Flashback to 1989. A 12 year old girl sits in her room wearing her jean jacket that is adorned with pinback buttons featuring her favorite band New Kids On The Block (NKOTB). She is crying as she is listens to her Hangin’ Tough tape because her mom will not let her go to the concert.
That little girl was ME! If I had gone to that concert, I think my boy band loving days might have not lasted too much longer. Of course I was not able to go and my love of boy bands carried into my adult life. In 1999 and 2000, I was in my early twenties and admit to attending three NSYNC concerts and two Backstreet Boy (BSB) concerts! Those concerts were great but I always wanted to see NKOTB live.
Flash forward to 2011. My sister called me and said she bought us tickets to the New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys (NKOTBSB) concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 1st. Being the loving sister that I am (hi Sister!) and huge NKOTB fan, I bought a plane ticket to fly from Florida to California to see the concert. All photos in this post were taken by me except for the ones with me in them! 🙂
On concert day I am pretty sure I was a lot more excited than my sister. She kept laughing at me.
The concert started out with photos of all the NKOTB and BSB members on the big screens. Then total darkness and then a silhouette of NKOTBSB appeared out of the darkness.
The screaming began! I love that I can tell who each person is in the photo above. I am a huge fan after all!
My favorite NKOTB song and video is I’ll Be Loving You Forever. I remember the video starts out in black and white with Jordan playing the piano and then he suddenly looks up and smiles. I played I’ll Be Loving You Forever on the piano when I took lessons as a teenager! Seeing Jordan perform this song live was such a special moment shared with my sister who I will love forever!
All members of NKOTB are touring but Kevin Richardson of BSB was not touring. So it was a wonderful surprise to the whole arena when Kevin Richardson walked onto the catwalk wearing a suit to sing his solo part in the BSB song I Want It That Way.
I was screaming like crazy but my sister didn’t know who he was so I had to explain. What a wonderful surprise!
At the end all 9 members of NKOTBSB and Kevin Richardson did a medley of oldies but goodies songs for the finale.
I took over 1000 photos at the concert and kept 600 good ones so there are so many more photos! Look for some scrapbook layouts on this event coming soon!
Thank you to my wonderful sister Laurie for buying the concert tickets. This AWESOME concert was definitely worth the 22 year wait for this NKOTB fan!