Thursday, June 30, 2022

A look inside Danny Wood's Tour bus!

Danny posted a new blog where he shows us the inside of his tour bus! Check out the video below!


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

NKOTB News for June 29

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):







During the 2 days off, Jonathan and Jordan flew back to Boston for Farmhouse Fixer filming. It doesn't look like he got much sleep...


But, he had a chance to spend some time with his goats and on his tractor!



Their bus met them Woodmans in Essex, MA last night. They were joined by their nephew, Matthew, and they left for Philly... 


Other than celebrating "Mac and Cheese" day, Donnie was a little quiet on social media on their days off.  I'm guessing Donnie probably spent his 2 days off at home in Illinois.  He posted this photo and video when he flew into Philly this morning: 



Danny shared this sweet photo of him and his dad backstage: 

There is nothing better than coming off the stage to be greeted by my Dad #BigDan #TheMayorOfNewKidsWorld & to hear the words “Danny, what a great show, I am so proud of you!” I’m lucky and #blessed to be able to share #themixtapetour w/him!  

Donnie Wahlberg on Mojo in the Morning

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!

If the widget below doesn't work: Click here to listen!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Monday, June 27, 2022

NKOTB News for June 27

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. 

Photo from Donnie

Photo from JonathanHeading home to film some more #farmhousefixerhgtv Can’t wait to sleep in my own bed. Only thing missing will be my husband who’s in Paris! Thank you Kentucky for an amazing show! Such a polite audience!!!

After landing safely, Jonathan spent some time checking in on his garden and his goat, Lucy







Then he was up early (or maybe never went to bed?) and got to work filming Farmhouse Fixer:

From Jonathan on Instagram: How cool is this wall! So happy to have @modernhomesteaddesign giving some Farmhouse Fixer love to this project. Love that they are a small business from my town!

Look for some new Danny Wood TorchBearer Sauces coming soon!

From Danny: #TheWoodWorks is something I’m proud of and working hard to continue to build, even while on tour with New Kids On The Block. Not only are we producing fun, new content everyday, but we’re also preparing for a brand new sauce launch with TorchBearer Sauces! Any guess which one of these samples was my favorite? 😁 Still haven’t tried my JalapeΓ±o Cilantro sauce? Visit dannywoodhotsauce.com or discover on Amazon.com to purchase today! 

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: 

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:

Jon's caption: Having so much fun with this group of amazing people!

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:

From Jonathan on Instagram: Amazing (race)!!!!! So good to see my good friends tonight. @mynameisrochelle and @mybeardismycopilot Thanks for making the long journey to come hang. Love you both so much!

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. 


Joey also gave a backstage peak of Donnie's wardrobe setup: 



NKOTB's photographer, Paris let Jonathan get behind the lens recently (photos posted by Paris on Instagram):




Donnie and Griffin have some fun on a scooter (photo from Griffin on Instagram):



 Here are a few other photos from Donnie:








NKOTB on The Kelly Clarkson Show

Check out this previously unaired clip of the New Kids on the Block on The Kelly Clarkson Show!

Sunday, June 26, 2022

NKOTB to be featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show tomorrow

This might just be old highlights from their appearance on her show last October, but maybe they’ll air some previously un-aired footage?! Set your DVR just in case!

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!

Better Late Than Never Series: Joey McIntyre on KTVA

"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

NKOTB News for June 23

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. 

Check out some more photos from last Saturday's "Wahlk of Fame" event from Fox Valley Magazine and Glancer Magazine

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:

From Jonathan's Instagram: If I have to spend my NKOTB day off working…. This is how it would go down. #FarmhouseFixerHGTV #kristinacrestindesign

From Harley's Instagram story

Donnie flew into Cleveland on the day of the show:




But he stuck around Cleveland/Akron area on his day off yesterday. He got a round a golf in with Joey, Griffin, and Earl:






Last night he went to a Waffle House!




And in-between golfing and enjoying some food at the Waffle House, he made some time to wish fans a happy birthday:

He also posted the selfies taken after the show in Lincoln and at the Wahlburgers in Milwaukee

Here's a few other highlights from Donnie's IG stories:





Danny had a chance to go home to Miami for a couple of days and spend some time with his kids and grandkids (photo from Danny's IG story):



Joey had an opportunity to go inside Progressive Field - the home of the MLB team the Cleveland Guardians. Here is a "namaste" video from the dugout:


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

Danny Wood's Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Check out Danny's latest episode of The Wood Works! This week he shares a recipe for Air Fryer Chicken Breasts!

New article about Jonathan and The Trustees

Jonathan shared a link to a new article from Gloucester Daily Times about the lawsuit from The Trustees:

Essex landowner fights Trustees lawsuit
By Michael Cronin | Staff Writer Jun 15, 2022 
    
ESSEX — 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 mcronin@gloucestertimes.com.

 
Scott Harmon stands in front of the structure he's been trying to build since 2017 at Bothways Farm. The Trustees of Reservations demanded construction to start in 2019 then issued a cease and desist after foundation for an attached equipment barn/garage was poured.

The Trustees of Reservations claim this structure off King's Court is in violation of the property's conservation restriction. Property co-owner Scott Harmon claims he did everything in his power to build by the books despite The Trustees often conflicting communication.

The original home that stood on Scott Harmon's property at Bothways Farm has been moved to a plot of land not covered by the Trustees of Reservation's conservation restriction. There are no residences on Harmon's property at this time.

Monday, June 20, 2022

NKOTB News for June 20

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:

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: 






Joey shared a memory he had of Griffin while they were in Milwaukee in 2008:


While in Milwaukee, Joey did a meditation on his tour bus:


Here's a nice group photo from Rick Astley:


Here's some more "behind the scenes" of the tour from Cindy Herron-Braggs of En Vogue (scroll sideways for all three videos:

Here are a few bonus videos from the "Wahlk of Fame" event last Saturday:

From GT Universe - NKOTB getting the run down of how to do their handprints: 


Donnie arriving and greeting fans outside:


The guys leaving (Danny left first to get to the "Dine with Danny" event and I just missed him)