Reuniting has been “The Right Stuff” for New Kids on the Block, according to the group’s Jordan Knight.
“It’s been amazing,” Knight, 39, says of the pop vocal group’s return with 2008’s “The Block,” its first album in four years and the fifth release for the Bostonformed quintet that’s sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.
“Every night, when we do meet-and-greets, the fans are always like, ‘Thank you guys for coming back together!’ It’s almost like they really think, 100 percent, that we only did it for the fans.
“We did it ’cause we remember how fun it was. We remember how successful it was. It’s been a great experience for us. It’s not like we suffered through it for our fans. We had a great time doing it.”
“The Block” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in September and has sold more than 300,000 copies. Knight acknowledges it’s something of a disappointment and there’s been some second-guessing in its wake — “A lot of people say, ‘You guys should’ve done more Adult Contemporary-style music,” he notes — but he says the album accomplished what the group hoped.
“It reflected who we are,” Knight says. “It reflected our sensibilities in music, and it gave us a chance to have some swagger on stage. It was just us naturally going out there and doing music we wanted to move to, dance to, sing and stuff that our fans would really like.
“So, yeah, it was more designed for our fans and for our stage show than it was for radio airplay.”
NKOTB will be on the road until mid-July (an Australian tour for August was canceled). Future plans, however, have not been determined — save another NKOTB sea cruise in March.
“We could possibly be recording another album next year,” Knight says. “We’re still trying to gauge it. We all keep saying we’re open to do it, let’s just feel it out as the months progress and as this tour comes to an
end and come back to this discussion in three months. Then
New Kids on the Block and Jesse McCartney perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (June 25) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $45-85 pavilion and $25 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www. palacenet.com.
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