They were the soundtrack to an MTV-powered era. Hook filled songs (and videos!) like “Forever Your Girl” from Paula Abdul, “Step By Step” from New Kids On The Block (AKA “NKOTB”) and “End of the Road” from Boyz II Men left a lasting mark on the ’80s-’90s Walkman generation.
So dust off your high top Reebok Freestyles, those Miami Vice shades and your neon jacket, because all three of these acts are coming to a venue near you beginning in May of 2017.
“We’re bringing happy back,” said New Kid Donnie Wahlberg on The Today Show, where they made the announcement. Tickets are on sale now for this package tour which kicks off in Columbus, Ohio on May 12 before making its way around the country. (I worked in radio in the 1980s and 1990s, so when I say New Kids created a Beatles-like hysteria in downtown Cincinnati, I am not joking.)
As Matt Lauer noted during the announcement, the three acts have sold more than 200 million albums collectively. There are sure to be some superfans purchasing tickets right about now. Maybe you’ve seen Boyz II Men or NKOTB in recent years, but Abdul hasn’t toured in more than two decades!
Here’s a walk down memory lane:
New Kids On The Block “Step By Step”
Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
Paula Abdul “Opposites Attract”