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NKOTB Encourage Fans to Go Commando: “We Don’t Take Ourselves Too Seriously”

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New Kids on the Block have had their fair share of lingerie thrown at them over the years — but now, they are trying to stop the madness! In a new hilarious partnership with Cottonelle, the band is encouraging fans to go commando at their concerts.

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“We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we take our tours and putting on a great show seriously and we thought it was fun,” Joey McIntyre, 42, recently told Us Weekly.

He added: “We’re very lucky. We started out so young — we’re still young especially when you compare us to a lot of the bands that have been around a lot lot longer than us. So it’s a good combination and they’re bringing their kids now and you see teenagers coming just to check it out. It’s really fun to see how the audience is growing.”

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McIntyre admitted that he and his bandmates — Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood — don’t really get underwear tossed at them very often, but they do have other crazy fan stories. McIntyre, in particular, got a surprise once while touring in Korea.

“I took my clothes off and went into the bathroom to take a shower and there were two school girls behind my bathroom door,” he told Us. “That is every teenager boy’s dream but not until it happens to you and then you scream like a little girl and run down the hallway in a towel.”

The Boston boy band originated in 1984, and came back in 2008 after a 14-year break. They still stick to their pre-show ritual (a quick prayer), and have a laugh with a little word play. “The five of us put our hands in and Danny usually says, ‘I love you guys.’ It sounds so repetitive but we love him for it. And then I think of a word for us all to say on three. It could be everything from ‘fun’ or something weird.

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The longtime friends, who are more like family, also love surprising their fans while touring. Late last month, former bandmate Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark!) made an appearance at their Madison Square Garden show in NYC on June 22.

“I’m very close with the Wahlberg family,” McIntyre told Us. “He’s kind of a man of few words.” He added: “I thought it was really fun of him to stop by. It’s very cool. Donnie and Mark are both very, very successful and it’s exciting to share the stage and have a moment and it was a fun surprise. We didn’t really know it was gonna happen until the very end so it was fun to watch.”

NKOTB are currently on tour, with their next stop at the Delaware State Fair on July 26. They’ll then head to Florida in October.

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