Step 6 - NKOTB Block Party #3: New Kids on the Block Fan Stories from Amy, Lindsay & Courtney
Welcome to the Block Party - the weekly, on-going segment of the My So-Called Whatever podcast where we talk about New Kids on the Block and discuss fan stories from fellow blockheads. This week we hear some pretty amazing Donnie Wahlberg stories - one from our friend Lindsay - and another from our friend Amy that involves Donnie on his motorcycle. We also here from our friend Courtney about growing up a NKOTB fan.
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Amy's Donnie Wahlberg Motorcycle Story
Favorite Fan Experience It is really difficult to choose one fan experience as my favorite, since I can honestly say I've been blessed to have many. But I've always preferred the experiences that happen when you're least expecting it. No stress or worries over what to wear and what to say when it finally happens, as in the case of a formal meet and greet.
My fan experience of July 27, 1990 tops them all, because it happened back in the hey day, when NKOTB was still surrounded by mass hysteria and it was easy to get caught up in it all.
It's been 27 years and still to this day when I relive the moment or tell someone the story, my heart still pounds and I get giddy.
Up until then I had already seen two concerts, and thought I was cool because I was part of the large group crammed against the limo we thought the guys were in after the show as it tried to maneuver its way wherever it was going. I prefer to say I almost got run over by their limo, it sounds so much more exciting.
So there we were, me and some friends going to the New Kids show, the Magic Summer tour, at Lake Compounce. My friend's Mom was driving. I don't even remember why one of us wasn't driving, I'm pretty sure we all had our license at that point. But at any rate, it's a good thing we weren't because we probably could've died running off the road, or even worse, running over Donnie.
We were sitting in the back seat, I was looking down at stuff in my lap and I heard my friend say "oh my God." I looked at her and she was looking past me out the window with this expression I'll never forget. She simply said "Donnie?" It could've been anyone on a motorcycle riding right next to our car, but something in her voice and expression just told me it was **really** him! But then again, it could've been the tail whipping in the wind behind him, or the black leather jacket that said "cheese" on it that gave him away. IT WAS REALLY HIM!
I'm surprised I didn't crack my neck whipping it around so fast! He nodded at us, and the mass hysteria commenced right in our own car. As my friend's poor mom wondered what was going on "omg! What? What's happening???" We screamed back "it's Donnie, it's Donnie! Follow him!!!" I wonder if she thought she ran something over? How she managed to stay on the road is a mystery. The rest is a blur.
I held up my ticket to the show and pointed at it like a lunatic so he'd know we'd be there (as if he hadn't guessed that already), and he gave me a thumbs up. I threw the ticket somewhere and grabbed my camera, to start snapping away. Another mystery, how I managed to get any photos to come out clear, my hands were shaking like an earthquake. Then Donnie was in front of our car, standing up on the pedals of the bike, shaking his rump at us, being a goof ball, and when he turned into a gas station we screamed again to my friend's Mom that she needed to "FOLLOW HIM!!!" She did, and I was out of the car before it stopped, tearing across the parking lot. Donnie probably thought I was going to eat him up, I know his body guard did. I heard a deep, menacing voice say "STOP!" And I just stopped. Dead in my tracks. With Donnie Wahlberg this close. Now in my mind this is how the rest went down. Donnie saw the dejected look on my face, and when I turned back to the car he saw my shirt that I had painstakingly designed to look exactly like the "homeboy" shirt he wore in the "Hanging Tough" video. Except mine also had a peace sign. He called me back with a simple "hey!" And when I turned back, he outstretched his left arm and motioned for me to come over. Hello jelly legs. Here was my moment! And the only thing that came out of my mouth was a dorky "I love you!" As if he hadn't heard that a gazillion times before. Then I just turned and went back to the car. Real smooth. I should've asked if he had an extra helmet and could I ride the rest of the way to the show on his bike! Back in the car everyone was excited that this had happened. We went on to the show, had a great time even though the guys say this tour was not one of their faves. I remember my parents still being awake when I got home and how I just flopped on the couch and squeaked "I met Donnie!!!!" And told them the story. Donnie had been my favorite New Kid since my fandom began, so it being him on the motorcycle made it even more exciting.
My favorite photo of the experience is still in the same frame as it was 27 years ago. Back then you actually had to send film out to be developed and it was pure torture waiting for the photos to arrive back in the mail! At the ultimate meet and greet a few years ago I got to show Donnie the photo and he actually asked if he could take a photo of it. Omg, my photo is in his phone !!! I met my Bff Michelle right after this happened, and my only regret is that she wasn't with me to share the experience. The ultimate experience with the ultimate friend! But we've shared so much since then and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Lindsay's Amazing Donnie Wahlberg Story
Courtney's NKOTB Story
I'm the one with the long red hair and glasses. The first photo is me and my 2 best friends and our camp counselor. My one friend is wearing my Jordan tshirt that I let her borrow as she didn't have any New Kids shirts. I wish I still had both of those shirts. I've gone through all of my photos albums from my childhood and I don't have any pictures of how decked out my bedroom was in all of my posters. Crazy that I never took any! Anyways both of these photos are from the summer of 1990.