Headliners New Kids On The Block were the 1st ones on the stage as 10,000 plus blockheads screamed their hearts out as Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood came out singing on hits “You Got It (The Right Stuff),” and “My Favorite Girl.”
En Vogue entered the stage next singing the feisty “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)“, and hit song “Free Your Mind.” Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett led the way on this 1st as lead singer Cindy Herron sat in the back, sporting a cast or walking boot.
Rick Astley came out next and was the 1st of the groups to take center stage on the small “B Stage” in the back. Rick and his infectious smile started schmoozing with the crowd while singing a couple of songs, including the hit “Together Forever.”
Like the old-fashioned tapes people used to make, NKOTB popped up again. Once again hitting the rewind button on another set of hits, not to mention a fresh new wardrobe. One of many throughout the night.
Salt-N-Pepa was the last of the bands to perform, starting with the controversial (back then) “Let’s Talk About Sex” before singing their hit “Whatta Man” that featured En Vogue.
Rick Astley returned, this time to the main stage. This time to sing the super smash hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
The rest of the night circled with all the groups taking turns between the main stage and the smaller B Stage with Salt-N-Pepa popping up on the smaller stage that included the hit song “Shoop” with Donnie Wahlberg assisting. Donnie entered the stage sporting a jacket reading “Dapper Dan.” The question is was this an ode to Dapper Don from Salt-N-Pepa’s hit “Whatta Man” that has Dapper Don” or was this a nod to Danny Regan. Donnie’s recurring role on the fan-favorite TV Show “Blue Bloods?”
NKOTB and the rest of the groups did an amazing job throughout the night making the night feel like a night when MTV played videos or when someone made a cassette with a solid lineup of pop hits.
Besides the bands playing their own hits on the mixtape, they managed to throw in Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” along with songs from Mark Morrison and BBD to name a few.
The night ended with all 4 bands on stage singing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” So the Xcel Energy Center got “Rickrolled” by the whole cast. The perfect way to end it.
While NKOTB may not take themselves too seriously like when they showed a live cam of them booty shaking for the mostly female crowd during S-N-P’s set. One thing is for sure they are serious when it comes to putting on a fun and entertaining show.