New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly coming to Oklahoma City

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(CNN) — The New Kids on the Block are hangin’ tough on nostalgia.

The boy band, colloquially known as NKOTB, announced they’re going back on tour this summer with special guests R&B group TLC and rapper Nelly.

The pop group announced Tuesday that “The Main Event” tour will kick off May 1 in Las Vegas, and hit 40-plus cities in the U.S. and Canada. Tickets can be purchased starting January 31.

“We always have something special up our sleeves,” said NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg. “Our fans keep asking us to come back out on the road, and we want to keep giving them what they want!  We wanted to make sure it was something new and fresh and fun and totally worthwhile for all of our supporters year after year.  This year, we are making it THE MAIN EVENT.  And we promise, it will be THE TICKET of the summer.”

This is not the first time NKOTB has combined forces in the name of ’90s sentimentality: In recent years, they’ve also toured with fellow boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.

The news comes on the heels that TLC is attempting to fund their new — and final — album via a Kickstarter campaign.

“There’s no better way than to do it with our fans; they made all of this possible anyway,” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins said in a video, with Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas by her side.

The third member of the multiplatinum group, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, was killed in a car accident in 2002.

The groups are scheduled to perform at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday, May 18.


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