If you find yourself at The Package Tour, you may be asking, “What are all these “middle-aged” women doing here? Oh, Wait…” (I totally stole that from my friend Terri, aka Louella). And if you are middle-aged and like to look at middle-aged packages, then chances are you were at The Package Tour.
New Kids on The Block (aka Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre) and their packages rolled through Phoenix on Sunday and they sure know how to party. It’s such a fun concert, filled with nostalgia. For me, it reminds me of high school, and when I first went to college and was living in the dorms (which was one of the best times of my life, by the way.) For my friend, Diana, it reminds her of elementary school, and then middle school dances. Sigh.
NKOTB puts on quite a show singing all their old stuff, like “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff),” which really sounds pretty good considering. And they even throw in a few new ones, which sound really good, too (I immediately came home and downloaded “We Own Tonight” and “Remix”). There’s one strange part where “I Don’t Care I Love It” by New Music Masters plays while Donnie and Jordan film the crowd and Joey spins around really fast on what looks like a record on stage. Jordan liked to focus his camera below the neck and I was just waiting for someone to flash him and ask him to throw her some beads. It didn’t happen.
There was also an uncomfortable moment when Donnie made out with some random girl in the audience. I mean, full on made out with. And she wasn’t Jenny McCarthy. I’m speechless, Donnie, speechless. Danny will kick your ass in a break dancing contest. As for Jonathan, he looked really bored through a lot of it. Maybe it was the Arizona heat.
Joey is adorable and actually might have the best personality out of all of them. You can also currently catch him as Melissa McCarthey’s brother in “The Heat” in theatres right now (sorry, once a film publicist, always a film publicist). And Jordan and Donnie must’ve been bothered by the heat as well, because they kept taking their shirts off.
The rest of the package includes Boys II Men (not a big fan since they mostly sing ballads, but “Motown Philly” can still do a little east coast swing) and 98 Degrees (didn’t know one song they sang, but I do like Nick and Drew Lachey, and they sounded good.) It was a really great concert, and if they haven’t been to your area, you should go. If they have and you missed it, there’s always the Backstreet Boys who are getting ready to start their tour.
The reality is I love nostalgia, but especially when I can make new memories using the thread from past memories. And your middle-aged hormones can rage like your teenage hormones. I have a pimple on my chin to prove it. Thank you Jordan Knight.