New Kids On The Block proved they still have it at the Main Event's L.A. date.
What happens when you take three of the most beloved musical acts of the ‘90s and early 2000s and have them perform for thousands of adoring fans in a historic venue in Inglewood? You end up with an evening of nostalgia and a few touches of magic. The Main Event Tour came to Los Angeles May 9, and fans from all over the city flooded the Forum in Inglewood to see New Kids On The Block joined by Nelly and the St. Lunatics and TLC reignite some of their greatest hits.
Nelly first burst onto the scene in 2000 with his album Country Grammar that married his southern roots to his street style. The title track along with the anthem “Ride wit Me” solidified Nelly’s success. His following album, Nellyville, was released in 2002 and immediately debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Music Albums that year. Nelly made sure to perform fan favorite “Hot in Herre,” as well as the Kelly Rowland duet “Dilemma” at the Forum. With the energy and passion of a new artist on the rise, Nelly and his dancers kept the audience dancing and all the women swooning for him.
TLC was the epitome of a ’90s girl group in their heyday. Fans would copy their colorful, baggy hip-hop style and even adhere condoms to their outfits to resemble the idolized ladies. T-Boz was known for her sultry voice and smooth dance moves. Chilli was the sexier singer in TLC, and all these years later she has managed to keep her body in tip top shape. The “L” in TLC stood for Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes who passed away in 2002. The band was never the same without Left Eye, and watching T-Boz and Chilli perform over backing tracks with recordings of Left Eye rapping had an eerie feel. The ladies plowed along through the performance knowing that TLC has lost its luster of late.
New Kids On The Block was a sort of pioneer boy band. They had risen to fame in the early ‘90s at the height of teenage magazines Teen Beat, Bop and Tiger Beat, when teenagers had their bedroom walls covered in images of teen heartthrobs. New Kids On The Block were the Beatles of the ‘90s with fan-fueled mania spreading all over the world for them. Now men with wives and families, the New Kids still have the boyish charm fans came to love them for. With mild pyrotechnics and choreography reminiscent of their Step by Step days, the boys still have it. At the L.A. show the New Kids were incomplete as Jonathan Knight was unable to attend the night’s performance, but the show did go on and the fans were not disappointed.
The Main Event Tour takes you back to a simpler time when life wasn’t ruled by social media likes and getting your body autographed was not considered crazy. It’s a time worth revisiting.