Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Night I was 13...Again

When iBean was in the NICU, I saw that NKOTBSB (New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, for the non-followers) was touring and that they would be in Edmonton.  I told Tony about it. He asked "Do you want me to buy you tickets?" I replied with "I am just giving you information.  What you choose to do with it is your choice."

Well, he bought me tickets.  Pretty good tickets.  As my friend and date Sara pointed out, we were close enough to see their armpit hair.

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I had bever been to a "screaming" concert before.  I had been to Sarah McLachlan, Lilith Fair, Avril Lavigne and various other girly-artists.  But this was a whole other level of cool.

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I screamed and danced and sang along.  I went crazy (mild understatement) when Donnie came into our section and held my hand and sang "Tonight."

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Their setlist was about two dozen songs and nearly as many costume changes.  We did not get out of there until after 11 pm, at which point I was not really sure if I would need hearing aids for the rest of my life. Or whether iBean would be screaming in the hotel room for my sisters, who were babysitting her, since I had been gone for five hours.

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But it was all worth it.  iBean slept the entire time I was gone.  And I got to experience being a 13-year old again, with significantly less acne and no worries about the legal issues of the Kids & Boys being over 18 while I wasn't.

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The T-shirt I bought says "Once in a lifetime."  I would not complain if it was twice.



  1. WOWZERS those are some good seats. I am seeing them on the 31st with three close friends. It's going to be so much to scream and yell like a teenage again. How was the crowd? Was it tweens or women our age? I think it's a bunch of 30-40 somethings and my friend thinks it's tweens-21 year olds and that there will be no alcohol. ha!

  2. The crowd was basically a range from early 20s to 40s. There were the outliers, but by and large, the people there were those who were fans when NKOTB and BSB were in their prime. Lots of ladies wearing their vintage NKOTB shirts. There was a group of ladies in their 30s all wearing shirts that said "The ONLY Mrs. Donnie Wahlberg" and on the back it said:
    Tickets to NKOTBSB: $100
    Night of Drinking: $50
    T-Shirt I will only wear once: $30
    Being 13 again...PRICELESS.
    You are going to flip your noodle, Kara. It is an awesome show. They really know what their fans want and they DELIVER!


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