Bell Biv DeVoe and NKOTB Concert Derailed by COVID-19, But the Show Will Go On (Eventually)

Bell Biv DeVoe and New Kids on the Block are two Boston-based bands with enormous followings. And loyal fans were pumped for their Summer 2020 concert collaboration. Alas, the COVID-19 pandemic derailed plans for the boy bands to perform as scheduled. According to Bell Biv DeVoe, they aim to hit the stage along with NKOTB at a later date. Here’s what we know so far.

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Bell Biv DeVoe confirmed that their concert with NKOTB was delayed

“What’s up y’all? This is Bell Biv DeVoe,” said Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe in a video message on Instagram. The BBD bandmates directly addressed fans about their highly anticipated show with NKOTB.

The bands were initially scheduled to perform in Boston on Sept. 19. But, like many other shows, productions, and events, the concert plans stalled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was about to be a pilgrimage from across the world,” DeVoe mused in the Bell Biv DeVoe Instagram video. “I know people were flying in from Cali and Spain and Australia and all that to see BBD and our good friends New Kids on the Block.” DeVoe continued, “We hope it goes down, but if it doesn’t, y’all stay safe until it gets moved so that we can just… Oh, my God. You don’t understand what kind of therapy that’s gonna be when we hit that stage.”

According to BBD, the show will go on (eventually)

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After DeVoe’s spiel, Bell took over with a nostalgic nod, saying, “Y’all know Fenway Park is a home to us. We sang the national anthem as New Edition back in — I think — 1984.”

Fenway Park holds special significance for Bell Biv DeVoe and New Kids on the Block. The Boston Red Sox stadium is one of the most significant landmarks in Boston, Massachusetts, the town both musical acts call home.

“This time we’re coming back as Bell Biv DeVoe,” declared Bell, “performing with our good friends, New Kids on the Block, Boston’s own.” Bell continued by expressing gratitude and optimism. He also dished that rehearsals have not stopped, even in the shadow of a pandemic.

“Thank y’all. The show is actually sold out. So, we want y’all to hold onto those tickets, alright. Don’t sell them. Don’t give up hope. We need you there. You know, they actually tried to present us with the opportunity to perform with no audience, but we can’t do that. We need you. We need to hear those screams. We need to feel that energy. So, we’re looking forward to it. We’re gonna keep ourselves healthy and strong. And we’re still rehearsing, and we’re ready for it, man. So, we look forward to seeing you guys at Fenway Park.”

NKOTB revealed the new concert date

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Bivins ended the Instagram video with a shout-out to their pals, New Kids on the Block. With his signature swagger, he added, “While we’re chopping and you’re rocking with us, I want you to put a picture up of Jordan over there. Put a picture of his brother, right there, Jonathan. Then, put Donnie right there. Uh-huh. And then, put Danny right there. And then, finish with Joey, baby. And then, put a BBD picture. You know what it is. It is what it is. Peace.”

According to NKOTB.com, the concert will now take place on July 16, 2021. So, ticketholders will have to sit tight for a little while longer. In any case, the event will likely be well worth the wait.