New Kids on the Block: “The Main Event” with Nelly & TLC
Get ready Pittsburgh! People of all ages will invade Consol Energy Center on June 14, decked out in their finest 90s attire for the “Main Event” starring New Kids on the Block, TLC and Nelly.
Though NKOTB has only produced two albums in the last 20 years, fans still go wild for the musical quintet. Still, hardcore fans prefer their most classic sound, preferring to hear songs off their earlier albums, New Kids on the Block, Hangin’ Tough and Step by Step.
During recent concerts, the group has wisely given their audiences what they want. My guess is fans are hoping for a similar show this year, since most of us can’t name even one song off their last two albums.
Nevertheless, the Kids remain an unstoppable force, a grown up boy band with legions of crazed fans. In 2014, the group received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an honor many felt was overdue.
Older and more weathered, the Kids have led the field in helping to revitalize other well loved bands from the 1990s. Recent tours have found them sharing the stage with Boyz II Men and 98 degrees.
This year, iconic 90s hip hop stars TLC will join NKOTB on the road. Many are familiar with TLC’s troubled history and will thrill to witness the band’s triumphant return from the ashes after the death of member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez and their subsequent declaration of bankruptcy. TLC is well known for their number one hit singles “Aint 2 Proud to Beg”, “Creep” and “Waterfalls.”
In January, TLC announced a Kickstarter campaign to produce a new album. The campaign went viral, with stars like Katy Perry contributing $5,000 to the effort. They surpassed their goal of $150,000 in just 48 hours and the campaign had amassed over $400,000 when it ended on February. Clearly, fans are still clamoring for more TLC. The band hopes to release their new album this fall.
Rounding out an amazing night of memories is Nelly, a recent chart topper who dominated the airwaves in the early ’00s with songs like “Country Grammar”, “Hot in Here” and “Work It”. He’s also known for his fantastic collaboration with Tim McGraw (“Over and Over”) and for “Body on Me” with Akon and Ashanti.
Don’t miss your chance to relive the 90s with “The Main Event” on June 14 at Consol Energy Center. Great seats are still available. For more information, visit: consolenergycenter.com.
Preview by Hayley Martin for Pennsylvania Bridges