Absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. And when it's two of the biggest boy bands in modern history that you're missing, go ahead and double that longing.
That might explain why the boy-band supergroup NKOTBSB (otherwise known as New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys) have announced plans to nearly double the amount of dates on their first-ever joint tour. After initially announcing two dozen dates slated to kick off June 2 in Uncasville, Connecticut, and run through a July 9 date in Vancouver, British Columbia, the scream-feeder pairing will now stay on the road through July 30 due to what promoter Live Nation called "overwhelming" demand for tickets.
The 41-date swing will now wrap up with a July 30 show at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The additional dates include shows in Minneapolis, St. Louis, Orlando, Cleveland and Atlantic City.
In their biggest tune-up to date for the outing, the group rocked it in front of millions on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" eight months after they set fans' hearts aflutter by performing onstage together for the first time at a sold-out NKOTB show at Radio City Music Hall in New York in June.
Then they knocked it out of the park in November when they closed the American Music Awards with a medley that included Backstreet's "I Want It That Way" and NKOTB's "Hangin' Tough." The tour will feature appearances by all but one of the groups' original members: Joey McIntyre, AJ McLean, Jordan Knight, Howie Dorough, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Littrell, Danny Wood and Nick Carter (BSB's Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006).
Tickets for the new dates go on sale on January 15.
NKOTBSB tour dates:
» 6/2 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
» 6/3 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
» 6/4 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
» 6/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
» 6/7 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
» 6/8 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» 6/9 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» 6/11 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
» 6/12 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
» 6/15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
» 6/16 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace at Auburn Hills
» 6/17 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
» 6/18 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
» 6/21 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
» 6/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
» 6/24 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajondome
» 6/25 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» 6/26 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
» 6/28 -- San Antonio, TX @ AT& T Center
» 6/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
» 7/1 - Los Angeles CA @ Staples Center
» 7/2 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
» 7/3 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
» 7/8 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
» 7/9 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
» 7/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
» 7/12 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
» 7/13 - Calgary, AB @ Calgary Stampede
» 7/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
» 7/16 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
» 7/17 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
» 7/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
» 7/20 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
» 7/22 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
» 7/23 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
» 7/24 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
» 7/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
» 7/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
» 7/29 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
» 7/30 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium