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| For nostalgia sake, I really wanted to catch Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and Jordan knight of New Kids On The
Block on their eponymous tour Nick & Knight this Tuesday night at Cleveland, Ohio’s Agora Theater. Joining forces
after touring together with their respective bands in 2011-12’s NKOTBSB tour (see what they did there?), Carter and
Knight released their self-titled debut album earlier this year and are now touring in support.
The duo, spanning two decades of boyband dominance, brought screams of joy with their, at times, overly
choreographed dance moves as they entered the stage going right into their song “Nobody Better.” Not familiar
with their music, I held the wall up with some discarded boyfriends in the back for a little while until a few songs
and an outfit change later I warmed up to the duo as they sang classic songs from their respective groups that I was
more familiar with: New Kids' “If You Go Away” and Backstreet’s "I Want It That Way.”
Shortly before they ended their second set, something amazing happened. They bantered with one another; Nick
pointing out how Jordan and his fellow New Kids used to dominate the 80s, then Jordan went on how Nick and his
Boys used to dominate the 90s and then before you knew it, they went into one of the best 90’s medley’s that has
ever happened. Starting with “Feel So Good” by Mace, Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy With It,”
Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray,” Criss Cross into TLC’s “Creep” into Sisqo’s “Thong Song,” and finally ending
with Ginuine’s “Pony." All complete with the duo falling to the ground and grinding into it to demonstrate their, uh,
abilities. Note the ear piercing, glass shattering screams at this point. Before you knew it the 90’s music collage
concluded, but the night was far from over.
The guys returned playing some of their songs off their self-titled album from “Switch” to “Deja Vu” and the extremely
catchy “If You Want It.” Soon, Nick and Knight had the stage to themselves to play solo’s before reuniting to end the
night with a New Kid’s classic: “You Got It (Right Stuff)”--those ear shattering screams returned as the crowd
absolutely lost their minds. The night ended with their cover of Backstreet Boy’s “Larger Than Life,” gaining almost
equal fan fervor while the guys appreciated their fans with handshakes.
The Nick & Knight Tour will continue through late November. See Dates.
Nick & Knight revisit their boy band heyday and
introduce new duo songs to fans in Cleveland