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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
My Favorite Girl
You Got It (The Right Stuff)
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
Just A Friend / Good Vibrations
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)
Step By Step
I’ll Be Loving You Forever