JANUARY 20 2009 was a "historic day" proclaimed New Kids on the Block's Donnie Wahlberg last night. Not only was Barack Obama inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, but New Kids on the Block performed their first ever show in Ireland.
The Boston five-piece have always had strong links with the country, but they never made it to these shores the first time around. 15 years after the group disbanded, however, New Kids finally performed for local fans when they played the Odyssey Arena on Tuesday.
NKOTB reunited last year with a brand new album, 'The Block', and they proved they have still got the 'right stuff' as they reached the European leg of their world tour.
Joey McIntyre, Jordan and Jon Knight, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood performed all their greatest hits, with some new tracks from The Block mixed in, which seemed to go down well with the crowd.
Whilst the Odyssey may not have sold out for the group, which is a pity for a group who were as famous as New Kids, those who were at the gig loved every minute as they were taken back to their childhood and teenage years.
Opening the show with a new song 'Single', a track from The Block which features Ne-yo, the group then launched into some old tunes with 'My Favourite Girl' and the huge hit You Got It (The Right Stuff), with the crowd singing the familiar 'oh oh oh oh oh's' at the top of their voices.
All of the old hits were included in the show, and it wasn't difficult for fans to remember the words to the likes of 'Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)' 'Please Don't Go Girl', 'Games' and 'If You Go Away'.
Moving to a stage at the back of the arena, the guys took time to perform some new songs from The Block including new single '2 In the Morning' and the sexy 'Dirty Dancing'.
Taking time out to speak to the crowd, Joe McIntyre apologised to fans for not having made it to Belfast the first time around in their careers, before they launched into a fantastic rendition of 'Tonight'.
A host of songs were included in the two hour show, which saw the guys produce dancing that people half their age would be proud of. Whilst there were no illustrious pyrotechnics, video footage of the band 'back in the day' brought a feel of nostalgia to the show, and truth be told, the lasers and explosions weren't needed.
Coming towards the end of the night, the guys continued the hits with 'Cover Girl', 'I'll be Loving You Forever' and recent hit 'Summertime'.
Bringing out their Irish heritage, the Dropkick Murphy's thumping beat filled the arena as they entered in Boston Celtics tops to finish with some of their biggest hits, 'Step by Step' and 'Hangin' Tough'.
"Somebody's still going strong" the group sing in their hit single Games, and judging by their performance at the Odyssey, NKOTB certainly are.