*sings the same old tune about being behind on blogging and apologizing for it*
If you’ve read my blog for more than a few minutes you probably know that I’m a die-hard Blockhead aka New Kids On the Block fan. I never attended their shows as a child (oh the inhumanity!) but I did manage to see quite a few of Joe McIntyre’s solo shows. In the past year I’ve seen New Kids On the Block – with all band members – for their first performance since breaking up, in Cleveland for their Fall Tour, in Columbus for their Spring Tour and in June I attended their Full Service Tour at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. I was REALLY excited for this show for a couple reasons. One – my good friend Jill came out to see it with me from Colorado and two – it was the closest one to home of all the shows I’d attended! Jill and I did the 5* Meet and Greet – because quite honestly I HATE the lawn seats at Blossom. Those that have been understand. So, in order to get pavillion I went with 5*. Plus, Jill and I met because of Joe so it was totally perfect that we’d do the M&G.
The meet and greet went OK but I far prefer my Cleveland experience – it wasn’t as rushed. I was able to talk to all the guys this time but it was wayyy shorter than in the Fall. I left Danny speechless which was by far the best part of the M&G for me (he kept complaining on Twitter about sweaty ‘nether regions so I gave him baby powder as a joke). Jon is also an absolute doll. He’s such a sweetheart. If you’re on Twitter you MUST follow him, he’s a riot.
After the M&G we headed down to our seats (4th row center) and had a blast at the show! The show openers were Jabbawockeez and Jesse McCartney – both were stellar. The NKOTB show is nothing short of awesome. They put on such a killer show!!! It’s a great blend of the old stuff and new stuff with plenty of movin’ – especially for the ‘old’ guys on the block! If you get a chance to see them near you in the next couple weeks you’d better! They are great!
All pics were taken with my trusty Sony Cybershot 🙂
Our group’s M&G picture, much better than Cleveland! I’m to Joe’s left in the red, Jill is next to me in the grey.
Obligatory selfie of me and Jill before the show started. I stole a gardenia off a tree and used it for a hair ornament! It smelled SO amazing!
And so it begins!
“Put your hands in the air and wave them around like you just don’t care!!”
Say what you want about Joe, but he can sure sing the CRAP out of anything. I love his voice (and his eyes aren’t so shabby either!).
Joe isn’t one to look over your head, he also hams it up for cameras. I’ve been taking pics of him for about 10 years now… and it’s still so fun to find shots like this!
Donnie stripping… for the Donnie girls.
Jordan singing “Give it to You” remixed with the Jabbawockeez as backup dancers.
Joe singing a new song he wrote called “5 Brothers and a Million Sisters.” Want it? Donate a book at any concert or go to Let’s Get This Foundation and donate money for new books for kids. Either way you will get a free download of Joe’s song AND kids in need will get books to enrich their lives! I was one of the girls selected to do the book drive for Joe in Cleveland (I’m an avid reader) but couldn’t do that and the Meet and Greet.
One of my favorite shots of Jonathan I’ve taken!
One of the first fake ‘ends’ of the show, that’s Joe laying on his back.
Taking a bow after Step by Step.
Proof Jon does sing 😉 He promises to sing a full song next tour – we’ll see!
The real end!
A few videos for any big fans…
Joe made a comment on Twitter how he has no idea where the “Yeah Boy!” came from and I was happy that I caught it on video. It’s a funny video because Joe comes out of nowhere in it.
Joe singing “Popsicle” from the old school days.
Ending of the show