Former boy band New Kids on the Block will headline a summer tour featuring fellow popular 1990s vocal groups 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
“The Package Tour” will include a June 29 stop at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 on www.ticketmaster.com. American Express card members can get advance tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.
New Kids on the Block — Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood — revealed the plan for the group's summer headlining tour earlier this week on the TV show “The View.”
The multi-platinum-selling quintet also announced plans to release its new album “10” on April 2, with the first single, “Remix (I Like The),” dropping on iTunes on Jan. 28. The group has quietly spent the past six months writing and recording the album.
“Ladies, we're coming for you,” said 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!'”
Multiplatinum 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.
“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 added, “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.”
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,” 98 Degrees' Nick Lachey said in the release.
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 such as “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” “Cover Girl,” “Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “I'll Be Loving You” 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. The quintet still holds many of these records to date. The band was Forbes highest-paid entertainer of 1990, beating out Michael Jackson and Madonna.
The band boasted an extensive and highly profitable merchandise line which included everything from lunchboxes 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 show in Oklahoma City, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.