The Times Union Center is getting the Total Package on Sunday.
New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul are coming together for an eight-week tour they’re calling the Total Package Tour.
The not-so-New Kids on the Block started over 30 years ago with their self-titled pop album.
Local fans might remember one exciting New Kids performance in 1990 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center when band member Donnie Wahlberg was injured during the show. According to the Associated Press, he fell through an unsealed trapdoor on stage. Wahlberg suffered bruises and cuts and was treated at Saratoga Hospital.
Members Danny Wood, Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight stuck together making albums and tightly choreographed music videos from the mid-1980s until 1994 when the group disbanded. During that time, they won American Music Awards and were recognized by The Rolling Stone as one of the most popular breakout bands. The group came back together in 2007 and has been making albums ever since.
Their music is just as poppy as when they started, even as they’ve moved on from singing about “the right stuff” to being thankful for their families.
According to Billboard, this is the second time the New Kids on the Block have toured with Boyz II Men.
"We had a blast, so it’s kind of a natural thing to do it again because it was very successful and they’re easy to work with. And Paula [Abdul] was just like a gigantic bonus that she wanted to tour again," said Wood in an interview with Billboard.
Boyz II Men are one of the top selling R&B groups of all time, with over 60 million albums sold. Since their first album “Cooleyhighharmony” came out in 1991, the group has won four Grammys, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards and three Billboard Awards.
They’re often referred to as R&B’s biggest boy band, even adulthood. Last year, they were featured in Fox’s “Grease: Live” for the “Beauty School Dropout” scene.
Throughout the years, members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, have played with a mix of genres and groups, from classical orchestras to other R&B artists and Motown singers. For the last few years, they’ve had a semi-regular spot playing at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Their set list includes a mix of acapella Motown and their R&B classics.
But the 45-city Total Package Tour is taking them all over the country, from Ohio to New York, along with Paula Abdul.
Abdul brings a bit more pop and dance to the tour. Abdul has been a fixture of the pop music industry since the 1980s, both as an artist and a choreographer. She won two Emmy Awards, a Grammy and several MTV awards for both her choreography work and her music videos.
The tour is the first time she’s been on the road for over two decades. During the show, she performs six of her hit songs, like “Straight Up” and “Opposites Attract.” Her set includes several costume changes and a recreation of her most popular music videos.
Earlier in the tour, Abdul had to cancel her appearance in Denver, Colorado, due to an injury. According to her press agent, Abdul strained a muscle on the day of the show and just needed the day to rest and recover. She’s been back on tour with New Kids and Boyz II Men ever since.
Total Package Details
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Sun. Jul. 9
WHERE: Times Union Center, Albany