Thursday, December 29, 2022
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
The official New Kids on the Block account posted this preview clip of the "Making of the Tour" documentary/Mixtape Tour concert!
Hey Blockheads! Here’s a first look at the Mixtape Tour 2022 - Live from Philadelphia! Full length concert + making of the tour documentary premieres January 8 exclusively on @Veeps ! Tickets on sale now at https://t.co/c52B5taOV0 pic.twitter.com/cKepawgXhg— New Kids on the Block (@NKOTB) December 28, 2022
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
The guys were a little quiet this year for the holidays... In my last post I didn't have anything about Jonathan, but it seems there were more Jonathan sightings than any of the other guys thanks to his friends and family who posted over the weekend. And there's even a couple Jordan sightings!
Dave Knight shared on his social media that the Knight family went ice skating in Gloucester, MA yesterday! He shared this group shot of the family and even some of Jonathan's Farmhouse Fixer family were there!
This is Dave's photo of him and Jonathan with their sisters Allison and Sharon:
Harley shared this clip:
Kristina Crestin shared this photo:
Dave also shared a couple photos of the family together on Christmas Day at Jon and Harley's house:
Harley shared a photo of their Christmas tree:
Victoria Levy shared a photo of her with Jon and Harley in front of that tree!
Donnie shared this on an Instagram story:
Then on Sunday night, he posted this on Twitter:
Formless Beauty shared a photo of the winner of the Christmas Day Facetime with Donnie and Jenny:
If you were wondering about the names of Donnie and Jenny's dogs, Jenny posted their Christmas Card and introduced all their pups!
Don't forget, there are a few fundraisers for Remember Betty still going on. There are still tickets available for Danny's zoom call on January 7! Click here to get yours!
Also, Remember Betty merchandise is available to purchase until January 7! Click here to get yours!
Joey has not posted since my previous post, but it looks like his son Griffin might have gotten a pet snake for Christmas?
Saturday, December 24, 2022
We have another Jordan sighting! Jordan was at the Boston Bruins game on Thursday night with his brother, Dave and other members of the extended Knight family. Dave Knight shared these on his Instagram:
It seems that Danny sightings are becoming almost as rare as Jordan sightings, but did you see he updated his Instagram profile photo? I know it's tiny, but it saved small because it was a profile photo.
Donnie shared a better quality version of his and Jenny's Christmas card photo!
Donnie shared some words of encouragement in some of his recent Instagram story posts:
He also shared his tribute to Thom Bell, who passed away on Thursday:
Joey shared a video clip of their Christmas tree all decorated and complete with the Elf on the Shelf:
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Here's a video of him on his Instagram stories a couple days ago talking about adding that show:
Joey was featured in Debbie Gibson's episode of "Soundcheck" on PBS. Joey's part starts about 11 minutes in...
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Donnie hinted that there will be some special guests on their upcoming album. He mentioned the 15th anniversary of "The Block" again, but said they are planning something unrelated to that! He also said "Bring Back the Time" was part of several songs they recorded around that time and they almost put out an album around that time (didn't say exactly why they didn't though).
They also talk a bit about the Face the Music album, and he remembers something in particular about a photo shoot from that era. They also ask him some "this or that" questions, such as "which show did Donnie like better: Wahlburgers or Donnie Love Jenny?"
Also, Donnie's step-son Evan joined briefly, and they said that Evan did a project with Lars (a producer the New Kids have worked with) and it'll be out in a few weeks.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Jordan was interviewed by Boston Globe!
NKOTB’s Jordan Knight on his newly reopened Novara restaurant, very manageable backstage food requests, and favorite band
Plus: He’s bad with names. And right now, he’s really into Fleetwood Mac.
By Kara Baskin Globe Correspondent
If you’re a certain age, you definitely remember Milton’s Jordan Knight, 52, as a founding member of New Kids on the Block. These days, he’s also a restaurateur. Knight co-owns Novara, a Northern Italian restaurant in East Milton Square in the old Milton Cinema space. A fire tore through the kitchen in early November — though, happily, nobody was hurt. It reopens this week.
You’re known as a performer — and, I should say, I have some friends who are very envious that I’m talking to you right now. How did you get involved in restaurants?
There’s a restaurant in East Milton Square called Abby Park. My wife and I went there all the time, It had good food, consistent. We got to know the owner [Vance Welch] and stuff like that. He asked me if I wanted to join him in creating this restaurant. He showed me the location, the plans, and stuff like that. I liked the idea because the location is an old movie theater — one of those old movie theaters with one screen. Mostly, I thought it was a good idea just because there wasn’t much around there. There wasn’t any high-scale restaurant like something you’d go to in Boston. It looks like a big loft: high ceilings, exposed brick, huge bar, really good food. I just thought it would be something that Milton needed. People come from all around. Instead of going all the way into the city, they can just stop in Milton and get the same experience.
The food’s Italian. [Original chef Tony DeRienzo] also worked at Abby Park, where we went, and he’d do a great job. His grandmother taught him how to cook Italian food. He’s amazing.
What was your favorite hangout growing up in Dorchester? What did you eat?
Well, I lived right near the courthouse in Codman Square. There was Church’s fried chicken that I used to go to. Way back in the ‘70s, there was actually a Friendly’s up there — no, a Brigham’s. We used to go there. In Fields Corner, where I used to hang out when I was a young teenager, breakdancing, there was a place called Hi-Fi Pizza that was pretty much famous. Everybody went there.
Where do you eat now?
I’m pretty non-adventurous. I still go to Abby Park. My wife and I have friends who like to take us places. I recently went to a place called Mooo in the Seaport. And I went to a place in the old Ritz. I’m bad with names. What’s it called? Bear with me. Contessa. Great food.
When you’re out and about, do you get recognized or can you fly below the radar? Are you accosted by former 1990s teens?
When we first hit the scene, it was unbearable to go outside to go to a mall or whatever. Now it’s perfect, because people don’t freak out. They’re just excited. They’ll just be like, “Can I get a picture? Can I get a selfie?” It’s very calm. It’s kind of like the best of both worlds. You get recognized, but it’s not a pain in the butt. Just yesterday, we were at the Celtics game, then we went to a place after to watch the Patriots. They were full to capacity and one of the guys was like, “Hey, aren’t you Jordan? Can I take a selfie? I want to make my wife jealous!” I took a selfie with him, and he let us in the place.
What’s the best bar in Boston?
I’m not a drinker, but …
Or the best place to watch a game. Where were you yesterday?
I can Google it. Hold on one sec. Banners Kitchen & Tap. Lots of big screens.
What’s different about Boston now versus when you were growing up?
It feels just more populated. Put it this way: I was 2 years old when we moved to Dorchester. My parents bought a big Victorian house in Dorchester for about 30 grand with a 12 or 15 percent interest rate or something like that. It’s funny: We’re complaining about interest rates now. … That house recently sold for about $2 million.
Everyone in Dorchester has a certain pride being originally from Dorchester. And I like that. It’s almost like the dream is you grew up in Dorchester and then you moved to, you know, Braintree or Milton or whatever. There’s a lot of people in Milton and different places who are originally from Dorchester, which is cool. And then there’s a certain pride in growing up in Dorchester because it was just such a big neighborhood and rich in diversity.
I’ve got to ask: When you were touring, did you have special requests in your rider? Like: no green M&Ms?
A lot of people want to know this, because they have a certain image. It might capture people’s imagination, being able to ask for whatever you want for your dressing room: “I want candles, and I only can have like silk curtains.” You know, it was just crazy stuff. We were never like that. We have very few things on our rider. We have peanut butter and jelly, wheat bread, bananas, apples, chips like Cheetos or Doritos, Red Bull, water. We like to make protein shakes, so ingredients like almond milk and protein powder and stuff like that. So yeah, we’re pretty basic. Very basic.
Do you ever eat at Wahlburgers? People probably ask you that all the time, too.
I’ve eaten many times at Wahlburgers. After the show, if we’re close to a Wahlburgers, Donnie will be like: “You guys want Wahlburgers?” It definitely comes in handy.
What should people order at Novara? What are your favorite things to eat?
Since day one, I’ve always liked the chicken parm, meatballs. Honestly, there’s so many good things. I like the simple stuff. Chicken, broccoli and ziti, calamari, salmon piccata.
What else are you working on right now besides the restaurant?
This is kind of a year off for us. We’re doing a couple private events, and we’re doing a cruise, which we do pretty much every year, with the fans. It’s a four-day cruise. We go from Miami to the Bahamas and back. And my brother [Jonathan] has a show called “Farmhouse Fixer” on HGTV. So he’ll call me every once in a while and be like, “Do you want to be in an episode?” It’s been fun to watch how they make the show behind the scenes and watch them film. And, when it’s airing, it’s fun because my whole family gets together and watches the show.
A few quick questions: What’s your favorite ice cream place in Boston?
I’m bad with names, but I know the place. I’m thinking of it. Ice Creamsmith in Lower Mills.
Ben Affleck or Matt Damon: If you had to be friends with one of them, who would you choose?
They come in a pair. I’d have to hang out with both of them.
If you’re at Fenway Park, what are you eating?
Just a regular hot dog with mustard and ketchup.
Who’s your favorite musician right now?
You know who I’ve been listening to? It’s Fleetwood Mac. I just made a Fleetwood Mac playlist.
I wasn’t expecting that response. Who knew?
I wasn’t expecting it, either.
Joey just announced he will be doing another show at the Bourbon Room tomorrow night! This one will be very intimate and in the "front lounge", so seating is limited to just 50 people!
Tickets go on sale at 10am! Click here for tickets!
Monday, December 19, 2022
Donnie hinted there will be a special behind the scenes of the Mixtape Tour out soon, and here it is!
Premiering Sunday, January 8th, Veeps will be streaming the Mixtape Tour concert they did in Philadelphia on June 29, 2022. As a special bonus, it will include a "making of the tour documentary"!
It'll be available for 10 days after the start of the event, which premieres at 2PM on January 8th!
Here is the summary from their on sale page:
This is your chance to experience the magic of the MIXTAPE TOUR once again or for the first time. Shot live in Philadelphia on the New Kids on the Block record-setting 2022 tour, join your favorite boys from Boston and legendary guests Salt-n-Pepa, En Vogue, and Rick Astley for this one-of-a-kind concert film experience. Viewers will also be treated to an exclusive making of the tour documentary that takes you on a journey behind the scenes of how this unique tour came to be created. Premiering Sunday, January 8th exclusively on VEEPS.
Update - make sure you sign up for the Q&A with NKOTB - it's free, but it's a separate ticket! This part will not be available for replay later.
As far as I can tell, you don’t need a special app to view it unless you want to use the Veeps app. It’s kind of like YouTube - there’s an app, but I think you can view it in a web browser. If I’m wrong about that, let me know.
Here's what Joey had to say about the documentary:
Blockheads, I got a sneak peek of this epicness!!
And it is soooo fun. Amazing to see it from the other side. #Blockheads, you have once again stole the show!!! Can’t wait for us to experience this again together on January 8th!! @VEEPS got you covered!!
And here's what Donnie said:
Experience all the joy, all the fun and all the confetti, of the MIXTAPE TOUR — once again or for the first time. Premiering on January 8, exclusively on @Veeps, we’re bringing the magic back! We’re also bringing back — @saltnpepaofficial, @envoguemusic and @officialrickastley for this one-of-a-kind concert film experience. Plus (as promised) watch the EXCLUSIVE making of the tour DOCUMENTARY, that takes you on a journey behind the scenes of how this unique tour was created, from start to finish! Order tickets now! Link in bio! Lets gooooo! 🤖❤️♾💫✨🎉🔥🎤🕺🕺🏻🕺🏻🕺🏼🕺🏽
At last night's show at the Bourbon Room, Joey said there will be an announcement sometime today. It sounded like it might be New Kids on the Block related! Maybe it's the behind-the-scenes video that Donnie mentioned will be coming soon?
The organizers behind "Joe Macs Birthday Project" were able to give their completed book to Joey at his show at the Bourbon Room last Sunday night. The book is a great look back at Joey's solo career. A digital version of the book as available to view here!
Rachael Lawrence Douglass on Instagram posted a couple photos of Joey at the IAMA Theatre Company fundraiser last week. Click here to view!
Marcello Ambriz (Faculty Management member and former tour photographer) shared this photo he took of Jordan on his Instagram stories.
There is a trend on Instagram and TikTok where people take their video clips of someone and put them in a boat. Donnie encouraged fans to make videos of him...
Donnie posted his reaction to all the boat videos:
Donnie flew home on Thursday night and he shared this photo of him on the plane...
He also shared this Instagram story originally shared by newkid.savvy. He said that a NKOTB cereal was almost a thing, but it didn't taste that great.
Donnie got a sneak peek at his Funko Pop!
And he and his dog Lady, were spotted at the Wahlburger's in St. Charles on Saturday night. Here's a video clip from TX EMT Girl Amanda
The best Christmas Gift ever 🤖❤️♾️💫🎄 pic.twitter.com/7Ua2PtlHid— TX EMT Girl Amanda 🚑 (@DdubsTXEMT1980) December 18, 2022
Remember Betty has been sharing this on their social media:
Jonathan shared a photo of the gift he got from the executive producer of Farmhouse Fixer!
Sunday, December 18, 2022
PBS NJ Soundcheck host Jen Eckert talked with Joey as a part of the Debbie Gibson episode of "Soundcheck". In this video clip, she gave Joey a holiday quiz. He is asked what his favorite holiday movie is (his answer will surprise you), favorite classic holiday song, the best Christmas present growing up, artificial versus real Christmas trees and if they should have white or colorful lights, how early does he do his holiday shopping, what’s currently on his music playlist, and he is asked to describe Debbie Gibson in three words.
The full episode of Soundcheck will air on PBS NJ on December 20th!
In this second video Joey talks about his upcoming projects, and his sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in January.
Friday, December 16, 2022
Back in 2017 Donnie and Jenny were promoting the Wahlburgers TV show and they stopped by New York Live for an interview. Check out the video below where they talk about "Blondies by Jenny", renewing their vows, and more!
Video courtesy of Michelle Miller
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Donnie joined in on Jenny McCarthy's Instagram Live tonight! They talked about her new line of Formless Beauty products: "The Nude Collection". For a limited time, if you order all three, they come with an autographed photo of Donnie and Jenny! Donnie mentioned he would randomly send out some of his concert-worn hats to people that buy the 3 pack (even if you have already bought yours, you're still eligible to win a hat).