Monday, February 7, 2011

New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys Bring Their Tour to Van Andel Arena on May 26th

After weeks of speculation, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys joined the legendary Green Monster on January 26th at the historic Fenway Park to announce a special once in a lifetime performance at the legendary Boston ballpark on Saturday, July 31st. The superstar groups join the exclusive ranks of musical greats Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Aerosmith who have all performed on the field of the world famous ballpark.

“This is a tremendous honor for us. As a group of South Boston kids we never thought we would get an opportunity like this. Our dreams are coming true,” said New Kids’ Donnie Wahlberg. “And one of the best parts is that we get to share this moment with our friends the Backstreet Boys.”

“We are all so grateful and excited to have this opportunity. It’s a once in a lifetime moment. And to get to experience this with our Boston friends New Kids on the Block puts it on a whole other level,” added the members of Backstreet Boys.

The Fenway announcement is part of the highly anticipated New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys tour, produced by Live Nation, set to begin on June 2nd with sold out shows opening night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville and Boston’s own TD Garden, as well as, sold out shows in Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Los Angeles. With the continued and insatiable fan demand, the unstoppable phenomenon that is the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will add a slew of new dates to their tour including a third New York area show, a third Chicago area show and additional stops in Grand Rapids, MI; Buffalo, NY; Baltimore, MD; Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Hamilton and London, ON.

New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will perform at Van Andel Arena on May 26th at 7:30 PM. Tickets will go on sale on February 11th at 10 AM. Tickets will be available through, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $32, $52, $72, and $92.

The announcement of the Fenway Park show and the upcoming announcement of even more new tour dates will bring the historic New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys tour to over 50 stops, giving fans across North America more chances to catch their favorite groups on one stage.

"We are very pleased that we are able to bring together New Kids on The Block, The Backstreet Boys and their New England fans at Fenway Park. This will be an unforgettable night for us all,” said Dave Marsden, Vice President of Booking for Live Nation New England.

New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boy’s Fenway Park announcement comes just after their epic performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011.” New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys sent thousands of screaming and dancing fans into a fan frenzy. With throngs of fans in the middle of Times Square singing along to their smash hit singles, and millions more tuning in from home, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys once again reaffirmed their place in pop culture proving why their ticket is the hottest ticket of the summer.

New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys first shocked and delighted fans when they took the stage together for a medley at the sold out New Kids on the Block Radio City Music Hall show. The two groups wowed audiences again in their first joint televised performance at the American Music Awards this past November. The performers had the audience on their feet when they unleashed hit after hit including Backstreet’s “I Want It That Way” and New Kids on the Block’s “Hangin’ Tough,” sending the crowd into rip-roaring applause.

With over 200 million albums sold between both bands, and smash hit after smash hit, these two pop sensations have dominated the music scene for over three decades. Aiming to please, these guys are giving concert goers and diehard fans everywhere the ultimate “night out” experience.

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