New Kids On The Block (formed 1984-1995, 2008-present) New Kids On The Block are an American boy band from Boston, Massachusetts, consisting of Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood, as well as previously including Mark Wahlberg and Jaime Kelley.
Formation: Maurice Starr decided to form a band called Nyunk as a white equivalent to the band New Edition. Auditions were held in Boston, with Donnie Wahlberg becoming the first person to get into the band and then bringing in his brother, Mark Wahlberg, and friends Danny Wood and Jordan Knight. Mark Wahlberg left the group after a short amount of time to be replaced by Jamie Kelly, however Kelly was kicked out in favour of Joey McIntyre.
Starr continued to act as their manager as the band were signed to Columbia Records, changing their name to New Kids On The Block, taking their name from one of the songs from their debut album.
Career: In 1986, New Kids On The Block released their self-titled debut studio album to poor reviews and little success. The band chose to release 'Please Don't Go Girl' which initially saw little success until it was played on a Florida radio station and shot up to number 10 in the charts.
On 6th September 1988, they released their second studio album, 'Hangin' Tough', to better reviews and chart success, topping Billboard's 200 list. The following year on 19th September 1989, the band released a Christmas album entitled 'Merry, Merry Christmas'. The album received moderate reviews and reached the ninth spot on Billboard's 200 list. The band released their third studio album, 'Steph By Step', on 5th June 1990 with mixed to poor reviews, yet it once again topped Billboard's 200 list and sold almost 20 million copies.
This led to Forbes listing the band members as the highest paid entertainers of 1991, beating Madonna and Michael Jackson. In 1993, the band and manager Maurice Starr split, and released their fourth studio album 'Face the Music' on 25th January 1994. While it received moderate reviews, it only reached the 37th spot on Billboard's 200 list. The failure led to Jonathan Knight choosing to leave the band, with New Kids On The Block officially splitting up in 1995.
In 2008, the band revealed that they were planning a reunion and would have an album and tour to celebrate. The album, entitled 'The Block', received tremendously mixed reviews, ranging from brilliant to poor, yet it came second on Billboard's 200 list. In 2012, the band were nominated for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, before releasing their sixth studio album, '10', which received positive reviews and reached the sixth spot on Billboard's 200 list. Their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was installed on 9th October 2014.
Let it be known, Ms Perry is no scrub (and neither is Bette Midler!)
Just three days after launching their Kickstarter campaign, TLC have not only raised enough money to record their fifth and final album, they’ve exceeded their goal. The group have so far raised over $210,000 in just three days, beating their target of $150,000 in 30 days.
TLC have raised more than enough to record their fifth and final album
The amazing total is thanks in part to some of the band’s famous fans including singer Katy Perry, who, according to TMZ, has donated $5,000 to the campaign. That $5,000 pledge gets Perry a slumber party with the girls where she can “put on her jammies, order some late night snacks and have some #TLCPillowTalk".
New Kids On The Block and TLC - Shots of American boy band New Kids on the Block as they attended a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 21st January 2015
The triple threat of hit makers will play in over 30 cities across North America this summer.
Love New Kids On The Block? Been ‘Hangin’ Tough’ since the last time you saw the boys on stage? Well the wait is nearly over, as the 90s boyband (now manband) have just announced a 43 date US tour, kicking off this May, where they’ll be bringing along two very special guests.
The New Kids On The Block are hitting the road
TLC and Nelly will be joining the boys on 'The Main Event' tour, which kicks off May 1st at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. Tickets for the tour go on sale January 31st, with an American Express presale beginning this Friday.
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New Kids On The Block, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg - New Kids On The Block (NKOTB) performing live in concert at O2 Arena - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 27th May 2014
Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight and New Kids On The Block - New Kids On The Block host an evening at Pure Nightclub - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 6th July 2013
New Kids On The Block, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Joey McIntyre - The Toyota Concert Series on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 31st May 2013
The benefit was a success on all counts.
Despite being put together in mere weeks, the Boston Strong concert, which took place last night at Boston’s TD Garden, was a complete success. Headlined by acts like Aerosmith (who flew in from Singapore for the occasion,) J. Geils and James Taylor, the gig had enough energy and momentum to ring as a celebration of Boston’s spirit, not a lament of the bombing, which rocked the city in April. Rolling Stone recapped the gig.
The show began, appropriately, with guitarist Tom Scholtz’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and continued with acts like Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block, blue-collar rockers J. Geils Band ripping through enthusiastic, high energy sets, interrupted by the occasional teary-eyed moment, where appropriate. Naturally, powerhouse rockers Boston made an appearance, in keeping with the night’s theme of Bostonians helping out and performing for other Bostonians.
It was definitely a celebration of Boston’s spirit and culture, with comedian as comedian Steve Sweeney, a local legend, said before introducing the Geils Band, when people ask, "How you doin'?," locals are liable to reply, "Mind your own goddamn business, you nosy bastard!"
Stars and Boston natives banded together for the charity event.
The Boston Strong benefit for the victims of the marathon bombings last month has only been in the works for a few weeks. In that time, the event team managed to pull together a star-studded lineup, from Aerosmith to New Kids On The Block, all performing for free. The venue – TD Garden - and even Ticketmaster.com also waived all fees in the spirit of charity. Somehow, Boston Strong worked and it worked well, with barely any time to organize. Acts included some proud Bostonians, as well as acts, who just performed out of solidarity for the city’s people. Acts like Jason Aldean, Dane Cook, James Taylor and Aerosmith, who flew in from Singapore, the latest stop in their tour, just to participate, reports Reuters.
“To say everyone is checking their ego at the door is a cliche, but it’s true,” said New Kid Donnie Wahlberg for Boston.com. “To walk down the hallway and bump into Carole King and have her say ‘Thank you. Your city is so great. . . . There’s no place for rock star attitudes tonight.”
The sole reason behind the concert was helping Boston and its citizens move on, and it looks like the event has been a huge success. At prices between $35 and $285, tickets had been sold out for weeks for the 17,500-seat venue, with net proceeds to be donated to The One Fund and, through it, victims of the bombing.
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The star-studded lineup is sure to grow as the event approaches.
A number of musicians and comedians – the list so far includes Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block, James Taylor, Dane Cook and a number of others - have signed on to perform in the upcoming benefit for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The tragedy, which took place on April 15, claimed the lives of three people and left many more injured. However, in the aftermath of the blast, the world saw unprecedented acts of kindness and compassion from Bostonians and visitors. Now, the entertainers, some of them Boston natives themselves, hope to do their part as well.
Boston's own NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg revealed to MTV, "Like so many other proud Bostonians who have been extremely generous, we are honored to step up and do our part to help the victims and their families. Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well."
Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration will take place on May 30 at TD Garden and ticket sales will benefit charity organisation The One Fund and through that – the victims and those affected by the explosions. Some other confirmed performers so far include J. Geils Band, Godsmack, Extreme, Steven Wright, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, and Carole King, but the list is sure to expand as the night of the benefit approaches.
The lineup for the Boston Strong benefit has already been announced and features many prominent Bostonians.
Don Law, President of Live Nation New England has announced that the concert promoters will be hosting a charity gig for the victims of the Boston bombing and the lineup for the benefit is already growing fast. With less than a month left until the show on May 30th, acts like Aerosmith, New Kids On The Block, Jason Aldean, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffet have all signed on to perform at the charity event. The funds raised from the concert will go to the One Fund, benefiting the survivors and the families of those who died in the explosions on April 15.
Other confirmed acts include Jason Aldean, Boston, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band, Carole King and New Kids on the Block. Boston native Donnie Wahlberg, of New Kids On The Block fame, commented that as a Boston Native, he was proud to do his part for the city’s recovery from the tragedy. Additional performers might be announced in the coming weeks, but the lineup for the benefit is looking pretty impressive as is. The benefit will also feature some non-musical bits, courtesy of comedians like Dane Cook and Steven Wright. The event will be held at Boston’s TD Garden and tickets will go on sale this coming Monday (May 6), ranging from $35 to $285.
The rockers are among the major acts, confirmed to perform at the charity gig.
Remaining two members of reformed 90s R&B group will perform at Pennsylvania festival
A reformed TLC are set to be the stars of the second Mixtape Festival, due to take place on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27, at Hersheypark Stadium, Pennsylvania, Pennlive.com reports. The band’s two remaining members (Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes died in a car crash in 2002), Rozonda ‘Chili’ Thomas and Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watzins will play the second day of the festival. Late last year, it was reported that they were considering using hologram technology to represent Lopes on stage with them, though it has not been confirmed that they will be employing the technology at the Mixtape Festival.
Also performing on the Saturday will be New Kids On The Block, Jonas Brothers, Boyz II Men, Benji Madden, Emblem 3 and MKTO. The Friday boasts Train, the Script, OneRepublic, Rev. Run and DJ Ruckus, Gavin DeGraw, Serena Ryder and Hanson. Tickets for the festival go on sale on May 10, proceed at $51.70 for a two day pass and a starting price of around $35 for a single day pass.The festival organisers are also selling VIP packages, including meet & greets with some of the artists playing at the event, as well as a ‘Rock n Jock’ dodgeball game and an exclusive VIP party, featuring Benji Madden and Rev Run. A gold VIP package will set you back $1200, whilst the silver package is $650.
The reunion of TLC has sparked rumors that Chili and T-Boz may embark on their own tour. The band scored a string of hit in their original incarnation in the 1990s, including ‘Waterfalls’ and ‘No Scrubs.’
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The singer apologised to fans during the show and has been absolved of all charges in their eyes.
After New Kids On The Block’s Jonathan Knight had to step down during a live performance last night, the performer apologized to fans via Twitter.
The tweet was a short one, but Knight’s followers rallied in support of the singer. “I’m sorry,” tweeted Knight from the side of the stage, as his bandmates continued the performance. The NKOTB member has long been struggling with anxiety – a condition, which, while it has been gaining more awareness of late, still isn’t very talked about in the entertainment industry. That’s unfortunate, considering that anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorder in the US, affecting roughly 40 million adults.
According to Hollywood Life, Knight was clearly struggling throughout the parts of the show he managed to perform. After hanging back for two songs, he returned for Step By Step,” “Hangin’ Tough” and “The Right Stuff.” However, it clearly wasn’t working out, since the singer left the show stage straight afterwards and the remaining members of NKOTB had to finish the concert without him.
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