Boston-bred New Kids on the Block and fellow boy band tourmates, the Backstreet Boys have been added to Fenway Park's roster for the 2011 season.
The announcement came today at a press conference held at Fenway, which was attended by all members of the New Kid on the Block and two of the Backstreet Boys—Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough.
Wahlberg was the first to speak, and joked that he feels like they should be signing a contract and "bashing the Yankees."
All wore Boston Red Sox jerseys and underneath his, Littrell wore an old NKOTB T-shirt from the 1980s to celebrate the event.
"We've been walking around downstairs overwhelmed. This is more than we can have imagined," Wahlberg said. "Growing up in this city and being fans in all of Boston teams, but like all Bostonians, we grew up suffering and adoring the Red Sox and adoring this ballpark and the history and the tradition that it has."
The Boston Red Sox applied for show permits for Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, when the team is out of town for a series in Toronto. The bands will have to rearrange their schedules to play the storied ballpark, reports the Boston Herald.
One reporter asked the singers what position they would play if they were on the field, and while McIntyre and Dorough said they would be bat boy and water boys, the youngest Knight said he would approach the mound and be pitcher.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, the Police, Neil Diamond, Phish, Paul McCartney and Aerosmith have performed at Fenway.
New Kids on the Block include members Joe McIntyre, brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood. The Backstreet Boys - A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter.
See the announcement and the press conference here.
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