How New Kids on the Block Round 2 went down…
Picked up April, Jill and Ryan at 6 am and off we went. First best news of the trip, Jill brought her Jordan Barbie (minus the rat-tail). Score! This can provide hours of entertainment. We drove without major issue except for my windshield wipers (sorry guys!!), listening to NKOTB the entire way and reached the Courtyard Norwich at 3 pm “local standard time if you will”. We got lucky because they still had room on the shuttle to take us to the casino so we booked a time for 5:00 and then checked into the room to start getting ready. 5: 00 we hit the lobby to meet our driver for the night Norman. Now first I am scared because Norman is approximately 85 years old, driving a 12 passenger van, not to mention its dark and raining. I mean I cant die in this van BEFORE New Kids. I must see them one more time!!!! But Norman turned out to be a blast. Asked if we wanted a sing-along and then pumps up Dean Martin “That’s Amore”!! I mean c’mon, that’s funny!! So we get to the casino and we get a free $10 bet (which we all lost even though I thought my technique was surefire!!) and free dinner. Cant beat that!! So we stop in the first casino we come too and start a gambling. I put $10 in to start and after only a few mins I hit the jackpot on a nickel slot and won $124!!! Wa-hoo!!!! We went and ate our free dinner and then made our way to the arena. Nervousness sets in. My pre-concert anxiety…where would I be without it?? Smuggled our cameras in through 2 “security checkpoints” and found our seats. Even though I bought our tickets the very second they went on sale we had ended up with lower bowl. Having seen a show there before I knew it was a smaller venue and the seats would still be ok and they were!! Had a direct view of the stage and super close to B stage!!! This is me getting more and more nervous. Then finally out comes Lady Gaga. That girl is fucked man!!! I do love “Just Dance” and I think she has an amazing voice but she is truly messed in the head!!! Then Natasha Beddingfield again…I am not like a fan or anything but she is kinda turning me around. She is a rare artist who sounds so much better live than on the radio. She has one of the greatest voices I have ever heard, there is no way that the power and emotion of her voice could translate to radio, which is a real shame for her!! Oh god now its time to wait for NKOTB and the shaking of my legs starts again. NK does however get the award hands down for having the quickest turnaround between sets. 20 mins tops!!!! Pass the time reading (mostly stupid) texts. Ours was good and they never played it!!! And now that video starts again, it absolutely breaks my heart and makes me insanely happy at the same time!!! TONIGHT THE BLOCK IS BACK, ARE…YOU….READY??!!!!!!!!! Man I get so flustered even just trying to recap this!! I cant compare the two concerts because my feelings were totally different, but I will say I was able to take more in this time. Setlist was the same but my observations are a little different so here goes….
Single - *SCREAM!!! OMG I am seeing NKOTB again. They are in front of me!! I LOVE THEM!!!!!!
My Favorite Girl – the transition, the girl girl girl girl….they are so like robots! Ha! Is this possibly my favorite cherography? Top 3 for sure!!!!
Right Stuff – I got a whole video of this song!! However the ground was shaking under my feet like a freakin earthquake from everyone dancing and jumping so it’s a tad shaky. Still. Also is this my favorite cherography? This is top 3 too!! And the whole first time was a great time, second time was a blast…with the explosions and the gyrations…omg…and Jordan dancing across the stage at the end. *love
Didn’t I Blow Your Mind/Valentine Girl – hats!!! Synchronized crotch grab!!! Jordan in red!!!
Please Don’t Go Girl – I was more prepared this time, I didn’t like nearly faint which is progress!!! But oh man the fact that I have gotten to hear PDGG twice now, blows my mind still. Joey hittin that floor…I hear that “I need ya baby” in my head all the time!!
Grown Man – the “other” grown man move…I picture Jordan..but the “og” grown man move is alllll Donnie…his hips!!! Final spot for my Top 3 cherography!
Games – Donnie doin his little speech at first and then he breaks into “cuz positivity is NOT about being soft” and 9500 people scream “its about being smart, you suckers” I swear I got chills. Remix version!!! SHUT UP, I said REMIX!!!! *freaks the fuck out entirely!!!!!!!!! And the “wait I gotta check something out…how does my ass look?” And I got to be the oh-eee-oh’s again!!!!
If You Go Away – This song has a whole new meaning for me since I saw it the last time, it gets me every time!!
2 in the Morning – again Danny so stands out in this song. He is so ljdfl;ajflajdkl;fjl;adj
Dirty Dancing – Jordans shimmy!! The moves – Joey and Jordan especially!! And being right in direct view of Donnie again “when she touch me with her fingertips” Guh!!! And then Danny talks about the breast cancer tanktops and his dad was there that night :) And then someone through some panties and Joey and Jordan had a discussion about how you could tell if they were “used” and then Donnie grabbed em and put them in his pocket.
Tonight – my love for this song (especially live) is WCD!!!!!!!!! Joey being all “can we say thank you for once? You say thank you to us, so kindly, and we don’t get it”. And…see the girls with the curls their hair…” did you see her”? And Jordan “everybody saaay tonight…say what?” And Joey laying on the piano was SO guh!!! And my fave part when Danny and Donnie do their little dance at the end and oh!oh! please let me say that D&D are wearing the same sneakers!!!! (which coincidentally are the same sneakers David Usher was wearing so they are now officially my favorite sneakers ever in life!)
Twisted – only Joey, Jordan and Donnie on stage, with Jordan and Donnie all in black – love! Joey, that over the shoulder move gets hotter everytime!! And the face!!!!! Yeaaaah I got it!!!
Baby I Believe In You – cuz I’m so in love girl with you, and you, and you….aaaalll of you….
Give It To You – anyone can make you sweat, but only I can keep you wet. YES PLEASE!!! I’m also lovin the slo motion dancing!
Stay The Same – accapella at the beginning and nailing it!! lots of the crowd singing along this time too
Cover Girl – I need a cover giiiiirl, and I am going to find one….right…..now (hotttttest thing ever!!!) “I like big girls too baby” (has DW been reading the forums??)
I’ll Be Loving You Forever – did I ever mention how much I LOVE concerts at Mohegan? The acoustics in there are fabulous and hearing this just…it just really stood out as a highlight of the night
Click Click Click – I don’t even know…Donnies intros are the best to this song…and during the song, his rap, oh lord…the one I pull the cream for…with that “hand motion”, I’m on like sensory overload here!!!! And the critiquing of the poses, Joey is so funny “you cant go wrong with a Jon Knight, so tall dark and handsome. Jordan is kinda teen bop circa 1989” (I’m so ashamed). Donnie bein all gangsta and Danny bustin out a new pose for US!!! (that’s some King Lear shit there) And Joey “ya know when your trying to be sexy but you just aren’t sexy”
Summertime- love JM yellin JONES BEACH, and it’s the last song of the night so they are all “now we don’t like this part but it has to come”….moooooooooooore
Step by Step – still love love love the STEP STEP STEP STEP STEP STEP…the “push it” dance still my fave but this time I got to see what all the Jon girl were talking about, the infamous “booty dance”, OMG!!!!!!!!!!
Hangin Tough – I can now never listen to this song again without hearing DW in my head “everybody in the hooouuuuse, get your hands up, baby get your hands up”. LOVE!!!! And I got to hear….now somebody, anybody, everybody SCREEEEAM…how many times had I watched that part over and over and over from Hangin Tough Live? These are the rare moments when I love my life!!!!
Ah there is SO MUCH more but I cant function anymore after reliving all this….
-Danny and “facetime”
-“theres a movement that started somehow, Lets Get This” and everyone yellin LETS GET THIS…yesyesyes!!!!!
-Oh.My.God. Donnie waving a Canadian Flag during Hangin Tough. (In the USA no less). BAAAAAAAAAAAAH
-Donnies dancing mania at the end of the show, then everyone starts, jumping around and GROUP HUGS. Group hugs make me happy!!!!!
-Jumping from the stage holding hands!!!!
(honorable mention goes to sequin tits and space pants…and the “luckiest” security guard of the night)
So after this life altering experience we went back out into one of the casinos and I played some more slots till I was down to an even $115 and then cashed out. I actually came home with more money on the trip than I left with!! After about 7 NKOTB alarms going off in the morning we left CT around 9:30am and thus ends my story.
BRING ON SUMMER OF 09
FACETIME IS REAL!!!!!!!!!!!