New Kids on the Block’s upcoming “Mixtape Tour” will have a distinctly Long Island flavor, even before its stop at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum.
Merrick native Debbie Gibson and Salt-N-Pepa, with Melville’s Salt, are among the openers, along with Tiffany and Naughty by Nature, as the “Hangin’ Tough” group tries to re-create an ‘80s mixtape on the stage.
“We’re all about bringing hits and magical moments to fans around the world,” New Kids’ Donnie Wahlberg said on the “Today” show, as he announced the tour, adding that working with Salt-N-Pepa was a dream come true and that the group had come up together with Gibson.
The New Kids, who say they plan to perform chart-toppers like "Step by Step" and "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," even released a new single “80s Baby” on Monday featuring all of the tour’s openers.
“I’m looking forward to the fact that I’m going to have the best seat in the house for this concert,” Gibson said on “Today.” “It’s a celebration, I think, because everybody’s still here and going strong. Everybody’s so relevant and so current and yet we can take people back.”
The 53-city tour kicks off May 2 in Cincinnati and will stop at NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on June 30. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. American Express cardholders can purchase pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Next year’s tour marks a return to the stage for the group, who took a touring break in 2018, though the New Kids did mark the 30th anniversary of their “Hangin’ Tough” album with a special show at the Apollo Theater on Sunday.
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