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.