldn’t get along. They’re very talented individuals and they have a lot of great songs that people love. The combination just fit: two boy bands coming together. I don’t think two boy bands have ever done that before. For us to do that, we paved the way for other boy bands once again by doing that tour, showing that you don’t have to be rivals. You can actually team up to do something big.”

The tour was a huge success across the U.S. and they are set to perform the European leg of the tour this summer.

Unfinished encompasses the current music trends of Dance/Pop and blends them with his own Pop/R&B style. Knight’s tracks are very upbeat and fun, usually about love and relationships. When I asked him why, his answer was particularly humorous as well as bluntly honest.

“My audience happens to be 99 percent female. It might be a good idea to write a little bit about love and relationships. I also like to write fun, sexy songs like ‘O-Face’ and ‘Up and Down’ and ‘Give It to You’. Those kinds of song are fun, sassy, and frisky. I like them and my fans like them.”

Talking to Knight about his music, you could tell that he loves what he does and always writes with his fans in mind.

“I pictured [the fans] driving in their cars, out running, or doing stuff around the house, just being able to put on their headphones and listen to it and be swept away. The main thing about music is that you have to make sure that it has an emotional connection and that’s what I really wanted: to make sure that there was substance to it and that you could draw out any emotion that it may be.”

Knight has three more tour dates left on his solo tour before he returns to touring with NKOTBSB. If you didn’t catch him in Silver Spring, he will be performing in Philadelphia, New York City, and in Foxborough, Mass., this weekend.


Joey McIntyre wishes Perez Hilton a Happy Birthday. Skip to the 6 minute mark to watch Joey.

Video courtesy of BlancoDiddy


Here is a quote from AJ McLean from an article from, which hints there may not be any more NKOTBSB tour dates planned after early June.
“We’re actually going to finish up the NKOTB/BSB tour, we leave on the 14th of April, we wrap things up the first week of June, we’ll probably be off until the 4th of July, then we’re [BSB] back in the studio making a brand new record.”

~*~ says NKOTB is #3 on the list of 10 Biggest Boy Bands

Monday, March 26, 2012

NKOTB News for March 26

In case you missed it, Joey posted a new blog today.

03/26/2012 - My mom may not know who I am...
But she does a pretty good job of making me feel like she does. I believe she knows there is a connection. She keeps it very simple when she talks to me. Partly I think because she knows that she can't quite remember but is still witty enough to know that she doesn't want to make it any more confusing than it already is for her. I think she is past the most scary part- realizing she is "losing her mind". She knew something was happening. And at first I thought it was just my mom being dramatic. But looking back a few years, her behavior was strange. And soon it was clear that she was slipping away. That mostly showed up in her feeling scared and not wanting to be alone. I remember in the fall of 2008, she said something very profound and sadly poetic. She said, "me and the night don't get along." I thought that was quite a lyric. My mother was as witty as they come. She wrote tons of poems and parodies of songs. Mostly for co-workers leaving for another job or for cast-mates at the end of a show she was in. Or for my sisters' bosses or workmates. She would whip something up in an evening. She could do it all. Of course she had and raised 9 kids so that says it all. And I don't want to keep saying WAS because she still IS. She still has here one-liners. She is still sweet and very interested in what you are saying. When I saw her last December at my sister Carol's Christmas show at the fabled Footlight Club, she was so into the show. I enjoyed watching her as much as watching the show. If you didn't know she had Alzheimer's, you wouldn't think it. She was very in the moment- happy to see my father introduce my sister, but also zinging him saying to herself, "he's awful". And watching each song- liking some and loving others. But a few minutes after, I asked if she liked the show, and she answered, "what show, dear?" That kind of sums up where she is right now. I am no expert and I am 3000 miles away, but she is doing ok for someone at her stage of this disease. My mother was a force and could do so many things. Now she is very slow. But through all this there is a bitter sweetness. I hear story from my siblings- how sweet she is and the simple loving words she says to them. And that is true. There is still a person in there. And she is alive and still working it out. I think she still knows that she has some kind of disease, but she has moments of peace. Hopefully, with more funding and the hard work of all involved, we can find a cure so that Alzheimer's will not affect generations to come. This disease affects the whole family. My mother is so fortunate to have the care she has, but so many are not as lucky. I will be running the Hollywood Half Marathon on April 7, 2012 in her on honor and all those affected by Alzheimer's and to raise awareness and funds for If you can, please donate to my page at

Thank you for always supporting me in anyway you can- in your thoughts and prayers and deeds. xo-jm

Here's a fan blog about the NKOTB Town Halls:

Here's a photo of Jordan from one of his solo shows over the weekend :

Jonathan has also been busy...
He recently donated his car to Habitat for Humanity....
...Is moving...

... Took time to go see Kathy Griffin in Boston...

Jonathan with Kathy Griffin

Jonathan with Tiffany Rinehart (Assistant to Kathy Griffin)

CBS Boston's news story about Wahlburgers

CBS Boston posted an article about Wahlbrugers:

HINGHAM (CBS) – The hottest new burger joint this side of Hollywood, Walhburgers, is the newest creation of chef Paul Wahlberg, and his famous actor brothers Mark and Donnie.

Located in the Hingham Shipyard, across the street from their other restaurant Alma Nove, Wahlburgers serves burgers, dogs, shakes, and fries.

Here, the three-ounce all-natural burgers are griddled on the flat-top, and served up with lettuce, tomato, and homemade pickles, on a fresh baked roll.

Plus, there are three specialty burgers, one for each brother. And if you look closely, you’ll see that the toppings are actually on the bottom, so you get all the right stuff in every mouthful.

In addition the burgers, there are creamy frappes, golden fried sides, and steamed hot dogs.

And while Paul is the Wahlberg brother you’re most likely to see at the restaurant, Mark and Donnie are well represented here too with their movie clips on the TV’s, and posters on the walls.

“It pays homage to who we are as a family. From our roots in Dorchester, all the way to today,” said Paul.

Joey McIntyre writes about his mother's struggle with Alzheimer's

Joey posted a new blog on his website about his mom's battle with Alzheimer's and his desire to raise money for Alzheimer's research by running in the Hollywood Half Marathon on April 7, 2012. Here is the blog:

My mom may not know who I am...
But she does a pretty good job of making me feel like she does. I believe she knows there is a connection. She keeps it very simple when she talks to me. Partly I think because she knows that she can't quite remember but is still witty enough to know that she doesn't want to make it any more confusing than it already is for her. I think she is past the most scary part- realizing she is "losing her mind". She knew something was happening. And at first I thought it was just my mom being dramatic. But looking back a few years, her behavior was strange. And soon it was clear that she was slipping away. That mostly showed up in her feeling scared and not wanting to be alone. I remember in the fall of 2008, she said something very profound and sadly poetic. She said, "me and the night don't get along." I thought that was quite a lyric. My mother was as witty as they come. She wrote tons of poems and parodies of songs. Mostly for co-workers leaving for another job or for cast-mates at the end of a show she was in. Or for my sisters' bosses or workmates. She would whip something up in an evening. She could do it all. Of course she had and raised 9 kids so that says it all. And I don't want to keep saying WAS because she still IS. She still has here one-liners. She is still sweet and very interested in what you are saying. When I saw her last December at my sister Carol's Christmas show at the fabled Footlight Club, she was so into the show. I enjoyed watching her as much as watching the show. If you didn't know she had Alzheimer's, you wouldn't think it. She was very in the moment- happy to see my father introduce my sister, but also zinging him saying to herself, "he's awful". And watching each song- liking some and loving others. But a few minutes after, I asked if she liked the show, and she answered, "what show, dear?" That kind of sums up where she is right now. I am no expert and I am 3000 miles away, but she is doing ok for someone at her stage of this disease. My mother was a force and could do so many things. Now she is very slow. But through all this there is a bitter sweetness. I hear story from my siblings- how sweet she is and the simple loving words she says to them. And that is true. There is still a person in there. And she is alive and still working it out. I think she still knows that she has some kind of disease, but she has moments of peace. Hopefully, with more funding and the hard work of all involved, we can find a cure so that Alzheimer's will not affect generations to come. This disease affects the whole family. My mother is so fortunate to have the care she has, but so many are not as lucky. I will be running the Hollywood Half Marathon on April 7, 2012 in her on honor and all those affected by Alzheimer's and to raise awareness and funds for 
Thank you for always supporting me in anyway you can- in your thoughts and prayers and deeds. xo-jm

Sunday, March 25, 2012

NKOTB News for March 25

From the clues from the town halls it sounds like there will be an NKOTB event in Pennsylvania in Mid-August!

Right now there are no other plans except that mid-August event for US and Canada in 2012, but big plans for 2013.

Check out more blogs from this weekend on Block Nation here.

Joey's town hall minutes. Photo from @MargaretLo

Here a some photos Joey shared on Twitter last night:
"swear they're not faking. How cute are they??!! #sleepingbeauties"

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Highlights from NKOTB Town Hall in Greenwich

Photo from meesheface

Here are some of the highlights from the first NKOTB Town Hall:
  • More confirmation they are working on a new album!
  • They are releasing a Fenway Park DVD and attendees got to see a preview today.
  • There will some kind of event like the cruise but on land later this year.
  • They will have more special guests on tour. They hinted there will be touring with females too.

Photo from meldiv75

  • KTSummer has a great blog about the event here.
  • Greenwich Time posted an article and photos from the event.

Check out the rest of their photos here.

Here is the article:
Like most teenage boys in the late 1980s, Anthony Stabile wouldn't have been caught dead enjoying a New Kids on the Block song -- even "Hangin' Tough." 
But on Saturday Stabile, 35, proudly accompanied his former girlfriend to the Arch Street teen center in Greenwich, where three members of the reunited pop group appeared for a special event with their longtime, mostly female, fans. 
"I think I always liked the old stuff, but as a 12-, 13-, 14-year-old boy, you had to put up that front," said Stabile, of Howard Beach, N.Y., whose then-girlfriend, Christine Darnell, took him to a New Kids show after the group got back together in 2008. He has seen them 11 times since then. 
"I've probably been to a total of 200 concerts in my life, and they easily put on one of the most entertaining shows," Stabile said. 
At Arch Street, it was as if 25 years hadn't gone by, with women in their 30s and 40s lining up outside the teen center for an intimate meeting with band members Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood. Jordan Knight and his brother Jonathan couldn't make it to the event, billed as a town hall-style meet and greet with members of "Block Nation," the New Kids fan club. Tickets were given out to winners of a contest on the group's website. 
Some of the attendees, who came from around the tri-state area, carried homemade signs, while others wore the jumbo buttons they had stored away in their attic since 1989. 
Yes, they'll really be loving them forever.
Eileen Perez, who traveled from Brooklyn, N.Y., said the group's music was still as "amazing" as it was all those years go. The main difference now is they don't need their parents to snag tickets to sold-out concerts, or give them rides to special appearances. 
"It feels the same, but we're older," Perez said. "Now, we don't have to ask mom and dad if we can borrow money. We pay for it ourselves." 
Maureen Harju, 67, didn't begrudgingly come with her daughter, Stephanie, from Westfield, Mass. Harju said she was a big fan of Wahlberg, who followed in the footsteps of his actor brother Mark, and now stars on the CBS cop drama "Blue Bloods." 
Stephanie Harju said she was a member of the group's fan club in the 1980s as well, but didn't get to meet any of the New Kids after concerts at huge venues in Syracuse, N.Y. and Boston. She's met them twice since they reunited. 
"I wish I could have back when I was 12," said Harju, 36. "I just would have been screaming." 
The event was put on by KingSize USA, an event production and marketing company owned by Matt Hanrahan. Kyle Silver, director of Arch Street, said Hanrahan had played with his band at the teen center years ago, and reached out about holding the New Kids event there. A similar event was taking place in Philadelphia on Saturday, and in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday. 
Perez and others said the group is now much more accessible because they communicate with fans through Twitter, and hold regular events like the one on Saturday. There is also a New Kids on the Block cruise from Miami in June. 
Wahlberg and his bandmates talked about the cruise during their discussion with fans, which held true to its political theme, with Wahlberg referring to himself as a presidential candidate, and Wood as his running mate. 
Discussing the band's upcoming tour of Europe and Australia, McIntyre quipped that "we can't be isolationists." 
"We need to keep the trading borders open with our people overseas," replied Wahlberg.
Stabile used the format to his advantage, asking the New Kids for their assistance in convincing his friend Darnell to start dating him again. 
"You guys are beautiful together," McIntyre said, after bringing in Stabile and Darnell for a group hug. "Start having kids together already." 
After one fan said she enjoyed exercising to the New Kids' music, and asked whether the group would come out with a workout DVD, Wahlberg made a nod to the mega-merchandising of the late '80s and early '90s. 
"What we don't want to do is make the mistakes of 25 years ago, when everything in the world has a New Kids on the Block stamp," Wahlberg said. "We only want to do it for the right reasons."

Watch Jordan Knight on WPXI (Pittsburgh)'s Rob Johnston talked to Jordan Knight before his concert in Pittsburgh. He talks about the NKOTBSB tour (it's possibly going to China), if he thinks his kids will go into show business, balancing his family life with being on the road, his pre-show rituals and more.

Here's the complete raw interview with Jordan!

Or watch the news report!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Listen to Joey McIntyre and Howie D on Total Access

Joey McIntyre and Howie D did an interview with Total Access in the UK. Here is the interview:

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

Get updates from NKOTB Town Hall attendees

If you want Twitter updates from New Kids on the Block Town Hall meetings this weekend in Greenwich, CT, Philadelphia, PA and Cleveland OH, follow the lists @nkotbnews on Twitter.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

More videos of Joey McIntyre at A Night at Sardi's

Here are a few more videos of Joey at A Night at Sardi's:

Joey is interviewed at 1:18 in this video clip

Watch Joey pose for photos on the purple carpet in this video clip:

Video courtesy of TheWorldmonitortv

Joey McIntyre to run in a half marathon on April 7 to benefit The Alzheimers Association

Joey is going to run in the "Run With The Stars" half marathon in Hollywood on April 7.

Here is a quote from Joey about why he is running:

My mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease. She loved to walk everywhere. Never had a driver's license- so I'll run for her instead. Thank you for your support to Alzheimer's Association.

Joey McIntyre interview with Pop Stop TV

Here is a quick interview Joey did with Pop Stop TV while at the Alzheimer’s Association "A Night at Sardi’s" event last night:

Hollywood and Broadway stars came together Wednesday night to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s”. PopStop TV New’s J-Ro caught up with New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre on the red carpet!

Because he loves to perform, Joey was thrilled to have an opportunity to sing at the event, but he was has a personal connection to the disease and was there to support the cause.

“My mother has Alzheimer’s…but it’s great to come out and have a good time and raise awareness.”

On a lighter note, J-Ro asked who his favorite celebrity train wreck is at the moment. Although he’s dodged the scandalous section of the news himself, he nails his answer!

“The king is Charlie Sheen, right? He’s top of the list.”

Good call, Joey!

Who are some of your favorite celebrity train wrecks?! Let us know in the comments!

Joey McIntyre interview at A Night at Sardi's

Joey is interviewed at the 20th Anniversary Alzheimer's Association "A Night at Sardi's" event. He talks about his mom's battle with Alzheimer's and more:

Video courtesy of theworldmonitortv

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NKOTB News for March 21

Here is a photo of Joey on the Purple Carpet at A Night at Sardis:

Joey also did a photo shoot for Alzheimer's Champions, and here is a behind the scenes shot from the Alzheimer's Association's twitter page:

Here are some recent Twit Vids from Donnie. He is hanging out with his mom and she discovers Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" on satellite radio:

 Update: videos have been deleted, does anyone have them saved?

Update on Wahlburger's locations from Donnie Wahlberg

The Boston Herald talked to Donnie about what the status is on additional Wahlburgers locations.

The lowdown: Wahlburger boys taking it slow

Think Mark Wahlberg is getting ahead of himself? The Hollywood heavy, who opened a Hingham Shipyard burger emporium with his brothers, Donnie and Paul, last fall told a UK paper that the bros plan to “open a bunch of them in Britain and Ireland this year.”

Um, not so fast, Marky.

Donnie, who stars in CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” and Paul, a chef who owns Alma Nove across the street from the burger joint, said no one will be flipping burgers outside of Hingham — never mind outside of the country — for some time. In fact, the Fenway location that Mark told us about a couple of weeks ago is still in the planning stages, we’re told.

“We have a lot of interest from a lot of people who would like to franchise new locations, but we are a new business with a ways to go before we open location number two,” Donnie told the Track.

Paul’s spokesgal Mindy Valone said there are “no immediate plans for expansion at this time,” and “they’re talking about Boston, but nothing has been set in stone yet.”

The Brothers Wahlberg are “really happy with the success in Hingham,” she said. And no wonder.

“A successful burger place takes maybe $2,400 a day and a really successful one does $6,000,” Mark told the UK’s Metro. “We’re making $17,000 a day. There are lines queuing around the corner.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NKOTB News for March 20

Joey and Howie will be on Metro Radio this Saturday at noon. Here is a clip of them advertising their show.

Some NKOTB Town Hall invites have gone out, but don't worry if you haven't received one yet... here's the latest from @nkotb: "We've only sent VERY few invites out to our Town Hall. Lots more to come to give all a fair chance to sign up."

It looks like Wahlburgers may be heading overseas. Here is what Mark Wahlberg had to say about it in an article from

Oscar nominated actor Mark Wahlberg has announced that he is bringing his chain of burger restaurants to the UK following the success of Wahlburgers in the states. 
Speaking to the Metro newspaper, he revealed, “We do higher-end burgers. Yesterday, we sold 1,300. It's run by my brother, Paul, who is a five-star chef. We're opening a bunch of them in Britain and Ireland this year.” 
The business plan may have been scoffed at by nasty folk early on, however, business appears to be booming. He explained, “When I first mentioned the idea of Wahlburgers, people were like, 'Oh my God, that's a stupid idea. 
“What they don't realize is how talented my brother is. I would never risk putting my name out there in a way that would end up being bad. You can get people to show up because of the name but they are going to come back because they like the food. 
“A successful burger place takes maybe $2,400 a day. A really successful one does $6,000. We're making $17,000 a day. There are lines queuing around the corner.”

Monday, March 19, 2012

Watch Joey McIntyre and Howie Dorough on Q-Music

Joey and Howie talk about the upcoming NKOTBSB tour in Europe with Q-Music:

Video courtesy QmusicNL

A Friend in London to open for NKOTBSB in Europe

The group A Friend in London will be an opening act for the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys concerts in Europe (except Germany).

(A Friend in London members Tim, Sebastian, Ash, and Ben)

Watch Entertainment Wise's interview with Joey and Howie

Joey McIntyre and Howie Dorough did an interview with EntertainmentWise. They talk about exchanging stories about fans back in the day, Lady Gaga and more.

Entrevista com Howie e Joey no Entertainmentwise from on Vimeo.

Jordan Knight on 100.7 Star Pittsburgh

Here is an interview Jordan did with 100.7 Star Pittsburgh:

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

Watch Jordan Knight on 8 News Now

Here is the video of Jordan on 8 News Now (Las Vegas) this morning.

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

Sunday, March 18, 2012

NKOTB News for March 18

Here is an update about the NKOTBSB concert in cinemas from BlancoDiddy :
The streaming concert WILL be worldwide, but only in Europe on April 29th. US will not likely see it for 2 months.

Jordan and Donnie were spotted at Alma Nove over the weekend. Here are a couple photos posted on @katty_larry's Twitter page:

Check out Joey's unmissable sound from Hear The World. Joey also said in a Twitter update "my boy Rhysie is hearing well!". Speaking of Joey's kid's, here are some photos he shared of his children on St. Patrick's Day.

Here are summaries of some upcoming episodes of Blue Bloods from CBS Press Express:
March 30:
"No Questions Asked" — Danny is put in a difficult position when a gun linked to a robbery is brought in to the NYPD’s gun buyback program. He must decide to either arrest the suspect or follow the “no questions asked” rule, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, March 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

April 6:
"Some Kind of Hero" —Danny causes waves in the department when he investigates a closed case, the suicide of a firefighter, at the insistence of the man’s 12-year-old son. Meanwhile, Jamie saves a baby from a burning building but worries it will jeopardize his undercover work when he is billed a hero in the press, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, April 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

There is an Celtics jersey autographed by Donnie Wahlberg up for auction. The proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Click here for more info or to bid.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Stuff Boston interviews Jordan Knight

Here is an interview Jordan did with

Update: Check out Jordan's response to this article!

Get Close with ... Jordan Knight

It's been a while since his Teen Beat pinup days, but Jordan Knight still elicits decibel-defying squeals from female fans. At least, that was the case when we caught up with the surprisingly still-swoon-worthy singer when he performed at the Estate during Dancing for Hope, a fundraiser for St. Mary's Center for Women and Children. Next month, he leaves for a tour of Europe, Asia, and Australia with NKOTBSB, the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys ├╝ber-group — but not before a final stop on his solo Live and Unfinished Tour, which will hit Showcase Live on Sunday, April 1. Expect songs from his most recent album, Unfinished, plus the requisite dose of oldies. For tickets ($35), visit

How'd you get involved with the St. Mary's event?
My wife is on the board. It's close to our heart because we both grew up in Dorchester. St. Mary's used to be St. Margaret's Hospital. . . . I'd go there when I was little with Donnie [Wahlberg]. His mom worked there, and we'd go to get lunch money or money for the corner store or subway. My wife asked me to perform last year, and I told her, “No, I really have no repertoire right now.” Now I'm on the road doing my thing, so she told me this year I have no excuse. I said, “Well, who's going to pay for the sound system and everything?” She said, “You are! 'Cause it's for charity! So get your butt up on stage and sing!” “Okay, okay. I got you!” [Laughs] But it's a great cause. We grew up in Dorchester and know how hard it can be. Some people have it rough in life, and all they need is a helping hand.

Your April concert is right by Gillette Stadium. That reminded me: didn't the New Kids perform a halftime show at the Super Bowl?
We performed in 1991 at the Super Bowl, but it was cut off by coverage of the Gulf War. We did this big, elaborate performance piece. I think Mickey Mouse might have been in it, the whole cast of Walt Disney. [Laughs] It was a big, big production. We flew in the night before from the American Music Awards, we went on, and we thought it was great. Then when we got off, everyone was like, “We didn't see you on TV!”

Fast-forward 20 years, and the New Kids are back together. How is it touring with the group again?
The whole reunion is a dream come true. Most pop teen groups, by this time they're on drugs or whatever. Being laughed at. Jokes. For us to be able to do what we did and band together, hold each other up and be strong, and have such a great city help us along and have our backs — it's a dream come true.

How is it working as an independent artist?
I love doing things independently because I control everything. I'm not a control freak, but it does feel good! It makes my experience in music very rounded. When I do the New Kids, we're a democracy. Then I do my own thing, and I get to control everything. It's the best of both worlds.

How has social media changed the business?
We can touch fans instantly with a tweet or on Facebook. For a group like us, with a fan base like ours, that's wonderful. They don't have to wait until we get on MTV or VH1. We can post a video or tweet a TwitPic, so they don't have to buy US Weekly. It's like our own magazine, our own network, our own everything.

Has fatherhood impacted your music?
I did a song for Unfinished called “Never Alone” that was based around the whole bullying situation. Having kids in school, with them venturing on the Internet and stuff like that, that definitely inspired my songwriting for that song. It's tough, trying to keep it clean and trying to be a sex symbol at the same time, but I think I'm pulling it off.

Are you ever taken aback by how devout New Kids fans are?
It's very touching, and a lot of times the girls will show pictures of us. They'll say, “Look! Here we are, 20 years ago!” And it'll be a real picture of one of us with them that they took at a meet and greet or some event. It's like, holy crap — we're still here and they still really love us. It's a real gift, and a lot of musicians would die for that situation.

NKOTB News for March 16

Jordan and Jonathan have confirmed on Twitter they will not be able to attend the Town Hall meetings next weekend. Here are some more details about the Town Hall meetings from @nkotb on Twitter.

  • Town hall is all ages.
  • 2 tickets per winning entry
  • One entry per person per city.
  • Tickets are non-transferable, ID required to gain entry.

Jordan is in the studio this week working on the new NKOTB CD! Here is a photo he shared of him working with ReddHott.

Billboard posted the top money makers in the music business in 2011 and NKOTB was #36.

#36: New Kids On The Block
Like tour mates Backstreet Boys (No. 33), the re-formed New Kids on the Block earned quite a bit in 2011 thanks to the co-headlining NKOTBSB tour. The bill was the 17th-most successful tour last year. Traveling across North America, Europe and Australia, the New Kids performed their hits onstage with BSB (and vice versa), and this year the tour is playing overseas. While the group hasn't recorded an album of new material since 2008, a compilation of both groups' greatest hits, a pair of joint recordings and a mashup pushed NKOTB's album sales to nearly 83,000 units in 2011.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

NKOTB Town Hall Meetings

Here's an update from NKOTB about the Town Hall meetings they have been hinting about. Here are the details:

NKOTB wants....YOU!!!

In the spirit of election year, we are excited to invite you to attend one of several Town Hall events hosted by NKOTB, where the Block Nation and members of NKOTB will join together to participate in an exclusive Town Hall forum to help plan future NKOTB events. We are coming to YOUR CITY! We want YOUR input! So please join us and your fellow Block Nation members to help influence all decisions NKOTB!! There will be lots of surprises in store for those who attend. These events are FREE to all, but capacity is extremely limited. Click on the link for the event you wish to attend below to be taken to the Contests section of, where you will be able to sign up for an opportunity to be part of what will be a milestone event, sure to be talked about for years to come.

The state of The Block Nation Union is Strong!!!

Darien Depot
45 Heights Road
Darien, CT 06820
11:30am Check in
12:00pm Event Starts

Bodek Lounge @ U Penn
3417 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6306
5:30pm Check in
6:00pm Event Starts

smARTspace (AKA 78th St Studios)
1300 W. 78th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
12:30pm Check In
1:00pm Event Starts

Watch Joey McIntyre and Howie Dorough on Bliss TV

Bliss TV asks NKOTBSB members Joey and Howie trivia questions about each other's groups.

Video courtesy of BlissTV372

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blue Bloods picked up for next season

According to Deadline Hollywood, Blue Bloods has been renewed for a third season.

‘Blue Bloods’ Picked Up For Third Season As CBS Nears Renewals On Other Series

It looks like the networks’ dry spell on renewals of scripted shows this season will finally end today. I hear that CBS is prepping early pickups of a slew of existing series, with word of the first one, a third-season renewal of Blue Bloods, already out this morning. The network is not confirming. The list will likely also include the two NCIS series, freshmen 2 Broke Girls and Person Of Interest as well as Mike & Molly, The Mentalist, veterans Criminal Minds and CSI and possibly Two And A Half Men, ahead of closing a deal with star Ashton Kutcher. (The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother are in the midst of multi-year pickups). Stay tuned….

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blue Bloods Cast interviewed by

Here is an article from about Donnie and Blue Bloods.

Donnie Wahlberg talks Blue Bloods

It has been 28 years since Donnie Wahlberg burst into the bedrooms of teenagers around the world as part of boy-band pop sensations New Kids on the Block. Now, at 42 years old and the star of CBS cop drama Blue Bloods (airing Fridays at 10 p.m. on CTV), the Bostonian is known as much for his acting as his ability to make girls swoon to his treacly ballads and suggestive hip thrusts.

According to one of Wahlberg’s Blue Bloods castmates, he’s as popular as ever with his many female fans. “Everywhere we go, there’s like 15 to 20 to 30 girls out there waiting,” says Amy Carlson, who, along with the rest of the cast, was sitting for a round of interviews to promote the show at its New York set. Carlson plays the wife of Wahlberg’s character, hard-hitting detective and soft-hearted family man Danny Reagan. “We could be at a cemetery shooting in the rain and I’ll be like, ‘How did they find us?’”

Wahlberg, who alongside veteran actor Tom Selleck, leads the show, says he’s grateful for any support he gets and usually stops for photos with his fans: some in their teens, some in their 20s and others now all grown up. They find him through a website that lists the show’s shooting locations.

“Sometimes, literally, I’m leaving work and the fans will say ‘Okay, we’ll see you tomorrow!’” says Wahlberg. “And I’ll ask them, ‘Where am I shooting tomorrow?’ And they’ll tell me.”

Blue Bloods, the ninth-most watched show on Canadian television last year, is now in its second season and has been praised for combining exciting police drama with a sensitive look at life in a cop family. It focuses on the tight-knit Reagan clan, of which New York Police Department commissioner Frank Reagan (played by Selleck) is the patriarch.

Although he has played a lot of cop throughout his acting career, Wahlberg says the personal element depicted in Blue Bloods has taught him a lot more about police life. “When we watch Law & Order or shows like that, we don’t see the cops go home, we don’t see them with their families, we don’t know who they’re going home to and we don’t always value the importance of getting home.”

That nuance extends to Wahlberg’s character. Real-life police like that Danny isn’t afraid to break some rules in the pursuit of justice, Wahlberg says. “They don’t endorse what he does, but they understand and wish they could sometimes. He’s not bullying people for no reason; he’s pressing as hard as he can to get justice. A lot of cops would like to have that freedom.”

For Selleck, the character-driven story is key to Blue Bloods’ success, much as it was to his hit 1980s show Magnum P.I. “If you really think about Magnum, you know my shorts may be too short now and out of style, but it’s in 100 countries,” says Selleck, still sporting the thick moustache that helped make him famous. “It isn’t in 100 countries because of the plots. It’s in 100 countries because it’s a character-driven show and the problems, whether funny or serious — and they were both — are people problems. And people problems don’t change over generations.”

In that way, the two shows are alike. “Magnum still translates, and I think Blue Bloods translates and seems to be crossing borders because of the police work aspect, but certainly because of the family.”

Canadian actor Len Cariou, who plays Selleck’s father and retired police commissioner Henry Reagan, says the show also resonates with such a wide audience because of the familiarity of its family dynamics, exemplified by the Reagans’ weekly dinner ritual.

“A lot of people say, ‘Hell, I used to do this every Sunday,’” says the 72-year-old Winnipegger. “I did when I was a kid growing up. Sunday was the big meal, we all sat down to a family dinner. My father was a travelling salesman, so we only saw him on the weekend. It was pretty sacred time.”

In many modern families, the TV set has replaced the dinner table as the social gathering point, but in that way, too, Blue Bloods is bringing them together.

Monday, March 12, 2012

NKOTBSB Live on the Big Screen April 29

According to, the April 29th New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys concert at O2 Arena in London will be shown live at select movie theaters at 9PM CET.

NKOTBSB LIVE IN CINEMAS from My Screenevent on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

NKOTB News for March 11

Check out the New Kids on the Block tattoo in the preview for the movie "That's My Boy" (about minute 1:50)

Check out some photos of Jordan's performance in Las Vegas here.

Wahlburgers will have some special shamrock shirts available in honor of St. Patrick's Day (from Hingham Patch).

The Redemption by Jimmy Marsh is now available on iTunes (Donnie is featured on the song "Tipsy").

Friday, March 9, 2012

NKOTBSB in Manila

Update - it is now confirmed the show is on June 3rd!

According to, New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys will be performing at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on June 5!

A second Wahlburgers location in the future?

The Boston Herald reports in a recent article, that the Wahlberg brothers are thinking of adding a second Wahlburgers restaurant near Fenway Park.

Burger boys

Hollywood heavy — and Hingham burger baron — Mark Wahlberg reports he and his brothers are eyeing locations near Fenway Park for their second Wahlburgers.

“Nothing’s finalized, we’re just working it out,” Marky told the Track.

Mark, along with “Blue Bloods” cop Donnie Wahlberg and their brother, Paul, a chef who owns Alma Nove, opened the family’s burger-and-beer bar in the Hingham Shipyard last October. There was word of a reality show in the works, but Marky said they’re still trying to work it out.

“We always wanted a family business,” said the “Contraband” star. “But it’s not just me, Donnie and Paul. I got my nephew working there right now and other family members know they’re always welcome to work there.”

A regular American Dream, that is ...

Vegas Seven's interview with Jordan Knight

Here is an interview Jordan did with Vegas Seven:

Life After Boy Toy

New Kids on the Block were the greatest band ever, when I was in elementary school. Obsessed, I would play their 1990 single “Step by Step” on cassette while dancing up and down the stairs. And it wasn’t just me; the band sold 80 million records and bagged a couple American Music Awards. And after more than 10 years apart, New Kids (sometimes NKOTB) reunited in 2008 and even embarked upon a tour with the Backstreet Boys called NKOTBSB.

Of the five members, my favorite was (and is) lead singer Jordan Knight, with his dreamy eyes and falsetto voice. Delighting my inner 9-year-old, I interviewed Knight, 41, in advance of his solo tour—a choreographed concert featuring material from his four solo albums. Here’s what he had to say to his once-biggest fan.

What’s it like to tour solo?

I’m used to doing the show with nine guys, two groups. There’s a lot of work that the other guys do that I don’t have to do. Now it’s all on me, which is fun and challenging at the same time.

Have you since had to overcome any boy-band stereotypes?

I don’t know if we’ve overcome the stereotypes. You get to a certain point in time, however, when people are going to perceive us how they’re going to perceive us. All we can do is do what we know how to do, do our best at it and carry on. We’ve proven that we’re not just flash-in-the-pan teen idols.

What’s it like to see other boy bands come through the pipeline?

Some came after us; some came before us. I’m sure some people ask Donny Osmond the same thing about the New Kids on the Block. It all feeds off the next. Obviously, we were an inspiration for the next generation. But there was a generation before us that we were inspired by, too: the Jackson 5, New Edition, the Osmonds, even rap groups like Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys.

Speaking of Osmond, he now has a residency in Las Vegas. Would NKOTB ever consider one?

That’d be awesome. I think the New Kids should do it when we’re Donny Osmond’s age. [Laughs.] I mean, I think Vegas has become such a hip spot that you can do something really cool and hip and not be considered some, you know, they’ve-got-to-a-certain-age-it’s-time-to-retire-to-Vegas. Look, the JabbaWockeeZ are there; they’re young and cool.

At the risk of sounding creepy, I used to have the Jordan Knight doll with the little leather jacket.


And he’d go on dates with my Barbie.

Uh-oh. [Laughs.]

I have no idea what happened to it.

You just lost it one day? You just got over it?

Who knows? I hope it’s still in a box at my parents’ house.

That’s were all my stuff is, in my mother’s basement.

Any chance there’s a Jordan doll somewhere among the cobwebs?

I don’t even think it’s among the cobwebs. I’m sure my mother has a nice shrine of my Jordan Knight doll.

What’s it like having a doll of you?

I don’t think about it. I do not dwell on who I think I am or who the world thinks I am. I just don’t. It’s really not me, and it’s really not us as a group either. We really don’t think about that stuff; we’re thinking about what’s next—the next show, the next tour.

Las Vegas Review-Journal's article about Jordan Knight

Here is an article about Jordan and his solo tour from Las Vegas Review-Journal.

New Kid Jordan Knight enjoying freedom of solo shows

Jordan Knight's been hitting the charts for more than two decades.

And while he'll always be a Kid at heart, the former lead singer of New Kids on the Block has some "Unfinished" business to attend to: his current solo tour, "Jordan Knight: Live & Unfinished," which continues a 20-city run Saturday at Mandalay Bay's House of Blues.

With a stop in Los Angeles prior to this weekend's Vegas visit, followed by one in San Francisco, it's "West Coast triangulation" time for the singer.

It's also a chance for Knight to do a different kind of show than the one he did last year: a successful arena tour that teamed New Kids on the Block with fellow boy-band favorites Back Street Boys.

"It's not such a regimented tour," Knight says of this year's solo-headliner gig. And while he enjoys both, "I almost like these kinds of dates better," he acknowledges. "I feel a little freer."

Not that audiences should expect a bare-bones presentation.

"It's not just me and a DJ -- or me and a guitarist," Knight says during a telephone interview. "It's definitely a production," complete with four backup musicians and two dancers.

The dancers fit right into the heavily choreographed show, which features even fancier footwork than last year's New Kids tour, he notes.

"I do get more intricate with the choreography because I really love dancing," Knight says. "But I'm not going too far off from what you would see at a regular New Kids concert."

In other words, expect "singing and dancing and catchy tunes."

As for those catchy tunes, the majority of them are from Knight's post-Kids solo career.

"Everyone will ask for a New Kids song, and I do that as well, but 95 percent is solo stuff that my fans really know," he says.

Most of those are from last year's "Unfinished," Knight's first collection of new pop tunes in more than a decade -- including such fan favorites as "Up & Down" and "O-Face," along with such singles as the up-tempo "Let's Go Higher" and "Stingy." (The latter also featured Knight's fellow New Kid Donnie Wahlberg.)

Knight also plans to perform selections from his previous albums, including "Give It To You," a top-10 single from Jordan's self-titled 1999 solo debut album, which sold more than a million copies and earned a Best Dance Video nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Singing his own songs, in a more intimate setting, took a bit of adjustment following last year's New Kids/Back Street Boys arena trek, Knight says.

At this point, however, he's made the adjustment, and "I really like it," he says. "The energy is still there," especially in a pack-'em-in venue like the House of Blues.

Besides, this is Vegas -- and Vegas audiences are "there to have a good time," whether they're from Las Vegas or not, Knight observes. "A lot of people are from out of town, so it's not really a local vibe."

But when "you're coming to play in a town that wants good entertainment, you have to bring it strong in Vegas," he adds. "There's a lot of entertainment to choose from."

By now, though, Knight has plenty of experience to draw on.

During New Kids' heyday in the '80s and '90s, the pioneering boy band released six albums that sold more than 80 million copies around the world.

And that was "back in the day, 20 years ago," when "there were only three or four channels on TV" to promote New Kids and their recordings, Knight says. "Now, there's like a hundred."

To say nothing of all the social-networking channels that make it easier for newcomers to "get discovered," he notes.

After all, "Justin Bieber got discovered on YouTube," Knight points out. "But if he wasn't talented," he adds, he never would have gone beyond YouTube, because "you gotta have the goods."

More than 20 years after New Kids on the Block showed they had the goods, Knight welcomes the chance to keep proving himself, even though "I'm not trying to distance myself" from the past.

"I'm a New Kid. I'm not trying to be anything different," Knight maintains. But "there's a certain sense of accomplishment in doing it on my own."

Contact reporter Carol Cling at or 702-383-0272.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Watch preview for Blue Bloods Episode "Reagan V. Reagan"

Here are a preview clip for tomorrow's episode of Blue Bloods:

Video courtesy of CBS

Listen to Jordan Knight on Mix 94.1 FM

Here is Jordan's interview with Mix 94.1 :

Jordan Knight on KTLA

Here is the video clip of Jordan on KTLA:

Video courtesy of yikes77

Listen to Jordan Knight on KOST 103.5

Jordan did an interview with KOST 103.5 today. Listen to it below!

Video courtesy of NKOTBPeru

The Vanguard article about Donnie Wahlberg at Bentley University

Here is an article from The Vanguard about Donnie's recent appearance at Bentley University.

“New kid on the block” Donnie Wahlberg makes a visit to Bentley

“All I ever wanted was a few pats on the back from the kids in the neighborhood,” said Donnie Wahlberg, the 42-year-old singer, actor and film producer originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Wahlberg spoke at a Bentley Executive Club (BEC) event last Wednesday night in LaCava’s Executive Dining Room. The event was moderated by Joseph Shaker, a member of BEC’s board of directors and personal friend of Wahlberg. The topic of discussion was “The Business of Entertainment” (officially, anyway). The actor spoke about a wide array of things outside of this topic, such as his early childhood, the founding of his band New Kids on the Block and his development over the years as a performer.

The event, which began at 6 p.m. with cocktails and dinner, featured various films and clips of Wahlberg’s career. The films were produced by Bentley seniors David Entin, James Ferguson and Lily Ann Montemayor, along with junior Nick Vasiliadis.
If members of the audience did not know much about Wahlberg’s past career, they definitely learned a lot after viewing the films. The actor has starred in a wide array of movies, including The Sixth Sense, Band of Brothers, Saw II, III and IV and Righteous Kill. He now stars in the CBS series Blue Bloods, where he had to be on set at 5 a.m. the next morning to continue filming.
Wahlberg actually started the boy band New Kids on the Block in 1984, which is where his life of stardom began. However, his roots reach much further back. The star grew up with eight siblings, including younger brother Mark Wahlberg, in the not-so-lavish town of Dorchester. He said his parents’ main concern was feeding their children, since they were not well off and his father was frequently unemployed or on strike. His parents divorced when Wahlberg was 12 years old.

He spoke about how he found refuge at the studio of music producer Maurice Starr, who helped him get New Kids on the Block off the ground. Wahlberg also spoke about his experience in the Roxbury school system, where he attended school during the forced bussing era. Despite this inner-city school district’s bad reputation, Wahlberg values the friendships he made there and how much he learned about different races of people. He felt like he belonged to the community, and it was this community that gave him the drive to reach his goals.

Those goals were quite simple, really: To reach his true potential and to win the admiration and approval of the people he grew up with. Wahlberg strives to follow the advice his father once gave him, which was not to change, even if he made it big. And as host Shaker expressed in the beginning of the interview, Wahlberg truly is someone who didn’t forget where he came from.

Another goal Wahlberg had in his career was to take part in the making of The Sixth Sense. After reading the script, he made a personal visit to the director, expressing his interest in the movie. When he was offered a chance to audition for the role of Vincent Grey, one of Dr. Crowe’s former patients in the movie, the goal of winning the part and becoming this character became the actor’s new mission. He lost close to 50 pounds in order to play the part of the 15 year old, and he did so free of charge. Proving to himself that he could master such a difficult role was enough payment for Wahlberg.

During the interview, the actor also expressed how he tries to give his fans as much attention as he possibly can, which sets him apart as a star. He allows himself to be relatively available through his Twitter account, and he makes an effort to “shake every hand and hug every fan” when he goes to events like this.

When questioned about business in the entertainment industry, Wahlberg explained that it has a lot to do with keeping up with and embracing the ever-changing technology that surrounds us. For example, when his band New Kids on the Block got together with the Backstreet Boys to go on a world tour, they created a website to advertise it, which Wahlberg says was a great idea because it really caught people’s attention.

Wahlberg struck a chord with the BEC audience with his down-to-earth personality and stories from his childhood. He also made a visible impression with his account of filming Band of Brothers, a 2001 World War II miniseries in which he portrayed American Second Lieutenant Carwood Lipton.

Throughout the filming of the series, Wahlberg would speak with Lipton to better understand the events that took place, as well as how to most accurately represent the soldiers.
Wahlberg took his role in the movie very seriously, emphasizing his respect for those who serve. Being able to make Lipton and the other veterans from Easy Company proud with the movie was one of his biggest accomplishments, he said.

When asked about his plans for the future, Wahlberg said he plans to continue reaching new heights and “plowing through” more goals. So be on the lookout for this actor – he’s here to stay.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jordan Knight on KLUC

Jordan did an interview with Yung Jon Que on KLUC. Listen to the interview below: 

Listen to Jordan Knight on 99.3 The VIBE FM

Here is Jordan's interview/announcement on 99.3 The VIBE FM in Fredericksburg, VA. He says will be making an announcement about the New Kids on the Block at the pre-show party on Saturday, March 24!

Article about Joey McIntyre, Howie D and UK Boy Bands

Here is another article where Joey and Howie are asked about UK boybands such as One Direction. Article from OMG (UK).

One Direction EXCLUSIVE: ‘Their American success won’t last’ say US boy bands Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block

While One Direction and The Wanted take the States by storm hitting the top of the American charts boy band pros, Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough and New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre don't reckon our British boys are going to last long across the pond.

Joey said: "The odds are against both One Direction and The Wanted — neither of them are going to work in America - it hasn't happened in 50 years so why now?" (We hope he's proved wrong!)

Howard, whose group is gearing up for a joint tour with NKOTB, was a little softer with his opinions and believes luck plays the largest part in an act's success.

He told us: "I'm not one to tell anyone what to do how to make their career happen, the hardest places to crack are the UK and USA.

"And for success to happen a lot of things need to go right. It was a lot of right time right place for Backstreet Boys.

"The music has to be able to stand on its own but that's not the only thing that matters. To have long term staying power the music has to be strong enough, to be timeless.

"But nowadays with the internet, you do something good or bad - either way the attention is on you and that makes you successful as well."

The pressure to portray a perfect image may seem easy what with Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne collective good looks but Howard and Joey stress life as a pop star isn't always easy.

Joey added: "It costs being a pop star, they [One Direction and The Wanted] don't have regular girlfriends they don't have the experiences that everyone else has and that can be a bad thing.

"They need to go through some tough times and have a period where they learn from all their mistakes — they don't have the chance to do that.

"They're missing out on being late on rent, doing laundry, or going out on normal dates — that's missing out. And they'll have to learn it all later."
It was hard for omg! to compute how life could be anything but sweet for both One Direction and The Wanted but we trusted the NKOTB star's words although we think missing out of washing clothes has to be a good thing!

Our exclusive chat tuned up to a more positive note as the boys spoke about the positives.

"The states is really critical," said Howard. "Both of us had a lot of backlash to deal with."

Joey quickly chimed in saying: "The backlash is less now, people have more of a capacity for pop!"

"One Direction got on the Big Time Rush tour that's a huge plus! They need to get on it and get in front of people.
"They've got Simon Cowell behind them - if anybody could make them successful in the States it's him."
Talk soon turned to UK acts that have made it in Joey and Howard's homeland, such as Adele and Coldplay but The New Kids on the block singer believes it because their music is different.

"There's no real recipe for a UK band to break the US, people like Adele and Coldplay are different, they are part of a different genre to boy bands.

"If you're not coming from the X Factor US you're not seen. Kids aren't going to listen to you.

"It was totally different to when we first started. I don't know if this generation has time to learn about an act."

Erm when they see One Direction's and The Wanted's faces trust us, the American girls will want to know more!

Howard and Joey will appear on the NKOTBSB tour in April, you can buy tickets from

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

NKOTB News for March 6

The NKOTB and Us book will be released on October 2, 2012 and the official title will be "New Kids on the Block: The Story of Five Brothers and a Million Sisters".

Here is an update from 993 The Vibe's Facebook page about their special Jordan Knight contest:

JORDAN KNIGHT RECAP: There will be an EXCLUSIVE VIBE Pre-Show party on Saturday, 3/24. LIMITED number of guests, NO TICKETS TO BUY. The only way in is with US! LISTEN for MANY WAYS to get on the guest list. Whether you live in the 'Burg or NOT, if you're heading to the area for the show - you have the chance to win! Keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter, and our website and of course...LISTEN FOR MORE INFO!!

Here is a short video clip of Joey and Howie talking about One Direction:

Video courtesy of lilylush

Here is a cute picture of Joey and his daughter "KK" (Kira) he sent out via Twitter today.

World of Johnny will be announcing an event (possibly with Donnie?) on March 11 in Los Angeles. Follow his Twitter page for details (which he will post probably later today).

The Hingham Patch reports that Donnie recently made a surprise appearance at Wahlburger's.

MTV posted an article about Jordan's Twitter response to Kirk Cameron's anti-gay comments.

Kirk Cameron is back in the headlines after he voiced his feelings about the gay community in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, saying that being gay is "unnatural."

"I think that it's - it's - it's unnatural. I think that it's - it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," he said. "Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't."

His statements angered another heartthrob of the 1980s, New Kid On The Block Jordan Knight, who only had this to say on Twitter in response: "Seriously Kirk?"

Jordan, whose fellow New Kid and brother Jonathan Knight came out publicly last year, later added, "Get right with yourself on the inside... Ya won't have to take the fight to the world.. #justsayin."

And he isn't the only one standing up against Kirk and his anti-gay stance. GLAAD also quickly responded to Kirk’s comments. "In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character," Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said in a statement. "Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation."

Monday, March 5, 2012

Win A Danny Wood Autographed Red Sox Jersey!

Danny is auctioning off an autographed Boston Red Sox jersey. If you donate $5 or more to a Team Betty 3 Day Walkers listed here (update: contest has ended), between now and March 31st, you'll be in a drawing for the jersey!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Jordan Knight coming to Fredericksburg, VA?

Radio station 993 The Vibe (Fredericksburg, VA) will be making an announcement about an appearance from Jordan Knight on Tuesday afternoon. Her show is from 2 - 7PM.

Here is a message Jordan recorded:

Hey Fredericksburg, it's Jordan Knight. I told you I'd be back and I meant it. I got a big surprise for you. Listen to Christal Blue on Tuesday afternoon to find out how you can spend the weekend with me, only from 993 The Vibe.

Joey McIntyre to attend A Night at Sardi's event on March 21

Joey McIntyre is scheduled to appear at the A Night at Sardi's fundraising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

Here is a little bit of information about the event from the Alzheimer's Association website:

"A Night at Sardi's" is an annual celebrity musical revue and awards dinner to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. More than 1,000 prominent political and entertainment industry leaders — in addition to celebrities — gather to recognize advances in the fight against Alzheimer's — and rally around the growing movement to end the disease.

To date, "A Night at Sardi's" has raised more than $19 million to address this rapidly growing health crisis. The Alzheimer's Association funds cutting-edge research, raises awareness and helps to address the needs of Americans living with the disease and their caregivers.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New York Post article about Blue Bloods

The NY Post has a story about "Blue Bloods". It's mostly about Tom Selleck, but there are a few quotes from Donnie towards the end.

‘Blood’ simple

Sunday dinner is where a cop drama like “Blue Bloods” settles down and reminds its audience that no matter how dangerous the streets of New York are, family is what’s important.

For many viewers, these scenes with the Reagans of Bay Ridge are nostalgic, summoning memories of a time when their own multigenerational families observed more traditions than they do today, when everyone didn’t live so far apart.

“A lot of families don’t have family dinners,” says Tom Selleck, who plays NYPD commissioner Frank Reagan. “Some people had them when they grew up but they don’t have it anymore. Some unfortunately never had it. A lot of people would like this to be the way it is. I wish I had that. Or wish I could go back to that.”

At the Broadway Stages on Diamond Street in Greenpoint, the family, who all seem to work in law enforcement, has gathered again, arguing about football and getting ready to dig in to a feast. We have a grandfather (Len Cariou), father (Tom Selleck), his children (Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Will Estes), the eldest son’s spouse (Amy Carlson) and the next generation, three grandchildren.
These scenes are special for the cast as well, Selleck says.

“You can work on a series — I don’t think most people realize this — even about a family like the Reagans and not see anybody for six weeks cause you’re off doing your part and they come in on a separate day. The thing I look forward is, once a show, there’s a family dinner,” says Selleck, who likes the show so much he flies in from his beloved 60-acre ranch in Ventura County to do it. “I get to see everybody. It’s just welcome and we reacquaint.

“We’re not the Waltons,” Selleck adds. “We’re not running around the table saying how much we love each other If you analyze our best dinners, it’s usually about a fight.”

Selleck talks about the show in the makeup room, his he-man frame filling a chair, his scratchy baritone as familiar as, well, a rerun of “Magnum, P.I.,” the series that made him an icon.

After starring on that show for eight years — it was still No. 1 when it went off the air — he left to have a family and now that his daughter, Hannah, is a student at LA’s Loyola Marymount University, Selleck was so ready to work again he even grew his mustache again for CBS.

To make sure the 67-year-old actor doesn’t drop dead from exhaustion, the show arranges the shooting schedule around Selleck’s life in California so that he has plenty of down time.

“When I’m at the ranch, I clear brush or plant a tree and it’s very real. I do a lot of physical work because I hate the gym,” he says. “I’ll go out at 10 in the morning and come in at 6 at night. It gives me time to think.”

Although he has kept his hand in the business in the last 20 years, most recently in the successful “Jesse Stone” TV-movies (the eighth installment will be broadcast in May), Selleck is keenly aware of how much things have changed — and how they haven’t.

“When I went to the [network] upfronts, it brought back a lot of old ‘Magnum’ memories,” he says. “One of the questions we got when we did ‘Magnum,’ in 1980, was about Thursday night. Thursday night was death. Not because there was competition. Nobody was watching TV. Between us and [Bill] Cosby, we kind of changed that and I guess that’s still the case. I like low expectations. It didn’t really matter whether I was uncomfortable with Friday night or not. If you build it, they’ll come. Hopefully.”

And they have come. “Blue Bloods” is the exception to the rule that Friday nights is a death trap for series. Its average audience for the season is 12 million viewers — about 3 million higher then CBS’ critical darling “The Good Wife” — and it has already been sold around the world.

Donnie Wahlberg, who plays Selleck’s eldest son, Danny Reagan, attributes the show’s success to old-fashioned story telling.

Staying under the radar turned out to be the best strategy.

“We don’t have the pressure other shows have. On Friday night, we have time to build an audience,” he says. “And we did that. Some people say it’s because of the economy. People can’t afford to go out and this show works for them.

“I think it’s a bunch of elements. They don’t make shows like this anymore,” Wahlberg says. “They don’t make shows about a family. Everyone started making a show about the murderers or the crack dealers down the block. They sorta kinda forgot about the regular family in the middle of the street. That’s what we are.”