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New Kids' New Concert

NKOTB's pay-per-view concert -- The pop stars aren't always about making money

Adults whose frame of reference for teen idols is Frankie Avalon or the Monkees should get hip to the New Kids on the Block, who star in a pay-per-view cable concert on Dec. 7. The New Kids will be up to their usual tricks — performing catchy hip-hop pop and treacly ballads, dancing in impeccable unison. But these are teenybop kings with aesthetic curiosity and a conscience. Head Kid Donnie Wahlberg recently expressed his admiration for the dense music of rap's Public Enemy, not exactly a fave-rave act among the New Kids' predominantly white, female audience. And the Kids took time out from merchandising themselves to give benefit concerts on Oct. 12 and 13 for a worthy if low-profile cause, Amnesty International's efforts in Chile. It seems as if the New Kids are the thinking girl's teen dreams.

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints