By City News Service
Arsenio Hall joined band members Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood at the ceremony at 7072 Hollywood Blvd.
“We’ve been together for pretty much 30 years. We’ve been friends for longer,” Wahlberg said. “We’ve been through the droughts of droughts, the highs of highs. We’ve been through things that most people could never imagine. We went from playing for food and meals in prisons and high schools and birthday parties and bar mitzvahs to playing for the most amazing fans in the world, all over the world. And I think I speak for all of us in saying that I would not have wanted to spend one moment of the last 33 years doing this with anyone besides this team right here.”
The band released its self-titled debut album in 1986. Its popularity grew with the 1988 releases of the ballad single “Please Don’t Go Girl” and what is considered to be its breakout album, “Hanging Tough.”
New Kids on the Block won American Music Awards in 1990 for favorite pop/rock band, duo or group and favorite pop/rock album for “Hanging Tough.”
At the time it disbanded in 1994, New Kids on the Block had sold 80 million albums and had five platinum albums, 10 top 10 singles and five No. 1 singles.
The band secretly reunited in 2007 to record “The Block,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in 2008. It resumed touring that year
In 2013, New Kids on The Block released their sixth studio album, “10,” which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, and co- headlined “The Package Tour,” along with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
The group performed four shows in Las Vegas in July.