NKOTBe Still My Heart

Back in 1990, I was fairly confident that I would one day marry this cutie patootie.
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And if that didn’t work out, well then I’d settle for this fine specimen.
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But earlier this week it was this guy that made me temporarily forget my actual husband’s name.
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That’s right ladies, Donnie Wahlberg has still got the right stuff.
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Baby.
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I promise, even with his shirt on, he’s a charmer.
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Apparently back in the day the bad boy image was lost on me. It’s safe to say that now… I get it.
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Even though I knew NKOTB would be at Summerfest this year, I completely dropped the ball on getting tickets, and after getting scheduled to work the closing shift the night of the show, I had accepted the fact that I wouldn’t be in attendance. Or would I?

Holly sent me a text, something along the lines of this:
Can you go to NKOTB tomorrow night? 11th row. VIP.

And I just couldn’t resist at least trying to be there. And somehow, some way, I actually made it work. Approximately 24 hours before the show, it was confirmed that I would be in attendance.

Cheers to that!

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I didn’t really have time to get excited or really even let it sink in that I would be going. In addition to NKOTB, we’d also be seeing Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees; all together creating “The Package Tour”, which I believe I mentioned once before.

In 1992, Boyz II Men was the first concert I ever attended (with MC Hammer and Jodeci, too). Ironically, they were a no-show, as their manager was shot and killed in Chicago the night before I was to see them perform in Milwaukee. Therefore, my seeing them this week was 21 years in the making. It was worth the wait.

We super lucked out and got 11th row floor seats for $40. Seriously. We also got free drinks all night. I realize this seems to good to be true, but I assure you, I’m not bluffing. That being said, our seats were great. But my photos are horrendous. I had only my phone for a camera and attempted to get a few good shots but they all ended up sorta like this.

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The Boyz made me tear up a few times, and were as vocally amazing as I’d ever expected them to be.

Next up was 98 Degrees. They’re a beautiful group of men, that’s for sure, but they just don’t have the same fan base as the other boys. Their performance was definitely the least fan-pleasing. A self-proclaimed boy band junkie, I shamefully admit that I didn’t even recognize a few of their songs. But they definitely provided some great eye candy. That Nick Lachey’s smile/dimples/lips are NO JOKE.

And then it was time for the main event. Ho-ly crap. They did not disappoint. I don’t care that these guys are in their 40s now, they can put on a heck of a show.
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I immediately turned into a teenage girl. Screaming. Shouting. Chills up my spine.
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And when they came out into the audience? Well, I just about lost it. Had there not been so many other crazed fans trying to rip his clothes off, I could have reached out and touched my boy Donnie right here.
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I don’t think I can accurately describe how freaking awesome this show was.
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And I realize these craptastic photos are not helping.
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But trust me on this, if “The Package Tour” is coming to a city near you, do yourself a favor and get a ticket. Something tells me you won’t be disappointed.
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We weren’t, that’s for sure.
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While I was pretty pleased with Donnie’s entire, ahem, package…performance, personality, good looks, etc. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t one particular “asset” of his that received much of my attention. I’ve done far more Donnie Wahlberg internet searches in the past few days than anyone ever should, and as a result, I realized that this “asset” of his is well, sort of a thing.

It’s been dubbed “the mallow” and has all sorts of fan pages devoted to it’s delectability. Here,
have a see for yourself.

Who was/is your NKOTB crush? I think it’s pretty obvious which “kid” has my attention these days, but honestly they’re all looking really good these days. And so are the Lachey brothers. 🙂

What about your first concert? Boy band? Something your parents dragged you along to? I lucked out that I a.) had young parents who were into pop music, and b.) had older cousins with older parents that didn’t want to take them to said pop music concerts. This meant that my cool mom took my ever-grateful cousins and I got to tag along. WIN!

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