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New Kids On The Block announce UK arena tour (2009)

New Kids On The Block

Story by Jack Foley

NEW Kids On The Block have reformed and have announced on an eight-date tour of the UK in January 2009.

The jaunt kicks off in Manchester on January 16, before coming to the O2 Arena on January 24 and ending in Cardiff on the 29th.

The reformed New Kids On The Block is comprised of Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood and they’re back together for the very first time in nearly a decade.

They have already had great reviews in the US for their new album The Block, featuring their new single Summertime.

You can see them perform new and classic tracks at the following venues (all January 2009).

16 – Manchester MEN Arena
17 – Birmingham NIA
18 – Glasgow SECC
23 – Nottingham Trent FM Arena
24 – London The O2
27 – Sheffield Arena
28 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
29 – Cardiff International Arena

Tickets go on general sale on Friday, September 19 at 9.30am.

About the new album

The brand new New Kids album was sparked when Wahlberg was in New York for a costume fitting for the upcoming film, Righteous Kill, which finds him living out another life-long dream by acting in a film alongside two of his greatest heroes, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.

Finding himself around the block, Wahlberg visited the office of his longtime entertainment lawyer, Jaimie Roberts, who handed him a demo tape of a young singer-songwriter name Nazaree.

Since the days of New Kids – and his time producing hits in the early Nineties for his brother Mark as Markey Mark and The Funky Bunch – Wahlberg has been handed a mountain of demos in his time and he took the offering with absolutely no expectations.

In the months that followed, Wahlberg and the other Kids would collaborate closely with Nazaree, who turned out to be a New Kids fan since childhood, as well as other gifted producers and writers including Bryan-Michael Cox, Emanuel Kiriakou, RedOne and Fernando on a new album that blends the melodic soul of vintage New Kids with a decidedly contemporary, hip hop feel.

In the late Eighties and early Nineties, New Kids on the Block became a phenomenon, selling over 80 million albums – including the back-to-back international number one efforts, 1988’s Hangin’ Tough and 1990’s Step By Step.

Commenting on the new-look line-up and forthcoming tour dates, Joey McIntryre said: “We’re still young, we’re still hot. Our fans are between 25 and 35 now because they were really young then. They’re still very attractive – and very legal. So it’s going to be a girls night out. I know my wife’s going to be there every step of the way, but it’s still going to be fun.”