New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees play Philips Arena

by: Nelson Hicks Updated:


ATLANTA - If the 30-40 year-old woman in your life went missing Thursday night, chances are, she was at Philips Arena. That's because the New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men performed.

It was billed as the Package tour and it brought the bands behind hits like "Hangin' Tough," "End of the Road" and "Give Me Just One Night" to town.

Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Joey McIntyre joined forces 29 years ago and founded New Kids on The Block. The group enjoyed great success in the late '80s and early '90s before going their separate ways for 12 years, from 1995 to 2007. In 2008, they reunited and recorded a new album. In 2011, New Kids on the Block teamed up with the Backstreet Boys on a tour. It included a stop in Atlanta.

On Thursday night, the guys were back with plenty of the tunes that fans have grown to love along with tracks from their new album "10."

Boyz II Men opened the show. The group includes Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris. Bass singer Miachael McCary was part of the band in the '90s, but left in 2003.

It's the band's a cappella tunes that most fans recall. The band's hits include "I'll Make Love To You," "On Bended Knee" and "Motown Philly."

Billboard Magazine ranked Boyz II Men as the fourth most successful group on the 90sBoyz II Men have spent more than 50 weeks in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list, placing them fourth behind Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey.

They recently released the album "20."

98 Degrees was on the bill, too. That brought Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre to Philips Arena. In keeping with the new album named after numbers, 98 Degrees recently release "2.0."

98 Degrees had several hits during the late '90s and early 2000s before going on hiatus for much of 2004-2012. During that time, Nick Lachey married and divorced Jessica Simpson, Drew Lachey won "Dancing With the Stars" and Jeffre ran for mayor of Cincinnati.

The Dirty Dozen as they call themselves, the five members of the New Kids on the Block, four members of 98 Degrees and three members of Boyz II Men, heads to Orlando to play Friday night.

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