Tonight I’ll be boarding a plane headed to Boston. I’ve never been to the east coast and I’m very excited to make the trip, even if it is by myself.
I’m making a pilgrimage, of sorts, and going to attend an album release event for the New Kids on the Block. If you’ve ever read my blog before then you know I’m a lifelong fan of the group. I was practically born lusting after Joe McIntyre. Up until recently, however, my fandom has been pretty lazy. I didn’t realize it was lazy until I came in contact with the members of the NKOTB Fanclub. The Blockheads.
I became a Blockhead in January when I learned it would grant me early access to concert tickets and help ensure I’d be in the first few rows of any show I wanted to attend. I’m a concert elitist, after all, and nosebleed seats just won’t do. Along with early access to shows, I gained access into the message boards on the band’s website. I’ve learned so much. And I’m a little frightened.
These women, because there are only women, are insane. They have dedicated their lives to NKOTB. They spend thousands of dollars yearly on tours, cruises, special events and merchandise. They devote hours and hours of time to NKOTB-related charities and twitter campaigns. They tweet literally hundreds of times a day to try and get a glimmer of attention from their favorite New Kid. All of this behavior makes me feel normal again, and it is a relief. These likeminded women are a godsend and even just through the virtual world of the online forums I’ve started to learn to stop automatically defending my fandom. Let’s start embracing!
I tell you all of this because I’m attending my first “Blockhead event” tomorrow. I, along with 1,999 other women will be crammed into the Orpheum Theatre in Boston tomorrow night to help NKOTB usher in their latest album, “10”. I have no idea what to expect from the event or from the other ladies, but I am positive it will provide some really entertaining blog-fodder.
I’ll take notes and try not to get lynched by a mob of Blockheads so that I can get back to you all and give a glimpse to the inside world of adult boyband fans.