For 35 years New Kids On The Block has entertained fans worldwide. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 1986, NKOTB has been brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre and were just between the ages of 12 to 16 when they formed. Fans today who grew up with the music now bring their teenagers to see NKOTB.
NKOTB’s last tour included Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men with NKOTB closing each show, with this show however, they do include four other top artists of the '80s, but present them a different fashion.
For The Mixtape Tour, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty By Nature share the stage with NKOTB. Rather than having the other artists perform before NKOTB, the show’s format mimics that of a mixtape with NKOTB swtiching off with the other acts. Not only did this show include numerous hits, it was filled with classic 80s and 90’s dance moves, some of which can be seen in each act’s music videos.
NKOTB opened the show with “The Way,” as the group came down a rising stage. NKOTB played an 8 song set of all hits like "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Block Party," and ended with “Games,” on their secondary stage. After NKOTB, the first guest of the night was Tiffany who rose up on the main stage performing her hit “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and was followed by Debbie Gibson with “Without You,” “Shake Your Love,” and “Electric Youth,” on the second stage.
NKOTB came back dressed in all black after wearing all white for their first set. NKOTB played just two songs this time with “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” and “Please Don’t Go Girl.” The giant screen on the main stage split open and out came the fiery duo Salt-N-Pepa performing “None of Your Business,” and brought out their dancers for “Expression.” On their smash hit “Whatta Man,” the screens switched to the NKOTB dressing room cam.
The show flipped back over to NKOTB who came back in new outfits on their second stage for “Tonight,” and not only came up to the higher seats with a rising stage, but also walked through the audience. “Boys In the Band” was dedicated to all their fans and featured the Anaheim Fantasy cheerleaders. A slideshow of boy bands that came before during and after NKOTB got their start like New Edition, Backstreet Boys, and B2K appeared on the screens as they performed the song. Wahlberg then led the audience in a sing-along of Tupac’s “California Love,” before taking it back to the '80s, the decade where all five acts began. After a few more sing-along songs with the audience, NKOTB ended this set with “Cover Girl.”
The next part of the show began with the hip-hop trio Naughty By Nature. Treach rose up from the stage in a red and gold throne-like chair similar to the one Michael Jackson used in photo shoots. Naughty By Nature kicked off their part of the show with “O.P.P.”and ended with “Hip Hop Hooray.” Gibson returned to the stage once again but this time on a piano. Gibson performed three songs “Foolish Beat,” “Only In My Dreams,” and was joined by McIntyre for a duet of “Lost In Your Eyes.”
Salt-N-Pepa returned once again for “Shoop.” Like a mixtape, the show ran right through with almost no breaks except for one video segment where NKOTB thank Tiffany for helping launch their career which started with them going into her dressing room around 30 years ago and then became her opening act.
Tiffany came back for another two songs “All This Time,” and “Could’ve Been.” NKOTB came back out in white suits for “I’ll Be Loving You,” and “Step By Step,” which led into them swapping places with Salt-N-Pepa who emerged from behind the screen for “Push It.” With NKOTB being Boston, MA natives it was fitting that Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” played before the end of the show. Wahlberg came out sporting a Boston Bruins Jersey before being joined by the rest of the group. NKOTB performed “Hangin’ Tough,”and a snippet of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” followed by Boston Celtics colored confetti shooting out. To end the show, NKOTB brought out Tiffany, Gibson, Salt-N-Pepa, and Naughty By Nature to perform “80’s Baby,” which they released as a single last October. The show lasted 2.5 hours and the audience was on their feet singing to every song.
NKOTB’s MixTape tour ends July 14th at the BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. For the setlist and breakdown of the show see below.
1. The Way
2. My Favorite Girl
3. Dirty Dancing
5. You Got It (The Right Stuff)
6. Remix (I Like The)
7. Block Party [NKOTB move to 2nd stage]
This Is How We do it- Montell Jordan
8. Games mixed with LL Cool J’s Oh We Oh We Oh from “I’m that Type of Guy”
Tiffany rose from stage
9. I Think We're Alone Now -Tiffany
10. Without You/Shake Your Love/Electric Youth Debbie Gibson
NKOTB Wardrobe change black
12. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
13. Please Don’t Go Girl
Stage slid apart
14. None of your business/ Expression [Joined by DJ and dancers}
16. Whatta Man [NKOTB Dressing Room Cam]
17. Let's Talk About Sex
NKOTB 2nd Stage wardrobe change
18. Tonight [2nd stage rises and NKOTB walks through crowd]
19. Boys In The Band (Boy Band Anthem) [Dedicated to all the fans. Anaheim Fantasy cheerleaders. Video tribute to boy bands that came before during and after NKOTB started NKOTB Returned to main stage]
Sing-Along with audience
California Love-Tupac. [Donnie sticks mic in audience]
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper
Posion- Bell Biv DeVoe
I Wanna Dance With Somebody-Whitney Houston
Pour Some Sugar On Me- Def Leppard
Livin’ On A Prayer-Bon Jovi
20. Cover Girl
Naughty By Nature
[Treach on MJ like throne chair mainstage]
23. Feel Me Flow
24. Hip Hop Hooray
Debbie Gibson rises up on piano
25. Foolish Beat
26. Only In My Dreams
27. Lost In Your Eyes with Joey McIntyre
Salt- N-Pepa Second Stage
Video segment of how Tiffany gave NKOTB their start
29. All This Time
30. Could've Been[ Walks through crowd to second stage]
NKOTB Wardrobe Change to white suits
31 I'll Be Loving You (Forever)
32. Step By Step/Push It [Swapped with Salt-N-Pepa]
Shipping Out to Boston- Dropkick Murphys
33. Hangin’ Tough [Wearing Boston Bruins Jerseys/ We Will Rock You confetti]
34. 80's Baby