The wait is over.
The New Kids on the Block hit the stage at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Thursday night for their first show in over 14 years – and Danny Wood says it felt good.
“Opening night of the tour was beyond anything I can describe,” Wood tells PEOPLE. “If there is anything that can surpass living a dream, it is right now. NKOTB!”
The screaming fans at the sold-out show sure seemed to agree that the Kids still have the right stuff.
During one memorable moment, a fan threw her bra at Joey McIntyre. Stunned, McIntyre threw it back to her from the stage.
“They were all pretty speechless,” an eyewitness tells PEOPLE.
Donnie Wahlberg thanked fans for their loyalty during their two-hour set of classics and songs off their new album, The Block, like “Summertime.”
“All you little girls … grew up to be fine young women,” said Wahlberg.
Backstage after the show, “Donnie said he was just so grateful for the love of the fans,” said the observer. “And Joey said, ‘Now that was fun!
Local Critic Praises NKOTB
Toronto Sun music critic Ashante Infantry praised the group’s performance.
“The boys are back in fine form, straddling the line between the puppy-love pushers they used be, and the damn near 40-year-old-men they’ve become,” she wrote.
“McIntyre and Jordan Knight’s falsettos are ever compelling,” Infantry added, “as is Wahlberg’s tenor and rhymes.”
After three more shows in Canada, NKOTB will return to the States, where they’ll play the Bell Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Sept. 23.
The U.S. leg of their sold-out tour ends in Los Angeles on Nov. 26.
• Reporting by MICHELLE TAN