Are you still crazy for New Kids on the Block?

I have a very good friend who is so pumped about seeing New Kids on the Block tonight at Philips Arena. She has been sharing videos from the band on Facebook for the last few weeks.

This friend is a little bit younger than me. I like New Kids on the Block but I wasn’t that into them. I think I connected more with New Edition.

Boys II Men and 98 Degrees are joining NKoB on the tour.

My friend is taking her daughter on Friday to see One Direction so the tradition continues.

Which boy band do you remember the most? Which band would you be most excited to see perform? How do you think One Direction and the Jonas Brothers compare to the older boy bands? Do you take your daughter to see boy bands too?

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Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
7:02 am

‘NSync. My middle child just fell in love with them. We went to a couple of their concerts. I remember seeing Justin Timberlake for the first time, live. He was awesome. I told my daughter, that boy is going places, he is very talented!!!!. We LOVE Justin Timberlake!!!! I love that movie “Friends with Benefits”. He is such a little cutie!

Of course, I’m of the Osmonds era. I remember when my dad took my brother and me to see them in Denver. I was in 7th grade and I thought I was the bomb. None of my friends had tickets, I was the only one!!!! Our car broke down on the interstate, and I was devastated, and started crying. I thought for sure I was going to miss this concert. Fortunately for us, there was a tow truck right behind us, we got towed, my dad got a rental car, and we made it to the concert in time. Gosh I remember that like it was yesterday, not 40+ years ago…LOL.

FCM

June 20th, 2013
7:33 am

A friend of mine is excited to see NKOTB tonight too.

I didn’t get into the boy bands. REM, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, YES,Van Halen that was my speed. If I were slowing it down it might be Journey, Chicago, or Duran Duran.

What do I think of Jonas Brothers? Nick Jonas the real talent in that family. I actually enjoy hearing the music he done…especially without his brothers.

1D is ok. They are good for summer radio music anyway.

Mine don’t really like Jonas or 1D. They do like Salena Gomez, Pink, Usher, Maroon 5, GA-FL line, Flo Rida, etc. They want to see Salena Gomez in concert one day.

FCM

June 20th, 2013
7:34 am

Oh yeah Nivana, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers…they would be in the playmix at my house too. I just like good music.

FCM

June 20th, 2013
7:35 am

sorry “he has done”. I am not from Utah and I can be grammatically correct.

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
7:39 am

FCM those are some of my favs. My kids tell me all the time I’m stuck in the 70’s. Best musical era EVER!!!

Uh, Mayhem...

June 20th, 2013
7:59 am

…you may be stuck in the 70’s (and I totally agree that that time was the best musical era ever), but half the groups FCM mentioned are 80’s bands, though all of them, as John “Cougar” Mellencamp once said, R O C K in the USA…

nbgb

June 20th, 2013
8:03 am

You were doing okay for a while (comma) but lately your grammar is going down hill again.

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
8:22 am

@Uh Mayhem……Sorry, but Van Halen, YES, Journey, Chicago Aerosmith – I’m pretty sure they were around in the 70’s.

But not Motley Crue – 1981, or REM – 1980

So yea, I’m stuck in the 70’s. Again, best musical era EVER.

Actually, Mayhem...

June 20th, 2013
8:32 am

… I said “half” the groups…I wasn’t too far off…

Actually, Mayhem...

June 20th, 2013
8:35 am

…and, although Journey has been around (in one form or another) since about 1975 they did not hit it big until about 1981…

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
8:35 am

OK, I’ll give you that!!! LOL

joe

June 20th, 2013
8:39 am

They all $uck. These bands don’t know how to make music…they rely 100% on studio producers. Thats why they lip sinc in concert.

FCM

June 20th, 2013
8:39 am

@ Mayhem…I didn’t even get to the Eagles, Queen (was there anyone better than Freddie Mercury?….although the One Night of Queen tribute concert was AMAZING!), Rush, Springsteen, Zepplin, Black Sabbath, ABBA (yeah, yeah it is chick music I know!)…I could go on.

Oh yeah my child reminds me that I do like Blondie, Go-Gos, Joan Jett & the Blackharts, and the Eurthymics. She likes those too.

My father made sure we were exposed to all kinds of music (classical, “classic rock”, country, jazz, etc). Also music theater which he and my mother often enjoyed down at The Fox. I am in turn doing the same to my kids. Only really obnoxious stuff

@ Uh Mayhem…you get to things like YES and Michael Jackson which both the 70s and 80s claim (though Yes was also around in the 60s and I like the older stuff better than the 80s stuff….but even with the 80s, you can give me Trevor Rabin any day! Side note: Mr Rabin also wrote for Aerosmith, and has also worked with more recent groups. Mr Rabin and Nick Jonas are those truly talented folks who bridge decades well.) I actually saw YES in concert twice…center stage 4th row when Rabin played the last time in Atlanta.

I was lucky to be in HS 1984 – 1988 so both the 70s and 80s and 90s music (and I grant that 70s was better) is a part of my history.

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
8:42 am

When Steve Perry joined the band in 1977, that’s when they took off. Their 4th Album, Infinity, reached number 21 on the Albums chart in 1978.

Becky

June 20th, 2013
8:50 am

Was never really into the “Boy Bands”..My favorite band of all time is The Eagles..Went to see them for the first time when I was 13 and like Mayhem thought that was the best thing ever..Two weeks after I saw them went to see Bad Company and Peter Frampton..Again, in hog heaven..

Like Mayhen, I remember seeing the Osmonds when I was about 13/14..I only saw them because my older sister wanted to go..I always listened to the music that my older brothers and sisters listened to..I also listened to a lot of older country growing up..

@FCM..Never really listened to Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana or Red Hot Chili Peppers..I just perfer the older (70’s&80’s) music…

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
9:00 am

Aw the Eagles. Has anyone see The History of The Eagles? They are one band I have never seen live.

I’ve seen The Osmonds, Allman Brothers (twice, front row & 5th row), seen the Stones several times, Fleetwood Mac (twice); Bob Segar, Elton John (too many times to count), Billy Joel, Billy Joel & Elton together (very awesome), The Who, Rush, Journey, Prince, Red Rider (Lunatic Fringe), Jefferson Airplane, Bruce, ‘Nsync, NKOTB, Britney Spears (ewww, did that with my youngest). Tons of others, but I can’t think of them now. I’d have to go through my ticket stash. I’ve saved every ticket to every concert I’ve been to.

iRun

June 20th, 2013
9:02 am

Never got into boy bands. I am a teen of the late 80s/early 90s so you can imagine what my favorite type of music is. To this day I still like Tool and Cake.

Denise

June 20th, 2013
9:04 am

TWG – I”m with you. I’m ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL about New Edition even now! I’ve been in love with Ronnie since 1983. HAHAHA

I wouldn’t mind seeing NKOTB for fun. Most of my groups/artists from back in the day only play occassionally or not at all.

catlady

June 20th, 2013
9:04 am

Never was into them at all. Now give me the Beatles, or Seals and Crofts, or CTA, or Charlie Daniels/Marshall Tucker, Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young)’and I would really enjoy it!

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
9:25 am

I’ve never been a fan of CSNY. Don’t care for the group America either. LOVE Charlie Daniels, and Marshall Tucker Band.

I cannot stand today’s country music. It all sounds the same to me. I love the older stuff, Waylon, Willie, Johnny Cash, etc.

I also love Big Band music.

I’m crazy about Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and that genre. My parents were married in 1955 and lived in Las Vegas. They saw Dean, Frank & Sammy perform all the time. They would just pop into one of the hotels/casinos, and start singing/performing around midnight. My parents have some pretty awesome pictures from way back then.

We always had music on in the house growing up. One of my favs back then was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. I still to this day, have music on when I’m home. I’ve put all my CD’s on my iPhone and can listen to whatever I want, whenever I want!!!!!

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
9:32 am

Oh, and I forgot Neil Diamond!!!

motherjanegoose

June 20th, 2013
9:38 am

@ Mayhem….glad you are having a good time today! You needed a topic you like and this one is probably it, considering you have posted 7 times so far ( if I can count…haha).

While I love to sing with children and adults, I do not like any noise when I am home and rarely even have the TV on. I was in 5 hotels last week and only watched one show all week long. I prefer instrumentals when I am on long car trips or books on a CD. So, I have nothing for this topic. Have a good day!

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
10:02 am

@MJG – Yes, this is a fun topic!!! I am a music junkie, and like I said earlier, I ALWAYS have music on. Right now I’m listening to When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin on my iPhone, one of my favorites.

HB

June 20th, 2013
10:03 am

I loved New Kids when I was 12-13 and wouldn’t mind going with my best friend for a cheesy evening of reminiscing — the first concert we ever went to was NKOTB back in 91. I don’t think I’d introduce kids to their music, though. It’s really pretty terrible, and they need to discover their own horrible boy bands to cringe about 20 years from now.

Becky

June 20th, 2013
10:46 am

@Mayhem..No offense, but you sound like you need a T-shirt that I ordered for my sister…I May be Old, But I’ve Seen All of The Good Bands..She’s 57 and loves it..

I have seen the Eagles three times..Front row every time..Fleetwood Mac (5-6 times) Bob Seger..AC/DC..Neil Diamond..Tony Bennett..Bonnie Ratt..Peter, Paul & Mary..Van Halen (2-3 times) NKOTB..Britney Spears..Hank Jr (about 6 times)..Tom Petty..Alan Jackson..Willie Nelson (3-4 times)..Charlie Daniels..Tina Turner..Rod Stewart..

Like Mayhem, to many to list and remember..Growing up, we went to a lot of country concerts..I try to get the kids now to listen to all kinds of music..

Ann

June 20th, 2013
10:48 am

@ Mayhem – You have some good taste in music – you named some great ones (Waylon, Willie, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass). It sounds like you were exposed to a lot of great music as a child. We are doing the same for my son. He likes a wide range of music, including jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, pop, blues, and right now, he is really into Ecuadorian/Pan Flute music.

I was a teen in the 70’s in the Atlanta Area. I recall seeing Peter Frampton and Billy Joel at the Omni. I also saw a great concert of the Carpenter’s in 1972 at the Macon Coliseum. I remember my sister and her friends seeing the Bay City Rollers at the Fox Theatre, which was a really popular band with the teen girls for a year or so (they wore those pants that were about six inches too short, and some of the girls at school began to wear them for awhile).

Does anyone remember the DeFranco Family (Heartbeat It’s a Love Beat)? The were similar to the Osmonds. I remember having their music on our 8-Track portable player. In my senior year (1978), Styx, Queen, Aerosmith, Chicago, ELO – Electric Light Orchestra were popular. I agree that the 70’s music is the best decade for pop music.

Becky

June 20th, 2013
11:46 am

@Ann..I remember the Bay City Rollers and the DeFranco Family..Did you ever go see the Bee Gee’s? I saw them on their farewell tour..Nothing quiet so nice as Barry coming abck out on the stage in them skin tight spandex pants with no shirt on..:)

George Jones and Tammy Wynette..Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty..I saw Waylon Jennings more times than I can count..

FCM

June 20th, 2013
12:05 pm

I think if you grew up in the Atlanta area & are old enough to have stood/camped out at Turtle’s to get tickets to a concert you probably know great music. If you have no idea what I am talking about…

FCM

June 20th, 2013
12:08 pm

@ Ann when Karen Carpenter died we lost a truly gifted person. I still love hearing the music and could she play those skins or what! Joan Jett gets lots of credit for helping women break into real rock bands…but Ms. Carpenter certainly showed there was path to be made!

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
12:20 pm

@Ann yes, I was exposed to ALL kinds of music growing up. My parents loved music and played a lot of various genres. I also played the piano, the violin, and sang in chorus all through school. Music has always been a love of mine. I stopped the Violin in high school, but still love to tinker on a piano. My parents still have the one I took lessons on, way back in the 70’s.

My brother won’t go play music trivia without me!

Does anyone remember the show “Name that Tune”? I loved that show, and was pretty good at it. I can name that tune in 10 beats. LOL

lakerat

June 20th, 2013
12:48 pm

I am a 70’s music junkie, too – and, yes, FCM, I stood in line at Turtles on Peachtree for tickets to Fleetwood Mac/The Eagles concert in 1976 – I was home for the summer from grad school.

I laughed when I read the line from Mayhem about the music trivia – I was on a cruise this past spring when they had a 70’s music trivia contest – it was me, by myself, against teams that had 4-6 people about my age on them. I was 20 for 20, and one other group that had 6 people to help name the songs had the same score – the playoff for the win was to name the groups that sang the songs – I blew them away!

Sk8ing Momma

June 20th, 2013
12:54 pm

The Jacksons — The Jackson 5 was a few years before my time. The Jacksons were my era. Loved ‘em! The Jacksons’ Victory tour was my first tour…very fond memories!

lakerat

June 20th, 2013
1:01 pm

My bad – it was actually Peach’s on Peachtree (near Peachtree Battle), not Turtles…

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
1:10 pm

I remember Turtles. You had a book, and every time you made a purchase they gave you stamps. Once you filled up the book, you got like $5 off a record. I also remember camping overnight Turtles at NorthEast Plaza to get tickets to some concert, I don’t remember which one.

And I remember Peaches on Peachtree. So many friends had their crates for record holders. I don’t think any apartment in the 70’s didn’t have a Peaches crate somewhere.

jmb

June 20th, 2013
1:32 pm

I can’t believe no one mentioned CCR. I think kids these days don’t know what good music is. Like others, I loved the 70’s!!

FCM

June 20th, 2013
1:32 pm

Well lakerat and Mayhem you know good music then! Tower Records in Buckhead was another one.

FCM

June 20th, 2013
1:34 pm

@ jmb…there is some good music out there…Personally I like most of Pink and Katy Perry ….but then you have those who think Nicki Manaj can sing (she can’t…she makes my ears bleed).

Mayhem

June 20th, 2013
2:03 pm

Can’t stand Katy Perry or Nicki Manaj. Katy Perry’s music sounds like marching music and Nicki is just way too out there for me…..none of my kids like her either.

Here’s some of what’s on my phone:

Pink Floyd (no one’s mentioned them)
The Cars (them either)
Johnny Cash
Elvis
Molly Hatchet
ZZ Top
Allman Bros
Joe Satriani
Boston
Simon & Garfunkel
The Moody Blues
Eagles
Jimmy Buffett
Guns N Roses
AC/DC
Duran Duran
Def Leppard
Collective Soul
Kings of Leon
Zac Brown Band
Coldplay
Led Zeppelin
The Beatles
The Who
Journey
Van Halen

Grasshopper

June 20th, 2013
2:10 pm

I knew this bunch would have pedestrian musical tastes. : /

FCM

June 20th, 2013
2:26 pm

Grasshopper did you want the Dead Milkmen? Violent Femmes? Psychedelic Furs? Jane’s Addiciton?

What would you say is not “pedestrian”

FCM

June 20th, 2013
2:30 pm

@ Mayhem I like Katy’s music for working out. Maybe because of the “march” sound?

I’ll even admit to liking some of Gaga. Usher too.

Grasshopper

June 20th, 2013
3:09 pm

That list certainly helps with your cred FCM. But how about some talent from this century? Top of my head:

Cocorosie
Black Angels
Jack White
Mike Wexler
Darkness Falls
Wye Oak
Sun Airway
Groove Armada
Vampire Weekend
Band of Horses
Bat for Lashes
Ladytron
Fischerspooner

They say that people get stuck in the decade of music that they grew up with. I’ve found that my tastes change all the time. While I still like and don’t mind listening to music that I grew up with, I’d rather hear something new and different. I have been listening to Ga. State radio – Album 88 – for 30 years now. The thought of listening to commercial radio churns my stomach.

catlady

June 20th, 2013
5:20 pm

Can’t forget Eagles!

Ralph

June 20th, 2013
5:22 pm

I remember the early 90s when Weezer was liked by school girls. It’s too bad so many school girls get sucked into the whole boy band scene. I am a child of the 80s and as much as we enjoyed seeing naked Samantha Fox pictures, we sure as hell had no desire to see her in concert.

I have nieces who listen to Pink or Beyonce. Thankfully, no boy band crap for them.

Ralph

June 20th, 2013
5:23 pm

Early 90s were great. right after the crappy late 80s boy band crap and right before the late 90s boy band crap. That’s why girls probably were forced to listen to better music like Weezer

Jesse's Girl

June 20th, 2013
7:14 pm

Hey y’all! Been a little bit! This topic is right up my ally! I had tix to the NKOTB concert tonight. But work forced me to travel:( So my pals are all texting and snap chatting me while I work…Per the topic…Prince was my man in the 80’s. Journey, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jeff Buckley, Radio Head, and Duran Duran. Current loves inlcude…..John Mayer, Alt-J, Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars and The Temper Trap. My musical tastes tend to run a bit British. Taking the kids to Music Midtown this September. I mean come on….Journey, Weezer, Imagaine Dragons AND Red Hot Chili Peppers????? Its glorious! Hope you are all well!!! Especially you Theresa!

Ann

June 20th, 2013
9:33 pm

@ Becky – I never saw the Bee Gee’s in concert, but would have loved to have gone to one of their shows. When my son was an infant, we danced around the Family Room frequently to their music. Great stuff. We still listen to their songs.

@ FCM – That’s a good point about Karen Carpenter paving the way for women. She really had about the best female singing voice of any pop singer, so velvety and pleasant. It’s hard not to smile when you hear their music. We downloaded some of their holiday songs this past season and it was fun to hear them again. My 8 year old really likes Rainbow Connection.

I remember Turtles, too, and the stamps. I think they continued those up into the early 90’s. I shopped for awhile at the one near Southlake Mall and later years, at the one on Peachtree Road in South Buckhead.

@ Mayhem – As a teen, I enjoyed watching Name That Tune also. We have played a little version of it in the car on road trips.