Big Hit for Historic Fenway Park: NKOTBSB

With one of my best friends working in the music industry, I occasionally have the privilege of being his “plus one” to events around the city. This past Saturday, June 11, 2011, it was to the NKOTBSB Concert at Fenway Park – truly, a once in a lifetime event.

Admittedly, I’m not a huge pop fan and never got into the New Kids or the Backstreet Boys, so from the perspective of the thousands of loyal fans, I clearly didn’t deserve a ticket to this sold out show. However, I am a Bostonian and a strong supporter of all Boston traditions, so a concert at our beloved Fenway Park?!? Sign me up! This was not an opportunity I was about to miss—and wow, what a show!

Fireworks, flames, lights, smoke and sparkling team jerseys…the fans went wild as “the starting line-up” of band members appeared in Red Sox jerseys, running from home plate up to the massive stage. And for the next 2+ hours the boys, all grown up, belted out one memorable hit after another—with plenty of fan interaction in between.

Talk about flashbacks to my teen years: I may have grown up in London in the 90s but the Backstreet Boys were international pop-stars and their songs were everywhere, so the lyrics came back right away. As far as “Step by Step” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by the New Kids – I’ve had them in my head ever since. It was incredible to listen as the whole of Fenway Park sang along. Picture it: Sweet Caroline but three times as loud, 2+ hours long, with deafening screams of adoration in between.

The rain got heavier as the show progressed—but our spirits were far from dampened. In fact, the show just got better: the bands praised the fans for their loyalty through the rain and became increasingly boy-like again, sliding down the catwalk (head first!), stomping in the puddles, and jumping off stage to run the bases, too.

They were clearly having the time of their life – and by the time we were all fully soaked, performers included, it was time for the grand finale, with one Boston-centric encore after another: Bruins pride, sparkling Celtics jerseys, an appearance by Naughty by Nature AND to really get the Boston die-hards going, a final song from the Green Monster itself, followed by fireworks and a series of bows. Quite the performance!

Another memorable night in the city of Boston – and another fantastic use of the historic Fenway Park.

  2 Replies to “Big Hit for Historic Fenway Park: NKOTBSB”

  1. June 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Once when I was but a lad living in another country, I wore a NKOTB shirt without knowing who they were (gasp). A group of older boys was walking by me and started grabbing at my shirt saying “new kids on the block!” over and over again. Yes I was freaked out and wore it as a night shirt from then on…

    That last picture’s acronym seems to insinuate that the New kids are ‘on’ the backstreet boys…

  2. Chris McArdle
    June 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Jossie – we enjoyed it too – from the front steps of our house, more than a mile away. What fun. Chris

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