I went to see New Kids on The Block and the Backstreet Boys in concert in Brisbane last month for my birthday. The last time I saw New Kids in concert was when I was 12 years old (a massive 22 years ago - eek).
And wow, they did not disappoint. I felt just like I did all those years ago; butterflies, excitement and complete happiness. I felt like a young girl again and it felt good, I almost wanted to go home and cover my notebook in Jordan and Joey photos again (I didn't!). I was on my own but that didn't matter as I met loads of people and had a fantastic night, and despite what you may think it wasn't just full of middle aged women, there was a real mix of people old and young, men and women, just out for a great night. Although admittedly there were a few confused looking husbands wondering around.
Backstreet Boys were amazing but it was seeing New Kids after all this time that meant the most, every song ignited a memory and it made me smile thinking of those time. They can still hold a tune, still look great and most of all they still put on one of the best shows I have seen (and I have seen loads) in a very long time. Huge respect to whoever was stage managing, organising the set and working out how to merge both bands, they deserve a medal as it was completely seamless and the pace was electric. The crowd was amazing and never stopped dancing, singing and jumping for more. Between the two groups they sang a massive 32 hits in two hours, although it only felt like two minutes, not bad for a bunch of middle-aged men.
I was unsure whether to go as it was quite expensive but I am so glad that I did. I guess as I have gotten older any mention of "that song came out 10 years ago", or "that film is 20 years old" would create a shudder of panic at the years gone by, but after seeing New Kids and thinking back 22 years I realised I only have fond memories; I am also kind of glad I am not that age now. So from now on I'll be seeking out forgotten moments and trying to recapture my youth where ever and when ever I can. They remind you of happy times, show you just how far you have grown and changed but most of all they make you smile. Which is always good!
If you are a fan of New Kids, go and see them when they tour again, it is well worth it.
I went to see them too (although I was a bit too young when the New Kids were popular so I didn't really know a lot of their songs) but I loved them! I was a huge BSB in my teens but I had never seen them live - well I am glad I finally did! The combination of both groups was fantastic! Still full of energy and they seemed to really enjoy themselves which was great to watch!