• Chris Willman, Variety

New Kids on the Block return for MixTape Tour


New Kids on the Block will be joined by Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue and Rick Astley for “MixTape Tour 2022.” (Photo Credit: Austin Hargrave/Courtesy Photo)

The part of the population that is never gonna give the late ‘80s and early ‘90s up may be delighted by the lineup for a summer 2022 arena tour that will bring together four of the key pop and R&B acts from the era, with headliners New Kids on the Block being joined by Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue and Rick Astley.


Routing for the Live Nation-produced “MixTape Tour 2022” shows the quartet of artists passing through 54 cities in the U.S. and Canada next summer, starting May 10 in Cincinnati and wrapping up July 23 in Washington, D.C. Stops along the way include a May 27 show at L.A.’s Staples Center and a July 24 gig at Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center. (No New York City show is on the agenda.)


All four artists recently appeared on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” for a “Kelly-oke medley” to tout the tour.


This marks the second “MixTape Tour” NKOTB has embarked on.


A 2019 tour under the same banner, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the boy band’s debut album, also featured Salt-N-Pepa, with Naughty by Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson as the remaining acts.


NKOTB recently returned from a two-year layoff following the last tour to do a one-off hometown stadium show at Fenway Park Aug. 6.


The enduring popularity of Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” was recently bolstered by the “Ted Lasso” series being Rick-rolled by the song.


Tickets for all shows are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.


The full list of 55 tour dates is as follows:


Tuesday, May 10

Cincinnati, Ohio

Heritage Bank Center


Thursday, May 12

Indianapolis, Ind.

Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Friday, May 13

Nashville, Tenn.

Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, May 14

St. Louis, Mo.

Enterprise Center


Sunday, May 15

Kansas City, Mo.

T-Mobile Center


Monday, May 16

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Paycom Center


Wednesday, May 18

New Orleans, La.

Smoothie King Center


Thursday, May 19

Houston, Texas

Toyota Center


Friday, May 20

Edinburg, Texas

Bert Ogden Arena

Saturday, May 21

San Antonio, Texas

AT&T Center


Sunday, May 22

Dallas, Texas

American Airlines Center

Wednesday, May 25

Phoenix, Ariz.

Footprint Center


Thursday, May 26

San Diego, Calif.

Viejas Arena


Friday, May 27

Los Angeles, Calif.

Staples Center


Saturday, May 28

Anaheim, Calif.

Honda Center


Sunday, May 29

Las Vegas, Nev.

Michelob ULTRA Arena


Tuesday, May 31

Fresno, Calif.

Save Mart Center


Wednesday, June 1

San Jose, Calif.

SAP Center


Thursday, June 2

Sacramento, Calif.

Golden 1 Center


Saturday, June 4

Seattle, Wash.

Climate Pledge Arena


Sunday, June 5

Portland, Ore.

Moda Center


Monday, June 6

Spokane, Wash.

Spokane Arena


Tuesday, June 7

Boise, Idaho

Ford Idaho Center


Wednesday, June 8

Salt Lake City, Utah

Vivint Arena


Friday, June 10

Denver, Colo.

Ball Arena


Saturday, June 11

Lincoln, Neb.

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Sunday, June 12

Des Moines, Iowa

Wells Fargo Arena


Tuesday, June 14

St. Paul, Minn.

Xcel Energy Center


Wednesday, June 15

Milwaukee, Wis.

Fiserv Forum


Thursday, June 16

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Van Andel Arena


Friday, June 17

Rosemont, Ill.

Allstate Arena


Tuesday, June 21

Cleveland, Ohio

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse


Wednesday, June 22

Toronto, Ontario

Scotiabank Arena


Thursday, June 23

Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort


Friday, June 24

Detroit, Mich.

Little Caesars Arena


Saturday, June 25

Columbus, Ohio

Schottenstein Center


Sunday, June 26

Lexington, Ky.

Rupp Arena


Wednesday, June 29

Philadelphia, Pa.

Wells Fargo Center

Thursday, June 30

Belmont Park, N.Y.

UBS Arena


Friday, July 1

Uncasville, Conn.

Mohegan Sun Arena

Saturday, July 2

Uncasville, Conn.

Mohegan Sun Arena

Sunday, July 3

Atlantic City, N.J.

Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena

Wednesday, July 6

Greenville, S.C.

Bon Secours Arena

Thursday, July 7

Atlanta, Ga.

State Farm Arena


Friday, July 8

Jacksonville, Fla.

Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena


Saturday, July 9

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

FLA Live Arena


Sunday, July 10

Orlando, Fla.

Amway Center


Tuesday, July 12

Charlotte, N.C.

Spectrum Center


Thursday, July 14

Newark, N.J.

Prudential Center


Friday, July 15

Boston, Mass.

TD Garden


Sunday, July 17

Buffalo, N.Y.

KeyBank Center


Tuesday, July 19

Pittsburgh, Pa.

PPG Paints Arena


Thursday, July 21

Hershey, Pa.

Giant Center


Friday, July 22

Raleigh, N.C.

PNC Arena


Saturday, July 23

Washington, DC

Capital One Arena