Concert Review: The Main Event Tour at Madison Square Garden

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New Kids on the Block performing at Madison Square Garden
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On Monday June 22nd, Madison Square Garden was packed with Blockheads of all ages. The Main Event Tour lineup was something a ’90s music fan would consider to be a dream come true. The lineup included rapper Nelly and R&B girl group TLC as opening acts and boy band New Kids on the Block as the headliners.
As soon as you enter the arena the incredible stage design catches your eyes. The 360-degree stage is in the middle of the floor and gives everyone from every angle a great view of the show. In addition, it made for more tickets to be available for purchase since there were no obstructed views in the arena.
The show kicked off with rapper Nelly performing some of his hits like “E.I.,” “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” “Pimp Juice” and “Air Force Ones.” He was dressed in a white tank and white pants and was joined onstage by female backup dancers for his set. His set also included performances of “Ride Wit Me,” “Grillz” and closed with the ultimate summer anthem “Hot in Herre.”
Nelly performing at Madison Square Garden
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Next to take the stage was girl group TLC. TLC started off performing “What About Your Friends,” “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” and “Baby, Baby, Baby.” They were wearing coordinated reflective outfits and utilized the entire stage dancing with numerous backup dancers. Their set also included a tasteful lapdance for a male audience member from Chilli during “Red Light Special,” an emotional video package during  “Meant to Be” and an amazing closing performance of “Waterfalls.”
TLC performing at Madison Square Garden
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It was finally time for the main event! New Kids on the Block kicked their set off like a party performing “Block Party” while filling the room with confetti and streamers. The group went on performing “Crash” and “My Favorite Girl” before dancing on the elevated portion of the 360-degree stage for “You Got It (The Right Stuff).” Their setlist included a great mix of ballads and uptempo tracks. In addition to performing their chart-topping hits, they treated fans by belting out covers of classic hits songs. Some of the covers performed was “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by The Delfonics and “Never Can Say Goodbye” by The Jackson 5. 
New Kids on the Block performing at Madison Square Garden
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Donnie Wahlberg had released a tweet on his Twitter stating that they had some “crazy” surprises for the Madison Square Garden shows. This Madison Square Garden show featured surprise performances plus a special guest. Biz Markie came and performed “Just a Friend” then 50 Cent hit the stage to perform “In the Club.” Before leaving the the stage, 50 Cent brought Mark Wahlberg on stage to reunite with New Kids on the Block. This is the first time they’ve been on the same stage in 20 years.

Biz Markie performing at Madison Square Garden
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50 Cent performing at Madison Square Garden
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50 Cent & Mark Wahlberg at Madison Square Garden
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After some stellar solo performances by Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Donnie Wahlberg; the group closed the concert performing “Step by Step,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever) and “Hangin’ Tough.” 
The Main Event Tour is a good time for new and longtime fans. From the awesome setlist to the eye-catching stage setup, this high-energy tour is a can’t miss hit!

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The photos used was taken and owned by me. If you use any of the photos, please credit Tempestt Patterson – flickr.com/photos/temppatt.
Disclosure:
This is a live review of The Main Event Tour from June 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. I was not compensated for this post. Reviews are based on personal opinion and not influenced in any way. Comments concerning reviews from attendees about their opinion is encouraged and welcome through the comment board.

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