The New Kids on the Block gave their audience a special treat at the Orpheum Theater this weekend, but the fans gave back with a special surprise to show their appreciation to the “five hardest working guys in show business.”
The guys were at Boston’s Orpheum Theater on Saturday for the record release party of their latest album,”10,” which drops on April 2. Fans enjoyed an intimate setting featuring the guys crooning tracks off the upcoming record and a Q&A session. However, in a twist of events, several die-hard New Kids fans were invited on stage to present their boys with five plaques; plaques with a message that can be seen in April’s issue of Billboard magazine:
Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jonathan, and Joey
25 Years Ago, We Showed the World
That Despite the Odds,
We Will Always Hang Tough
Five Years Ago, You Came Back to Show
That While the Music Industry May Evolve,
The Love Between Their Group and Fans Remains
Congratulations New Kids on the Block on the Release of “10”
Your Blockheads and a Million Sisters Worldwide
As the band accepted their plaques, a few tears were shed as Jonathan Knight took to the microphone to personally thank his fans.
“This to me, ah I’m starting to choke up. This to me is the best thing ever in the world. Like, this is wow, I can’t even. Thank you guys so much,” Knight said.
If that wasn’t dedication enough, the fans themselves pooled their own money together for the ad; a costly endeavor that didn’t go unnoticed by Donnie Wahlberg.
“Do you know how expensive it is to get a full-page ad in Billboard magazine? “ Wahlberg said.
The special occasion ended with Wahlberg offering a tidbit of advice to other boy bands out there.
“Respect your fans! Give back to your fans a piece of what they give to you, and as cool as you think you got it now, if you’re lucky enough, all that love may lead to something this f*****g cool 25 years later,” Wahlberg said.
The New Kids kick off “The Package Tour” on May 28, along with Boys II Men and 98°.