Former boy band New Kids on the Block will headline a 2013 summer tour that will feature fellow 1990s platinum-selling powerhouses 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
“The Package Tour” will include a June 29 stop at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, the venue announced today.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 on www.ticketmaster.com. American Express card members can get advance tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.
NKOTB – Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood – revealed the plan for the group’s summer headlining tour today on a total takeover of the TV show “The View.”
Fans caught wind of these secret studio sessions and have been clamoring for information after rumors spread about the 2013 plans of new music and a possible tour. After announcing the tour on “The View,” NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men set out on a day-long media blitz stopping by outlets like Access Hollywood, CNN, E!, ET, EXTRA, OMG! Insider, VH1 Big Morning Buzz, US Weekly and Rolling Stone.
“Ladies, we’re coming for you,” said NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg in a news release. “This is going to be the craziest year yet-the single, the album, the tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men … We can’t wait to give fans ‘The Package!’”
Multi-platinum selling artists 98 Degrees and Grammy Award-winning Boyz II Men, the best-selling R&B group of all time, will open for NKOTB on “The Package Tour,” launching May 31 in Uncasville, Conn. It will be the first tour for 98 Degrees in more than 12 years,according to the release.
“We are really excited to get back on the road together and tour with our friends in NKOTB and Boyz II Men. Looking forward to playing our hits and trying out some of our new tracks too,” said 98 Degrees’ Nick Lachey in the release.
NKOTB surprised “The View” audience today with a special reveal of 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, giving fans a taste of “The Package Tour” when all bands performed a capella, sending the already excited audience into a frenzy. (See video below.)
“We couldn’t be more excited to join New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees on ‘The Package Tour.’ This summer is going to be fun and fans will not want to miss it,” said Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men in the release. His bandmate Wanya Morris agreed saying, “This has been in the works for a while … ‘The Package’ is on its way, and we’re going to deliver.” Added Nate Morris, “We plan on bringing it, mark your calendars.”
New Kids on the Block has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide – including back-to-back international No. 1 songs, 1988’s “Hangin’ Tough” and 1990’s “Step By Step” – and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits like “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Cover Girl,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You,” “Step By Step” and “Tonight.” In the late 1980s and early ’90s, the group shattered concert box office records playing an estimated 200 concerts a year, in sold out stadiums throughout the world. They still hold many of these records to date. They were Forbes highest paid entertainers of 1990, beating out Michael Jackson and Madonna.
The band boasted an extensive and highly profitable merchandise line which included everything from lunch boxes and sleeping bags to comic books, marbles and dolls.Before NKOTB broke up in 1994, they set the standards and stage for a boy band boom in the late ’90s.
The quintet reunited in 2007 and embarked on a comeback tour in 2008 that included a 2009 stop at Tulsa’s BOK Center.
For more information on the June Oklahoma City show, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.