Not only will New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men hit the road together this spring on The Package Tour, but the three supergroups will also show up at NKOTB’s signature Waffle House Party — and everyone is invited.
“The Waffle House is where we stop late at night because nobody’s there,” Donnie Wahlberg, 43, says Tuesday during their warmup event held Tuesday at NYC’s Irving Plaza. “I know ya’ll eat a lot of waffles and hash browns.”
He adds, “I promise you the first stop on the tour that has a Waffle House within 50 miles, we’re going. We’re going to hold up the parking lot, and it’s not going to stop until about 5 a.m. How’s that?”
Turns out, between the three acts, they claim to have 45 hit singles, which will make for a whopping 3 ½ hour show.
Although the tour doesn’t kick off until May 31, they are elated to perform. NKOTB sing If You Go Away as Donnie and Jon Knight joke around onstage, laughing, and Joe McIntyre stretches out the high note on Please Don’t Go Girl, saying “I know they love me because they haven’t walked off yet.”
“They’re incredible,” Jordan Knight, 42, says. “Seriously. They’re great guys, they haven’t performed together in ten years, they’re walking a similar path that we did in coming back together after a long time. We love these guys, we respect these guys, they’re great guys, and our fans love these guys, so why not 98 Degrees?”
With that, 98 Degrees head out to perform Invisible Man and The Hardest Thing. The guys express their sincere appreciation, and promise to give 100%. Next up, Boyz II Men roll through Water Runs Dry and I’ll Make Love To You. Wow, both 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men can really sing!
For The Package Tour, which runs through July 13, Donnie promises surprise guests but swears that Backstreet Boys won’t return. The guys, dubbed NKOTBSB, toured together in 2011.
Hm, will see [his brother] Marky Mark [Wahlberg]? After all, before he went Hollywood and became a big movie star, we knew him as the one-hit wonder who sang the 1991 hit Good Vibrations with his Funky Bunch.
“Who?” Donnie asks me, before moving on to the next question.
And will NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men perform a song together?
“I don’t know,” says Donnie. “How’s that?”
One thing is certain: There will be new music, not just classic tunes, from all three groups during the concerts.
“We worked so hard on this album,” Jordan says, referring to their new offering, 10, which hits stores April 2. “It’s going to take you on a journey — you’re going to feel joy, you’re going to feel pain, you’re going to feel a lot of stuff you experienced, and I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to it, because we’ve all been through a lot of stuff.”
Plus, as the guys won’t let eventgoers forget, “12 packages.”
Tickets for The Package Tour go on sale Feb. 2, and AMEX presale begins Jan. 25.
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