Wednesday, July 3, 2024

New article from Palm Springs Desert Sun

Jordan was interviewed for an article from the Palm Springs Desert Sun!

New Kids on the Block member says 'we feel like kids' ahead of Saturday local show
Brian Blueskye
Palm Springs Desert Sun

After 40 years together, the members of New Kids on the Block are no longer the "kids" they were when they signed their first recording contract. But the beloved boy band is still going strong and having a great time.

During a recent interview with The Desert Sun ahead of the group's July 6 concert at Acrisure Arena, Jordan Knight said even though he and his fellow members are all in their 50s now, they still maintain a youthful spirit.

“When we’re on stage, we feel like kids, and we want the audience to feel that way too. We want people to feel free and have a child-like kind of mind, to forget about everyday life and let it all go, have fun, dance and act like you’re singing in the shower. Just be yourself and let go," Knight said.

New Kids on the Block returned this spring

This youthful spirit is evident in the title track of the group's eighth album, "Still Kids," which was released in May.

"Still Kids" is the band's first album in 11 years, and includes 14 new tracks of pop anthems, dance tracks, love songs and more. Donnie Wahlberg co-wrote seven songs and was the album's creative director, and Joey McIntyre co-wrote six songs. According to a press statement promoting the album, Wahlberg described it as "the most mature album we've ever made, yet it's (also) the most fun and comfortable album we've ever made."

New Kids on the Block is also celebrating and reimagining its "Magic Summer 1990" tour at the height of its fame, and is currently on the road for "Magic Summer 2024." The tour includes a mix of new songs, greatest hits, fan favorites and surprises, and features all five of the most recent band members: Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight and Danny Wood.

Creative freedom was an advantage for New Kids on the Block

During the '80s and '90s, New Kids on the Block sold millions of albums. The self-titled 1986 debut sold three million copies in the U.S. and the 1990 album "Hangin' Tough" sold 15 million internationally. But the band made these albums under enormous pressure from Columbia Records and producer Maurice Starr to produce radio hits for commercial success.

Knight said having creative freedom while working on "Still Kids" was incredibly advantageous, and that the amicable work environment led to the creation of a more intimate album and songs with a broad commercial appeal.

"The best thing you can do is try to do both at the time time, that's the sweet spot. I think that's what we did with the song "Still Kids," because it's got an '80s vibe that goes back to synthesizers, but music from the '80s and that synthesizer sound are in vogue right now," Knight said.

Most 'blockheads' are women between 40 and 55

According to a June live review by Jon Bream of the Star Tribune, most New Kids on the Block fans — known as "blockheads" — are mostly women between ages 40 and 55. But Knight said he noticed a growing intergenerational fanbase coming to concerts during the band's 2017 tour and assumes that's because of their parents or the internet.

“It’s really cool that even a younger crowd gets into us. Sometimes we ask ourselves what the hoopla is all about, but it’s a blessing and goes to show that when you have fun and put your heart into it, it’s infectious. I hope that’s why and I believe that is why the younger generation is into an old ladies band like us," Knight said.

Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block perform at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2019 in New York City.

Too much merchandise over commercialized New Kids on the Block

In 1994, New Kids on the Block went on a 14-year hiatus after declining record sales and the dismal reception of the album "Face the Music." The musical landscape was changing, fans were getting older and there was an exorbitant amount of merchandise such as dolls, buttons, posters and bed sheets that over commercialized the band. Wood told People in May that “Things just got too big."

According to Knight, most of the merchandise in department stores and malls was there because the band's manager approved all merchandising while New Kids on the Block were busy touring.

“It really got on our nerves. They wouldn’t make sure a picture looked good, or that a piece of merchandise was something we would want to reflect on us, and everything was pink. When we sell t-shirts at our concerts, that’s great. Everybody wants to take a piece of the experience home with them and we had no problem with that, but it was just everywhere we looked. It was some goofy doll, a lunchbox or whatever. The fans ate it up but to me it was too much," Knight said.

'We're not spring chickens anymore'

While discussing how the band prepared for "Magic Summer 2024," Knight said rehearsals and physical conditioning to perform the two-hour shows featuring lots of singing and choreography took place in May a month before the tour began.

"We're not spring chickens anymore" Knight said. "We can't be out there partying, drinking and burning the candle at both ends after a show. We pace ourselves, take care of ourselves, watch what we eat, keep our bodies in shape and make sure we enjoy the show that we put together. That gives us vitality."

There's an added bonus of touring behind a new album: New choreography, routines and moments in the show.

“That’s always fun creatively, the diehard fans always want new stuff. Everybody wants to see us do the hits, that’s the meat and potatoes of the show, but people also want to see the other songs, new songs, and new looks. That’s a great thing for us and breathes new life into the show.”

If you go

What: New Kids on the Block in concert

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6

Where: Acrisure Arena, 75-702 Varner Road, Palm Desert

Cost: Tickets start at $51.50

More info:acrisurearena.com

Joey McIntyre's interview with Electric Bilodeau



Joey was interviewed on "Electric Bilodeau" on 5 News in Charleston, SC. He talked about, the Celtics, the tour, what they do to prepare for the shows, the new album, and more! Click here to watch!

New article/photos from Jonathan Knight's 'Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp' Renovation

HGTV posted a new article with more details about Jon's renovations on the cottages featured in "Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp". 

Step Inside Jonathan Knight's 'Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp' Renovation

By: Julianne Altenbern

Jonathan Knight takes on his biggest reno yet: a 12-acre lakefront campground. See the property's stunning transformation.

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Photo: Shawn G. Henry/Getty Images. From: Jonathan Knight.
The Expert: Jonathan Knight

Popstar and Farmhouse Fixer host Jonathan Knight is passionate about renovating run-down properties, but this Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp project looks a bit different than his usual. With $1 million of his own money, Jon bought 12 acres of lakefront property — a campground boasting stunning natural views and 11 rundown cabins. His plan: Create a nostalgic and relaxing New England destination. The catch: He only has six months to renovate the entire property, which is crawling with black mold, mice infestations, termites, water damage and nearly nonexistent foundations. In fact, when Jon first showed his family the old cabins on the property, one of their first questions was, "Is it too late to back out?" One thing is clear; Jon has taken on his riskiest project yet. Ahead, HGTV takes you inside the dramatic renovation.

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The First Cabin's Exterior, Before

Jon often rates his projects on a scale of 1-10 (one is best, 10 is worst). He gave this two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin a seven out of 10. While it appears to be in fine condition, Jon discovered the foundation was rotting and unstable (i.e. mold-filled and built on rocks and boulders). And, "It's like a mouse condominium in here!" he said after uncovering a seemingly never-ending amount of mice nests. After walking around the premises and heading in, Jon decided his best plan of attack was to tear the cabin down to the studs and "start from scratch." Probably a good call, Jon.

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The First Cabin's Exterior, After

Jon went into this reno with an open mind. "I haven't decided exactly what I want this cabin to look like yet," he said. But he knew one thing for sure: "I want [all the cabins] to be high-end and beautiful." This single story lodge quickly put his allotted $100,000 budget to the test. Within the first month of renovation, he doled out $60,000 to remove overgrown trees from the surrounding yard and another $10,000 to stabilize the mold and fix the foundation. "The little things keep adding up," Jon said. Because of this, he kept the outside of the first cabin rustic and simple. The wooden siding now boasts deep red-purpose paint and is juxtaposed with a clean white door. Jon's earthy and fun palette complements his camp sentiment nicely.

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Photo: Shawn G. Henry
Multifunctional Space

With limited square footage, Jon had to get creative when it came to the inside of the cabin. First, he built a loft upstairs. On the main level, he opened up the kitchen and living room to create a multifunctional sitting space for guests. Space-saving furnishings — sliding doors (from the original main house), a built-in bench and strategically placed tables — make the interior feel airy despite its cozy size. The fireplace is the focal point of this design thanks to the clean, white backsplash on the wall behind it. Jon chose an earthy color palette made up of various wood tones, tree-patterned gray wallpaper and dusty-blush ceiling panels. Each carefully chosen accent comes together for a homey yet fresh feel.

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Comfortable Kitchen

"I don't think this kitchen is a keeper," Jon's brother Jordan Knight said during a walkthrough of the cabin before its eventual revamp. Jon must have agreed, because he removed and replaced every appliance, surface, pipe and light fixture in the space. New grooved wood cabinetry sets a fresh foundation and matches the fireplace mantel and bathroom vanity. This wonderful use of wood creates not only continuity throughout the various rooms and areas of the cabin, but an organic feel. Jon's final touch: a rolling island, so visitors can have more counter space without sacrificing floorspace.

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Photo: Shawn G. Henry
Luxurious Light

While Jon knew he needed to remodel much of this cabin from the get-go, he still wanted to preserve and highlight the original view from the living room. To accomplish this, he kept the space light and simple by refinishing the original hardwood floors and keeping the color palette neutral. Two walls of windows — built into the white shiplapped walls — face the water. The historical floors and fresh wall coverings strike a pleasant balance between old and new. In Farmhouse Fixer, Kristina Crestin designs the spaces while Jon focuses on the renovations. So taking on this design himself felt like quite the challenge. He went a bit over budget, but rose to the occasion and created a nostalgic, modern and relaxing cabin getaway. "I can only imagine the greatness that's to come," Jon said of the next campground reno.

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The Cabin With the Porch, Before

On to Jon's next Camp Revamp renovation: another two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin struck by disaster just one week before renovations began. A massive tree fell into the roof, adding $60,000 of destruction to Jon’s allotted budget and raising an important question: How sturdy are the other trees on the grounds? After discussing with an expert, Jon learned he'd need to remove dozens of trees for safety purposes. Buyer's remorse set in, but the Knight siblings — who all share fond memories of summers at their grandparents' lakeside cabin — stepped in to keep Jon motivated. "It's been disaster after disaster," Jon told them, in a state of despair. His sister, Sharon, replied, "We can all help you, we're here for you."

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Photo: Shawn G. Henry/Getty Images
Retro Kitchen

There may have been (literally) too many cooks in this kitchen when it came to making stylistic decisions. Knight siblings Allison and Jordan agreed to help Jon design this cottage, but the trio quickly found it difficult to agree. "Everyone has an opinion," Jon said. Eventually communication and compromise won. The new space feels energetic and nostalgic. Cherry paneling on the walls and white retro appliances create a neutral foundation for the star: cheery yellow-painted cabinetry. Classic black-and-gray checkered flooring balances out the bright hues, while a stainless-steel backsplash behind the stove adds some shine — a detail "very in-style with the time," Jon's mom said during the final walkthrough.

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The Bathroom, Before

A pink toilet and a vanity was all this tiny bathroom offered — but cabin number two wasn't alone: Unfortunately, none of the structures on the grounds came with showers. Jon and Jordan calculated it would cost $10,000 to add a shower to each cabin — a total of $100,000. They weighed their options: Since this particular cottage would be remodeled with a "family-friendly" feel in mind, a shower would be worth the splurge.

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The Bathroom, After

Mission accomplished! Despite Jon's concern about the already-tight budget and the room's teensy-tiny parameters, the finished family-friendly space boasts a storybook feel and the perfect blend of old and new. There’s a lot of textural variety — smooth wooden cabinetry, painted wall paneling, glossy subway tile in the shower and a sleek marble countertop. During the renovation, Jon borrowed floorspace from one of the main bedrooms on the first floor to add a bit of extra room for the toilet and new shower. A darling shower curtain made of material resembling the patches on a quilt adds whimsy, Harley noted. Sticking to his retro theme, Jon installed black-and-white vinyl floor tiles.

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A Loft for the Kiddos

Before its revamp, this cabin only had one floor. To create more space for bedrooms, Jon devised a plan to create a loft. This brilliant move bumped the cabin up from having two bedrooms to four fantastic sleeping areas. “This is probably one of the most ingenious ways to invent more space," Jon's sister, Sharon, said. Jon designed the loft with children in mind, coining it, "the treehouse." A staircase with a wooden banister leads to the loft area. Once upstairs, it's a dream hangout spot. Soft carpet offers cushion and comfort for playful kiddos plus a sheepskin rug, plush blankets and pillows available for an extra-cozy rest, too. Sunlight from strategically placed windows and bright-colored bedding keep the space light and youthful. "It's like [a kid's] own little fort up here," Sharon said.

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The Cabin Exterior, After

Between natural disasters, design squabbles and space restrictions, this cabin offered many obstacles — but Jon overcame them all. "Without [my family's] love and support, I would probably be a puddle on the ground right now," Jon said.

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Cabin Three's Exterior, Before

This cabin reno was especially lofty. While working on it, Jon was also preparing to leave for a world tour with New Kids on the Block. "There's a lot going on," Jon said of the fast-approaching tour and mounting budget concerns. He'd also recently made a heartbreaking decision to tear-down a hopeless cabin. So, Jon reassessed his priorities and created more realistic goals. Enter cabin three, renovated with help from Jon's Mom, Marlene, and his sister, Sharon.

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Cabin Three's Exterior, After

This cabin is a mouse-house gone glam. Marlene and Sharon decided to design it for couples and aimed to create a whimsical, romantic and “European” getaway. Inside this beautiful blue abode is a bedroom, full-bathroom, kitchen, fireplace and a porch any duo is bound to enjoy while on a romantic rendezvous. Let’s check it out.

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Romantic Porch

Jon was determined to make the most of every square foot he was working with (all 525 of them!). To do this, he sealed the windows in the porch for visitors to enjoy year-round and set up several seating arrangements, including a dining table for meals and a plush window seat for relaxing. As for the color palette, foundational blues, grays and creams allow bold yellow accents — seen mainly in the light fixtures and décor — to shine. The lantern hung by the front door is a nod to Jon's camp theme.

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The Kitchen, Before

With hopes of salvaging as much as possible, Jon and Marelene were delighted to discover old furniture and décor that could be refurbished. As well, Jon learned he'd be able to keep the original pine-wood flooring if he refinished it — which saved him from spending on a whole new floor. Jon's brother, Jordan, said it's a “miracle," that "you could salvage anything" from these cabins. (Clearly Jon is a miracle-worker, but we already knew that!)

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The Kitchen, After

Sunlight bounces off of the friendly blue cabinetry, clean white counters and brass hardware. Visitors who pay close attention to details will love this kitchen even more: The backsplash is made up of hand-painted tile imported from Portugal. A simple farmhouse style kitchen sink adds to the "romantic, European-getaway" feel, as Jon put it. Sure, Jon splurged and went a bit over his budget to make it all happen, but he accomplished everything he wanted.

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The Couples Bathroom, Before

The original bathroom was as Jon put it, "a toilet and vanity." Jon, Marlene and Sharon felt a shower large enough for two was in order — this is the couple’s cabin, after all. Knowing they'd need to tweak the layout to create space, they factored an extra $10,000 into their budget.

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The Couples Bathroom, After

Completed, the sleek bathroom feels fresh, organic and modern. Amber Zellige tile — imported from Morocco — stands out against the mostly-neutral color palette and adds to the organic ambiance of the cabin. Contrasting shapes also bring layered variety into the otherwise simple space: the mirror is a delightfully unusual rectangle while the sink boasts a deep oval shape.

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The Bedroom

The blue-and-white hues from the kitchen carry into the bedroom — which is simultaneously chic and cozy. In a moment of creativity, Jon ditched the room's door and opted for flowy, sheer drapes to separate the space from the rest of the cabin without completely sectioning it off. Marlene found a historic French-style chandelier which Jon reused and hung from the ceiling to tie together the "romantic, old-world" feel of the cabin.

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Lakeside Getaway

Between the appealing view of the lake, the soothing blue paint and the energetic orange door of the exterior, the final glance visitors get of cabin number three is comforting, nostalgic and elegant. Camp never felt so good. Tune in next Tuesday, July 9 at 9|8c to watch Jon and his family tackle another cabin in this season's final episode.

Joey McIntyre's interview with The Bradenton Times

Joey was interview by The Bradenton Times. Check out the article below: 

Interview: New Kids on the Block

Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2024 4:14 pm
by Alan Sculley

When New Kids On The Block reunited in 2007, it was fair to wonder if the boy band would have more than just a brief second chapter.

After all, it had been 13-plus years since the five vocalists --Donnie Wahlberg, Joe McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Joe Knight and Danny Wood – had enjoyed an initial run in which they sold some 80 million copies of its four albums worldwide -- with the 1988 album “Hangin’ Tough” and 1990’s “Step By Step” leading the way.

The guys were now in their 30s, and their teen fans of the 1990s were now well into adulthood. Had the fans moved on? Would the songs New Kids On The Block sang in their teens still resonate when performed by a group whose members were starting to approach middle age? 

As it turned out, the reunited group’s first tour in fall 2008 was an all-out success, and since then the New Kids’ popularity has endured. This summer sees the group once again headlining outdoor amphitheaters that hold upwards of 20,000 people as they tour behind their third post-reunion album, “Still Kids.”

So back in 2007 did McIntyre envision a scenario where in 2024 New Kids On The Block would still be major stars and looking at what should be continued success for years to come? 

“Uh, no,” McIntyre said in a late-June phone interview. “I think If you asked any of us that 15 years later since we got back together, 16 years later, it's (pause), it's breathtaking. It definitely gives you pause. You're obviously very grateful. At the same time, on the day-to-day, I know how much we believe, you know what I mean, and we have this concoction of personalities and desires and drive.

 “The five of us all show up. So it's not a mystery as far as the day-to-day and the passion that's involved,” he said. “And you know, when something is this big for this long, for me, I get to a point where I can't keep trying to figure it out and just count my blessings and be of service. It's really be of service. You get to perform for 10,000, 12,000 people a night. You know, it's natural to want to try to figure it out. I think slowly but surely I'm at a point where I'm like hey man, I’ve just got a job to do and I'm lucky enough to have that job and I'm here to entertain the people and have a good time.”

The New Kids have certainly had quite the career both initially and in this ongoing second chapter. Assembled in 1984 by manager Maurice Starr (who previously had guided New Edition to blockbuster success), the New Kids got off to an uncertain start when their 1986 self-titled debut album stiffed. Starr, though, convinced Columbia Records to give New Kids on the Block another shot.   

In 1988, the teenage Tiffany, then at the peak of her “I Think We’re Alone Now” popularity, brought New Kids on the Block out on her Nation Area tour, putting the boys on stage in front of tens of thousands -- just when they’d released their second album “Hangin’ Tough.” 

By the end of the year, the single “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” was an MTV smash. By mid-1989, “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” and the song “Hangin’ Tough” had also topped the charts, and when the New Kids and Tiffany went back out on tour together, they were “co-headliners” with the boys closing the shows.

Another blockbuster album, “Step By Step,” followed, but after parting ways with Starr and taking more control over songwriting and their music, the New Kids saw their fortunes wane.  The 1994 album “Face The Music” failed to generate any hits and the group was now playing smaller venues. Following the tour, the group decided to call it a day.

Since reuniting, it’s become clear that the New Kids weren’t simply interested in taking a victory lap. They’ve toured consistently and have now released three studio albums -- “The Block” in 2008, “10” in 2013 and “Still Kids” earlier this year.

The “Still Kids” project got started when Wahlberg, working with a variety of collaborators, started writing. Later on, McIntyre jumped in and ended up co-writing six of the album’s 14 songs with producer Sean Thomas.

The latest album retains many of the musical trademarks of the early New Kids albums, with buoyant, danceable uptempo tracks like “Magic,” “Dance With You” and “Kids” having the familiar synthy gloss and strong pop melodies. The album also has its share of grooving ballads, including “Come Back,” “A Love Like This” and “Better Days.”

At the same time, McIntyre said some songs pushed the group into new musical places. He pointed to “Stay,” one of the songs that explores an age-appropriate theme, as an example.

 “The last song on the album, “Stay,” it’s about relationships, obviously. It's about coming to terms with where you are and (where) that other person is and are you going to keep going,” McIntyre said. “Relationships either grow or they die and that song is about sort of wrestling with that. It's an important relationship that has been part of your life for a long time. Certainly, we can say it’s about us and the fans. We can certainly say it’s about the group and the dynamic and what we've been able to accomplish rolling with the ups and downs and being there for each other. And also I just think in your everyday relationship, we wonder what's on the other side of the mountain or sort of the grass is always greener kind of thing, too, you know what I mean. I think life and relationships can be that way a lot. And to not only say that in the song, but then to have that musical breakdown at the end to let the music take us, to have a pause, to let the piano and the guitar sing and express for us, that was something we don’t do a ton of and I just thought it was pretty cool.”

The shows New Kids on the Block are doing this summer will include upwards of five songs from “Still Kids,” as well as the expected hit songs from the group’s catalog. 

“We you want to give the people what they want and then also mix it up for us to keep it fresh. So we’ve managed to do that,” McIntyre said. 

And yes, there will be dancing, although McIntyre noted the group has had to make some adjustments now that they’re in their 50s.

“I think it's a balance,” he said. “We want to keep challenging ourselves, but we want to be appropriate for our age and not run around like chickens with their heads cut off like we used to. But let me tell you, it's a workout. It’s a workout every night, especially outside in summer. But it makes it kind of cathartic. It adds to the experience, but you know, we have our signature moves and we try to build a show that is about movement and dance and connection. I think we do a decent job balancing that out.”

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

New Kids on the Block's interview with Pop Crush

New interview from "Pop Crush" where they ask about some of their favorite openers, the new album, what they think about social media, who they are listening to, and more!

Monday, July 1, 2024

Jordan's interview with MediaNews Group

Jordan was interviewed by MediaNews Group about the tour!

New Kids on the Block are still hangin' tough after nearly four decades

By GARY GRAFF | | For MediaNews Group

PUBLISHED: June 14, 2024 at 6:03 a.m. | UPDATED: June 19, 2024 at 11:12 a.m.

New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight recalls the wise words his grandmother once shared with him about aging.

“She used to say, ‘No matter how old you get, you can still feel like a kid,’” the singer says by phone from rehearsals for NKOTB’s just-started Magic Summer Tour. “And I would think: ‘Are you crazy? You’re so old … .’ (laughs) I didn’t say that to her, but I was like: ‘How can that be true? Whaddya mean you can still feel like a kid?,’ ’cause she moved slow and blah, blah, blah.

“But now that I’m older, I know that it’s true. Instead of skipping, you may shuffle a little more, but the energy you feel inside you is the same.”

And that’s especially true when Knight and his fellow New Kids — older brother Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McEntire and Danny Wood — come together to perform their catalog of hits. “When we go on stage and we’re bopping around and singing to the music, it’s like we’re allowed to let go and be free and be like kids,” he says.

The quintet has no shortage of memories for fans of all ages, of course.

Formed in Boston (as Nynuk) during the mid-80s, NKOTB was mentored by songwriter-producer Maurice Starr, who did the same for New Edition. A self-titled debut album made the charts, but its follow-up, 1988’s “Hanging’ Tough,” broke the group big, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and certified eight-times platinum, with four Top 5 singles. NKOTB’s abundance of the right stuff has resulted in worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, and 10 total Top 20 hits — reaching No. 1 with “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” “Hangin’ Tough” and “Step By Step.”

Now, of course, they’re hardly New or Kids. All five are in their 50s (McIntyre’s the “kid” at 51), and all have branched out into other ventures, including solo careers, Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers chain with his brothers and Jonathan Knight’s HGTV show “Farmhouse Fixer.” But the group continues and last month even released “Still Kids,” its first new album in 11 years.

“We still have the desire to make new things,” says Jordan Knight, 54, who co-wrote the track “Old School Love,” which features fellow hitmaker Taylor Dayne. “We just want to make new music to get us excited and also to get the fans excited to hear something new from us and not just be like, ‘Yeah, we’re an ’80s band’ and rely on our 80s music.

“We don’t want to do that. I don’t think it’s in our DNA. So it’s really to pump new life into the bands and into the fans and into the show. That’s why we make new music. That’s always a good thing.

“You could say we’re an ’80s band, a retro band, or a band that had bit hits in the ’80s, and we keep making music. That’s what it really is.”

But, Knight acknowledges, the New Kids fully understand that it’s the old(er) songs that keep bringing fans back, whether the group is touring on its own or curating one of its Mixtape tours with other artists.

“I think when you put a great song out there and it really hits, you make an impression and so many people and people want to go back to that feeling they got when they first heard the song or when they were a big fan,” he explains. “When you listen to it now, you get the same feeling. The music makes such an emotional impression; it just stays in your heart and you want to revisit that. We’re fortunate to have that.”

For the Magic Summer Tour, meanwhile, Knight says New Kids will offer its trademark array of flashy visual production — “All the bells and whistles,” he promises — and precision ensemble dance routines. “It’s actually been a while since we’ve done this type of show, just us on stage for an hour and a half, two hours,” he notes. But Knight says New Kids are up to the task, and he hopes the group’s enthusiasm is evident to the fans who show up.

“I enjoy it more now, in a different way,” Knight says. “When we first went out, it was so crazy and we were so young. It was just nuts. Now it’s more like a slightly slower drip of caffeine. We get the excitement and the thrill of it, but it’s also at a more sustainable pace, a more manageable pace. We get to soak it in.

“I would say we’re actually in the moment more, and we all appreciate it more now.”

Videos of NKOTB at the WNCI Softball game

Here are some fan videos from the WNCI Charity Softball game that took place on June 20 in Columbus, OH.