I have never seen any shows at the Pearl before and I was curious to find out how close to the stage my seat would be. I was seated in box 213 seat A-1. Much to my surprise box 213 was a VIP box with only 5 seats in it and a completely unobstructed view of the stage. The seats were leather and very comfortable. Excellent viewing. A few minutes before the show started the stage manager for the New Kids came and informed the five of us that at some point in the program they would need us to stand up and move near the back because some dancing would happen. Having spoken to my friend Chandra about the concert (she saw them perform earlier in the week in Seattle) she told me that the guys came into the audience to dance. I was really hoping that this would be what the stage manager was referring to. I wanted Donnie to be the person to come because when I met the guys last fall he was the only one I didn't get a chance to meet.
The concert opened with the dance crew Jabbawockeez, winners of the first season of America's Best Dance Crew. The guys were amazing. I was surprised at how much they were able to move in the very little stage space that was available to them. They used a fun mix of music ranging from hip hop, pop, slow jams and 80's tunes to work their magic. The crowd became the most vocal during their tribute to Michael Jackson.
The concert was every bit as good as the two times I saw them last year. The staging of this concert was on a much smaller scale than their tour last fall, but even with less theatrics it was still really exciting.
A little more than half way into the show the security guards arrived in our box and told us to move...the time was at hand. Before we knew it DONNIE arrived in our box as the other four guys made their way to various places in the audience to sing their hit song Single. Most of the time while Donnie was dancing and singing in our box we were blocked off by his security team, but nearing the end of the song Donnie waved some of us down and I took the opportunity to come up behind him and dance with him until his security guy tapped my arm and I moved back. It was really fun--I could have groped him excessively, although I didn't feel comfortable being too touchy. I did put my hand on his waist as we were dancing and touched his back a couple of times. Nothing too excessive.
The rest of the concert I must admit was a little anti-climatic. The five of us ladies that had been dancing with him in the box were still a little giddy over what had just happened. The final few numbers were spirited and full of more dancing and great singing. At the very end it really felt like they didn't want to leave the stage they were enjoying it so much. I don't usually scream a lot at concerts, but I decided this time just to let myself go and really get into. My ears and throat are a little sore today from the fun, but it was totally worth it. I have a strong feeling that this will be the last time I see them-so I am very glad at the last minute I decided to spend the money and go.
As always the inner nerd in me took a pen and paper and wrote down the set list:
- Full Service
- Favorite Girl
- Right Stuff
- Medley of Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time and Valentine Girl
- Please Don't Go Girl
- Dirty Dancing
- If You Go Away/Stare at You
- Cover Girl - solo by Donnie
- Give It To You - solo by Jordan
- Popsicle and Thanks You - solo by Joe
- Donnie and Jordan improv thanks to band and audience
- Click, Click, Click
- Loving You
- One Song
- Step by Step
- Hangin' Tough