Boys II Men

New Kids on the Block, Boys II Men, 98 Degrees Team Up for Summer Arena Tour

When putting together a tour with New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees, you don’t even have to mention any band names in the title – just call it “The Package.”

And that’s exactly what the three bands have dubbed their joint tour that they will head out on beginning May 31 with a show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The three boy bands will stay on the road through a July 13 show at the Target Center in Minneapolis, and will hit cities in all corners of North America, including Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

There’s no reason to go into why it’s such big news that these three bands are touring together this summer, as all three (well, at least NKOTB and Boyz II Men) were at one time or another one of the biggest bands in the world. How about some fairly awesome (if pretty goofy) tour announcement quotes from members of NKOTB instead?

“The state of the boy band union is strong,” said NKOTB member and Mark brother Donnie Wahlberg. “Even though technically we’re not really boy bands, but we’re OK with that, so we’ll accept it.”

Walhberg also (fairly needlessly) explained the 14-year hiatus of the group between 1994 and 2008; that it was all for the fans.

“They needed time to have families and husbands and children and get jobs and live their lives,” he said. “We created an outlet for them to feel good about themselves and tap into that youthfulness that had been put to bed for a long time… you may be 40, but the euphoria of it makes you feel 14 all over again.”

New Kids on the Block also will release a new album, 10, in April, and Joey McIntyre says the new album will be a bit more mature.

“It is about the decisions that a grown man makes and goes through, as opposed to singing songs like ‘Popsicle,’” he said.

Boyz II Men Head to Las Vegas’ Mirage for Year Long Residency

Boyz II Men will undertake a 78-show residency in Las Vegas starting in March.

The 1990s R&B superstars will perform weekend shows at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage beginning March 1.

The Associated Press reports that the group will perform their biggest hits, which include “I’ll Make Love to You,” “End of the Road” and their 1991 breakthrough “Motownphilly.” No word yet on whether Mariah Carey will show up at any dates to help the boyz out with “One Sweet Day.”

The band won’t be staying in Vegas throughout their residency, as they already have other dates scheduled. These kick off before the residency begins with a February show in Moscow before the band hits the road in North America on Valentine’s Day in Lancaster, California. The group has shows scheduled through an April 14 date in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Other cities the band will visit include Anaheim, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Montreal; and St. Catharines, Ontario.

Throughout their career, Boyz II Men has won four Grammy Awards and is the most successful male R&B group in history. Billboard magazine determined them to be the fourth most successful group of the 1990s. Additionally, they are one of only four groups that has every held the number one spot on the singles charts for at least 50 cumulative weeks. The other three are the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.

The band released their most recent album, Twenty, in 2011, which marked the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut record, CooleyHighHarmony. The former album is the group’s tenth studio album and featured the single “More Than You’ll Ever Know.” Legendary R&B singer Charlie Wilson performed on the recording of the single.

The band’s second album, II, won the Grammy Award for the Best R&B album, and was the third best-selling album of 1995.