Concert Review: New Kids on the Block, ACC, Toronto


How long has it been since the boys, ahem I mean men, of New Kids on the Block had a concert?

Exhibit A: A woman outside ran into someone she knew on the street.

"What are you up to?' he asked.

"Going to see New Kids," she said, as the guy gave her a quizzical look.

"I'm an old fan," she explained. Yeah, literally.

Exhibit B: The woman next to me had just given birth a mere two weeks ago.

Exhibit C: Women flocked the souvenir stands inside since their old t-shirts no longer fit because, as one explained, we've gone through puberty since then.

Yes, the fans of New Kids have grown up and are now around the age the Kids were when they were on top of the world.

However, from the level of screaming and the fact that not only was the ACC packed, the women (and the handful of guys dragged to the show) did not sit down for the entire two-plus hour set Friday night at the ACC in Toronto .

It was a trip down memory lane for all of these women, and the New Kids brought it and then some. I had never gone to a New Kids concert as a kid (my parents felt it was a waste of money) so I had waited for this moment ever since I was nine years old.

There's no easy way to describe the rush in that room when the five guys from Boston came onto the stage and brought everything they had. They sang, they danced, they shouted right back to the crowd. And the show was a show: fireworks, streamers, the whole shebang.

The Kids sang a few of their new songs as well as the old classics. And the girls, ahem I mean women, in the crowd loved every second of it.

"It's been 15 years...and you look great!" Donnie said to the crowd.

We could say the same of you.

[the New Kids singing Tonight at the ACC on Friday]