Reunited boy band New Kids On The Block finally marked their official comeback with a special performance after 15 years of absence at the "Today" show on May 16. The group performed in front of an estimated 4,000 crowd on a windy and rainy condition.
The bad weather didn't stop the band from entertaining their fans by singing a medley of their hit songs such as, "Step by Step", "Hangin' Tough", "Please Don't Go Girl", "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)", "Tonight" plus their new single "Summertime". The boy band even attempted to do their trade mark dance moves, despite the wet stage. Commenting on their dance attempt, one of the New Kids, Donnie Wahlberg said, "It's a little bit like Al Roker in a hurricane."
New Kids' total performance was also acknowledged by their fans who didn't seem to lose their enthusiasm in spite of the rainy weather. The host of the show Matt Lauer also mentioned that the crowd have even waited on the street for 48 hours before the concert started. The show has also been noted as one of the largest ever been done by the "Today" show, with the crowd amount nearly reaching the Bruce Springsteen concert in September 2007.
Commenting on their fans' appreciation on them, New Kids, Joey McIntyre said, "The story today is the fans more than it is us." Even though at the end, the show got a little bit troubled as the rain got harder, the attending fans appeared to be not at all disappointed. A fan, Sarah Sheperd even said to Billboard.com, "It was completely worth it and I am so excited to go to their concert in September. They're coming back at a time when they can really peak. Twenty years off, it's time for a reunion, and everybody's ready."
New Kids On The Block performance at Today show part 1: