60 SECONDS WITH DONNIE WAHLBERG

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Got a minute? As the New Kids on the Block release their first album since 1994, Donnie Wahlberg sounds off about who they want to impress, his wardrobe hall of shame, and Barack Obama.

Q: Are you guys finding a new audience with The Block?

A: No, I don't think so. I don't think our goal is to win over a younger crowd. I think our goal was to make a great album, first and foremost, that we felt great about. We're not trying to conquer any demons from the past, or win over people we couldn't get the first time around. We can't control that; all we can control is the music we make.

Q: You dance shirtless in the video for "Summertime." Have you had to say, "I'm 39 years old—I'm just too old to do that anymore," about anything?

A: I'm 39, but I'm not an old man. Maybe to a 15-year-old we're old guys. If I go out to a bar, I'm generally approached by women who are a lot younger than me. I'm not trying to brag or sound arrogant or anything. In terms of the show, we won't do the big hair and we won't have certain sleazebag outfits that we used to wear, but we're not going to be that group that's like, "Hell, no! We'll never do this song again." It's made us who we are, so why would we deny it?

Q: What are the fashion choices you regret?

A: Man, it's like a coin toss: If I go on YouTube and find one New Kids thing to watch, it might be heads and I looked okay. Or it could easily be tails, and I have big hair with like six days' worth of hairspray in it. There are pictures of two days in New York where we did photo shoot after photo shoot, and I put on some round, fake eyeglasses with a beret and green overalls. Those pictures haunt me to this day. They haunt me—you don't understand.

Q: You're newly single. Can we expect some wild nights on the tour?

A: Anybody who knows me knows that any night is going to be a wild night on tour. And that's just the way it is. To me, the tour is not just me going onstage. My job is 24 hours. I'm not the type of guy to be up in the room with three strippers while there are, you know, 1,000 fans in the lobby who would give anything to meet me. This is bigger than me. It's really even bigger than the group. It's not as big as the wave of love around the country for, say, Barack Obama, but in some ways this is our little cultural movement. Ruth Baron



The music video for "Summertime"

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