NKOTB Recreate Group Photo from Over 35 Years Ago: ‘We Really Couldn’t Stop Laughing’

The Newcomers went for a choreographed stroll through a world of fond memories. During the gathering’s new four-night cruise to the Bahamas, NKOTB bandmates Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight recreated one of their earliest photographs for fans aboard the boat.

The original black-and-white photograph — which was first taken in 1986, two years before the then-teenagers soared to fame with the release of their Hangin’ Extreme album — captured the youthful boyband posing in sweatshirts with their names ironed-on the front, crisp white pants and their classic ’80s hairstyles.


For the updated shot, the New Children donned brilliant, look-a-like outfits and hairstyles, and paused dramatically.

“We had

such a lot of tomfoolery getting ready and seeing everything show some signs of life,” Wahlberg, 53, tells Individuals solely about their throwback second.

“We really couldn’t quit laughing, which is really in the soul of the band. We are all about having fun and not taking ourselves too severely.”

“I’d addressed the gathering about recreating the old photograph, however it was only after I realize that I could get the hairpieces made in our old hairstyles that we completely dedicated to doing it,” says Wahlberg, who stars on CBS’s Friday night police drama Persons of nobility. “The hair really put it over the top. Rat tails and mullets included!”

The eleventh NKOTB cruise — which sailed Oct. 20-24 after being postponed in April 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic — featured daily theme parties on the boat’s lido deck, allowing the gathering to get creative and nostalgic with their outfits.

On night two, a “Bring Back the Time” party (a sign of approval for the band’s early 2022 single of the same name), introduced the ideal chance for the outfit reveal.

“It was a real team effort. A fan helped make the sweatshirts. My hairstylist from Individuals of high standing made the hairpieces. No detail was disregarded,” he says.

Wahlberg says the idea to recreate their 1986 turn rose upward from social media, when the long-forgotten picture was posted online a couple of months earlier.

“The initial fan reaction to the old photograph is actually what inspired us to do this throwback look,” he says.

“They were so eager to see an old photograph of us, that no one has at any point really seen, so it kind of sparked the idea to recreate this one day.”

As anticipated, the Blockheads (the gathering’s affectionate name for committed NKOTB fans) aboard the boat were surprised and excited to see the boyband’s nervy gesture back to the beginning of their careers. “At the point when we finally did the recreation, the fans reacted with all the feels.

Happiness, laughter, tears, and so on,” says Wahlberg. “Our fans love the nostalgia similarly as. It merits all of the effort it takes to pull this off, when we see their reaction to it!”

This isn’t whenever the New Children first have gone back into their vast boyband vault for inspiration. In 2019, the gathering teamed up with individuals from New Edition and *NSYNC for their “Young men in the Band’ video, where they recreated the outfits and choreography from their 1998 Hangin’ Extreme video.

In November 2021, NKOTB and New Edition also made that big appearance at the American Music Awards for a “Battle of Boston” set, which marked the initial time the two iconic boybands performed together. The gatherings, which both formed in Boston in the ’80s, each performed a variety of their greatest hits, which NKOTB started off by singing “You Got It (The Secret sauce)” in coordinating black outfits and a choreographed dance routine.