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This was the Los Angeles stop of the so-called Package Tour, a canny attempt by these three veteran boy bands to soak up some of the adoration (and the cash) currently being showered on the new-school likes of
Pop & Hiss will have a full review of the production -- which is to visit Anaheim's
1. Opening the show, Boyz II Men waited all of 10 minutes before adorning the stage with what appeared to be rose petals for "I'll Make to Love You."
2. The default mode for new music by aging boy bands? Coldplay. In "Microphone," from this year's "2.0," 98 Degrees rode a surging groove that strongly recalled Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." Later, New Kids on the Block lifted the ringing piano lick from "Clocks" for its 2013 song "The Whisper."
3. These guys aren't afraid of their old dance moves. Even Jonathan Knight, who otherwise seemed the least enthused about having become a New Kid again, got into the side-to-side spirit for "You Got It (The Right Stuff)."
4. It might be some kind of pop-cultural crime that Jordan Knight isn’t leading a solo career on par with that of another boy band refugee,
5. The New Kids’ love of their Boston hometown runs so deep that they tricked out their show-closing rendition of “Hangin’ Tough” with a bit of “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by that city’s premier Celtic punk band the