NKOTB review


** amateur camera warning: please excuse the poor quality and crazy red eye of my point & shoot camera in this post! **

OMG. What a night! Kara and I had an absolute blast at New Kids On The Block!

We rolled in and I was pleasantly surprised to see mostly other 30-year old+ women (and men!). I was especially impressed with those who still had their old t-shirts on, scrunchies, crimped hair, and various neon accessories too. What fun!

Kara and I settled on some seats (the place, sadly, had a lot of empty seats so we had our choice pick) and screamed as the Fab 5 took to the stage (you will hear Kara in most of these videos). I had goosebumps. Seriously. It was a bizarre combination of fulfilling a childhood dream mixed with plenty of "I-am-not-12-anymore?" emotions!

Right Stuff from emilie sommer on Vimeo.

"Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block from emilie sommer on Vimeo.

They played for 2 (!!) hours, featuring some of their new music and many old favorites, too! A highlight was when they walked through the crowd and sang a few on a rotating stage in the middle of the floor. Kara (who wasn't a child fan of the group, but is now) also saw the tour's opening show in Boston a few months ago, so alerted me when this was going to happen. We scooted down as close as we could get to the piano. :)

"Tonight" by New Kids on the Block from emilie sommer on Vimeo.

(note the girl getting booted by security at :51)

Two in the Morning from emilie sommer on Vimeo.

I'm not going to tell you about the part with Donnie when a girl threw her panties on stage and the dialogue that followed (even tho I have it on video- you just wouldn't believe it). It did not "capture my heart" one bit, Mr. Wahlberg.

I decided at the end of the show that it would be fun to have a T-shirt... $45 later (geesh!), this is the one that I chose! It says New Kids on the Block on the front (with glitter, of course) and the name of their new song about a photographer on the back. How could I resist?! (If you, too, would like one, go here).

Thanks to those of you who followed along with our evening on Twitter and for the hilarious chatter on Facebook (reads from bottom up):

As I was editing through the pictures and video clips earlier this morning, J paused and told me he's been to a lot of concerts but has never seen someone so excited about a show before. Oh, I can name a good dozen of my elementary school friends who would have loved to have been there right alongside me and Kara, singing their hearts out. I'm so lucky I had the opportunity! Thank you, Kara! And happy 31 years young to us!


  1. Emilie--there are tears of laughter...these posts were awesome!!! Totally rad to the max. I'm so happy for 12 year old you.

  2. Anonymous9:19 PM

    I am so glad that we could do this together! It is certainly a night we will never forget -- and some day certainly tell our children. And yes, their eyes will roll, just like our husbands' are today. Much love, Kara

  3. Anonymous10:15 PM

    AHHHHH! You lived my childhood dream! I can vividly remember telling myself that I would one day see them live. I'm happy you at least got to fulfill this :))))
    - Lori

  4. Anonymous6:53 PM

    HA HA HA HA My sister in law sent me the link to your blog. (I think you photographed her wedding) Anyway, I just saw NKOTB TWICE in one week and was just OVERWHELMED with how great they were! We are going to go see them again TWICE in June!!! NKOTB FOREVER!!! LOL


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