NEW YORK — For Donnie Wahlberg it’s not a matter of why now, rather “why not?”
The recording artist-turned-actor was referring to the news of a major tour with his New Kids on the Block, who’ll be joined this summer on “The Package Tour” by 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
“The state of the boy band union is strong,” Wahlberg joked Tuesday. “Even though technically we’re not really boy bands, but we’re OK with that, so we’ll accept it.”
The three bands sold millions of records in the 1980s and ‘90s and helped usher in a wave of vocal groups that continues today.
The Boston-based NKOTB formed in 1984 and amassed ten Top 20 hits. They broke up in 1994 but got back together after a 14-year hiatus. Wahlberg said he feels the break coincided with the maturation of their fan base.
“They needed time to have families and husbands and children and get jobs and live their life,” Wahlberg said.
But now he sees his band’s music as a complement to the fans’ adult lives.
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