New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys To Play Fenway Park

BOSTON (CBS) -Guess who will be leading off at Fenway Park this summer?

New Kids On The Block will be part of a double bill at Fenway in June.

They’ll be performing with the Backstreet Boys.

Donnie Wahlberg confirmed it on CBS’s “Early Show” Wednesday morning.

He was in Boston for the official announcement Wednesday afternoon.

According to Donnie Wahlberg’s Twitter account, the concert will be June 11.

One of Wahlberg’s updates was, “If there was one show ever… One show… That any member of NKOTB would crawl across the country on all fours to play… Its FENWAY!”

“This is a tremendous honor for us. As a group of South Boston kids we never thought we would get an opportunity like this. Our dreams are coming true,” Wahlberg said at the news conference announcing the concert. “And one of the best parts is that we get to share this moment with our friends the Backstreet Boys.”

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Brian Littrell and Donnie Wahlberg show off the Red Sox jerseys they got Wednesday as they announced their concert at Fenway. (credit: @donniewahlberg/Donnie Wahlberg)

Tickets for the show will go on sale to the public on February 5 at 10 a.m. at and or by calling 800-514-3849. There will be presale tickets available to members of NKOTB’s fan club and American Express card holders on Thursday and Friday of this week, respectively.

The NKOTBSB concert tour had previously been scheduled to play at Nassau Coliseum on June 11, but because of this newly announced concert the one on Long Island has been rescheduled to July 31.
The tour starts June 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The groups are scheduled to play a sold out show at TD Garden on June 4. The tour also added shows in the New York area; Chicago; Grand Rapids, MI; Buffalo, NY; Baltimore; and several stops in Canada.

The two groups combined have sold more than 200-million albums.

  • Scott Reed

    As an avid Red Sox fan it has not bothered me that entertainment acts such as U2, Dave Mathews, and Jimmy Buffet have played in the historic Fenway Park. Now this announcement disappoints me. We’re letting 2 acts in that play no instruments, can’t sing, and were a fad for a few years to the bubble gum pop genre. I think this was a bad decision.

    • Cynic

      Ellen…I suppose that the same could be said about that other crew…..You know the one I mean… The ones from Cohasset or somewhere down there……Oh what the heck is thier name…….I have it…Aeroplane….Something like that. The ones that keep falling off the stage.

    • Cynic

      Scott….. The Bubble Gum crowd has grown up…..They will be there. Probably with their wheelchairs and walkers but they’ll be there.

      • Notclueless

        LOL! Cynic – their fans are generally mid-30’s. Wheelchairs and walkers???

      • Ellen

        Now if you were talking ‘The Rolling Stones’ I could the wheelchairs and walkers.

    • Melissa

      Scott Reed – Do you know for certain if they can play instruments or not or are you just generalizing? Have you been to one of their shows? Because in fact the majority of New Kids on the Block can play multiple instruments each. They are grown men who are very well versed in the music industry. They are not 18 yr old puppets that you seem to be stuck on assuming. You know what they say about assuming….and I did not assume.

      • Briana

        Well said. I can’t stand when people generalize them. BSB plays instruments, too and they write some of their own songs, but even if they didn’t, that doesn’t make them any less talented. Singing in of itself is a great talent and is something that most of us cannot do, so don’t rag on those who can.

    • Briana

      Really? Have you ever heard them sing live? Backstreet Boys are talented regardless of whether or not they play instruments. They sing every song live and sing it fantastically. Do not compare them to acts of today like Justin Bieber and Kesha who literally cannot sing and don’t bother to sing live.

    • Congrats

      Wow. Ignorant much? Both groups are very talented. They sing, dance, produce and write music, and yes, many of them play instruments.

      If you don’t like their music – don’t go!

      Congrats to both the NKOTB and BSB. This is quite an honor!!

    • coach23

      U2 has NEVER played Fenway Park.

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  • Chris

    This is nowhere near as cool as Aerosmith was last year.

  • Adam

    Scott – when did U2 play there, exactly they didn’t. Who really cares who plays there as a Red Sox fan, it is not changing anything with the team or the games. Will I be there, definitely not and I have been to a few Fenway shows (just not this famous U2 show you mentioned). Those who go will enjoy themselves and it is money for the team (Carl Crawford, Gonzalez, etc)

  • Nate

    Melissa– you seriously got that mad because someone bashed NKOTB? Wow get a life

    • Congrats

      I think Melissa may have been more irritated because of ignorance of commenting on something that he clearly has little to no knowledge about. .

    • Peyton

      I think it is hilarious that you tell Melissa to get a life because she relied to a comment…while you took the time to make a comment as well, so what does that say about your life?!?

  • cynic

    Scott Reed…. Buffet never had a #1 song until he did “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” with Alan Jackson,And that was COUNTRY.Buffet was Country before he became Jimmy Buffet. His most memorable song from that time was ” The A.H. Of I-95″. You could look it up.

  • Cynic

    What a Coincidence… I just read that Jimmy Buffet fell off the stage while performing. It must be 5 O’Clock in Australia.

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  • Belinda

    There will be always lovers and haters around. I don’t care anymore.
    I know I love NKOTB and that is what counts!
    To NKOTBSB and their fans I say:”Thumbs up”.

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