30 years on, new Kids at The Block have The right stuff at St. Paul concertStar Tribune #Top_WorkplacesJune 12, 2019
To be sure, some boy-band alums get a second act.
Everybody knows about Justin Timberlake of N’Sync, right?
But no boy band has enjoyed a second act quite like New Kids on the Block.
Heartthrobs in the late ’80s and early ’90s, NKOTB have spent the ’10s as a hot concert attraction.
Because they are resourceful entertainers and savvy packagers.
Selling hormone-evoking nostalgia, teenage fun and hot adult bodies, NKOTB, with its five heyday members, packed Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night — their fourth sold-out show in the Twin Cities this decade.
Wahlberg, easily the most popular of these Middle-Aged Kids (now ages 46 to 50), told the 15,000 fans — about 98% of whom were women probably ages 35 to 50 — Tuesday that the critics were wrong; the naysayers underestimated the faith of the fans.
As they have done on recent tours, these guys used all the clichéd arena gimmicks including confetti, streamers, flames and a mirrored ball.
You haven’t experienced boy-band pandemonium until Wahlberg sings in your section — OMG!
Exactly 30 years after NKOTB made their debut at the Minnesota State Fair (with Tiffany), these oldies showed they’re still hangin’ tough because, long after their expiration date, they still have the right stuff for their fans.