NKOTB, TLC & Nelly

If you follow me on social media, you might be sick of hearing about the concert I went to on Wednesday night, but I'm writing all about it anyway! I've seen New Kids on the Block five times prior to this week, and all in the last six years. We didn't have much money growing up so a concert like that was out of the question when I was ten. I'm clearly making up for lost time and fulfilled the dreams of little me.

It all started with my drive to the Tacoma Dome. I drove a few blocks down from the arena to bypass some traffic and was stopped at a red light. I saw a man on a bicycle coming toward my car (clearly ignoring the light, but there were no cars in sight, so whatever). I stared and stared some more, then finally said to Carrie, "I think that's Jon. Is that Jon? That's JON!!! Then we both froze and watched him ride right next to me. Like, I could have put my hand out of the window and touched him. I follow him on Instagram and know he rides his bike in almost every city, but was so surprised to see him. It was just an hour till the show and he was going in the opposite direction! Already, my night was made.

Nelly opened and was so awesome. He had so much energy and the audience loved him, dancing and singing along to so many hits. (E.I., Where The Party At, Shake Ya Tailfeather, Country Grammar, Dilemma, Ride Wit Me, Hot In Herre, etc.) He was a blast and I was a sweaty mess when his set was over.

TLC was next with another round of number one singles (What About Your Friends, Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg, Baby, Baby, Baby, Creep, Diggin' On You, Unpretty, Red Light Special, No Scrubs, and of course, Waterfalls). Chilli and T-Boz sounded perfect. Their voices haven't changed a bit and they broke out all the same '90s dance moves. Left Eye's raps were blasted over the sound system while the crowd sang along with her. I remembered every word to every song and was instantly transported back to middle school. So much fun!

Finally it was time for my boys. They came out in weird boxing gear and sang some upbeat, newish songs (Block Party, Crash, The Whisper, Single, We Own Tonight) and sprinkled in some old favorites (My Favorite Girl, The Right Stuff).

They left the stage to change and for the first time at any concert I've been to, showed us a behind the scenes look with their Quick Change Cam. It was hilarious! While changing their clothes, they danced a little, messed around with each other, talked to us through the camera, and of course, took off their clothes. I grabbed a video of their second quick change, but it wasn't as funny as the first time around. 

They came back looking handsome in tuxes and sang some slow jams (Didn't I Blow Your Mind, Valentine Girl, Please Don't Go Girl) then hung around the piano player for slow renditions of Summertime, Dirty Dancing, and covers of Just A Friend and Marky Mark's Good Vibrations.

Then Jordan took the stage and performed Baby I Believe In You and his solo hit/my jam, Give It To You. Joey came out with a Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)/Twisted remix while doing some crazy shirtless interpretive dance. Donnie played piano and sang an I Need You/Lean on Me/Cover Girl medley. Then they all came back on stage for classic New Kids hits Step By Step, I'll Be Loving You Forever, and Hangin' Tough.

The best part of the night was our seats. We were in the first row after floor seats, off of stage C. There were only about ten rows in front of us. I've never sat that close at a concert before, unless you count mosh pits at punk shows in my twenties. Though they didn't perform as a group near us very often, we got a lot of solo action. The coolest thing though, was we were right in the walkway where the groups entered and exited the stage.

The black dot is me, right on the aisle. The arrow shows how they came out from backstage.

We didn't realize it with Nelly because he distracted us with twerking dancers. When TLC came out, they were rushed passed without any real commotion so I snapped a shot of T-Boz after I realized what was happening. But when the New Kids were ready to come out, security was beefed up and we were all told to stay in our seat or we'd be kicked out. They rushed right by us and I took dark, blurry pictures of Danny, Jon, and Joe in their robes.

When the last song started, security appeared again and we realized they were going to exit the same way. (TLC took a different route after their set.) This time the guys took their time and shook hands with fans. My video is really crappy because I'm holding it wrong and I wasn't watching what I was recording, but I caught them all walk by. Joey reached out to touch my hand, but we were about an inch too far away from each other. Jordan and Jon both turned around when they got to me because of a security guard all up in my grill. Carrie got a handshake and "Thank you," from Jon, complete with eye contact. Swoon. Danny gave me a high five and by the time Donnie came through the lights were off, but he totally shook my hand! It was more like finger holding than a handshake, but there was deliberate contact and it lasted for a few seconds (much like this Mormon handshake. So random, but that's what came up when I googled it. Ha!). And yeah, that's me at the end saying, "Yes! I got Donnie!" It was the best night ever and I'll never wash my hand again.

Please realize this post is mostly tongue-in-cheek. I'm not this ridiculous or worked up about it, but I daydreamed about touching a New Kid many times as a kid, so it was really fun for me. And now I'll finally shut up about the whole night.


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I am fangirling all over at the entry/exit of these people. So awesome!!

Also dying over Jon on the bike.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

This sounds like a truly great ladies night out for SURE!!!

I would have loved to see TLC and glad they paid tribute to Left Eye by just letting her vocals / rapping happen with the PA system - when we went to see The Who, they had a full band but during certain songs they paid tribute to the fallen members of the band and it was VERY touching and awesome!!!

I love the idea of a camera showing you all what's happening backstage!!! That's a perfect way to entertain the fans while they wait!!!!

Kelly said...

Um, this is AWESOME!

Micah said...

So fun!! I first saw NKOTB a few years ago as well because I didn't go to concerts as a kid either. Needless to say, I'm making up for lost time. Sounds like you had a great time at this show and now I'm kind of sad i didn't get tickets for this tour.

Gracey Williams said...

This looks so fun. I love Nelly!

Breakfast at Gracey's

Karen M. Peterson said...

I am SO jealous! Now that I'm old enough to afford to go, no one wants to go with me. I think next time they go on tour, I'm flying to Seattle and going to see them with you!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

That's so awesome! I've seen them twice as an adult. We were really close the second time. They came out into the crowd near us. I want a high five!

I love that they're so amazing to their fans and are still having fun after all these years. Other artists should really take lessons from them.

Kimberlee VDW said...

AMAZING seats! I didn't know this concert series was still going on. Such major flashbacks :)