Tag Archives: NKOTB

The Friday Five: Super Bowl Halftime Shows

It’s Super Bowl time once again and while the ads are fun (remember the Tim Tebow one with the puppies?) the halftime show is what we’re all watching for…right?  Coldplay is set to perform this year, along with some special guests.   In honor of Sunday’s game, we’re throwing it back to our five favorite halftime shows!  Which reminds us:  how have Backstreet Boys not done a halftime show?   Can someone get on that for 2017?

1. *NSYNC, Britney Spears, & Aerosmith – 2001
THE GREATEST HALFTIME SHOW OF ALL TIME.

2. NKOTB – 1991
This one’s for the children.

3. Shania Twain & No Doubt – 2003
Not sure what the theme was here, but what’s not to like?  Shania Twain?  Good.  No Doubt?  Good.  Let’s go football fans!

4. Justin Timberlake & Janet Jackson – 2004
If they had just had *NSYNC perform again, that whole wardrobe malfunction wouldn’t have happened, just saying.

5. Beyonce & Destiny’s Child – 2013
Like JT briefly acknowledged *NSYNC at the VMAs in 2013, Beyonce brought back Destiny’s Child for a hot second at the halftime show the same year.

New Kids On The Block Announce 2016 Cruise: New Orleans to Cozumel

We could all use a little warming up right now, as we’ve been dreaming about being on the beach while we’re piled under a mountain of snow. How about being on the beach with the New Kids on the Block? Sounds like a perfect fangirl getaway to us! NKOTB just announced their 8th annual cruise for 2016 is taking off from New Orleans and heading down to Cozumel, Mexico in October. Pre-sales start this Wednesday, January 27th for Block Nation members, so we hope like any good fangirl you’ve been putting money in your New Kids cruise fund! Head over to NKOTBCruise.com for all of the info!

NKOTB 2016 Cruise
New Orleans to Cozumel
October 20-24 2016
Ticket Info

Watch the official trailer for the 2016 cruise below.  As if NKOTB + Beach wasn’t enough to convince you, this certainly will… Just #WaitTil8!

If you’ve seen “Rock This Boat,” you know what an epic adventure/party the cruise is. And you never know what could happen on the boat!  Like that time there was a wedding and Joey walked the bride down the aisle and Donnie officiated (literal fangirl tears every time Joey appears in that captain’s outfit help)

Be sure to follow NKOTB & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

The Friday Five: Boyband Draft

It’s boyband week over at Billboard.com, AKA the greatest thing ever.  Every week should be boyband week.  In honor of the occasion, Billboard staffers held a fantasy boyband draft, assembling their dream teams.  For this week’s Friday Five, we decided to get in on the fun and do our own boyband draft and create 2 super boybands: J5 and *Big Time Boys on the Block°.  The only rules were that you can’t pick 2 members from the same band.  Check out our picks and vote for your favorite!

Team A: J5 (JC, Joey, James, Jeff and Jesse)

JC Chasez
One of the greatest male vocalists, ever.  He can still hit ALL the notes, and he hasn’t aged a day since “Bye Bye Bye.”

Joey McIntyre
Just watch this performance from The Main Event Tour, and you’ll know why Joey is the MVP of any boyband.  Those vocals.  Those moves.  Those abs.

James Maslow
We knew James was a national treasure during Big Time Rush’s run, but he further proved it in his run to the final 3 of “Dancing With The Stars.”   Enjoy.

Jeff Timmons
Jeff has had the most uh, interesting post-boyband career.  He brings the moves for sure.  Fun fact we somehow just discovered: He was part of a “man band” on VH1 called “Sureshot” with Chris Kirkpatrick, Rich Cronin and Bryan Abrams in 2007.

Jesse McCartney
The most underrated former boyband member (Dreamstreet!).  His last single, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” and the accompanying video (where J Mac basically leads his own boyband) have not gotten nearly enough love.

Team B: *Big Time Boys on the Block°

Nick Carter
Nick has had his struggles in the past but he overcame them and continues to BRING IT every night on stage giving 110% during every show.  He also likes to make up his own moves on stage which is always A+ in my book.

Donnie Wahlberg
Do you watch NKOTV every week on A&E?  NO??  You should.  It’s the greatest night for television and you’ll see why Donnie Wahlberg is my top pick for boyband.  He knows how to treat the fans, he’s great to his wife (secret fangirl: Jenny McCarthy) and his family.  Plus – watch this video for further proof of A+ boybanding.

Nick Lachey
Another former boyband member who has a TV show about his own restaurant (“Raising The Bar” on A&E every Wednesday night.)  Let’s face it, Nick Lachey was the best looking member of 98* and he’s been the most successful – aside from Jeff Timmons’ stripper revue.

Kendall Schmidt
Kendall has seamlessly transitioned into boyband member to acoustic singer-songwriter while not alienating any fans from either end of the spectrum.  He’s got a good voice, and whether he wants to admit it or not – this boy can DANCE!  Plus, he’s got great hair.

Joey Fatone
He appeared on Hannah Montana, dancing with the stars, various food critic reality shows, and he’s still the most underrated member of *N SYNC.  Let’s not forget that Joey was also in “On The Line” with Lance.

The Friday Five: Carnival Music Videos

One of the best things about Summer is the outdoor fairs and carnivals that pop up all over the country.  And what’s a carnival without some great music?  Here are some of our favorite carnival-themed videos!

1. Jordan Knight – “Give It To You”
Our formative years consisted of calling into TRL constantly to vote for this  video. Looking back, we totally made the right decision because this is THE only ‘carnival’ video that matters.

2. Big Time Rush – “Boyfriend”
Learn from James Diamond.  If your bae can’t make it to the carnival, you can always find a nice plant to go on rides with you.

3. Mariah Carey – “Fantasy”
This video is definitely a sweet, sweet fantasy, baby!

4. The Vamps – “Last Night”
We love The Vamps idea for this video: let’s use our entire budget and build ourselves a carnival for the video shoot!  We’d totally do the same.

5. NKOTB – “Please Don’t Go Girl”
With Wahlburgers opening in Coney Island soon, we can only hope the band stops by to re-enact scenes from this video.  Can we ride the Wonder Wheel with Joey?

The Main Event Tour With NKOTB & TLC Hits Long Island, NY

There ain’t no party like a Block Party!  New Kids On The Block’s Summer Tour, aptly titled, “The Main Event,” stopped at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island over the weekend.  As with any NKOTB event, it was a nonstop party from start to finish!  It was everything we expected from this tour, and more.  NKOTB know how to BRING IT each and every night on stage.  Our review started as a fangirl keysmash but we managed to recover enough to write actual words.

P1230965

Round 1:  Nelly
Nelly got the party started with hits like “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me” and “Hot in Herre,” making everyone feel like they were back in high school.

P1220823

Round 2: TLC
T-Boz and Chilli win for best outfits of the night.  Their holographic jumpsuits and their dancers’ “TLC” printed overalls made us feel like we were back in 1999.  The highlight of the set was a singalong to their hit “Waterfalls,” as the crowd held up lights in memory of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

P1230137

Round 3: New Kids On The Block
The New Kids just get better and better with age.  NKOTB know how to put on a SHOW.  They also know how to make every fan in the arena feel like a part of the action.  Their stage setup is one of the coolest we’ve ever seen, with moving risers and multiple runways, so everyone has a chance to be close to the band.  And they know exactly what the fangirls want.  Change cam?  Check. Tuxedos?  Check.  Dance Moves?  Check.

P1230524

Their set was a mix of old favorites and recent ones, and the year of each song’s release was written on the big screen – from 1984 to 2013.  After singing “Please Don’t Go Girl,” Joey McIntyre said he’d been singing that song for 27 years, and asked the crowd if he could sing for 27 more, generating lots of screams from the audience (YES, PLEASE!)

P1240043

Jordan Knight came out for a solo segment, his white shirt billowing open thanks to a couple of wind machines.  Joey McIntyre followed, but decided to take things one step further and abandoned his shirt entirely.   Donnie Wahlberg, once known for his tank top ripping and getting extremely um, close to fans in the front row, is happily married now to Jenny McCarthy, who was also in attendance.   Instead of his old antics, Donnie led the crowd in a singalong of “Lean On Me,” while hundreds of #SelfiesForDonnie rotated on the big screen.

P1230797

A highlight of the show was when the band dispersed into the crowd during “Tonight,” getting even closer to some lucky fans.  Joey’s adorable son Griffin kicked off the song,  singing from on top of the piano.  He even did a spinning headstand.  Trust us, this kid is going to be playing arenas with (we hope) his own boyband one day!

P1230749

NKOTB are kicking off the 1st of 2 nights at Madison Square Garden tonight.  There’s just a few more stops left on The Main Event Tour, but if you can get to a show, it’s a MUST.

P1230997

Setlist:
Block Party
Crash
My Favorite Girl
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
The Whisper
Let’s Try It Again
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) / Valentine Girl / If You Go Away / Never Can Say Goodbye / Please Don’t Go Girl
Remix
Summertime
Dirty Dancing
Just A Friend / Good Vibrations
Tonight
Baby I Believe In You (Jordan solo)
Give It To You (Jordan solo)
Sweet Dreams (Joey solo)
Twisted (Joey solo)
I Need You / Lean On Me (Donnie solo)
Cover Girl (Donnie solo)
Games
Step By Step
I’ll Be Loving You Forever
Hangin’ Tough

Visit our Tumblr page for lots more photos from the show, such as the one below.  Be sure to follow NKOTB & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

P1230916

The Friday Five: Summer 2015 Tours

Livenation kicked of the summer concert season with a huge show in NYC on National Concert Day, May 5th and that got us super excited about all of the huge tours we’re going to!   This week, we’re bringing you our five summer tours we’re the MOST excited about.

1. “The Main Event Tour” ft. NKOTB, TLC, & Nelly
This tour deserves the name “The Main Event” with three huge acts on one stage, one night, the night of a lifetime!  Yahoo!Screen is also streaming the show next Thursday, May 14th at 10pm EST for 24 hours only – if you can resist tuning in, we salute you.

2. “The Wheels Up Tour” ft. Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, & Sam Hunt
If you are a regular reader you know we’ll go pretty much anywhere to see Hunter or Sam.  We were so excited when this tour was announced we literally screamed in a French restaurant.   Tickets for this tour went on sale in waves which drove us nuts waiting for the email with our dates in it but once it arrived, it was wheels up, baby!  If you can score tickets to this tour, you’ll be treated to some extra special in flight entertainment all night long.  After all, we don’t have to go home we can leave the night on.

3. “Rock This Country! Tour” ft. Shania Twain
Shania announced a brand new tour on the heels of her Las Vegas residency coming to a close but she made sure we knew this was her last tour – EVER!  Put on your cowboy boots and get ready to rock this country with Shania!

4. “Dazed & Confused Tour” ft. Jake Miller
When our bae Jake Miller just released his brand new single “Dazed & Confused” and he announced a tour with the same name, we knew we had to be there to see those arms in person – and hear his angelic voice obviously!

5. The Vamps USA Tour
It’s been entirely too long since The Vamps last US invasion and we can’t wait for their first headlining tour here this Summer!  They’re bringing Before You Exit along for what’s sure to be a memorable evening.    We have high hopes that you’ll be lovestruck and will shout about it for weeks to come.

 

The Friday Five: The Main Event Playlist

In case you haven’t noticed, we are insanely excited about The Main Event Tour happening this summer.   NKOTB, TLC, and Nelly performing together on one stage?  It’s guaranteed to be a nonstop party.   Not sure about you, but we’ll be attending at least two shows.  Check out all of the tour dates HERE!  Here are some of the songs we can’t wait to hear this summer!

1. NKOTB – “Block Party”
The ultimate opening song, and NKOTB says it best:  “Leave your troubles all behind only good times here tonight.”  We still know all the choreography from The Package Tour.

2. TLC – “No Scrubs”
One of our favorite songs of the late 90s – we can’t wait for an arena-wide singalong.

3. Nelly – “Hot In Herre”
We’re imagining some sort of onstage collab between NKOTB & Nelly for this song, especially since NKOTB have done some “Dirty Dancing” to this song in the past.

4. NKOTB – “Cover Girl”
If you’ve seen NKOTB on tour before, then you might also know this song as “that song when Donnie rips off his tank top.”

5. TLC – Waterfalls
Throwing it way back to the days when we had to record songs off of the radio to cassette tapes on our boom boxes so we could listen on our Walkmen.  (Kids, if you have no idea what we’re taking about, watch this.  You have no idea how easy you have it now)

Mixtape Festival To Return to Hershey in 2015 with NKOTB, TLC, Sugar Ray & More!

Mixtape Festival, the ultimate fangirl fest, is returning to Hersheypark Stadium this June after a one year hiatus.  We’re not “festival people,” but we will make an exception for Mixtape, which brings together the best in 90s pop for an unforgettable weekend.  We went to the inaugural fest in 2012 and saw NKOTBSB, LL Cool J, and 98 Degrees’ first show post- reunion.  Needless to say, it was AMAZING, and we’re thrilled that Mixtape Festival is back in 2015!  Check out the lineup below – tickets go on sale Saturday, January 31st.

2015 Mixtape Festival Lineup
NKOTB
TLC
Nelly
Sugar Ray
Vanilla Ice
Salt-n-Pepa

Mixtape Festival 2015
Saturday, June 27th 2015
Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA
Buy Tickets

10358746_774146962662454_1367220514134503952_n
Mixtape Festival is great because all of the artist play full sets, not abbreviated festival sets.  There are usually fun activities to go along with the concert, like boyband vs. boyband dodgeball games and VIP afterparties.  Visit MixtapeFestival.com for more info on tickets and VIP packages!

Be sure to follow Mixtape Festival & Secret Fangirls for more updates

NKOTB Announce The Main Event Tour With TLC and Nelly

NKOTB don’t just have concerts, they throw massive block parties.  In 2011, they joined forces with Backstreet Boys to create the supergroup NKOTBSB, AKA the greatest event that has ever occured in fangirl history.  2013 brought us The Package Tour, as NKOTB recruited Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees into their boyband posse, for yet another unforgettable tour.

This summer, NKOTB are bringing TLC and Nelly out on The Main Event Tour!   It’s their first North American tour in two years, and features an all new, 360 in the round stage.   And if you’ve ever seen the New Kids on tour, you know that they totally BRING IT each and every night on stage.  We can’t wait to see what happens on tour, especially anything involving Donnie or Jordan.   Welcome to the Block Party.

Pre-sales start this Thursday, January 22nd for Blockhead members, and the public on sales are January 31st.  Visit NKOTB.com for more info.

The Main Event Tour with NKOTB, TLC & Nelly
May 1 – Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV – Buy Tickets
May 2 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA – Buy Tickets
May 3 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA – Buy Tickets
May 5 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC – Buy Tickets
May 6 – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA – Buy Tickets
May 9 – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
May 11 – Viejas Arena – San Diego, CA – Buy Tickets
May 12 – Gila River Arena – Phoenix, AZ – Buy Tickets
May 14 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
May 15 – Smoothie King Center –  New Orleans, LA – Buy Tickets
May 16 – Toyota Center – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
May 18 – Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK – Buy Tickets
May 19 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
May 20 – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN – Buy Tickets
May 22 – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
May 23 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL – Buy Tickets
May 26 – U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH – Buy Tickets
May 27 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
May 29 – The Palace of Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
May 30 – Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI – Buy Tickets
May 31 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets
Jun 2 – Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
Jun 4 – BB&T Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Buy Tickets
Jun 5 – Amway Center – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
Jun 6 – Phillips Arena – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Jun 7 – KFC Yum Center – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
Jun 9 – Norfolk Scope Arena – Norfolk, VA – Buy Tickets
Jun 10 – Verizon Center – Washington, DC – Buy Tickets
Jun 12 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT – Buy Tickets
Jun 13 – Sands Bethlehem Events Center – Bethlehem, PA – Buy Tickets
Jun 14 – Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
Jun 16 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
Jun 17 – Quickenloans Arena – Cleveland, OH – Buy Tickets
Jun 19 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Jun 20 – Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY – Buy Tickets
Jun 21 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Jun 22 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Jun 24 – TD Garden – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
Jun 27 – Mixtape Festival – Hershey, PA – Buy Tickets
Jun 28 – Air Canada Center – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
Jun 30 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC – Buy Tickets
Jul 2 – First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY – Buy Tickets

Be sure to follow NKOTB, TLC, Nelly & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

The Friday Five: Have A Boyband Christmas

‘Tis the season for boys in matching chunky turtlenecks and festive headwear!  If you’re searching for the perfect Holiday music to add to your playlist (or any playlist), you can’t go wrong with some classic boyband songs.

1. 98 Degrees – “This Gift”
Is it okay if we say this is our favorite 98 Degrees album?  (Sorry, “Microphone.”)

2. *NSYNC – “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
The most iconic Christmas music video of all time.

3. NKOTB – “Funky Funky Xmas”
They performed this on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1990, and Jordan decided his Christmas gift to you would be to take his shirt off mid-performance.

4. Big Time Rush – “Beautiful Christmas”
Confession: we will listen to this song year round if it shuffles on our BTR playlist.

5. Backstreet Boys – “It’s Christmas Time Again”
BSB somehow managed to avoid releasing a full Christmas album (although we would love that guys, get on it).  They did release this single in in 2012.