With hits like "Hangin' Tough"and "Step by Step," New Kids on the Block were the progenitors of the boy-band phenomenon. Then, they took a fifteen year hiatus to focus on solo projects and start families. However, the New Kids on the Block concert schedule (2011) has been announced and the boys are back on the road. This time around, they are teaming up with Backstreet Boys for a whirlwind tour, playing more than sixty dates at venues across North America.
The band was discovered by record producer, Maurice Starr, after New Edition ousted him as their manager in the early eighties. Though they were only in their early teens, the boys rehearsed and practiced diligently until they secured a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1985. By 1986, New Kids on the Block released their debut self-titled album, but the album stalled on the charts, failing to produce any radio-friendly singles. New Kids on the Block tour dates were booked at any venue that was willing to host them. Not deterred, the band returned to the studio and shed their manufactured pop sound in favor of an R&B influenced album.
This sophomore effort, "Hangin' Tough," featuring the lead single, "Please Don't Go Girl," catapulted the band to superstar status. While sales for the album were initially slow, the album picked up momentum when New Kids on the Block tour dates were scheduled as the opening act for teen pop-star Tiffany. Overnight, they became tween heartthrobs and the album eventually hit #1 on the Billboard 200-- ultimately certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. Following the immense success of the album, and in an ironic role reversal, the New Kids on the Block concert schedule booked Tiffany as their opening act.
To capitalize on their superstardom, the band went back into the studio after their tour, and recorded the follow-up, Step by Step. The album's title track hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became their biggest single to date. The album was certified three times platinum and New Kids on the Block tour dates were booked throughout 1990-1991. The New Kids on the Block concert schedule during this period had them performing more than 200 shows around the world. New Kids on the Block were no longer just pop-stars; they became a brand, and licensed out their name to backpacks, lunch pails-- they even had a short lived cartoon. In 1991, Forbes ranked them as the highest earning entertainers of the year, beating out Madonna and Michael Jackson.
The band's success began to wane by 1992 and they dropped Maurice Starr as their manager in 1993, self-producing their, Face the Music record. It failed to come even close to matching the success of its multi-platinum predecessors. New Kids on the Block booked tour dates at smaller venues and clubs to support the album before eventually breaking up in 1995. The dream was temporarily over and it wasn't long before the guys began pursuing their own solo efforts. Although it took almost fifteen years, the New Kids on the Block announced a reunion in 2008. They recorded their comeback album, The Block, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. New Kids on the Block tour dates were booked internationally in support of the album and featured Lady Gaga and Natasha Bedingfield as supporting acts.
New Kids on the Block have now joined forces with the Backstreet Boys for their co-headlining international tour this spring and summer 2011. Reunions don't last forever, don't miss out on the chance to catch New Kids on the Block this summer in your area. Use Eventful as your source for New Kids on the Block Tour dates and concert schedule updates.
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