Former teen heartthrobs still know how to thrill a crowd

New Kids On The Block put on impressive show at John Labatt Centre

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

New Kids on the Block at the JLC

Shaun Ding

It’s been almost 20 years since New Kids On The Block first stole the hearts of every teenage girl in North America and ruled the charts with catchy pop songs.

This past Sunday night when Jordan, Joey, Donnie, Jon and Dan walked out on stage at the John Labatt Centre, the crowd went wild. Judging by the screams and levels of excitement, you’d swear you were back in 1993.

Although the arena was not as full as it would have been back in NKOTB heyday, the crowd that was there " mostly women between the ages of 20 to 35 " was ready to sing the lyrics to every song.

The opening act, dance group JabbaWockeez " who won Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew competition last year " did a good job of pumping up the crowd with their impressive dance moves to chart-topping hits like Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” and Kanye West’s “Stronger.” But the reception they received was nothing compared to NKOTB.

The concert began with a video montage that included clips of the boys back in the day when they were underage and sporting mullets. Since the early 1990s, the boys have ditched the lame hairstyles and matured into grown men, but they still manage to perform various dance routines and jump around on stage like they did as teens.

The thought of five grown men wearing matching outfits and dancing in sync may sound more comical than impressive, but the fact all five members were able to keep singing as they constantly moved around was actually quite remarkable.

The set list included both old classics and new gems. NKOTB made sure to include fan favourites like “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Please Don’t Go Girl” and, of course, “Step by Step.”

Donnie especially made an effort to show his love for Canada when he dropped his pants to reveal the Canadian flag on his rear end.

When NKOTB announced its reunion, people were skeptical as to whether or not the boys could still get people to pay attention to them. Not only did the crowd on Sunday night prove NKOTB is adored as much now as they were back in the early 90s, but the boys showed that they still know how to please a crowd.

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