Boy Bands Unite at Conseco Fieldhouse: NKOTB and BSB

Tweenage girls screaming, crying and fainting. Grown women flinging themselves onto limos and bodyguards. Ladies grabbing for locks of hair or pieces of t-shirt, any memento they can take from the national heartthrob tour. This, no doubt, has been the scene night after night for the highly anticipated New Kids on the Block/ Backstreet Boys national tour. Now the boy band mania hits Indianapolis! Catch the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys live at Conseco Fieldhouse Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for this Indianapolis music event range from $31.50 to $91.50. Swoon for these heartthrobs as they travel the United States sharing in the glory of boy band-dom for at least one more Summer.

New Kids on the Block

An original boy band, the New Kids on the Block were a phenomenon of the late eighties and early nineties. Brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood were simple Boston born kids, who got to live out every musician’s fantasy: sold out stadiums and fanatic followers. The boys were discovered by producer Maurice Starr, who guided New Edition to success in the early eighties.

Starr held a casting call to create a new boy band. Among the first members were Donnie Wahlberg and his younger brother Mark (that’s right: before Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Mark Walhberg was a New Kid on the Block). Starr also hired Danny Wood and the Knight brothers completing the quintet. When Mark quit the group to pursue a solo career, twelve year old Joey McIntyre stepped in, and the rest is history.

The band released their self-titled debut album in 1986. The overall tone of the album was bubblegum, which would prove to stunt the bands beginning. While their first two singles from the record were a bust, and their tour of New England fared less than well, Starr pushed for the record label to allow the band one more chance in the studio.

Dissatisfied with the highly produced sound of their first work, the band insisted on having more input into their second studio album Hangin’ Tough. The first single “Please Don’t Go Girl” received little radio play and the label threatened to drop the band. However, when one radio station in Florida picked up the single, it was just the momentum the New Kids on the Block needed. They were finally on the map.

Over the next five years, the band grew in popularity. They earned two American Music Awards in 1990, and garnered fans all over the world. Now they have reunited to relive their glory days once again.

Backstreet Boys

Are you a Backstreet Boys fan or an NSync fan? That was the question that left the lips of many a tween in the late nineties and early 2000s. These two prominent boy bands went head to head for years, filling a musical niche of their time.

A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter are the Backstreet Boys. The band first rose to fame overseas in 1996 with their self-titled album. While their first single “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” was a lackluster success in the United States, it peaked on charts in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Netherlands.

It wasn’t until their second studio album, Backstreet’s Back that the band found fame in America. Backstreet’s Back and their following record, Millennium, both went platinum. In fact, Millenium was the best selling album of 1999 in the U.S., selling more than nine million copies. While the band never broke up, they did go on a long hiatus before releasing their latest album.

Now hear them live on tour with New Kids on the Block in the “This Is Us” tour at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis downtown. Before the show, grab dinner from any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, enjoy drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and more. Get out in Indy and find come fun.

New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Tour
Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 pm

Conseco Fieldhouse
One Conseco Court
125 South Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204