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New Kids On The Block team up with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men for a summer concert tour

posted 22 Jan 2013, 18:26 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 22 Jan 2013, 18:27 ]

New Kids On The Block headline summer tour featuring fellow boy bands Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.

LIVE NATION -  Three of the 90's most popular male groups are joining forces for a U.S. tour dubbed "The Package Tour."

R&B crooners Boys II Men and pop group 98 Degrees will open for the five member boy band New Kids On The Block as they headline a 28 city-tour.

The 12 singers all agreed that the grouping is a natural fit.

"It's funny because a lot of people don't think of these obvious packages. But this is like, to us, this is a no-brainer. It's like, why not get with like-minded - get like-minded fans together with, you know, like-minded bands and perform," explained NKOTB memberDonnie Wahlberg.

"Heavy metal bands get together, rap bands. Elton John and Billy Joel get together and nobody ever thinks to put like, singing guy groups, or boy bands together. Why not?," he added.

Although the groups have been performing for over 60 years combined, Wahlberg said their passion for music feeds their drive and keeps things interesting.

"The real question is not how do we keep it fresh. The question is like, how do so many other people get burned out? I mean, this is like what we dreamed of doing. We became successful at a young age. Everyone here became successful very young," he said.

NKOTB, which is made up of Wahlberg, Danny WoodJordan KnightJonathan Knightand Joey McIntyre, became household names in the mid 80's before taking a break in 1994. In 2008 the BostonMassachusetts natives reunited for a new CD and tour. This April the group will release their new album "10."

"This is what we worked our whole childhood and teenage years to accomplish. And you know, there were ups and downs and times when, you know, get frustrated and bored and have different things. But those are bumps in the road. The long term, I mean, this is what we all dreamed of doing and worked towards doing basically our whole lives," Wahlberg told Reuters.

98 Degrees will be hitting the road for the first time in 12 years and jokingly said their preparation has been painful as they age. All original members of the Ohio group, Nick LacheyJeff TimmonsDrew Lachey and Justin Jeffre are back for the tour.

While many assumed that there was bad blood between the throngs of guy groups in 90's, Timmons said that couldn't be further from the truth.

"I think that's the obvious assumption. We got, you know, we had the opportunity to cross paths with Boyz II Men a few times at some award shows. And we toured, did some things with 'N Sync and met Backstreet Boys and we're in sort of the same era as them. We always got a long, we were fans of their music. I mean, they had great songs, great music. We're fans of music, pop music, pop songs," he said.

Now known as boy bands, one of the founding members of Boyz II Men, Wanya Morris, explained that they all pre-dated the phenomenon.

"New Kids was a group, you know what I mean? Boyz II Men, we were a group. And there were other groups but then when you know you had the Backstreet Boys and 'N Syncs and you know, the boys - the this that and the other things," said Morris.

"It just became a craze. So I guess you can say we are somewhat - all of us here are the progenitors of that," he added before the group erupted in laughter over his use of the 'progenitors.'

Wanya and his group members, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris, are set to headline a Las VegasNevada show throughout 2013.

"The Package Tour" will start in May 31 in UncasvilleConnecticut.