NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK took over the TODAY Show this morning to announce their 2017 headlining tour alongside Grammy Award-winning tourmates PAULA ABDUL and BOYZ II MEN. A follow-up to 2013’s hugely-successful Package Tour, the aptly titled TOTAL PACKAGE TOUR is the group’s biggest lineup yet. Paula Abdul makes her momentous return to the stage for a hit-fueled set that includes an incredible 7 number-one hit singles, while Package Tour alums Boyz II Men will deliver their trademark, multiplatinum-selling sound to fans nationwide.
Produced by Live Nation, The Total Package Tour kicks off on May 12 in Columbus, OH and will continue through over 40 North American cities, including a special Boston homecoming for NKOTB at the historic Fenway Park. The hometown heroes will return to field of the world-famous ballpark for the first time in 5 years, when they visited the Green Monster on their acclaimed NKOTBSB Tour alongside the Backstreet Boys. Their return, set for Saturday, July 8th, marks NKOTB’s second time performing at the ballpark, a dream for the five Boston natives and an honor shared with the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. The trek will also include the group’s first performance at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles as well as additional stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and more.
Tickets will be available to the general public this Saturday, November 19 at 10am local on www.ticketmaster.com. American Express card members and Block Nation Fan-Club Members can get advance VIP Packages and tickets beginning Wednesday, November 16th at 10am local.
Fans can catch the artists discuss what to expect from the tour on media programs across the country, with appearances on Sirius XM, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, E! News, Extra and Associated Press. NKOTB, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men will also celebrate the announcement with a fan town hall event at iHeartRadio before they make a special shout-out to NKOTB’s hometown supporters in Boston, MA, appearing on local newscasts to announce their homecoming at the iconic Fenway Park on July 8.
“Our fans know we love to bring them a party, and this tour is no exception.” says NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg. “It’s not just a show, it’s an experience. Paula Abdul is such a pop icon and Boyz II Men are one of the best R&B acts of all time. It’s going to be a night of hit after hit, and we can’t wait to deliver the ‘Total Package’ to our fans!”
With a combined 200 million records sold worldwide, NKOTB, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men are primed to have the biggest party of the summer with THE TOTAL PACKAGE TOUR. Known for delivering Blockheads with one-night-only experiences and legendary collaborative events, NKOTB will return to the stage after 2016’s touring hiatus, bringing with them number one hits like “Hangin Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and “Step By Step”. The iconic Paula Abdul will perform her legendary catalogue of pop hits, while Boyz II Men will make their second trek alongside NKOTB to perform the rich catalogue of hits that earned the trio the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time.
THE TOTAL PACKAGE TOUR DATES
All dates are subject to change
*NKOTB and Paula Abdul only
Fri, May 12 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Sat, May 13 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Tue, May 16 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
Wed, May 17 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Fri, May 19 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Sat, May 20 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sun, May 21 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Tue, May 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Wed, May 24 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Fri, May 26 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sun, May 28 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
Wed, May 31 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Thurs, June 1 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Fri, June 2 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Sat, June 3 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Sun, June 4 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Tue, June 6 Portland, OR Moda Center
Wed, June 7 Seattle, WA KeyArena
Fri, June 9 Salt Lake City, UT* Maverik Center
Sat, June 10 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sun, June 11 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Mon, June 12 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Wed, June 14 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Thurs, June 15 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Sat, June 17 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Tue, June 20 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Fri, June 23 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
Sat, June 24 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Sun, June 25 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
Tue, June 27 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Thurs, June 29 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Fri, June 30 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Sat, July 1 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Sun, July 2 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Wed, July 5 Allentown, PA PPL Center
Thurs, July 6 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Fri, July 7 Long Island, NY The New Coliseum
Sat, July 8 Boston, MA Fenway Park
Sun, July 9 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Tue, July 11 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
Thurs, July 13 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
Fri, July 14 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Center
Sat, July 15 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Sun, July 16 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
TICKETS ON-SALE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
New Kids On The Block:
With hits like "Hangin' Tough"and "Step by Step," NKOTB were the progenitors of the boy-band phenomenon. Then, they took a fifteen year hiatus to focus on solo projects and start families. However, the New Kids on the Block concert schedule has been announced and the boys are back on the road. This time around, they are teaming up with Backstreet Boys for a whirlwind tour.
The band was discovered by record producer, Maurice Starr, after New Edition ousted him as their manager in the early eighties. Though they were only in their early teens, the boys rehearsed and practiced diligently until they secured a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1985. By 1986, New Kids on the Block released their debut self-titled album, but the album stalled on the charts, failing to produce any radio-friendly singles. New Kids on the Block tour dates were booked at any venue that was willing to host them. Not deterred, the band returned to the studio and shed their manufactured pop sound in favor of an R&B influenced album.
This sophomore effort, "Hangin' Tough," featuring the lead single, "Please Don't Go Girl," catapulted the band to superstar status. While sales for the album were initially slow, the album picked up momentum when New Kids on the Block tour dates were scheduled as the opening act for teen pop-star Tiffany. Overnight, they became tween heartthrobs and the album eventually hit #1 on the Billboard 200-- ultimately certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. Following the immense success of the album, and in an ironic role reversal, the New Kids on the Block concert schedule booked Tiffany as their opening act.
To capitalize on their superstardom, the band went back into the studio after their tour, and recorded the follow-up, Step by Step. The album's title track hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became their biggest single to date. The album was certified three times platinum and New Kids on the Block tour dates were booked throughout 1990-1991. The New Kids on the Block concert schedule during this period had them performing more than 200 shows around the world. New Kids on the Block were no longer just pop-stars; they became a brand, and licensed out their name to backpacks, lunch pails-- they even had a short lived cartoon. In 1991, Forbes ranked them as the highest earning entertainers of the year, beating out Madonna and Michael Jackson.
The band's success began to wane by 1992 and they dropped Maurice Starr as their manager in 1993, self-producing their, Face the Music record. It failed to come even close to matching the success of its multi-platinum predecessors. New Kids on the Block booked tour dates at smaller venues and clubs to support the album before eventually breaking up in 1995. The dream was temporarily over and it wasn't long before the guys began pursuing their own solo efforts. Although it took almost fifteen years, the New Kids on the Block announced a reunion in 2008. They recorded their comeback album, The Block, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. New Kids on the Block tour dates were booked internationally in support of the album and featured Lady Gaga and Natasha Bedingfield as supporting acts.
New Kids on the Block have now joined forces with the Backstreet Boys for their co-headlining international tour this spring and summer 2011. Reunions don't last forever, don't miss out on the chance to catch New Kids on the Block this summer in your area. Use Eventful as your source for New Kids on the Block Tour dates and concert schedule updates.
In the wake of Madonna's success, many dance-pop divas filled the charts, but out of them all, Paula Abdul was the only one who sustained a career. The former L.A. Lakers cheerleader and choreographer began to make inroads in pop music when she was hired as an assistant dance director on the Jacksons' Victory tour, which led to a job choreographing Janet Jackson's videos for Control. Abdul's work on Jackson's videos helped make the album a hit, making her a sought-after choreographer. After working on The Tracy Ullman Show and videos for ZZ Top, Duran Duran, and the Pointer Sisters, Abdul began a recording career, releasing her debut album, Forever Your Girl, in 1988. The first two singles drawn from the record were moderate hits, but the release of "Straight Up" at the end of the year made her a superstar. Staying at the top of the charts for three weeks, "Straight Up" began a string of six number one singles (with "The Way That You Love Me" recharting at number three in 1989) that ran through the summer of 1991.
Abdul's singles were hits not because her singing was exceptional -- her voice is thin and transparent -- but because she worked with savvy producers who had a knack for picking songs with solid pop and dance hooks. Abdul's spectacular big-budget videos helped push the sales of Forever Your Girl past seven million in the U.S. alone. While her second album, 1991's Spellbound, wasn't as successful, it still sold over three million copies and spent two weeks at number one.
After Spellbound, Abdul took a few years off. During that time, she successfully fought a lawsuit filed by a former backup singer who alleged it was she, not Abdul, who had sung on Forever Your Girl. Abdul released her third studio effort, Head Over Heels, in the summer of 1995, but the album failed to match the success of its two predecessors. The singer withdrew from the spotlight for several years before resurfacing in 2000 to co-write "Spinning Around" for Kylie Minogue. Debuting at the top of the charts in Australia and the U.K., the single effectively relaunched Minogue's career, and Abdul experienced a similar surge in popularity when she joined the judging panel of American Idol in 2002. Her positive comments and erratic behavior made her a household name to millions of young T.V. viewers who hadn't grown up with Abdul's music. Rumors began to circulate in 2007 about Abdul's return to the studio, and a statement on her website in January 2008 confirmed them, promising a new Abdul album by that summer.
Boyz II Men:
Boyz II Men tour dates are currently scheduled; Expect the coolest and smoothest vocal group of the '90s in your area this Spring and Summer, 2011. The guys of Boyz II Men first met as students at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. After signing with Motown, the vocal group went on to become the biggest selling R&B group in music history and they rank right behind Elvis, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey as the artist with the most weeks spent at #1 on the Hot 100.
Motown Records was eager to capitalize on the success of R&B vocal groups like New Edition and Bel Biv Devoe, so when they heard the harmonious vocals of Boyz II Men, record execs knew they had talent on their hands. Boyz II Men were signed to the label and released their debut album "Cooleyhighharmony", in 1991. Blending New Jack Swing, Pop and R&B vocals, the album earned the group several Grammy nominations and commercial success. Boyz II Men tour dates were scheduled nationally as the supporting act on MC Hammer's "2 Legit 2 Quit" tour. While on tour, they quickly recorded the hit single "End of the Road", which was a collaboration with Babyface and was written for the film, "Boomerang", featuring Eddie Murphy. The song is notable for breaking records, it was #1 for an unprecedented 13 weeks and broke Elvis's eleven week run for "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog". The success of the single only marked the beginning for the vocal group.
They released a Christmas album in 1993 and then returned to the studio to record a highly anticipated follow-up. Their sophomore effort, the aptly titled "II", solidified the group as superstar R&B crooners. The album featured the hit singles "Water Runs Dry", "On Bended Knee", and the smash single "I'll Make Love To You". With the release of "I'll Make Love To You", the band broke their own record when the single charted at #1 for a record 14 weeks! With "On Bended Knee" they knocked themselves off #1, and became only the third act in history, after the Beatles and Elvis, to replace themselves on the pole position of the Hot 100. The album has been certified Diamond by the RIAA for sales in excess of ten million copies and won the group two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance.
With the release of their third album, they were under immense pressure from label execs, fans, and themselves to produce another hit album. "Evolution", featured production from all the familiars, Babyface and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, but the album didn't match the commercial success of its predecessors. It sold a solid three million copies and featured the #1 single, "Four Seasons of Loneliness", and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Boyz II Men continues to record and tour and they are certainly not finished. Their impact on R&B and music history is unparalleled and their accomplishments will remain in the record books for quite some time. Boyz II Men concert dates are scheduled at intimate venues throughout the US. Use Eventful as your source for Boyz II Men tour dates, concert schedule, and venue information.