‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Drops Epic Pics of His Band ’30 Years Apart’

by Josh Lanier

Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg has been around the block a few times during the past three decades, but he said he always loves when he comes home. That’s why he recently posted a photo of him with his band New Kids on the Block.

Wahlberg posted a photo to Instagram that shows NKOTB taken 30 years apart. And despite it being three decades later, still loves what they do, he said.

“The word on the chalkboard (in the top pic) says it all — #History. These two pics were taken 30 years apart, and in only 30 more days it will finally be #NKOTBBD at #Fenway! Cannot believe I will be on the same stage as the guys from Boston who made me #Believe that anything was possible — now we are playing Fenway together??? Couldn’t even dream such a dream. #LFG! #617! #Dot#JP#TheBury#Boston 🙏🏼❤️”

“Shoutout to @hangin.tough aka Christina for this epic side by side and to @brookepayne1 (I see you fam)”

And the band’s fans were hyped in the comments. Especially considering New Kids on the Block will play Fenway Park on August 6. COVID-19 caused the band to postpone the original date last year and move it again from July to August.

“It’s been a challenging year for so many. We can’t think of a better way to get back to doing what we love most — than being with our fans, and hitting the stage, in the most sacred of venues. It will be an emotional night and we plan to give our fans a celebration unlike anything our city has seen,” New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg said in a statement.

Donnie Wahlberg: NKOTB More Successful Now

Donnie Wahlberg told Stephen Colbert in 2016 the band is thriving like never before. That’s because NKOTB fans have stuck by them for decades.

“We’re more successful now — at least spiritually — with our fans and our relationship with our fans than we were all those years ago,” he said.

The spiritual success comes from the band appreciating their fans and having a better understanding of fame now.

“When you’re young and you’re thrust into the spotlight, you’re not really prepared for it,” he told Colbert. “No one is prepared for it. A kid like Justin Bieber, he had no idea what he was getting into. And you want this thing and you get it, and you really don’t know how to deal with the pressures. … It’s tricky handling this stuff, and you can lose your way. And you’re 20 years old and everyone will turn on a light switch for you. You don’t have to book your own plane ticket. When we disbanded in 1994, I didn’t know how to book a plane ticket. I didn’t know how to take a vacation for myself. … I had to learn how to be a real human being, and I did.”

The band reunited in 2008 and have performed a number of shows a year, including an annual cruise, ever since.