Danny posted a new blog where he shows us the inside of his tour bus! Check out the video below!
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
In case you missed it, Donnie was recently interviewed by Mojo in the Morning!
The guys are in Philadelphia tonight after two days off! Joey spent his days off in Philadelphia. He and Griffin got a chance to see Big Time Rush in concert last night (photos from Joey's Instagram):
Donnie was recently interviewed on the Mojo in the Morning show! Check out the interview below! Donnie talks about Blue Bloods, the money they made, Wahlburgers and seeing their products in the supermarket, The Masked Singer, the Very Scary People podcast, and more!
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Monday, June 27, 2022
If you haven't already, check out some new footage from the New Kids on the Block's appearance on the Kelly Clarkson Show!
Speaking of TV, CBS has announced that the season 13 premiere of Blue Bloods will be on Friday, October 7!
The guys have a rare 2 days off before they resume their Mixtape Tour in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Donnie, Jonathan and Jordan flew out of Lexington, KY last night.
Joey and Griffin went live last night from the tour bus!
Joey shared a short video from backstage at the Rupp Arena:
Catch up on some other social media posts from the last few days...
Danny shared a video from the meet and greet in Detroit:
Detroit VIP! Thank you for spending your afternoon with us. #MixtapeTour2022 takes the stage soon! Who’s here for the show? #nkotbmixtapetour #mixtapetour #nkotb #thewoodworks #timeofmylife pic.twitter.com/1qHS0gHZ6x— Danny Wood (@dannywood) June 24, 2022
Danny before the show in Lexington, Kentucky:
Danny and Rick Astley on stage in Columbus:
Danny shared this group photo from their only outdoor concert this tour:
Don't know who needs to read this, but Jonathan posted this a few days ago after the show in Mt Pleasant:
Jonathan also shared this cute group photo after a recent show:
Joey commented: Yes this is a sign of a good tour- We were just hanging after the show backstage… apparently @officialrickastley wants to take up dancing! I’m ready, Rick!
Jonathan had an opportunity to meet up with some contestants from The Amazing Race and he shared this photo of them on his bus:
Here's a clip of Donnie before their show in Mount Pleasant:
A couple new "namaste" videos from Joey!
While in Columbus, Joey brought Griffin to the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and showed him a statue of Jesse Owens.
Here are a few other photos from Donnie:
Check out this previously unaired clip of the New Kids on the Block on The Kelly Clarkson Show!
Sunday, June 26, 2022
TOMORROW! We're taking a deep dive into the MUSIC with never-before-seen interviews and performances from some of your favorite acts including @BackstreetBoys, @NKOTB, @AvrilLavigne and MORE!
"The Wanderer" just recently completed its run, so let's take a look back to when Joey was a part of "Cabaret" in Anchorage, Alaska in 2018! Here is an interview Joey did with KTVA:
Thursday, June 23, 2022
A new boy band documentary is in the making! It's based on the book by Maria Sherman 'Larger than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS'. They are looking for "superfans" to share their experiences and memories of their favorite boy bands. If you're interested in participating, send an email to the address in the image below. Note: if you're entering for the New Kids on the Block, you have to be in the Boston area, or be in town for their Boston concerts in July.
The New Kids had a rare 2 days in a row off earlier this week, so Jonathan went home to film some more for Farmhouse Fixer. Here's some adorable photos of Jonathan, Kristina, and Harley with a little piglet:
Donnie flew into Cleveland on the day of the show:
And this is awesome - Joey figured out how to make his old "namaste" videos available on Instagram!
This is a couple weeks old, but I just found it in my saved videos. Joey is a proud dad watching his son Griffin perform (video from kmaher56):
Here is a nice article with a few quotes from Donnie and Jonathan from Finger Lakes Times:
New Kids on the Block are older, wiser and still hangin' tough
Adam Graham, The Detroit News
DETROIT — The New Kids on the Block were still new kids on the block, relatively speaking, when the teenage heartthrobs hit the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 2, 1989, for not one but two sold-out concerts.
"Yeah we used to do matinees back then, too," says New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, who fondly recalls that chilly December day and meeting members of the Bad Boys, including Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly, and being pleasantly surprised that they weren't such bad guys after all (even though they'd disposed of Wahlberg's Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals the year prior).
It's now more than 30 years later and the Bad Boys are long gone and so is the Palace, but the New Kids are still hangin' tough. The Boston boy band has embarked on the latest iteration of their Mixtape Tour, this time featuring fellow '80s and '90s hit-makers Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue and Rickroll king Rick Astley.
Playing arenas, then as in now, is a surreal feeling, Wahlberg says.
"It's a little bit overwhelming if we really stop and think about it," says Wahlberg, on the phone earlier this year, along with fellow New Kid Jonathan Knight. "And I think as we get older, we definitely take the time to stop and think about it a lot more."
There's more time for reflection today as things move at a different pace than they used to for the New Kids.
The group — Wahlberg and Knight, along with Jonathan's younger brother Jordan, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre — was a bona fide pop music sensation in the late '80s and early '90s. They crashed the charts with nine Top 10 singles between 1988 and 1990, three of which, "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step," went to No. 1. They almost single-handedly kept teenage magazines afloat, had their own trading cards and Saturday morning cartoon series, and their likenesses were plastered on everything from poseable dolls to pillow cases.
The burnout hit just as quickly, and the group split up in 1994, as the tides of the music industry changed and pop took a backseat to grunge. But after more than a decade apart, New Kids came back together in 2008, and have been reconnecting with fans ever since in ways they couldn't in the early days.
"When we were around the first time around, it was such mayhem that you really couldn't get close to fans. They would just rage — a happy rage," Wahlberg says.
With age, both for them and for fans, comes a better understanding of the performer-audience relationship as well as a management of expectations. Now the band members can safely go out into the crowd and even help themselves to a swig from a fan's beverage, as Wahlberg has been known to do, whereas before that would have meant being torn to shreds by rabid audience members.
The dynamic has led to a better, healthier connection with fans, Wahlberg says.
"We don't strategically say, 'hey, let's connect with our fans,' it's been established that that's what we do," says Wahlberg, big brother to actor Mark Wahlberg and a cast member of CBS' police procedural "Blue Bloods" for 12 seasons. "And I think we always try to give more every single time we go back out, and that's because the connection just grows deeper with the fans. And I think that's one of the reasons we've had more longevity this time than the first go-round."
Life's ups and downs have also made the New Kids realize how special that longevity is.
"I think we appreciate this in a way that we couldn't as kids, because we've grown up and been through so many things. And I think for our fans, it's the same thing," Wahlberg says. "They've all grown up and had families and lost loved ones and had divorces and had real life struggles, you know? And I think this is a chance for them to connect with part of their childhood, and be OK with It, which is a very, very special thing."
Back in the day, fan connection meant calling the New Kids hotline, which at its height received a reported 100,000 calls a week. Today, social media allows the group members to stay in contact with fans in ways that simply didn't exist a couple of tech generations ago.
"Twitter really helped us in connecting with fans, and really getting to know them, which is weird," Wahlberg says. "I know so much about so many of the fans, like where they live and what their husband does. It's great. It feels like one big family."
Jonathan Knight, who when not New Kidding is host of HGTV's "Farmhouse Fixer," may have had the roughest go of any of the New Kid. He was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder after his time in the trenches as a boy band icon. He didn't necessarily see a second life with the group for himself and is tickled they're still doing it at such a high level.
"I still pinch myself every day that we are back together," says Knight. "When we broke up, I never envisioned us getting back together, and even when we did, we had talked about just doing a 32-date reunion tour. And here we are, 14 years later, and we're still touring. So it's pretty special."
New Kids shows are still highly technical feats of choreography, and they're engineered to leave nary a moment of downtime from the entertainment of it all. So what's it like doing the teenage idol thing all these years later? (When Wahlberg mentions the group members are all in their 50s, a background voice chimes in, "not yet!" That's McIntyre, the baby of the group, who doesn't turn 50 until the end of this year.)
"The best reference is it's kind of like athletes," says Wahlberg, 52. "You hear athletes say the game slows down when you get a little older, and they're able to appreciate it more, and that's how it is for us. As kids, we were like rookies, the game hadn't slowed down. And it's all slowed down now, and I think we soak it up every night just as much as the fans."
The New Kids of today aren't sweating the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame not giving them a call, nor are they in competition with any of their contemporaries or heirs; ask if they're down for a Super Bowl halftime mega-collaboration with New Edition, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and One Direction and Wahlberg responds, "why stop there?"
The New Kids aren't stopping, that much is for sure; as long as their fans are still having a good time, they are, too.
"Whatever is to come is not in our hands, we just enjoy it," Wahlberg says. "We're living our best boy band life."
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Essex landowner fights Trustees lawsuitBy Michael Cronin | Staff Writer Jun 15, 2022ESSEX — Scott Harmon, co-owner of a 6-acre plot at Bothways Farm, believes he’s being unfairly maligned by The Trustees of Reservations after the nonprofit organization filed suit against him in November.The Trustees claims Harmon attempted to build a two-story home in violation of Bothways Farm’s conservation restriction. Harmon said he tried to play by the books but couldn’t keep up with The Trustees’ muddled and often conflicting guidance.Harmon co-chairs King’s Court Trust, which owns the property, along with New Kids on the Block and HGTV personality Jonathan Knight. Troubles with The Trustees started in 2016 when Harmon and Knight sought to move the property’s original house 120 feet from the roadway. The Trustees informed them it was too far, saying the conservation restriction required structures to remain within the boundaries of their original footprint. However, The Trustees said the conservation restriction could be updated to accommodate King’s Court Trust’s wishes.In anticipation of the updated restriction, King’s Court Trust dug the foundation hole. While The Trustees claimed in its suit it was blindsided by the purported conservation restriction infraction, documents provided by Harmon reveal the organization at the time advised against pursuing any action against King’s Court Trust.What was initially promised as a three-month waiting period to amend the conservation restriction turned into a potentially years-long process to rewrite it in its entirety. Harmon believes this sudden change of plans didn’t add up.For example, two years later, The Trustees granted King’s Court Trust’s request to place the property’s original barn hundreds of feet away from its original site. While the project reused some assets from the original barn, The Trustees reportedly confirmed it was considered a completely new barn.Harmon questioned why this project was approved while they weren’t allowed to move the house. He said The Trustees’ representatives later told him the “overlapping footprint” stipulation was “just one lawyer’s interpretation” of the restriction.Harmon also wondered how his neighbors were able to get much larger projects off the ground, such as a 60-by-120-foot metal barn west of King’s Court Trust’s property, without needing a top-down rewrite of the conservation restriction.“We don’t begrudge the neighbors,” Harmon said. “We understand everyone has their own needs and they had to fight for their own work as well.”In 2017, The Trustees granted permission for King’s Court Trust to build a new structure on the foundation hole. The trust’s plan was to use the structure as a replacement for the home already on the property. The Trustees reportedly told the trust that the kitchen and bathrooms in the original home had to be cleared out first. That way, it could stay on its original site as an “agricultural structure” and not a residence.“We didn’t come to this decision to build a barn to remedy a CR violation” as The Trustees’ complaint claimed, said Harmon. “We didn’t agree with a new CR and always felt that the new structure location was reasonable on over 6 acres and the size was agreed to.”King’s Court Trust chose not to begin construction on the new structure until it negotiated a formal approval to replace the original home. Eventually, The Trustees demanded the trust start construction in 2019 or have the approval rescinded. The 2017 approval never had an expiration date, according to Harmon.That summer, Harmon claimed that Sally Naser, The Trustees’ conservation restriction program manager, told him the trust could pitch its conversion plan at a meeting of The Trustees scheduled in the fall. She also reportedly said the trust could begin laying a foundation for an attached equipment barn/garage, as she expected to get a full written approval in the coming weeks. However, once the second foundation was poured, King’s Court Trust was hit with a cease-and-desist from The Trustees. The fall meeting was reportedly never held.“(Nasser) informed me that she couldn’t approve the equipment barn/garage because the matter was now out of her hands,” said Harmon. “(The Trustees) forced us to start construction then forced us to stop once construction started.”The lawsuit followed in late 2021. Harmon said he was surprised by the number of accusations The Trustees made. For example, the chicken coop and garden shed that replaced two dilapidated sheds between 2015 and 2017 were suddenly considered a violation, despite representatives from The Trustees “never (having) an issue with these or told us they were a violation until they filed this lawsuit,” according to Harmon.The Trustees also cites the trust for hosting “non-agricultural, social events” on the property’s agricultural facilities. Harmon said these included a wedding ceremony for Knight’s relative at the garden shed, an 80th birthday party for Knight’s mother and a family Thanksgiving dinner in the barn during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.Since the lawsuit was filed, Knight has been living in his neighbor’s old home, which he purchased late last year. His property’s original home, now without a kitchen or bathroom, has since been moved across the street to land not covered by The Trustees’ conservation restriction. At this time, there is no housing on King’s Court Trust land.The 2017 structure has not been worked on since the cease-and-desist was issued. It stands as a wooden skeleton slowly being weathered by the elements. The Trustees claims King’s Court Trust’s planned residence far exceeds the conservation restriction’s size limitations, but Harmon contests it was designed with these regulations in mind. He believes the nonprofit is incorrectly counting non-heated portions of the home, such as a planned screened-in deck, as “living space.”The Trustees declined a sit-down interview for this story, citing ongoing litigation.Michael Cronin may be contacted at 978-675-2708, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, June 20, 2022
Of course, the biggest news from the past few days was the event at Wahlburgers! Here's some other stuff you may have missed...
Danny posted some highlights from the Dine With Danny event in Chicago over the weekend:
We had an amazing @rememberbetty event in #Chicago on Saturday! Special thanks to @teambettyunited and my sister @bethanynick. Together we are blessed to keep my mother’s memory alive & help so many #breastcancer patients! #rememberbetty #nkotbmixtapetour #breastcancerawareness pic.twitter.com/T31RgQB3AK— Danny Wood (@dannywood) June 20, 2022
Griffin McIntyre is out of school for the summer and he is joining the Mixtape Tour during the Illtown Sluggaz set!
Check out these adorable photos of Griffin and his "uncle" Jordan:
Here are some other highlights from their social media:
Danny's candid shots before their show in Grand Rapids:
Donnie and Jonathan on a private plane flying to Minnesota last Tuesday after their day off:
Donnie on the tour bus watching "Staying Alive"
Donnie enjoying some "Yacht Rock" in the car
Donnie and Jenny dancing to "Shoop"
Donnie dances with a fan to "Tonight" in Chicago (fun fact: this was my video that he shared!)
Jonathan and Jordan getting ready to board a plane to go back to Boston to film Farmhouse Fixer on their 2 days off:
Jonathan's shot of them landing:
Jonathan spent yesterday filming Farmhouse Fixer,
I'm not sure if this is an old photo or not, but Jordan and Jon's sister, Sharon shared this photo of them with their Dad and sister Allison:
Here's some other random IG stories from Donnie:
Here are a few bonus videos from the "Wahlk of Fame" event last Saturday: