[ NKOTB ] New Kids on the Block greet fans in Greenwich

Like most teenage boys in the late 1980s, Anthony Stabile wouldn’t have been caught dead enjoying a New Kids on the Block song — even “Hangin’ Tough.”

But on Saturday Stabile, 35, proudly accompanied his former girlfriend to the Arch Street teen center in Greenwich, where three members of the reunited pop group appeared for a special event with their longtime, mostly female, fans.

“I think I always liked the old stuff, but as a 12-, 13-, 14-year-old boy, you had to put up that front,” said Stabile, of Howard Beach, N.Y., whose then-girlfriend, Christine Darnell, took him to a New Kids show after the group got back together in 2008. He has seen them 11 times since then.

“I’ve probably been to a total of 200 concerts in my life, and they easily put on one of the most entertaining shows,” Stabile said.

At Arch Street, it was as if 25 years hadn’t gone by, with women in their 30s and 40s lining up outside the teen center for an intimate meeting with band members Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood. Jordan Knight and his brother Jonathan couldn’t make it to the event, billed as a town hall-style meet and greet with members of “Block Nation,” the New Kids fan club. Tickets were given out to winners of a contest on the group’s website.

Read full article on GreenwichTime.com (incl. pictures).

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