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NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre recalls this one time, in Grand Rapids in the 80s – U.S news sites

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids, Michigan played a pivotal moment in Joey McIntyre’s career with New Kids on The Block and it’s something he says he will remember for the rest of his life.

We caught up with the “Please Don’t Go Girl” singer as the boy band continues its “MixTape Tour″ with not one, not two, but three concerts in Michigan with Grand Rapids being the first at Van Andel Arena on Thursday, June 16, followed by Soaring Eagle on Thursday, June 23 and Little Caesars Arena on Friday, June 24.

McIntyre says he will always remember how special Grand Rapids is to him because the group was right on the cusp of becoming big at the time.

“I remember we played a club in Grand Rapids twice while we were on our way to the top,” McIntyre reminisced with MLive. “It was when we were just playing clubs at the time after we were on the road opening for Tiffany in ‘88. I remember it was a big club Grand Rapids, like a 2,000 capacity club and the fans were just nuts.”

McIntyre says he will never forget these two shows in particular because of a purchase he made right before them.

“I remember them distinctively because I bought brand new pair of Nike sneakers and a Champion sweatshirt. I was a 16-year old and I’m like, what’s cooler than this? I just bought a brand new pair of sneakers and I’m playing at this amazing sold-out place. I just always remember it was in Grand Rapids. It was just cool to be like, here we are in Michigan, in the middle of the country just rocking it and meeting new audiences.”

McIntyre says he’s also excited to be coming back to Detroit to play, a place he says he likes to explore.

“Detroit has always been great. I’ve said that it’s really cool the venue is back in the city. Playing out in the suburbs was cool, but a bit of a disconnect. I like to take a bike or a scooter around the city and see the history of Detroit. I know every city has had its ups and downs, but I see it coming back. I appreciate that kind of stuff.”

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NKOTB last performed in Michigan on their “MixTape Tour” in June 2019 with Salt-N-Pepa, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Naughty By Nature. This time around, they’re bringing with them Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue. It’s a grueling schedule which sees everyone performing as much as six nights in a row in some stretches.

“We don’t take that scheduling lightly. I think it might be the nature of the climate because it’s been a few years since we toured and you never know when things might shut down again. It’s a lot of shows in a row, I’m not going to lie. But, the best we feel all day is when we’re on stage and that’s how it should be. You get this huge shot of adrenaline and love and you go to the moon every night. It’s a wonderful experience, but it’s not easy. It’s a beautiful grind.”





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