An opportunity arrived that I simply could not pass up: New Kids on the Block, my second favorite boy band of all time was coming to my neck of the woods. The first (and only time) I had seen them live was back in the summer of 1990 on the first stop of their “Magic Summer Tour” in Lake Placid, New York. Their opening act was Tommy Page (may he Rest In Peace). This time around, they were in Buffalo, NY with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, whom I’ve never seen in concert in my life. Made a weekend of it and went with my 67 year old mother, my 41 year old sister, my 22 year old daughter (who just recently found a love for NKOTB and was seeing them for her first time) and her fiancé.
Boys II Men started things off with Motownphilly and did a medley of all their old hits. I started crying when they segued into One Sweet Day. They even picked up some guitars and played a couple of cover tunes, that I can’t recall the names of at the moment.
Starting off with Straight Up, she wowed everyone with moves that she did in some of her early music videos. I freaked out when she did her “duet” Opposites Attract with MC Skat Kat!
And then the main event!
Opening with their newest hit from their Thankful EP, “One More Night”, the screams nearly tore the roof off the building. From there it just got better and better, doing hits all the way back to their debut album in 1986 and even a couple of Christmas tunes.
During “Tonight” they were at 5 different points in the crowd and I was so busy watching Donnie, who was on the other side of the arena, I didn’t know that Jordan was 10 rows in front of me until my mom pointed him out.
The highlight of my evening was seeing how totally comfortable Jon looked onstage performing. He was engaging, entertaining, dancing and smiling and having a great time. He has definitely come a long way. I saw a man comfortable in his own skin and with his lot in life.
Saturday, we took a trip to Niagra Falls. It was the first time I’ve ever been and I’ve lived in New York State nearly 30+ years. It was an amazing experience and I’m glad I had an opportunity to go.