'NSYNC fans, prepare to see a 54-year-old, 250-pound Joey Fatone singing and dancing around the stage at some of the group's performances.
No, it's not a new skit. That's really Joey Fatone well, Joseph, to be precise. He's Joey's father, and his new group, the Not So Boy Band, has been added to eight dates of 'NSYNC's current tour.
If the Not So Boy Band, or "NSB2" for short (remember NKOTB?), sounds like a joke, it's probably because it once was.
More than a year ago, the Orlando, Florida, top-40 radio station WXXL-FM set out to change the city's reputation as a garden of boy bands by holding auditions for a 35-and-over pop group.
"It was a publicity stunt," said Eddie Johnson, president of Millennium Broadcast Corp., which is producing a documentary on the group. "But the guys actually felt some chemistry and realized they should act on it."
After NSB2's first performance flopped, WXXL cut its ties to the group, which also features Kevin Armstrong, Alex Merida and Ray Harmdierks. The foursome refused to give up and hired vocal and choreography coaches. 'NSYNC's Fatone even taught the group a few dance steps.
"They have a little ways to go, but they have some impressive moves," Johnson said.
The Not So Boy Band has since performed a few times in the Orlando area and will grace the stage at the Child Watch Benefit at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios on Friday (June 29).
The group has also recorded three tracks, all of which sound similar to works from 'NSYNC's oeuvre, shockingly. "With You by My Side" is a sappy ballad, "I Know" is a Latin-flavored dance number with the chorus "She tells me that my love is gone," and "Bad Girl" is pure radio pop.
"They're pretty darn hot," Johnson said of the songs. "They don't sound like middle-aged men, that's for sure."
Believe it or not, NSB2 is not the only adult "boy band" looking to crack the pop charts. A London publicity firm recently put together ManBand (see "Wanted: Backstreet Men For Older-Is-Better Pop Group"), who are going into the studio next week to record their debut album.
The Not So Boy Band's confirmed dates with 'NSYNC, according to Johnson:
- 7/6 - Houston, TX @ Reliant Astrodome
- 7/8 - Irving, TX @ Texas Stadium
- 7/21 - Oakland, CA @ Network Associates Coliseum
- 7/22 - Oakland, CA @ Network Associates Coliseum
- 7/24 - Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl
- 7/27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sam Boyd Stadium
- 7/31 - Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
- 8/2 - Miami, FL @ Pro Player Stadium