The Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan was sold out Saturday as thousands of fans packed the venue for one of the biggest music tours in North America. The Total Package Tour, which is comprised of Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul, and New Kids On The Block attracted 90s kids who grew up listening to music like “Step By Step” (NKOTB), “Opposites Attract” (Paula Abdul), and “Motownphilly” (Boyz II Men). The second night of the tour did not disappoint fans.
Opening the night was the Philidephia based R&B legends, Boyz II Men. The three member group opened up to roaring crowds as they performed their autobiographical hit “Motownphilly”. The group performed their biggest hits such as “End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love To You”, and my personal favorite, and my class song, “Goodbye To Yesterday”. Members Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris made special recognition for Mother’s Day, which was the next day as they sang a portion of their hit, “A Song For Mama”. Audiences were enthusiastic to sing “One Sweet Day” with Boyz II Men, as this was the first time it had been performed live.
She may be only five feet tall, but Paula Abdul put on a giant show. The former American Idol judge proved to fans that even the age of 54 and having not toured in 20 years, that she could easily entertain audiences. With an interactive video, which she interacted with her singing partner of “Opposites Attract”, Scat Cat. In addition, Paula used the technology to pay tribute to one of her idols, Gene Kelly that cannot be easily expressed into words. Her show did not go without a couple noticeable flaws as video/live action timings needed a little bit of work. For example of this, during Paula’s tribute to Gene Kelly, she appears to be working with an umbrella-which is projected on the screen. There were a few moments where her arm moved out of sync with the umbrella. Her dancers are another example of the error in projection. During “Opposites Attract”, the dancers are “throwing paint” onto the screen to put color to Scat Cat. Unfortunately, there were many times where the color appeared on the screen before the dancers had “tossed” the paint cans toward the screen. But, Grand Rapids was only their second show, and there is bound to be kinks in the first couple weeks of touing.
No Total Package Tour show is complete without the boyband from Boston that make millions of girls swoon. New Kids On THe Block had the crowd screaming. Donnie, Joey, Jordan, Danny, and Jonathan did not disappoint. Rising from the stage, the five member band performed their monster hit, “One More Night”. In addition to their hits, NKOTB thrilled fans even more when they gave audiences a “behind the scenes look” as they broadcast their costume change on the big screen.
The Total Package Tour is currently on the road until the middle of July. Tickets to the tour are available at Ticketmaster. For more information on the bands, you can visit their websites by clicking on their names.