Last night, I saw the Backstreet Boys (for what feels like the millionth time) and New Kids On The Block (for the first time ever!) hit the stage as the amazing boy band hybrid NKOTBSB at the Izod Center in good old New Jersey.
Was I blown away? Why, yes. To be honest, I’m a huge fan of both groups, but really had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect. I was curious how these two massive pop acts would make it work. But make it work they did.
It was marvelous to see the New Kids for the first time – I’ve been a fan of theirs for longer than I’d care to admit – and it was amazing to see that BSB still have it. The room swooned for all nine guys, to say the least.
The highlights were many, but there are a few moments that really stood out. When the groups transitioned from “Please Don’t Go Girl” to “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” ranks high on the list of awesome moments. So does seeing the shuffle from “The Right Stuff” video live in person. One unexpected track that BSB played was the beloved, often-forgotten ballad “10,000 Promises.” A swoonerific moment, indeed.
But the final medley tops the list. An amazing hybrid of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (including the mummy dance) and “Hangin’ Tough,” it was so full of energy and life that I can still hear the screams of excitement in my ears. What other mash-up moment came a close second? When NKOTB joined BSB on stage for “Larger Than Life” to add the chant “N/K/O/T/B/S/B” to the already fun track.
So, when can I see the show again?