“There’s nothing like walking to a stage with your boys,” says New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre, who reunited with Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood for the group’s first tour in almost 15 years last month. To give fans a taste of the backstage preparation – and onstage excitement! – PEOPLE has a peek of the fivesome as they get revved up for their first show together in Toronto on Sept. 18.
“We do a little prayer before the show with the crew, the band and the dancers,” McIntyre told PEOPLE. “Then we have a little huddle.” Adds Jordan: “We hang out together and get psyched up with the fans so by the time we hit the stage everybody is excited.”
No one is more excited than the singers themselves. “The real fun of putting a tour together is sharing it with the crowd and going through it together,” says Donnie. “It’s very rewarding.”
For more on New Kids on the Block on tour, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands Friday.
– Michelle Tan