NKOTB's 'Today' concert: You know you want to watch

Behold, the three performances from this morning’s New Kids on the Block Today show concert!

The guys, reuniting for their first televised performance in 15 years, drew a seriously large, loud female crowd to Rockefeller Plaza. (Some of the ladies camped out for 48 hours.)They opened with a greatest hits medley. While they looked great (Jordan Knight can almost pull off sunglasses in the rain), they sounded just okay. My favorite moment was when they turned their backs to the audience, sexily slithered out of their suit jackets like strippers, and launched into the PG-rated "Please Don’t Go Girl." I did, however, genuinely (!) enjoy the dance mix of "The Right Stuff." (I’m a huge fan of the Joey Mac hip pump.)

After the jump, their best (new single "Summertime") and worst ("Tonight") offerings.

I took some heat on a post earlier this week when I referred to "Summertime" as both forgettable and kinda catchy. You’re right. I should have explained it differently. What I meant was: It has a beat you’ll move to when you hear it, but you won’t carry it with you. I thought the guys sounded their best on this track. Two great moments to watch for: Donnie Wahlberg raising his shirt to show abs, and two guys in a neighboring skyscraper watching the concert from their office window (busted!).   

I would’ve preferred to hear another new track, as opposed to this Broadway-esque rendition of the saptacular "Tonight."


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  • Amy

    It hurt to watch that. And yet I couldn’t turn away!

  • Anonymous

    i think i just vomited in my mouth

  • Winona

    Was Joe’s microphone the only one on during the medley? The sound mix was horrible. But the performances were fun, I’ll admit…

  • ericalina

    is the comeback over yet?

  • Maria

    For those who have been loving them for the last 20 odd years, we’ve only just begun.
    For those who hated NKOTB for the past 20 odd years…your worst nightmare is happening again. Enjoy!

  • Winona

    Gotta add one more thing: WTF is up with the backup dancers who likely were infants the first time around? Are they trying to win over a male audience by having gyrating females behind them?

  • G.G.

    I didn’t like them much when I was in high school, so I’m still not impressed. Here’s what I don’t get – why are they doing this? Donnie Wahlberg has had a successful acting career. It’s not like they are riding a wave of late 80s boy band nostalgia. They just seem too old to be doing this now.

  • EM in MS

    I don’t think I can totally comprehend this. I have memories of 8th grade and backstage passes and hugging Joey Mac… OMG! All I could do was laugh as I watched this. I predict they’ll have some summer fun, and then fade away again.
    Oh, and LOVE the dudes watching from their office window!

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  • Jeff

    What was with the mix and the WORST.CAMERA.WORK.EVER!!!!????
    Why show all those rain soaked chicks???
    Who wants to see them?? They got about half of the camera time…..and the sweeping shots of the crowd??? We get it…there were lots of people there!!!
    Missed half the performance and almost all of the dancing because of some idiot in the control booth who felt the need to show off all the camera angles they have of the plaza!!

  • Tiffany

    I cannot tell a lie, I could not look away. Also, I am going to hold my head up high as I write this, I will be going to see then in concert.

  • Jennifer

    Worst sound ever.

  • Sarah

    Pretty bad. I wasn’t a huge fan the first time around, though.

  • lori

    Okay, I know everyone had a favorite New Kid, and mine sadly was Donnie Wahlberg. Either his voice really got horrible or he was severely voice synthesized in all of his performances. And also, thank god that he wore a hat because I was so sad when he started balding/thinning. Also, Jordan’s voice is awful as well. It has not held up.
    The only guy who had some chops was Joey MacIntyre. And he was like the guy I liked the least. I remember my best friend in elementary school (who turned out to be gay) had NKOTB shoelaces and we thought it was so “rad”. Heh.

  • Jools

    I feel bad for Joey. He’s the only one who can actually sing. Jordan tries, but no more, thank you.

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