Can Boston salvage September’s NKOTB show? Hang tough, says Marty Walsh

"We’re hanging tough, taking this step by step."

Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block perform during a stop of the Mixtape Tour in Las Vegas last May. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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Mayor Marty Walsh may be dead serious when it comes to enforcing Boston’s social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his sense of humor — or his apparent knowledge of “New Kids On The Block” song titles.

Walsh’s announcement that Boston would not allow any parades, festivals or other events with large crowds until at least Labor Day drew a response on Twitter from Joey McIntyre of the legendary Dorchester boy band, who noted that NKOTB’s Fenway show is scheduled for Sept. 18, 11 days after Labor Day. “So you’re telling me there’s a chance,” he offered.


And Walsh, for his part, didn’t crush McIntyre’s hopes (or those of the band’s millions of presumably-now-middle-aged fans), responding with some words of wisdom sure to be familiar to anyone who turned on a radio between 1986 and 1994.

Maybe Marty should have also asked “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind),” since the Twitter responses came fast and furious from a (mostly) tickled populace.

Which is not to say there weren’t those generally unhappy with what they see as the draconian nature of Walsh’s approach to “flattening the curve” in Boston.

Meanwhile, Joey and company (Jonathan, Jordan, Donnie and Danny, natch) probably shouldn’t get their hopes up: Given what Mayor Walsh had to say about summer events, it’s certainly possible we’ll see those guidelines extended — you got it — further into September, and possibly beyond.


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