New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg showed that he has the right stuff by helping one of his fans find a new kidney. Although, all he had to do was send a tweet. Twitter is officially a life-saver, especially for New Kids fan Bobbette Miller. According to the Boston Herald, Miller’s best friend sent out a tweet about how one of her kidneys was failing was fast and needed a transplant quick.
“Basically, a few of my Twitter followers retweeted a blog (called ‘Love Can Do Anything’) about a fan named Bobbette who was in desperate need of a kidney transplant,” he told Boston Herald’s Inside Track. “So I saw the tweet, read the link and then retweeted and asked for help.”
Wahlberg retweeted the link about Miller to his 183,000-plus followers, where fans started to make phone calls to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where Miller was being treated.
Six matches were found and now Miller is scheduled for a transplant in June, which Wahlberg chalks up to a “team effort.”
Wahlberg is currently in rehearsals for a real team effort, the NKOTBSB tour, which brings together members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys for a major U.S. tour
New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys Confirm Joint Tour, AMAs Performance. Fans of both multi-platinum boy bands New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys will be able to see all nine guys on one stage during the officially confirmed NKOTBSB Tour and during a special performance at the American Music Awards this month. Announced today on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and confirmed by Live Nation, the NKOTBSB tour will visit Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with more cities and dates to be announced soon. The first date of the NKOTOBSB tour, at Toronto’s Air Canada Center, will take place June 9th, with tickets for the shows to go on sale beginning November 19th. Rumors of a joint Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block tour began when they took the stage together at NKOTB’s sold-out Radio City Music Hall show. “It started when we got together at Radio City Music Hall a few months back. We wanted to do something big for the crowd in NY. So we got the Backstreet Boys to come down to Radio City and we put together a performance of ‘I Want It That Way’ in about 5 minutes. It was electric,” the New Kids said on Ryan Seacrest’s show. “Something happened when they came out on stage. The crowd went to a place that we never heard it go to before,” they added. “We started talking, people started talking, and it seemed right. It’s really just going to be an amazing night of pop music and pop culture.” “We are blessed. This is a wonderful opportunity for fans of all— not only New Kids fans, or Backstreet fans, but fans of music,” added the Backstreet Boys. “It’s not about who opens or who closes. It’s a night of continuous music, hit after hit. We are going to give people a show to remember.” But fans won’t have to wait until Summer 2011 to see the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys on one stage. Both bands have been announced to perform together at the “2010 American Music Awards,” airing live Sunday, November 21st. It’ll be the first time they’ve performed together for a televised audience. “New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys on one stage is something special. Moments like these are what the AMAs are all about,” said AMA producer Larry Klein.
New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys
NKOTBSB Tour Dates
•THU 9-JUN Toronto, CAN Air Canada Center ON-SALE 10am 11/19
•SAT 11-JUN Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum ON-SALE 10am 11/19
•SUN 12-JUN East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center ON-SALE 10am 11/19
•FRI 17-JUN Chicago, IL United Center ON-SALE 10am 11/20
•FRI 1-JUL Los Angeles, CA Staples Center ON- SALE 10am 11/22
Tuesday’s TV Talk Shows: Oprah spends a day with Nadya Suleman
The Early Show Sarah Silverman. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS
Today Ivanka Trump; Melissa Joan Hart; David Mizejewski. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC
Good Morning America Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd; Laura Bell Bundy; Richard A. Clarke; Nancy Makin. (N) 7 a.m. KABC
Regis and Kelly Jennifer Lopez; Sarah Silverman. (N) 9 a.m. KABC
The View Lily Tomlin; Leslie Jordan; Dr. Doris Day; Megyn Kelly; Alexandra Wentworth. (N) 10 a.m. KABC
The Doctors Menu mistakes; chefs who developed molecular gastronomy. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL
The Bonnie Hunt Show Tim Gunn; Ashley Jensen; Kathleen Madigan. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC
Oprah Winfrey Nadya Suleman. (N) 3 p.m. KABC
Dr. Phil Parenting mistakes. (N) 4 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Lisa Kudrow (“Paper Man”); B.o.B. and Bruno Mars perform. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC
Larry King Live Craig Robinson. (N) 6 and 9 p.m. CNN
Tavis Smiley Producer Jerry Weintraub. (N) 7 and 11 p.m. KCET
Charlie Rose Edward O. Wilson, Harvard; Goldman Sachs developments. (N) 11:30 p.m. KCET
Late Show With David Letterman Amanda Peet; David Chang; Justin Nozuka performs. (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Heidi Klum; Ken Jeong; Smashing Pumpkins. (N) 11:35 p.m. KNBC
Jimmy Kimmel Live Jenna Elfman; DEVO performs. (N) 12:06 a.m. KABC
The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Emily Mortimer; David Simon. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Rosario Dawson; Tony Siragusa; New Kids on the Block. 12:37 a.m. KNBC
Last Call Nick Kroll; Circa Survive performs. 1:36 a.m. KNBC
In Vegas this past Saturday Justin Timberlake brought together a diverse group of talented artists for his second-annual Justin Timberlake & Friends Concert, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. Opening the event was Jay Sean with U.K.’s beat box champion MC Zani, performing Jay’s hit single “Down”. MTV VMA’s Best Female Video award winner, Taylor Swift followed, performing “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story.” JT introduced the next artist, Alicia Keys as “one of the greatest musicians of my generation”. As she strutted the stage in red pumps, she took a seat at her piano to vocalize “Doesn’t Mean Anything”. The night’s other performances included artists such as TLC, Ciara, Timbaland, Snoop Dog, and to cap off the evening, Justin himself, surprising the crowd with “Until the End of Time.”
The “Fame Kills” tour may be off, but Lady Gaga still has business to attend to. She is this weekend’s musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” (which will be hosted by “The Proposal” star Ryan Reynolds), and they have just unleashed a series of promos previewing this weekend’s show. There are three spots in total. In two of them, Reynolds and Gaga are joined by “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen, who cracks jokes about her outfit (a blue dress that looks like it came from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” costume closet) and also wonders if there is a corresponding “Lord Gaga.” “No, but I have a feeling that’s about to change,” she tells Armisen while gazing at him seductively. (Nobody tell Armisen fiancé and “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss!) The third promo features only Gaga and Reynolds, and they joke about how awkward it would have been had the host gone through with his plan to wear the same dress that the musical guest is wearing. Gaga says she plans on performing a new single on Saturday night’s show, which comes from the expanded re-release of her debut album The Fame (which she is calling The Fame: Monster) that will hit stores in November. (Gaga will also be playing “Paparazzi” on Saturday night’s show, though space issues won’t allow it to be nearly as over-the-top as her performance of the same song at the Video Music Awards.) As of this morning, there were still no reasons given for the cancellation of the “Fame Kills” tour (a co-headlining run with Kanye West).
Billboard did announce pop sensation Lady Gaga will be named its “Rising Star” at the 2009 Billboard Women In Music event, taking place on Oct. 2nd in New York City. The Billboard Rising Star Award rewards artists that have achieved a level of success and proven to have vast potential in the early stages of their career. Lady Gaga is the undisputed break-out star of the year for many reasons, including the success of her debut album, “The Fame” (Streamline Records), which has spawned four Billboard Hot 100 hit singles like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face,” both which reached No. 1 on the tally. “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” are also the Nos. 2 and 8 best-selling digital songs of all time, with 4.6 million and 4 million downloads, respectively. Gaga recently became the third artist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40 Airplay chart to have three No. 1 singles from a debut album. “The Fame” is also the best-selling album from a debut artist for 2009, with 1,441,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition to writing all the tracks on her album, Lady Gaga has previously written for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, and New Kids on the Block. “Lady Gaga is one of those rare examples of a truly unique artist with mass appeal,” says Bill Werde, Editorial Director of Billboard. “She has established herself as one of today’s top songwriters, and the whole world is waiting to see what her next outrageous but brilliant move or style will be. It is that ongoing anticipation, combined with her success that makes her a rising star.” The Billboard Women in Music Event celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business, and is held in conjunction with the much-anticipated publication of Billboard’s Women In Music Power Players List – recognizing the top female music executives who are leading the industry with their artistic and business vision. Billboard will also honor Grammy Award-winning artist and pop culture icon Beyoncé with the coveted Billboard Woman of The Year Award at the event.