New Kids on the Block teams with Tiffany, Salt-N-Pepa, Debbie Gibson, Naughty by Nature for ‘Mixtape Tour’

Young boys love silly things such as “Star Wars,” and they grow up to be men who help movies such as 2015’s “The Force Awaken” shatter box office records. (I should know; I paid to see that movie roughly five times — after having already seen an advanced screening to review it.)

Young girls, on the other hand, love silly things such as boy bands, and they grow up to be women who pay good money to see acts such as the New Kids on the Block play huge arenas decades after they have had any relevance.

Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight
New Kids on the Block perform at Nationwide Arena in Columbus in 2015. (Associated Press photos)

That helps to explain New Kids on the Block’s just-announced “The Mixtape Tour,” which a press release from concert promoter Live Nation calls “highly anticipated.” (Maybe?)

The tour — slated to, um, rock(?) Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on May 4 — involves more than the NKOTB. It is a nostalgia act-filled bill, which no doubt helps its marketability.

Not only will you have to endure, er, get to experience Jordan Knight, “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg and the rest of the crew, but you’ll get to take in one-time pop princesses Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”) and Debbie Gibson (“Shake Your Love”), and hip-hop acts Salt-N-Pepa (“Push It”) and Naughty by Nature (“O.P.P.”)

All these acts seem to be all in, hanging tough with the NTKOB for a new, nostalgia-powered track to pump the tour:

Man, I’m sorry I had to hear that.

Well, I know where I won’t be May 4, but to each, his — or, more likely in this case, her — own.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 12. Get more information at this page from The Q.


Mark Meszoros is wondering how much, were it somehow to become necessary, he would pay NOT to see this show. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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