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NKOTB: still the only boyband for me.

NKOTB: still the only boyband for me.

For those that don’t know, I write music reviews for a couple of publications in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My favorite is a San Francisco music blog called Spinning Platters, and for several years the editors and I have been working to try to set up some kind of interview piece with the New Kids.  While it hasn’t happened yet, I did finally get to properly cover one of their shows as only a real fan can when The Package Tour came through San Jose, Ca.  Here is that review in its entirety, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed being able to write it!


In the little world that exists between the New Kids on the Block and their fans, I’m what’s affectionately referred to as a “BH:” a Blockhead. I don’t say this with any level of chagrin or irony, and there’s nothing I feel guilty about in the pleasure I take from this group. The fact of the matter is, I’ve loved them for more than 25 years, and at this point, I don’t feel the need to explain or justify that to anyone who doesn’t get it. (And honestly, why do we feel the need to ridicule each other for something that brings us joy?) If anybody is experiencing anything like the fun I have with the NKOTB, I would be a fool to try to tear it down – that’s the kind of thing I think we ought to seek out and celebrate! Which is exactly what I did, when The Package Tour (NKOTB, Boyz II Men, and 98°) pulled up to HP Pavilion last night in San Jose. (more…)

Edited: July 9th, 2013