New Kids on the Block hit the Coliseum

BY GLENN GAMBOA | glenn.gamboa@
September 24, 2008

New Kids On The Block And Ne-Yo

(L-R) Singers Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block perform on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Center on September 4, 2008, in New York City. (Bryan Bedder, Getty Images)

Now that the New Kids on the Block have returned after 14 years with a fine new album, "The Block" (Interscope) , that shows they've moved into a whole new musical subdivision, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood say they are ready to take their show on the road.

Donnie, it's been said that you've been the holdout [for the reunion] and that something changed recently. Is that true?

Wahlberg: I think everyone's held out at some point or another. At one point or another, everybody said, "No." I think, for me, a perfect storm of things all collided at once. I found a song that really inspired me. I was going through a breakup in my marriage, and I needed another creative outlet, and I think the other guys were ready, too. I think when they heard the song, they felt the same way I did.

After seeing you at Zootopia this year, it became clear that this wasn't the usual paycheck-driven reunion.

Jordan Knight: We wanted to do it so that we were comfortable, so that we were satisfied, so that when we're out on tour for six months, we have new stuff to be excited about to keep us going. It gets boring up there if you're not doing new material, and if you're not doing new fresh dance moves.

Wahlberg: To just leave everything behind, leave our families, leave our individual goals and aspirations, and go and reform a group, and just do an old walk down memory lane, I don't think you could pay me enough to just go and do an old reunion tour without a new album. Happiness is more important than money.

How does the reaction you get today compare to the old days?

Jonathan Knight: I think the frenzy we had back in the day is the equivalent of what the Jonas Brothers have now. Our fans have grown up. Their hormones have stopped... They're not chasing us down the street, trying to pull our hair out. It's been nice to be able to have conversations with them.

And they're not screaming as loud when you're on stage.

McIntyre: Yeah, now we can hear ourselves sing, which is great