I was totally going to write about mascara as one of my favorite things today, but then my favorite boy band was on Good Morning America AND Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning so I decided to switch it up. First, this is going to age me a lot. Second, it’s going to make some of you laugh really hard. I have been in love with New Kids on the Block since I was a young girl. That’s right! I was obsessed back then, and I am still obsessed as an adult. You better believe that I had my DVR set to record both shows this morning so I wouldn’t miss it. As a kid I had all the posters on the walls in my rooms that I ripped out of all of the teen magazines, the huge buttons, the cassette tapes, and even the dolls (I still have a Joey doll in the box around here somewhere)! Jordan Knight was my favorite! I had a huge crush on him, and Joey McIntire was a close second. I was totally the typical kid that was head over heels in love with the boy band. I had every album they made including the Christmas one. I knew every word to every song (still do), and I was totally smitten. I went to my first NKOTB concert when I was 11 years old and although we had terrible seats, I loved every second of it. We had our binoculars trying to get some kind of glimpse of them from way up high in the stands. I went with my childhood best friend, and I will always remember it.
My love for NKOTB was renewed back in 2009 when my very best teacher friends actually became my forever friends as we bonded over New Kids. We heard about them coming back out on tour, and we knew that we had to go. It was confirmed when we heard they would be coming to our area. One of us was sitting at the computer waiting to grab tickets the minute they went on sale. We managed to grab the absolute best seats. We were on the 5th row!!! We were so excited that we had a countdown to the concert on the back of the door to one of our classrooms. It was insane, but it was like we were kids again! The night of the concert came, and we had gotten ourselves old school shirts that matched. We were bouncing off the walls because we were so excited. The concert was at an outdoor amphitheater, and it just so happened that night was rainy and stormy. We got to the concert and it was pouring, but we didn’t care. We were going to go no matter what. We were just praying that it wouldn’t get canceled due to the weather. We got to the amphitheater early and were sitting in my car in the parking lot as sirens were going off for a severe tornado WARNING! It was scary! We were scoping out a nearby ditch that we could run jump in if we spotted a tornado. We were laughing and practically crying at the same time, and it is a memory that I will never forget. We finally got the all-clear message from the radio and the word that concert was still on. We went in, got soaked, sang “Step by Step” on the news, and had the time of our lives. We all screamed and sang our hearts out until none of us had a voice. It was the best time ever!
Since then, we have seen them in concert 2 more times, once with The Backstreet Boys and once with TLC and Nelly. That last one began with one of my friends leaping over chairs to touch Donnie Wahlberg as he walked on stage near us. I swear I have never laughed as hard as I do when we are all together at a concert. We actually already have tickets to see them again in June of this year, and I CANNOT wait! The concerts now aren’t as much about NKOTB as they are about our friendship and just feeling young and excited again. I think I will forever be in love with New Kids on the Block, and my friends and I will continue to go see them in concert as long as they keep having them. One of these days we might just end up on one of their cruises. You never know! I think we would all die if we got that close to them. LOL! I think that every generation has their own boy band, but I am not sure that there are any that have the following and loyalty as NKOTB does. They are just the best and by far my all time favorite!
This post is dedicated to my favorite Blockhead Sisters! You know who you are!
Anchored and a Blockhead for Life,