I have to admit, back in the late 80's/early 90's, I was not a tremendous NKOTB fan. I didn't dislike them, but I had a tendency at the time (and maybe even now) to recoil a little bit from pop-culture phenomenon that others lost their minds over. I did feel a little uncool that I wasn't gaga over New Kids (among other reasons), so, of course I selected a favorite (Jordan) that I later traded in as I read 16 Magazine a little more (Joey). So, I think that I am actually a bigger fan now than I was then - more for nostalgic reasons.
Speaking of Joey and nostalgia, check this out:
Funny, though - Jessica and I were walking past the arena to get dinner at a restaurant before the show, and a number of people (girls) were hanging out near the busses to catch a glimpse of one of the guys.
"NO! It's Joey!"
"WHAT WHAT WHAT??? AIEEEE!!!!"
|So excited for my first (yes, first) NKOTB concert!|
Interestingly, there were a number of adolescent girls at the concert, young enough to possibly be conceived to the Backstreet Boys. I can only imagine 30-something moms dragging their reluctant pre-teens the same way I was trapped into listening to oldies music for the first ten years of my life (for you youngin's, oldies to me is 50's and 60's music. If you suggest that 80's music might be oldies, I will throw a pie in your face). The most unusual, however, was a woman with a mullet that was nearly old enough to be our mother. She must have been in her 20's or 30's when New Kids came out...not their target demographic...and she wasn't there with anyone, like a currently 20-30- something daughter. And, as you might imagine, men were few and far between.
|Waiting for the show to start|
Both groups were heavy on pyrotechnics, schmaltzy canned lines, and schmoozing the audience. Backstreet Boys invited a young lady up to the stage for a serenade, and NKOTB ventured into the crowd.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the concert, I couldn't help but feel that there was a little more style than substance. And although they played some more recent releases, I do feel that they played up the nostalgia factor to engage the crowd. But what else would you expect? I didn't go to hear stellar musicians and intriguing new music; I went to relive my junior high and college days, when things were both simpler and more complicated at the same time, but always...interesting. I went to sing and dance, and act like a silly teenager with a bunch of other 20/30-somethings, and that's what we did! As the opening notes of The Right Stuff blasted across the arena, I screamed and jumped up and down like a little girl.
|Jessica's got the Right Stuff!|
Fun fact: I once performed as Jordan with a pared-down version of NKOTB in a college drag show. We "sang" Hangin' Tough.