Way back in January we brought you the news that the New Kids On The Block were planning to reunite (New Kids On The Block To Stage Comeback). Everyone thought it was a silly joke at the time, but today we get confirmation that the New Kids are getting back together with plans to release a new album and go on tour.
The group released a new photo Wednesday and reportedly will appear on the Today show Friday morning ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? the same time an unmarked countdown clock on http://www.nkotb.com ends.
The New Kids might not be kids anymore since they’re mostly pushing 40, but the guys who sold 70 million albums in the 1980s and early 1990s think they still have something to offer.
“The fan response to this has been incredible,” band member Donnie Wahlberg told the Boston Herald. Wahlberg, once the most famous of the Wahlberg brothers, said that the other four members of NKOTB (Joey McIntyre, brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood) convinced him to get the group back together after they decided to record some new music. Wahlberg said he wrote 80 percent of the new material with McIntyre and Jordan Knight.
At the height of their popularity, New Kids sold out world tours, marketed millions of dollars in merchandise and spawned a Saturday morning cartoon.
The group disbanded in 1994. Wahlberg has acted on television and in movies as has McIntyre, while Jordan Knight, McIntyre and Wood released solo albums. Jonathan Knight became a real estate developer.