New Kids on the Block Announce Summer Tour with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul
Thirty years after the debut of their first album, New Kids on the Block have still got the right stuff — and they’re taking it back on tour.
The band announced the Total Package, a massive North American summer tour with special guests Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, on Tuesday.
While New Kids on the Block have been active on the tour circuit in recent years (they even joined fellow boy banders Backstreet Boys on the road in 2011), Total Package will mark Abdul’s return to the stage as her first tour in 25 years. Boyz II Men previously joined New Kids on the Block for their Package tour in 2013.
“Our fans know we love to bring them a party, and this tour is no exception,” NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg said in a statement. “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!”
Combined, the three acts have sold 200 million records worldwide, and Boyz II Men remain the best-selling R&B group of all time. Abdul halted her music career in recent years to appear as an actress and television personality, but not before she logged a whopping seven No. 1 hit singles in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including “Straight Up” and “Opposites Attract.”
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The tour will kick off May 12 in Columbus, Ohio and hit more than 40 cities, including New Kids on the Block’s hometown of Boston, where they’ll perform a special set at Fenway Park. Tickets go on sale Nov. 19.
Check out the full list of tour dates here.