I confess…I am a Blockhead. I have loved New Kids on the Block for a very, very long time. So much so that for my 14th birthday, my party was NKOTB themed.
My best friends were also Blockheads. We listened to their albums, knew every word by heart, danced along with the VCR taped concerts, read every tidbit Tiger Beat had to offer, and longed for the day that we could go to their concert all together.
We never made it to a concert in our teen years. Tickets were too costly. Travel was too far. Parents would not approve us going nor would they take us. But the dream lived on…..
And finally, in May 2017, we made our dream come true!
NKOTB was coming to Nashville and we decided to make the dream come true. Tanya didn’t want to attend (spoilsport) but our good friend, Misty, drove down from Indiana to meet us. Misty moved from our hometown the summer before 9th grade but we have stayed in touch over the years. Along with the five of us, Shannon (my sister-in-law), Denah (friend from Huntsville), Tina, Tammy, & Tammy ( friends from Hamilton & yes, two different Tinas), Jenny and Jamie (Heather’s sisters) all met up for the concert.
And it was AMAZING!!!!
Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul opened the concert. Boyz II Men were outstanding! It was awesome to see Paula Abdul dance…she was incredible. New Kids on the Block did not disappoint! It was Jordan Knight’s birthday and Carrie Underwood came out to serenade him. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better…..Big and Rich came out and joined NKOTB for a song. We wrapped up the night with Taco Bell and girl talk at the hotel. The next morning, we ate brunch together before heading back to our homes.
Birthday wishes do come true…you just might have to wait a few decades!
For me, the best moment of the concert was not captured in a photo. The boys started singing “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” and I found my surrounded by my bestest friends in the whole world. As we sang the song together, I thought back to that 14th birthday party. We sang that song and many others. Each time we sang it as teens, we were promising in our hearts to love Jordan, Donny, Joe, Danny, & Jon forever. This time though, surrounded by the girls who have been my constant support for over 20 years, I was singing it to them. I will be loving you forever.