New Kids On The Block announce reunion

US boy band returns after 14 years

New Kids On The Block officially announced today (April 4) that they will reunite for the first time since the early 1990s.

Appearing on US morning news programme The Today Show, the hugely successful boy band confirmed reports that they will embark on a tour later this year.

The band said that their first performance will be on The Today Show on May 16. They have not yet announced the tour dates.

Surrounded by hordes of screaming women at their Today Show appearance at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, band member Donnie Wahlberg explained their decision to reveal the news today.

“We weren’t going to announce it yet but People (Magazine) leaked it so we thought we should make the announcement official,” he said.

The band also revealed that they began recording a new album in August.

The band’s website now contains a current band photo and news announcements.

New Kids On The Block sold more than 70 million albums worldwide during their 10 years together from 1984 to 1994.

Original members include brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Wahlberg, who has had a successful acting and producing career.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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