Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Johnny Ruffo Confirmed As Special Guest To Support NKOTBSB and Backstree Boys On Australian Tour


Music Hollywood Sydney


Friday 27 April 2012 – Live Nation are thrilled to announce that one of the hottest stars right now, Johnny Ruffo, has been confirmed as the special guest on the upcoming New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys Australian tour. So hot that Johnny has just been named as a runner-up in Cleo’s “Bachelor of the Year” competition!

It’s been a massive 12 months for Johnny, who was a finalist in The X-Factor. He also went on the road with One Direction and is now showing Australia his moves on Dancing With The Stars.

Johnny, 23, is also getting set to launch his recording career with Sony Music.

“Some days I pinch myself,” Johnny said. “I’ve just finished the One Direction tour, now I’m going on the road with NKOTBSB. I can’t wait.”

New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys will arrive in Australia next month performing in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. Tickets available now from Ticketek.

“If our fans want us down under, we'll go down under,” said New Kids’ Donnie Wahlberg. “Our international fans have been flying to see us stateside for years, so now we are bringing the show to them. Get ready Australia, we are coming to you!”

The Australian leg will bring the historic NKOTBSB tour for a limited six-show run, giving fans across the globe chances to catch their favorite groups on one stage.  Fans in Australia can finally see what North American Press hailed as “One of the hottest tickets of the summer,” as described by OK! Magazine. “Each tune was performed with the same energy, crotch-grabbing, and hip-thrusting that turned these groups into teens sensations years ago. NKOTBSB may well be the tastiest musical mouthful of the summer,” raved Entertainment Weekly.

NKOTBSB first shocked and delighted fans when they took to the stage together for a medley at the sold out NKOTB Radio City Music Hall show.  The two groups wowed audiences again in their first joint televised performance at the American Music Awards in November 2010 and have toured consistently through 2011 since coming together.

With more than 200 million albums sold between both bands, and smash hit after smash hit, these two pop sensations have dominated the music scene for more than three decades. Aiming to please, these guys are giving concert goers and diehard fans everywhere the ultimate “night out” experience.


NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK sold more than 80 million albums worldwide – including back-to-back international #1 songs, 1988’s Hangin’ Tough and 1990’s Step By Step – and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits like You Got It (The Right Stuff),  Cover Girl, Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time), Hangin’ Tough, I’ll Be Loving You, Step By Step and Tonight.  The group shattered concert box office records playing an estimated 200 concerts a year in sold out stadiums throughout the world.  They still hold many of these records to date.  They were Forbes highest paid entertainers of 1990, beating out Michael Jackson and Madonna.  The band boasted an extensive and highly profitable merchandise line which included everything from lunch boxes and sleeping bags to comic books, marbles and dolls.  More Information is available at www.nkotb.com, facebook.com/pages/New-Kids-On-The-Block and twitter.com/NKOTB.

For more than 18 years, Backstreet Boys have delivered the very finest pop music has to offer – tightly crafted songs, floor-shaking rhythms, and unmistakable harmonies.  One of the most successful groups in music history, with countless #1s, record-setting tours and worldwide sales in excess of 100 million, Backstreet Boys are also among pops most influential.  The band made history when all tickets for their greatly anticipated 11-week, 39-city Millennium North American Arena Tour sold out as soon as they went on sale - the vast majority within an hour.  At the time the Millennium Tour set a Ticketmaster¬ record by selling 735,000 tickets in two hours.  They are also among the few bands to have received the Diamond Award from the R.I.A.A. for sales of more than 10 million on both the Backstreet Boys and Millennium albums.  The band is currently wrapping up a worldwide tour in support of their recent album, This Is Us.  More information is available at www.backstreetboys.com, facebook.com/backstreetboys and twitter.com/backstreetboys.

Produced by Live Nation, the NKOTBSB tour begins in Melbourne on 18 May with confirmed shows through to 29 May.

Further ticket and tour information for all dates is available at www.livenation.com.au

For more information please visit www.nkotbsb.com


Friday 18 May  Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena (new show) www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
Saturday 19 May   Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena  www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
Monday 21 May         Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
Wednesday 23 May  Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
Saturday 26 May         Sydney, Allphones Arena   www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
Tuesday 29 May         Perth, Burswood Dome   www.ticketek.com.au 132 849


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