New Kids on the Block were easily the biggest boy band when I was a youngster. They were just as big as somebody like Michael Jackson when I was in Forge Lane Junior School. Now, they are back from the dead and pulling what I like to call a ‘Take That’ – releasing a brand new album years after they split. And from the sounds of it….it’s not bad at all!
Jordan, Joey, Jonathan, Donnie and Danny took to the stage earlier today at HMV, Oxford Street to perform 4 songs and sign copies of their new album The Block. It was the UK fans first chance in over fifteen years to see the band together again, performing live. And the store actually had to shut down the signing early because of the amount of people that showed up. They say it was just as big as a Take That or Madonna appearance. Get them.
The appearance marks the release of their brand new album which features collaborations with some of the biggest names in pop music today. R&B superstar Neyo features on Single, the follow up to the first hit single Summertime. Other collaborations include Grown Man with the Pussycat Dolls and uber producer Teddy Riley, Put It On My Tab with Akon, Big Girl Now with NY electro-pop diva Lady Gaga and Full Service with their musical heroes New Edition.
Hilariously Donnie decided to invite me to take to the stage with the band when they performed. I sadly declined, feeling that maybe I wasn’t quite prepared enough. But thanks anyway Donnie! Amazingly fans of the band – probably over 500 of them – had queued up and camped out overnight to catch a glimpse of the five some. How 90s is that? Camping overnight for a record signing!
Jordan told me he even recognises some of the hardcore fans from the old days. He said: ‘We still recognise some of them right now. They’ve got a little older – but there are new fans coming through too.”