New Kids on the Block Can't Hack Worldwide Recession, Cancel Aussie Tour

New Kids on the Block Can't Hack Worldwide Recession, Cancel Aussie Tour
How times have changed. Much to the chagrin of females from Down Under who were 12 in 1990, the recently reformed ex-boy band New Kids on the Block, who got back together after a 14-year hiatus in 2008, have cancelled their August Australian tour. The New Kids also are no longer teenage heartthrobs. Not that the two are related.

On their website the band apologizes to fans and says the cancellation was due to "circumstances beyond their control." New Kid Donnie Wahlberg adds that "we are, in fact, in the middle of a worldwide recession and we just cannot make it work. That is the simple truth."

That truth, of course, probably translates to low ticket sales. We're not saying that the guys don't have the right stuff but would like to point out that last year's "comeback album" The Block does feature grown men singing about being "your boyfriend." And now concert dates are being cancelled. Not that the two are related.