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article imageReview: New Kids on the Block are better than ever at Nassau Coliseum Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 3, 2013 in Entertainment
Uniondale - On June 1, New Kids on the Block performed at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, as part of “The Package” tour. They shared the stage with such groups as 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
The iconic group, New Kids on the Block, is comprised of brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, as well as Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood.
They commenced their set with “We Own Tonight” and it was followed by “Block Party” and “Summertime,” the latter of which featured giant white beach balls bouncing throughout the venue for fan enjoyment.
“Long Island! How are you feeling tonight?” Jordan asked the crowd.
They continued with their Top 3 hit “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” as well as their new song “The Whisper” from their latest studio album, which they dedicated to New Kids on the Block fans worldwide. As they were performing this new tune, confetti was drizzling across the theater.
After an outfit change, they returned to sing “Survive You” and they covered a medley of such songs as “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind,” “Valentine Girl” and “If You Go Away.”
In “Please Don’t Go Girl,” Joey showcased his dynamic vocal range, thus proving that he is one powerhouse vocalist. He performed on an elevated stage as his fellow band members backed him on harmonies. This bravura vocal garnered them a well-deserved standing ovation.
“New York, are you going to keep this party rocking?” asked Donnie and they immediately broke into their new radio single “Remix (I Like The)” and they subsequently delivered a tender rendition of “Single.”
“Long Island, I was wondering if we could hang out with you and sing some of your favorite old songs and take you on a trip through time,” Donnie remarked.
Their acoustic medley consisted of such songs as “Baby I Believe In You,” which featured Jordan on lead vocals, “Dirty Dancing,” as well as covers of George Michael’s “Faith,” Prince’s “Kiss,” LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” Nelly’s “Hot in Here” and Joey nailed Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
Following the well-received medley, they introduced their talented band members, who were responsible for playing songs for all three groups (Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, as well as New Kids on the Block).
Other noteworthy songs included their chart-topping single “Step by Step,” a cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s “Empire State of Mind” and “Cover Girl,” which featured Donnie on lead vocals and he subsequently showcased his chiseled physique, which was a crowd favorite performance that received a raucous applause.
They closed their set with their remaining two No. 1 hits “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” and “Hangin’ Tough.”
The Verdict
Overall, New Kids on the Block did an incredible job headlining “The Package” tour at Nassau Coliseum. All five members sounded great, they were able to command the stage and their choreography was impressive. Their stage was elaborate with laser lights, turn tables, elevated platforms, among other special effects, which enhanced the show’s appeal. They prove that they only get better with age, twenty-five years well into their careers. Along with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, they were able to give their Long Island audience a memorable evening of pop, rock and R&B music. All three groups garner an “A” rating for putting on such a remarkable production.
According to Kerin Carty, a fan and attendee, she remarked, “The ‘Package Tour’ offered a real true blue ladies night experience. From Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and New Kids on the Block, I felt like I was in Las Vegas being entertained by music royalty. Donnie Wahlberg reminded me of a young Frank Sinatra and he made me feel as though I was the only person in the room. This tour definitely brought back class to the music industry.”
For more information on New Kids on the Block and more about their tour dates, visit their official website.
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