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New Kids on the Block at Staples Center: Five instant impressions

New Kids on the Block at Staples Center: Five instant impressions

The spotlight operators at Staples Center earned their paychecks Friday night as they closely followed the members of New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men -- a dozen singers in all -- through a 3½-hour concert packed with group choreography, dudes-on-stools balladry and Donnie Wahlberg’s frequent excursions into the near-capacity crowd. 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 One Direction and Big Time Rush. And though the audience may have aged since the acts’ heydays, the deafening...

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