Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Catching up with Donnie!

The Celtics advanced to the NBA finals last night with their win over the Indiana Pacers. Donnie and Elijah were there to witness it!

Here are some photos that Donnie shared on his Instagram: 

Brian Babineau was also there, and he posted this photo: 

Donnie was interviewed by WBZ and WCVB after the game last night: 

This was from last week, but Donnie was also interviewed by "The Odd Couple" on Fox Sports Radio to talk about the NBA playoffs:  

In other Donnie news, he was featured in a new article from "Energy, Oil and Gas" magazine. Click here to read!

Last weekend was the one-year anniversary of BlockCon, so Donnie posted a few memories, including this one of him and Jon finding their doppelgangers backstage and another photo of him in a doll box:

Let's catch up on some of Donnie's other recent posts...

He answered some Instagram questions about his picks for the new album: 

He posted this in honor of Memorial Day: 

Friday, May 24, 2024

NKOTB's interview with Billboard News

Billboard News interviewed the New Kids on the Block! They share how their new song, “Better Days,” was created, their thoughts on NSYNC & the Backstreet Boys, what fans can expect on their upcoming, nostalgic Magic Summer tour and more! 

(Video will be available at noon Eastern, but I'm posting now since I'll be busy at that time.)

NME's interview with New Kids on the Block

NME interviewed the guys for their feature "Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?!"  Check out the interview here!

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Donnie at the Celtics game and the Blue Bloods set

Some new photos of Donnie have been posted! He was at game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals when the Indiana Pacers played the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. 

Here are some photos that Donnie shared on his stories

And here are some new photos of him on the set of Blue Bloods yesterday! Click here for more!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Marina's interview with Danny Wood

Danny was interviewed by a fan named Marina as a part of her senior project. It was recorded back in December, but at the time he was still trying to get "the Wood Works" back up and running! Check out the interview below: 

People Magazine article: Donnie Wahlberg Says Stepping Away from NKOTB 'Was Scary'...

As I mentioned in the post from earlier today, the guys will be featured in the next print issue of People Magazine that is on sale this Friday! In the meantime, here is another online article

Donnie Wahlberg Says Stepping Away from NKOTB 'Was Scary' but 'Time Apart Was Good for Us' (Exclusive)

New Kids on the Block took a 14-year break before reuniting for comeback album 'The Block' in 2008

By Sonal Dutt  Published on May 22, 2024

There has always been an invisible string tying the members of New Kids on the Block together.

It wove around the then-teenagers — Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight — when they first sang together in the living room of an old brick house in 1985, and it's kept them connected as their paths diverged and intersected over the nearly 40 years since.

“We always knew that wherever we went in our lives, personally or professionally, we would always have each other,” Joey, 51, reveals to PEOPLE in the new issue, on newsstands beginning Friday. “We went through something extraordinary together, and that bonds you for life.”

Their story is one of underdog legend: five White boys from working-class Boston neighborhoods singing R&B-infused pop songs to anyone who would listen, before eventually breaking out in the late ’80s with hits like “Hangin’ Tough” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff).” They quickly became the biggest musical phenomenon in the world, selling millions of records, concert tickets and countless forms of branded merchandise — from buttons and posters to dolls and bed sheets — to their army of devoted teenage fans. 

“We couldn’t believe it. When we were first starting out, our dream was only to make a good song and hopefully someone would play it on the radio,” says Jonathan, 55. “Flash forward to having 50 kids in front of my house pulling grass out of my lawn.”

New Kids mania hit its zenith in 1990 as they embarked on their Magic Summer Tour, but tensions that had been quietly simmering within the band began bubbling to the surface, as they each grappled with fame, independence and growing up in the public eye.

“Things just got too big,” says Danny, 55. “We had started the band as young guys, and we were drifting apart as we were trying to find out who we were outside of the New Kids. The craziness of [fame] affected each guy differently, but I think we all felt a disconnect between the five of us.”

As their popularity and the money-making NKOTB machine grew, their lives appeared to shrink. “We were so famous that we were hiding in hotels and trying to just have a moment of peace,” says Donnie, 54. “It's hard to be a support system when you're struggling to stay afloat yourself. If we could do it all over again, I think we would turn to each other rather than away from each other.”

By 1994, as record and ticket sales dropped and the musical landscape evolved, it was clear they were approaching a career crossroad. Jonathan had exited the band first, while the remaining four had to make a decision about their future. 

"We had a meeting after the Face the Music Tour in the back of the bus. I think we all would've kept going, but we just couldn't agree on what that looked like, what the next steps for the band were," says Donnie. "I said, 'If we're not going to serve the band first, we should just step away.' And then, we voted and just agreed to step away."

Although Donnie admits "it was scary and daunting" to move on from the band where they had grown up and that made them famous, the time away turned out to be a gift. It gave them the space to pursue their own interests, start families of their own and take risks without the fear of their missteps making headlines. “I can see now that the time apart was really good for us,” he says. “We needed to find our own paths, and that rejuvenated us.”

Those paths included solo music projects for Jordan and Joey (who also appeared in Broadway productions of Wicked and Waitress), a home renovation business for Jonathan (who currently hosts HGTV's Farmhouse Fixer), an acting career for Donnie (who appeared in films like The Sixth Sense and now stars on CBS' Blue Bloods) and the launch of breast cancer charity Remember Better for Danny (who named the organization after his mother, who died from the disease in 1999).  

Despite their breakup, the friends say they were never far from each others’ minds. 

“I remember I was filming a mini-series called The Path to 9/11 in Morocco, and I was sitting in a military helicopter with my feet dangling out the doorway. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen — it was just desert and mountains and it was spectacular — and I thought about the guys,” says Donnie. “I wished that they could share this moment with me. This is the type of thing we didn’t get to do. I got a little teary-eyed thinking about them, and I wished we could feel these kinds of highs together again. And then, we did.”

In 2008, New Kids reunited to record their first new music in 14 years with the comeback album The Block and, they say, it felt like the good old days again. “The magic came right back, that chemistry was right there. We didn’t even have to try,” says Jordan, 54. “It’s even better now because we’re bringing our different perspectives as fathers, husbands, businessmen and as people who have more experiences to share than living on a tour bus.” 

Adds Jonathan: "When we all started talking about getting back together, all of us sat down and talked through scenarios of how this is going to work, and how we were feeling about doing this all over again. That's just a sign of maturity and how much we had grown up since the last time around. We are able to talk about and share our fears now, something we never did when we were younger." 

Those strong lines of communication were evident as they recorded their newest album, Still Kids, the band's first full studio album in 11 years. Its theme is one of joy, connection and recapturing the “fun energy of being kids again,” says Danny. “Because we really do feel like that, like we’re still those young guys giving it our all.” 

Says Donnie, "When we got back together, I believed with every ounce in my being that we were going to feel [these] moments together again, that we were going to go to heights and appreciate them. It's been phenomenal, and I love that I get to experience it all with them again." 

For more about the New Kids on the Block, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

NKOTB talks to Audacy

The interview the New Kids on the Block did with Audacy is now up! Check out the video below: 

New Kids on the Block in People Magazine

There is a new article about the New Kids on the Block at people.com, which I'll post below.  At the end of the article it says "For more on the New Kids on the Block's story, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday." - so be on the look out on Friday for the print version of the magazine as well!

NKOTB's First New Album in 11 Years 'Captures the Spirit of Being a Kid,' Says Joey McIntyre (Exclusive)

"I'm proud of the album, but I'm most proud of the teamwork of the album," Donnie Wahlberg tells PEOPLE about the band's release of 'Still Kids'

By Sonal Dutt  Published on May 21, 2024 

On their new album, the New Kids on the Block are celebrating the paths that led to some their most meaningful connections.

"It just taps into all of our journeys," Donnie Wahlberg tells PEOPLE about Still Kids, the group's first full studio album in 11 years. "There's so many levels to [the music] but I think, at the end, it all speaks to the collective journey for all of us — the New Kids and our fans." 

That journey started when the five members of the band — Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre and brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight — first sang together as teenagers in Roxbury, Mass. in 1985. Something clicked, although it would take years of door-knocking and tiny, local shows before the world took notice. The release of their second album Hangin' Tough in 1988 propelled NKOTB to become one of the biggest musical acts in the world, selling millions of records, performing in sold-out arenas and stadiums, and causing a teenage fan frenzy that was often compared to that of Beatle mania. 

"It’ll never not blow my mind that here we are, decades later, and we're still doing what we love in front of millions of people," says Jonathan, 55. "That's why calling the album Still Kids is so perfect because we still have all the same enthusiasm and excitement for it all, just like when we were kids."

Danny, 55, echoes the same sentiments. "We feel so young and blessed to still be in the music business, still be relevant and having success. We really do feel like we’re still those young guys giving it our all every minute of every day." 

The album — a collection of retro, synth-pop songs laced with ’80s nostalgia, modern beats and a blast of K-Pop energy — features 12 tracks, including the dance-beat single "Kids" and ballad "A Love Like This." But unlike previous releases, this album was recorded almost entirely remotely, and often from different locations around the country. 

“We were never all in the same studio but we were still able to creatively come together as one, and the album really captures the spirit of being a kid,” says Joey, 51, who co-wrote six of the new songs. “It is tricky, but there are benefits to virtual as well. People can sit with [the music], take it in and have their own reaction in a safe place. I wouldn't call it easy, but nothing worthwhile is easy, right?"

For Jordan, 54, the new experience of recording separately was one he was ready to tackle. "We've been able to make a whole album and not have to travel much," he says. "I actually recorded one song at Jon's house upstairs in a spare bedroom. The producer was in L.A. on FaceTime on my phone and we just did it on my little computer. He'd be like, 'Oh, yeah, try that again,' or, 'Try to do a twist here or a twist there,' and I would sing and record it. I was doing all the things myself on the computer, just like record, erase, splice, boom! And it worked out well." 

The results are a collection of songs that, the band says, tell the stories of their history as a group and their relationship with their devoted Blockhead-fan army. 

"I think of it as a look back at the journey. One song will take fans back to being a kid again with the New Kids, and the next song will tap into the life struggles we've maybe been having as adults and individually," says Donnie, 54, who also co-wrote several of the new songs. "I'm proud of the album, but I'm most proud of the teamwork of the album." 

It was also an opportunity for some firsts, including collaborations with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Taylor Dayne — and a chance for Jonathan to sing lead on the track "Better Days," which Joey wrote specifically for him. 

"Joe sent me the track and said, 'I want you to sing this song because it reminds me of you and your husband and your relationship,'" says Jonathan, who married Harley Rodriguez in 2022. "I was like, 'Wow! That means the world to me.' So I listened to the song, and was just in tears. Oh, it makes me tear up even right now. I mean, how do I say no to that?"

That song, the band members each say, is a sentimental favorite for them too, and the one they're most excited for long-time fans to hear. 

"The best compliment is the ones from your colleagues," says Joey. "Jordan Knight is a man of few words most of the time, mostly because Donnie and I can't shut up. But to get that compliment of, like, 'Hey, man, I love that song,' is the best thing I could ever dream of."

The New Kids are taking the new music on the road for The Magic Summer 2024 Tour, a reimagined and updated version of their record-breaking 1990 stadium tour. They will be joined by opening acts Paula Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff on a string of North American shows. They'll kick off the tour at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on June 14 before wrapping up in Noblesville, Indiana on Aug. 25. 

Despite the schedules and time away from family and friends, the members say they're still excited and motivated to perform together.

"Our bodies get a little older every year, but I think as long as we keep that spirit of being young and open and excited about life, we can still feel like kids even when we're 95 years old," says Jordan.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

NKOTB on the Audacy "Check In" tomorrow

Update on the Audacy interview I posted about this morning. It will air tomorrow at noon eastern. You can listen online here!

NKOTB on Nightline

Here is Nightline's interview with the New Kids on the Block!

Catching up with NKOTB

It's been a busy last few days, so in the interest of time, I've been sticking mostly to posting the interviews. Now that things have finally slowed down a little bit, I just thought I would make a "catching up post" recapping the past few days and include some additional stuff such as posts from the guys, more published photos, and more!

Their promotional tour for the new album started on Thursday with their interview on the Elvis Duran Show. Here are some photos: 

If you missed the interview, you can watch it here!

Although the interviews didn't air until Friday, they also did interviews for 106.7 Lite FM and KTU on Thursday. Here are some photos from their KTU interview: 

And here's their photos from 106.7 Lite FM: 

They also squeezed in some rehearsals and an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. 

Photo from @nkotb on Instagram

Here are some highlights from Donnie's Thursday stories. The first 2 clips are of him and Jordan playing around on a mini piano at the Elvis Duran show, and then he leaves a message about the album release and how he was looking forward to everyone's reactions, but he had to go to bed so they could be up early for Good Morning America: 

Friday morning Still Kids was finally available!

Video from @nkotb on Instagram

And it was Jordan's birthday, so of course, Donnie wished him a happy birthday: 

They were up early for Good Morning America. Getty Images has a lot of new photos from Good Morning America (and American Idol). I posted a few of them below, but you can click here to see the rest!

Here are a few more from GMA

NKOTB also posted a couple of photos: 

After Good Morning America, they did an interview with Access Hollywood.

Photo from @nkotb on Instagram

They also recorded their interview for Nightline, which airs tonight! Here are some photos shared by Rhiannon Ally

Later in the day, the guys also did something at the Hard Rock Hotel in NYC for Audacy. It doesn't look like anything has been published yet, but it appears the guys will be in a "Check In" on Audacy. Here are some photos that were posted on Friday on social media: 

**Update: it airs on Wednesday, May 22 at noon Eastern here!

(swipe to the left to see a video too!)

From @joeymcintyre on Instagram

From @annieonair on Instagram

I think this was from @nkotb on Instagram

From @wcbsfm on Instagram

They also celebrated Jordan and Danny's birthdays:

Video from @nkotb on Instagram

Then on Friday afternoon, Donnie posted that he was on his way to Los Angeles: 

On Saturday, they went to rehearsals for American Idol before their performance at the iHeart Radio Theater

And just before they went on stage that night, Donnie shared this photo of him and Jordan: 

Don't forget the audio version of this show airs tonight at 7PM. Also, here's an article from Medium about the iHeart Radio performance. 

Here's a video of the guys leaving American Idol

@joy.of.everything We caught @New Kids on the Block leaving the finale of American Idol. Donnie Wahlberg tells us the key to the bands longevity is “love for eachother & love for the fans”. Joey even sang for us! These guys are all so humble & down to earth! Long live NKOTB! #newkidsontheblock #nkotb #nkotb4life #americanidol #newkids ♬ Please Don't Go Girl (Single Version) - New Kids On The Block

Usually, the guys have a long commute to their "job", but this time Joey was able to walk to work!

Donnie's commute was quite a bit longer than Joey's. He took advantage of a red light and made a fan's day: 

But that was only the first part of his commute. He got on a plane to fly back to New York: 

And after a long and exhausting weekend, he was back to work at his "day job" on Monday morning: 

And he thanked some of the behind-the-scenes people who also put in long hours and helped make the 4 day promo tour a success.

Donnie summarized the weekend on the latest Hotline Message: 

This isn't directly related to their promo tour weekend, but I thought this was interesting if you want to see what the booklet included in the Deluxe CD looks like:

Video courtesy of FAN DE UNBOXING