yup, you read that correctly.
on friday night, my friends, tina, allison, and i went and had our teeny bopper dreams fulfilled. we saw jordan, donnie, joey, jonathan, and danny in concert! the backstreet boys were also there, but we didn't care too much about them. we actually felt a bit like we were betraying our true loves, *nsync. (i know, i'm rereading that and am embarrassed for myself.)
this is actually the second time i saw the new kids since their big reunion a few years ago. i loved nkotb as a kid and spent many hours dreaming about them and sitting with my friends making customized bookmarks with our new kid of choice's name written all over them. (i was partial to jordan.) when my friends and i heard about the reunion, we jumped at the chance to finally see the new kids in concert. and it was so silly and ridiculous that it was so much fun. we all just about died when joey started crooning, "please don't go, girl". :)
this time around, the concert was in a much larger venue and it was a pretty equal mix of women in their late 20s and 30s who were there for nkotb and a younger crowd of women there for the backstreet boys.
and the concert? equal parts fun and lame.
there were some diehard fans there, though.
(an *actual* license plate.)
we definitely saw some crying going on. and i'll admit i had a good chuckle watching grown women cry over even more grown men.
jordin sparks opened for the kids and the boys. i had forgotten how talented she actually is!
and then, finally, nkotbsb made their grand entrance.
and grand it was. pyrotechnics, confetti, dancing (well, kinda) -- the whole shebang.
they sang lots of old favorites, which we gleefully sang along to, belting the words and dancing. "step by step" and the "hanging tough" encore were definitely highlights of the night!
but because two groups were headlining, the concert was reeeeally long. almost 4 hours! which gave me a lot of time to think and wonder...wonder about things like,
*what do the wives of the married dudes think as they watch their husbands dance around on stage?
*what does marky mark think? is he jealous and does he want to get the funky bunch back together?
*how much did they have to pare down the dance moves to account for the aging bodies doing the moves? and how sore are the guys going to be the next day?
*how many keys did they need to drop in those really high songs? not gonna lie, joey and jordan were struggling with that high falsetto.
*was jonathan's mike even on?? he looked so sad and miserable the whole time and seemed like he wanted to be anywhere but on stage reliving his boy band years. and he was the only one that didn't talk during the thank you shout outs! poor guy. i felt so sorry for him.
and the thing i wondered most about? is choi boy asleep??? my sweet sister babysat because the hubs was working. it was cb's first time being put to bed by anyone other than me or the hubs since he's been home. turns out, everything was okay aside from a mild teeny tiny freakout. ;) (much more on cb's adventures with eemo to come!)
but, silly questions and all, it was definitely fun getting out and spending time with the girls. even if the bulk of that time was spent singing/screaming along to pop songs from the 80s and 90s. holla!