New Kids on the Block displaying Package Tour dates -- Minneapolis in July

New Kids on the Block displaying Package Tour dates -- Minneapolis in July

What do you do to promote a tour of aging boy bands while still trying to titillate a fan base that has grown older right along with the past-their-prime groups? In the case of the upcoming New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men joint jaunt through the U.S., you call it "The Package Tour," of course. Very funny, guys. But this sort of tease could be plenty to get maturing, swooning fans to bust out their pocketbooks for a glimpse of Jordan Knight in some close-fitting pants.

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The Package Tour will promote NKOTB's upcoming new album, 10, which is set for release on April 2. And, most importantly for Minnesota fans, the tour is set to hit the Target Center on Saturday, July 13 20, with tickets going on sale on Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m. It's the final date of the lengthy (sorry, couldn't resist) tour, and hopefully the guys won't be completely worn out (again, my apologies) by then.

NKOTB also have a new single dropping on January 28 -- so that everyone waiting in line for tickets can have some sweet New Kids jams to listen to -- the awkwardly titled (and, let's just say it in advance, sounding) "Remix (I Like The)."

Tired of being outdone by his brother Mark (yet frustrated that the Funky Bunch will not be touring with them), Donnie Wahlberg has this to say to a select portion of his fan base: "Ladies, we're coming for you. This is going to be the craziest year yet--the single, the album, the tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men...We can't wait to give fans 'The Package!'" Of course you can't.

Meanwhile, those 98 Degrees fans who have waited breathlessly for 12 years for the band to eventually tour again, your long national nightmare is over, and the group is coming back just for you. "We are really excited to get back on the road together and tour with our friends in NKOTB and Boyz II Men," says Nick Lachey. "Looking forward to playing our hits and trying out some of our new tracks too." Yes, 98 Degrees has new material coming out, too (and hits, apparently).

And don't worry, the guys in Boyz II Men are just as excited for the tour -- and full of highly suggestive things to say about it -- even if their inclusion is somewhat of a strange fit (sorry, everything ends up as a bad pun on 'The Package Tour'). "This has been in the works for a while," says Wanya Morris. "'The Package' is on its way, and we're going to deliver."

So there you have it, The Package Tour is heading your way, whether you want it to, or not. Check out the full tour dates below, including the July 13 show at the Target Center.

May 31 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, Connecticut
June 1 - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, New York
June 2 - TD Garden - Boston, Massachusetts
June 4 - Scotiabank Place - Ottawa, Ontario
June 6 - Bell Centre - Montreal, Quebec
June. 7 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, Ontario
June 8 - The Palace Of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, Michigan
June 9 - Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, Ohio
June 11 - Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 13 - Izod Center - East Rutherford, New Jersey
June 14 - Verizon Center - Washington, DC
June 15 - Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 18 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, Tennessee
June 19 - Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, North Carolina
June 20 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, Georgia
June 21 - Amway Center - Orlando, Florida
June 22 - BB&T Center - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 25 - US Bank Arena - Cincinnati, Ohio
June 27 - Toyota Center - Houston, Texas
June 28 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, Texas
June 29 - Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 30 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, Missouri
July 5 - Staples Center Arena - Los Angeles, California
July 6 - Mandalay Bay Events Center - Las Vegas, Nevada
July 7 - HP Pavilion - San Jose, California
July 9 - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, Washington
July 12 - Allstate Arena - Rosemont, Illinois
July 13 20 - Target Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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