The New Kids on the Block may have lost their most recent tour buddies to the recording studio but it appears they’re still operating under the principle that two (or more) boy bands are better than one. Yes, NKOTB is hitting the road in 2013, and once again they have invited some pals who know what it’s like to have female fans faint in their presence and tattoo their names to their own skin.
Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees will join New Kids on the Block for 28 swoon-worthy nights this summer, akin to those previously confined to our dreams–the kind that usually happen after one two many glasses of red and multiple engagement notifications on Facebook. But this–this!–is why we stick with boy bands through thick and thin: they always come back to us. The group announced the 2013 tour Tuesday morning on The View and is housing all the information you’ll ever need on the subject in a neat and devilishly-named site called The Package. Allow your mind to wander…
The mid-year swing begins May 31 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut and runs through July 13 in Minneapolis. For NKOTB, it’s a chance to thrill fans with live shows from the core five, as well as further promote new music; their sixth studio album, 10, drops in April, with new single, “Remix (I Like The),” premiering next week (January 28). Boyz II Men is still riding on the back of Twenty (released in 2011) although it’s likely Shawn Stockman feels the itch to get back out on stage now that he’s out of a high-profile television gig. (RIP The Sing-Off. Sniff, sniff.)
But for 98 Degrees, who reunited for one night (and morning) last summer for the first time in 11 years, it’s a true call back to the good ‘ol days. We happened to be in attendance during last year’s Summer MixTape Festival–how could we not?–and through the haze of our own prepubescent nostalgia, we’re happy to report that the guys could still execute microphone choreography, hit the more memorable notes and effortlessly sway all in the style of their TRL-era chart competitors. Which means we’re more than pleased to see them making good on their promise to hit the road in the new year–hopefully there’s an album to come? Nick Lachey deserves more than a hosting gig, and you know it.
New Kids on the Block Team with Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees for Tour [Rolling Stone]
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