They still owe my Mom a $100, but unlike cicadas, New Kids on the Block was worth the 17 year wait.
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I spend many a day working in either the kindergarten room or the 1st grade classroom at the local elementary school. I get the chance to color, cut, glue, play kickball, eat milk and cookies and enjoy a good story time here to there. In short, I feel like I'm reliving my childhood on a pretty regular basis.
Or so I thought.
I got the chance to see the New Kids on the Block a couple days ago. I had joked around that 28 year old me was going for the 11 year old that had her dreams shattered 17 years ago. You see, they were having a few shows at Alpine Valley in Milwaukee. My Mother dropped $100 on tickets for my best friend and I to see them live. I was that kid that slept under a NKOTB blanket, drooled on their pillow, wore their faces on buttons over a shirt proclaiming my love for 5 guys from Boston, MA.
I was shocked when I found out that they were performing at the Resch Center in Green Bay. I was in DC last October and happened to be at the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro when tons of girls were heading up to the Verizon Center dressed in NKOTB gear. These guys have been on the road for quite some time. I figured this was as a good a time as any to get a good laugh in.
My sister and sister-in-law found our seats and watched the Jabawockeez, who had won the America's Next Best Dance Crew contest, perform. They were pretty good. Then between acts, a friend of mine that was there ditched her seats and headed closer to the stage. We decided to follow suit and ended up sitting directly right of the stage by one of the elevated platforms. Damn good seats. We waited for the show to start. I was enjoying a 32-ounce beer and still laughing at the thought of seeing the New Kids live.
By the time the concert was over, I realized I wasn't ready for it to end. Not so much for 11 year old me, but for the current me. They put on a surprisingly good show, full of energy, a ton of their old songs and new alike, plus there was beer. I really liked that it was being held at a smaller venue and everyone got the chance to feel involved in the concert. It was probably one of the better concerts I've been to. Heck, I'd probably see them live again if given the chance.
So, if you get the chance to see someone from your youth perform, I say do it. I got the chance to relive my youth and moreso enjoy the present at the same time. Who knew you could have the best of both worlds?
The rest of the NKOTB Tour (Seriously, these guys are on the road forever!)
p.s...when I was 11 I was totally a Jordan girl all the way. Now, bring on Donnie:-) I crack myself up!