Friday, May 31, 2013

Watch Donnie Wahlberg's after party ad

Here is an "PSA" from Donnie about the after parties:



The OFFICIAL NKOTB PACKAGE TOUR after parties!
Hosted by Donnie Wahlberg!
For more information and tickets visit VIP Nation: http://bit.ly/NKOTBAfterParty

Boston Strong Media and Reviews


Here are some reviews and articles about the Boston Strong concert:

Washington Post: James Taylor, Aerosmith, New Kids set to join other artists for Boston Marathon benefit show

Boston Globe: Aerosmith, James Taylor, Dropkicks, New Kids, Jason Aldean, lined up for Boston Strong

NECN: Star-studded One Fund Boston concert Thursday night at TD Garden

Hollywood Reporter: From Boy Bands to Boston Strong: How Jared Paul Puts on a Show

USA Today: Favorite sons Aerosmith, NKOTB keep Boston Strong

Examiner: Boston Strong Benefit Concert: NKOTB, Dane Cook talk about emotional night ahead

Yahoo: Benefit Concert Unites Americans In Love Of Boston, Hatred Of Dane Cook

Hollywood Reporter: 'Boston Strong': Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block Perform Benefit Concert (Video)

Chicago Tribune: Boston rockers play fundraiser for bomb victims

Billboard: Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, NKOTB Come Together for 'Boston Strong' Concert

E!: Boston Strong: Donnie Wahlberg, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett and More Stars Come Together for Concert

WA Today: Wahlberg joins New Kids for Boston bomb concert

AceShowbiz: New Kids On The Block and Other Boston Musicians Highlight Boston Benefit Concert




Boston Herald: Banding together for Boston

Watch NKOTB on One2One on ABC Spark Canada (Part 1)

Here is an interview NKOTB taped with One2One last month. They talk about their new album, being on their own label, their longevity, what do they do in their free time and more.


Video courtesy of yikes77

Watch NKOTB on Today

NKOTB was on the Today Show this morning. Here are the video clips:


Video courtesy of yikes77


Video courtesy of HD1080pvideosquality

Listen to Donnie Wahlberg on Kiss 108

Donnie called in to Kiss 108 and talked about the Boston Strong Concert and the New Kids/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men Concert on Monday.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Watch Donnie Wahlberg on Piers Morgan Live

Donnie was on Piers Morgan Live to talk about the Boston Marathon attacks and the Boston Strong concert.


Video courtesy of yikes77

Video Clips of NKOTB at the Boston Strong Concert

Since there were some streaming issues here is a summary and some video clips of NKOTB's appearance at the Boston Strong concert:

Donnie gave a speech...


Video courtesy of Sameolsong90

Then the Dropkick Murphys came on stage and performed. The Dropkick Murphy's ended their set with "Shipping Up to Boston", then NKOTB joined them on stage and they transitioned into "Hangin' Tough", then NKOTB performed "The Right Stuff". Then they were joined by Bel Biv DeVoe. BBD performed "Poison" and NKOTB danced in the background. Then they performed "Please Don't Go Girl" and "I'll Be Loving You Forever" and "Step By Step".  Donnie introduced Boyz II Men and both groups performed the song "One Sweet Day".

Here is the complete performance courtesy of berlinasxo:



NKOTB came back on stage for the encore with all the other performers and they all sang the Beatles "Come Together" followed by "Dirty Water" by The Standells (which is a song traditionally played at some sporting events in Boston, you can read about the history of it here).


Video courtesy of Bhthing Nkotb

Watch NKOTB on WHDH (Boston Strong coverage)

WHDH posted a couple short clips of Donnie being interviewed at the press conference in this news segment about the Boston Strong concert:

WHDH-TV 7News Boston

Donnie Wahlberg on CNN tonight

Photo from @PiersMorganLive

Donnie will be on Piers Morgan Live tonight on CNN. The show airs 9 p.m. in the US. Airs internationally at 11 p.m. UK/HK.

Photos of NKOTB at Boston Strong Press Conference and Rehearsal


New Kids, from left to right: Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jordan and Jonathan Knight at the Boston Strong pre-show press conference at the TD Garden. (from Getty Images)


.@NKOTB doing their thing at sound check! These boys a few tricks up their sleeves tonight. (from @concert4boston)


Four guys from NKOTB (no Joey) speak at Boston Strong concert press conference.. To be clear, Joey will be on stage with NKOTB tonight. He is meeting with some survivors' families this afternoon. (from @joshbNECN)


@dannywood and @IamStevenT rocking during soundcheck at #bostonstrong show @tdgarden (from @babsphoto)


'If we could have done this concert right on the spot we would have.' -Donnie Wahlberg of NKOTB #BostonStrong (from @mattdolloff)


NKOTB rehearsing with Dropkick Murphy's. #ohmygod #bostonstrong (from @darlingp1)

Reviews and articles about The Package Tour

Here are some links to reviews and articles about the Package Tour with NKOTB, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.

Boston Globe: New Kids on the Block unwrap the Package Tour

Radio.com: NKOTB Unwraps ‘The Package’ Tour In Connecticut

OK Magazine: NKOTB, 98 Degrees & Boyz II Men Launch The Package Tour—Get The Inside Scoop!

BostonGlobe.com: NKOTB on Boyz II Men

Mass Live: NKOTB takes over Mohegan Sun

Get after party tickets for NKOTB

The New Kids on the Block after party tickets for Uniondale and the 2 Boston shows (next week's shows) are now available at VIP Nation. More dates will be added later. Note: VIP Nation is saying there is no guarantee all 5 of the guys will be there.

VIP Admission ($150):
One admission into the NKOTB After Party
Meet & Greet photo op
One After Party laminate & wristband
YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO THE SHOW TO ATTEND THE NKOTB AFTER PARTY

General admission ($100)
One admission into the NKOTB After Party
One After Party laminate
YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO THE SHOW TO ATTEND THE NKOTB AFTER PARTY

Update: The after party for Friday's show at ULTRA 88 Nightclub can be purchased here.

Update 2: Looks like VIP Nation took down the link, but I'm sure it'll be back soon.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Watch videos of NKOTB in concert at opening night of The Package Tour

Here are some videos from NKOTB's performance at the opening night of The Package Tour last night at Mohegan Sun. Videos courtesy of ameeliu15.



























Watch the Boston Strong concert live

Update: If the iHeartRadio link is not working, try this link: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/cvplive/cvpstream1.html You can also listen to the audio stream at http://www.margaritaville.com/radio_flash.html (If the CNN stream is buffering a suggestion was to mute the CNN feed and play the Margaritaville audio).

You will be able to stream the Boston Strong concert live tomorrow night (May 30) at 7pm here. If you are outside the US, try CNN International.

Along with New Kids on the Block, the concert will also feature Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Dropkick Murphys, Extreme, J Geils Band, Carole King, James Taylor, Steven Wright and more.

You can donate to The One Fund by going here.

Boston Strong line up http://bit.ly/12S1ewI via @MassholeSports NKOTB's part starts at 8:37 with a presentation from Donnie.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

View NKOTB's set list for The Package Tour

I put this on a separate page so those that want to avoid spoilers can do so...

Click here for the New Kids on the Block set list for the Package Tour!

Update: There are a few early videos up on DeenasDays Youtube Channel.

NKOTB News for May 28

Here is the link to view VIP photos. The password is: packagevip

Here are some minor Package Tour spoilers:


Jordan was asked by Billboard Magazine who his dream touring partners would be. He said he'd chose The Beatles, Take That,  New Edition, Robin Thicke and *N SYNC. Click here for the full article.

Kilo Kish has done a re-make of Jordan's song "Give it to you". You can listen her version below:

Monday, May 27, 2013

NKOTB News for May 27

Tomorrow is the opening night of The Package tour. If you want spoilers and updates from fans attending the show, follow this list.

Tickets for the after party tomorrow night with Donnie and Danny will go on sale at 8PM here.

Jordan and Danny were interviewed on ShawConnect. You can also read Ashley Gibson's blog about interviewing them and see photos of them here.

NKOTB will be ABC Spark in Canada on Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30et/4:30pt!

Joey is quoted a few times in this Boston Globe article about Boston Strong.

WCVB posted an article about Joey putting on his Boston Marathon medal on during the NKOTB cruise.

NKOTB posted a sneak peak of a few items that will be available for sale at the shows. Check them out here.

Danny shared the recipe for the turkey burgers featured during BBQ Wood here.

Check out some Vine clips from Jordan and Joey:



Here are some NKOTB cruise videos from the game show "Wheel of NKOTB Fun". Group B courtesy of MsHME79 and group A videos courtesy of yikes77.



















Second show:











Friday, May 24, 2013

Watch NKOTB on Sucre Sale

Donnie, Danny and Jonathan were interviewed on Sucre Sale. They talk about Montreal, the release of "10", their fans and more. Here is the video clip:


Video courtesy of yikes77

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NKOTB Cruise Update - Watch Clips of the Concert

Here are some video clips of the New Kids on the Block performing an acoustic show on the cruise courtesy of 26ula:









NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update - Watch Video Clips from The Back Rub

Here are a few clip of the "Back Rub" on the Lido deck courtesy of Wildrosegirl76











NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update - Watch "Duets at Dusk" videos

Here are videos of Joe's "Duets at Dusk" courtesy of 26ula

You Belong To Me


Time after Time


Falling in Love With You


Islands in the Stream


As Long As You're Mine


Hello


I Will Always Love You

NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update #6 (Speeches)

Here are a couple speeches from the guys while on the cruise:

Joey's speech at Duets at Dusk. He talks about the Boston Marathon and thanks the fans for their support:

Video courtesy of 26ula

Jon's speech on GPS night

Video courtesy of meldiva75

Donnie (and Jonathan's) speech at the end of the cruise:

Video courtesy of lioneris

NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update #5 (New Song)

Last Joey and Danny performed an unreleased song that did not make their last CD. Here is a video of the performance:


Video courtesy of shortprincezz03

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update #4

Yesterday was the day at Nassau.  Danny did a presentation on healthy eating with "BBQ Wood" and played some beer pong. Donnie was joined by Joey and Jordan for a "Back Rub" on the Lido deck (this was the re-scheduled "Mystery event"). Group B attended their acoustic concert with the guys and last night's theme was "Remix".

Check out some photos from these fans (new ones added)


  • NKOTB (Official Instagram)

  • Cuttersftbll

  • pattiw23

  • Nkotb_Argentina

  • Puncek725

  • beariley

  • PlanetaNkotb

  • lioneris

  • meldiv75

  • TinchenFFM

  • yikes77

  • LaReinaWood

  • DDubsDame



  • Here are some video clips courtesy of lioneris:








    Joey McIntyre buys house near Boston


    The Boston Globe posted an article about Joey buying a house near Boston.
    Joey McIntyre buys a place in Plymouth
    Contrary to what Thomas Wolfe wrote, you can go home again. Just ask Joey McIntyre. The New Kid on the Block has been living in Los Angeles for several years, but he’s just bought a home on the South Shore. According to the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, Joey Mac and his wife, Barrett, paid $450,000 for a place in Plymouth. No, the kid from Roslindale isn’t uprooting his family and moving back. “We’re firmly in LA — kids, school, career, etc. — but we found a little getaway in Plymouth,” McIntyre told us. “It’s nice to know my [three] kids will have a piece of Boston in their lives.” NKOTB, about to hit the road with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, will be at TD Garden May 30 for the One Fund Boston benefit.

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    Win a trip to Mix Tape Festival and Meet NKOTB

    Ryan Seacrest is having a contest to win tickets and a meet and greet with the New Kids on the Block at Mixtape Festival. The prize also includes airfare and hotel! Here are the details:


    Win VIP Access to Mixtape Festival at Hershey Park, PA to see NKOTB, Train, OneRepublic, Gavin DeGraw and more!
    Trip for two includes:
    • VIP tickets to Mixtape Festival at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA
    • Roundtrip coach airfare
    • 3 night hotel accommodations
    • Meet and Greet with NKOTB, Jonas Brothers and Hanson!

    Click here to enter!

    Sunday, May 19, 2013

    NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update #3

    Check out the links below for photos from fans who are currently on the New Kids on the Block cruise:


    Here are few sail away party videos courtesy of NKOTBfax578





    Saturday, May 18, 2013

    NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update #2

    The guys have boarded the boat!  Here are some photos of the guys arriving on the cruise (Danny, Donnie, Joe, and Jordan courtesy of @Emmamour, Jonathan courtesy of @lakersRN24).







    NKOTB Cruise 2013 Update #1

    To get updates from NKOTB cruisers on Twitter follow these lists:

    "NKOTB Cruise 2013" 
    "NKOTB Cruise 2013 Part 2"

    To view the lists on your phone - click on my profile (@nkotbnews), open up "lists", then select "NKOTB Cruise 2013" or "NKOTB Cruise 2013 Part 2".

    Some early news about the cruise:

    From @ktsummer: Game show is wheel of fun and the concert is acoustic! Eeeee!

    Program cover from @imnangl




    Friday, May 17, 2013

    Listen to Danny Wood on Mix 104.1

    Danny was on Karson and Kennedy's show on Mix 104.1. They talk about Danny and Jordan's birthdays, and a contest to party with NKOTB at your house and more!

    Click here to listen!

    NKOTB TV Appearance on ET Canada on Monday

    The New Kids on the Block appearing will be on "ET Canada Conversations: New Kids On The Block" on ET Canada on Monday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Check out Rick Campanelli's blog about NKOTB's visit to Canada last month here.

    Watch Donnie Wahlberg's interview with Brisbane Times

    Donnie talks about the nature of heroes, the police and playing Tom Selleck's son in Blue Bloods in this interview clip from Brisbane Times:

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Watch NKOTB interview with E!


    E! interviewed the New Kids on the Block while they were rehearsing for the upcoming tour. They show the host some of their dance moves and answer a couple questions from fans.

    Click here to watch!

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Donnie Wahlberg at 2013 TNT/TBS Upfront

    Donnie was at he 2013 TNT/TBS Upfront in support of Boston’s Finest. Here are some photos!

    Donnie with Vince Vaughn


    Donnie with Angie Harmon




    Donnie with Manny Canuto, Diamantino Araujo, Jen Penton and Greg Dankers from Boston’s Finest.

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    Joey McIntyre "one man show" coming soon?

    Candace Cameron Bure (from Full House) posted a blog that mentioned that she and Andrea Barber got to see an "under the radar performance of Joey McIntyre’s latest project: a one man show about his life story". Check out her full blog post here.

    Friday, May 10, 2013

    Watch NKOTB on Access Hollywood

    Access Hollywood featured a segment about the New Kids on the Block today. They interviewed about the Boston attacks and the upcoming Boston Strong concert. They also showed some footage of the guys rehearsing for the summer tour!


    Video courtesy of yikes77

    Boston's Finest renewed for second season

    Boston's Finest has been renewed for second season! Here is a short article about it from the Boston Herald:


    TNT renews 'Boston's Finest' - for shorter season

    TNT has renewed the unscripted series "Boston's Finest" for a second season, scheduled to air early in 2014.

    The Donnie Wahlberg-produced show received a six-episode order - down from eight episodes this season.

    As part of its renewal deal, the show will also air on sister channel CNN.

    The show follows several members of the Boston Police Department and shows some of the personal struggles these law enforcement officers endure outside their shifts.

    Preview clips of tonight's Blue Bloods episode "This Way Out"

    Here are some preview clips tonight's season finale of Blue Bloods:





    As the Reagans rally together to take down the leader of the gang responsible for the murder of someone close to them, Danny looks to the gang leader's girlfriend to lead them to him. Meanwhile, Frank is left reeling from a second loss.

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    View photos of Jordan and Joey in Denver


    Jordan and Joey were at a special event hosted by radio station Alice 105.9 in Denver last Friday. You can view photos of them here!

    Donnie Wahlberg interview with Mix 104.1

    Donnie talks about the Boston Police department's decision to shut down Boston and his kids' reaction to the attack. He also talks about preparing for the opening week of the Package Tour and the Boston Strong Concert and trying to convince Mark Wahlberg to appear at the show. You can listen to the complete interview here (scroll down to the bottom). Here is a couple video clips as well:

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    Watch Jordan Knight on NBC 10

    Jordan was interviewed by NBC 10 about preparing for the upcoming Package Tour and more. Here is the video:

    News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Article: Star-studded lineup for 'Boston Strong' benefit


    Here is an article from the The Boston Globe in which Donnie talks about the Boston Strong concert on May 30th.

    Donnie Wahlberg at the announcement of the concert to benefit victims of the Marathon bombings.

    A star-studded rock ’n’ roll fund-raiser on behalf of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is shaping up to be a cause for serious celebration.

    The event, dubbed “Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration,” is set for May 30 at the TD Garden, and will include four hours of music and comedy from some of the biggest names in Boston (and beyond), including Aerosmith, Boston, New Kids on the Block, James Taylor and Carole King, the J. Geils Band, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, and Steven Wright.

    Tickets, which will be priced from $35 to $285 — with no surcharges or fees — go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at www.ticketmaster.com. Net proceeds from the show will benefit The One Fund, which has so far raised more than $27 million for victims of the bombings.

    At a press conference Friday at the House of Blues, veteran promoter Don Law of Live Nation credited New Kids on the Block for suggesting a concert to benefit those affected by the horrific events of April 15. Law said all of the bands are playing for free, and TD Garden, Ticketmaster, and several hotels are also participating at no charge. (Law said labor and shipping will be the only expenses.)


    New Kids member Donnie Wahlberg, back in Boston for the first time since the bombings, became emotional as he spoke of his desire to do something — anything — to help the city and lift people’s spirits.

    “I’m very rarely speechless, but I find myself searching for words today,” he said. “[The bombings] affected all of us to the core and we all feel compelled to fight back, to step up, and this is our way to do that.”

    Wearing a Red Sox hat and a black Boston Police T-shirt, Wahlberg said he and bandmate Joey McIntyre, who’d just finished the Marathon when the bombs exploded, talked immediately afterward about playing a benefit.

    “It just kind of rolled from there,” he said.

    The stellar lineup, which apparently is still coming together, also includes Godsmack, Extreme, and country star Jason Aldean. (Notable for their absence are the Cars, who, we’re told, have not been approached about playing.)

    Law said Aerosmith is on the bill even though the band has a show in Singapore a few days before. Buffett, he said, reached out after the bombings and asked to participate if such a concert was scheduled.

    Concern about resellers scalping tickets at sky-high prices has prompted organizers to use paperless tickets. That means people who purchase tickets will have to present the credit card used to make the purchase and a valid ID to get into the concert.

    Law acknowledged that the paperless ticketing system presents problems of its own — 15,000 people showing credit cards and IDs at the door will slow things down — but it’s the best way to inhibit scalpers. Before the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, tickets originally priced from $150 to $2,500 were selling on the secondary market for several thousand dollars each.

    “We’re doing everything we can to keep the brokers out of this,” said Law.

    The show will start promptly at 7 p.m. and sets will be kept short in order to get all of the acts onstage. Asked if his brother, actor Mark Wahlberg, might reunite with the Funky Bunch at the show, Donnie smiled. (Mark had said “Why not?” when asked if he and the Funky Bunch might perform at a benefit for victims.)

    “Mark definitely wants to be there,” said Donnie. “Will he rap? I don’t know. I produced that record, so I’d sure like it if he did.”

    But Donnie said the big draw for him wouldn’t be his brother.

    “You’d probably be surprised that my favorite artist on the bill is Carole King,” he said. “I’m really excited to see her perform.”

    Watch WBZ news report about ‘Boston Strong’ Concert

    Here is another clip from WBZ Boston about the ‘Boston Strong’ Concert:



    Watch clip of Donnie Wahlberg on WBZ

    Here is a clip of Donnie on WBZ Channel 4 talking about the Boston Strong concert benefiting The One Fund Boston.


    Video courtesy of yikes77

    Donnie Wahlberg on WHDH-TV 7News

    Here is a news segment from WHDH-TV 7News in Boston about the Boston Strong concert. It also includes clips of Donnie at the press conference announcing the event.


    Video courtesy of yikes77

    Donnie at Boston Strong concert announcement (WCVB)

    WCVB reported on the Boston Strong concert and interviewed Donnie.



    Video courtesy of yikes77

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    Watch Donnie Wahlberg's interview with Mix 104.1

    Mix 104.1 talked to Donnie following the announcement of the Boston Strong concert to benefit The One Fund Boston. Here is the clip:

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    Blue Bloods "The Bitter End" preview clips

    Here are a couple preview clips of tonight's episode of Blue Bloods called "The Bitter End":



    Jordan Knight gives preview of New Kids On The Block tour

    Jordan talked about the Package Tour with NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men in a news segment on NECN.

    Click here to watch!

    Boston Strong benefit concert announced

    The Boston Strong concert has officially been announced. Here is the line up and ticket sales info.

    MAY 30, 2013 7:30PM
    TD GARDEN

    Line up:
    AEROSMITH
    JASON ALDEAN
    BOSTON
    JIMMY BUFFETT
    DANE COOK
    EXTREME
    J GEILS BAND
    GODSMACK
    CAROLE KING
    NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
    JAMES TAYLOR
    STEVEN WRIGHT
    AND SPECIAL GUESTS

    TICKETS ON SALE AT TICKETMASTER.COM OR THE TD GARDEN BOX OFFICE || MAY 6, 2013 AT 10AM ET

    For more info, visit their website at http://aconcertforboston.org/.

    NKOTB on the Today Show May 31

    NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will be making an appearance on the Today Show on May 31. For more info go here.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    NKOTB to be a part of benefit concert in Boston on May 30

    The Boston Globe is reporting that the New Kids on the Block will be a part of a benefit concert for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on May 30 at TD Garden.

    Here is the article:

    Biggest names in Boston music to join The One Fund benefit

    As we first reported, a blockbuster concert benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings will be held May 30 at TD Garden. Live Nation’s Don Law, one of the event’s organizers, will announce the line-up Friday at a press conference at the House of Blues. We’d heard the benefit for The One Fund would include some of the biggest names in Boston music, and, apparently, we heard right. According to people privy to the planning, among the acts expected to perform are Boston, the J. Geils Band, James Taylor and Carole King, New Kids on the Block, and Jimmy Buffett. (Although Buffett isn’t from Boston, the “Margaritaville” singer has a rabid fan base here and is close friends with Law.) No word on what tickets to the rock n’ roll fundraiser might cost or what, if anything, will be done to prevent ticket resellers from selling tickets at sky-high prices. In the days leading up to the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, tickets originally priced from $150 to $2,500 were selling on the secondary market for several thousand dollars each. The lineup for The One Fund benefit is stellar -- each of the acts has sold out the Garden in the past -- and we’re told more bands could be added.

    Listen to Jordan Knight on Mix 105.1

    Jordan Knight was interviewed by Mix 105.1 in Orlando. He talks about being on tour with NKOTB now verses back in the day and more.

    Click here to listen!

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Cranston Patch talks to Jordan Knight

    Jordan talked to the Cranston Patch about his gym and training for the upcoming tour and more.

    Taking fitness ‘Step-By-Step’ with Jordan Knight

    Have you ever wanted to know how Jordan Knight of New Kids On The Block stays fit and performance-ready? Fit World of Cranston, the facility owned by the singer-songwriter, is now offering a program based off of the routine Knight has been using to prepare for New Kids On The Block’s upcoming tour.

    Knight was at the Cranston facility Monday to demonstrate some aspects of Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning program, which is now being integrated into Fit World’s group training classes.

    While preparing for “The Package Tour,” which will feature New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Knight began working with celebrity trainer Mike Boyle. Considered an expert in sports performance training, Boyle has worked with professional athletes from the Boston Bruins, New England Revolution and the Boston Red Sox, among others.

    Knight began Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning program about a month ago in preparation for the start of the 50-city tour. Knight will perform with his fellow New Kids five nights a week for two hours each night.

    He says Boyle’s program is improving his physical strength and endurance, adding that he can feel a difference in everyday activities and says he has more energy.

    Knight was impressed with the program and asked if Boyle would help him bring it to Fit World, a facility Knight has owned for years. The New England native opened his first health club in Cranston in 1995 but moved the facility in 2008 and renamed it.

    “I found this building and figured I could make a nice gym here,” he said.
    With the help of his brother, Knight researched different areas and determined that the demographics and need for a good gym were present in Cranston.

    “At the time, there weren’t many gyms in the area; there weren’t many good gyms,” said Knight.

    Back on the gym floor this week, Knight was hard at work performing some of the program’s drills with the help of Fit World Trainer Brandon Burton.

    To accommodate the new program, cardio and strength machines have been moved to create an open area where participants can perform some of the grueling drills. A small area of AstroTurf has been laid down to accommodate a large weight sled that needs to be pushed along the mat. Knight joked that the area looked like a fitness playground.

    During the demonstration, Knight utilized mini-hurdles, a floor ladder, medicine balls, resistance bands and ropes, and pushed the 130-pound sled with weights.

    Although he has been training for some time, Knight can still work up a sweat with some of the drills. After performing one exercise that required Knight to continuously move two large ropes that were secured on one end to a stationary object, the performer was visibly winded.

    “That is hard,” he said. “That works muscles you didn’t even know you had.”

    Knight said that being fit is not only about looking lean or “looking fit,” but also about feeling better and having endurance, especially for someone like him who dances on stage regularly. Knight said this workout program is not a boring routine that becomes easier over time.

    “These types of trainers like to spring things on you,” said Jordan, explaining that just when a person may get used to a certain set of exercises in the program, the routine will change. “They throw you a curve ball.”

    While it follows the recent fad of functional training, Knight says the program at Fit World is unique because it is based on the program from Boyle, who has been working with some of the best athletes for 20-plus years.

    “Our thing is the real deal,” said Knight.

    Knight also says Fit World benefits by being an independently owned facility. He feels they have the independence to implement unique programs such as Boyle’s.

    “You can do what is best for your members,” he said.

    The program at Fit World has been integrated into functional training classes and all Fit World trainers have been instructed by Boyle to better understand the program.

    While the idea of performing the same workout as professional athletes and performers may be overwhelming, Knight and the trainers at Fit World insist the program is for all ages and ability levels.

    “We go through an evaluation process,” said Burton, who explained that individuals come in, sign up for the program and go through a process with a trainer to evaluate their current fitness levels and goals they have. The trainer will then adapt the program to the individual’s ability.
    Training can occur in groups of four or five people, as well as larger group classes of 10. There is also an option for semi-private training, which consists of one trainer and two clients. The session will have each client performing a different exercise while the trainer monitors and works with both.

    “It’s been really popular. People have seen a lot of results,” said Fit World Manager George Sweeney, who estimates between 110 and 115 members are part of the program. The program costs $198 a month for two hour-long sessions each week. “It comes out to roughly $25 a session,” said Sweeney.

    In addition to the adult program, Fit World will be implementing a version of the program for kids and teens for the summer.

    “It’s more like a kids activity program,” said Burton of the program designed for 8- to 11-year-olds. “For the little ones, it is about being active.”

    Burton explained that the kids in the younger group would be working on movement as opposed to strength training; they would not be pushing the 130-pound sled Knight does.

    The second youth program will be for ages 12 to 18 and be more sports-focused. The goal of that program is to keep teens in shape for fall sports during the summer months.

    “It is more specific to their sport,” said Burton.

    Knight says the children’s program is important because it encourages kids to be active in a time when child obesity is on the rise. A father of two boys, Knight says he always encourages his kids to go outside, and they play sports year-round. Plus, Knight jokes that having active kids can benefit parents.

    “When you keep your kids active, they tend to go to sleep,” he said.

    To individuals who feel they are not up for the challenge of a workout mirroring famous pop stars and pro athletes, Knight says not to worry.

    “Just jump in. We take all shapes and sizes here. We aren’t trying to make body builders; we aren’t that kind of gym,” said Knight.

    He says Fit World is a positive and welcoming environment, no matter one’s fitness level.

    “Everyone feels a little intimidated at times, even I feel intimidated sometimes,” said Knight, saying he is nervous when trying new things on stage. The key, he says, is to try new things and work through the nerves.

    For more information about Fit World and functional training classes, stop by the facility at 30 Kenney Drive in Cranston or call the gym at 464-4055.

    “The Package Tour” will kick off on May 28; New Kids On The Block is expected to perform all of their hits, as well as new material from their latest album “10.”

    Shows in the area are at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. (May 28 to May 30) and TD Garden in Boston, Mass. (June 2 and June 3). Check out thepackage-tour.com for details; more dates may be added.