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Interview:
New Kids on the Block are fit for the Main Event
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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They may be old(er) mean rather than New Kids on the Block these days. But the veteran "boy band" can still get excited.

A case in point; Joey Mcintyre's solo spot during shows on the quintet's current Main Event Tour, which is generating more social media attention for his muscles than the music -- a mash-up of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and NKOTB's "Twisted" -- during which he peels off his shirt to show a torso still well-chiseled at 42.

"That's a great way to get a cheap (reaction), 'cause there's no better inspiration than to have to take your shirt off in front of 10,000 girls every night. That's kinda fun," McIntyre says with a laugh.

"But I enjoy the whole show. Being able to sing 'Please Don't Go Girl,' which was our first single 27 years ago, and to have that song mean more to me now than it ever has and to sing it as a grown man and have it still work is really cool."

The Main Event tour has, in fact, has allowed McIntyre and the rest of NKOTB -- which has sold more than 80 million records worldwide since blasting out of Boston in 1984 -- to try something a bit different this summer. "We usually do a boy band thing," McIntyre notes, referencing previous tours with Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and others. This time, however, NKOTB is on the road with TLC and Nelly, both of which bring a different kind of dynamic to the evening.

"It's a little outside of our zone, but it's been great," McIntyre reports. "I think it's a party. You have the arguably the biggest girl band in the world with a big boy band, and then you have Nelly to kick off the party. It's very exciting. It's the Main Event, like we call it, hit after hit.

"People are showing up to have a good time and we as artists are getting pumped up every night 'cause we want to keep the excitement going and have a bunch of incredible moments going throughout the night."

NKOTB is hoping to add to that body of hits, too. Though there are no firm plans yet, McIntyre says the group intends to record a follow-up to 2013's "10." "I enjoy making records with these guys," says McIntyre, who's released seven solo albums as well."I know Donnie (Wahlberg) has a ton of ideas and we can get the musical bug, and Jordan (Knight) makes his own records and so does Danny (Wood).

"New music is part of the puzzle, so maybe it's not 12 songs. Maybe it's five songs. Maybe it's eight songs. Who knows what it's gonna be, but new music is a good way to inject some energy into what we do."

The Main Event Tour with New Kids on the Block, TLC and Nelly

7 p.m. Friday, May 29.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Lapeer Road at I-75.

Tickets are $29.50-$102.50.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.


Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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