By: Thomasina Guidry
Boy bands. There’s something about a good boy band that just makes your heart swoon. Whether you’re crushing on the shy one, the mysterious one, the cute one, the handsome one or the bad boy, the whole group gives you life every time you hear them sing your favorite song. You’re getting goosebumps just thinking about it, right?
Well, imagine my fan girl squeal when I heard New Edition was coming to Miller Auditorium on Sunday, July 17.
*squeal* (Sorry, had to get that one out, too.)
I LOVE them. I don’t remember how it came about, I was so young, but what I do know is that New Edition has had me since Candy Girl. They had this boy next door thing about them. Like I could run into them playing basketball down the street. Then they would break into song while Ronnie holds hands with me. And as I type this, I realize I’m totally describing the Cool It Now video.
Even though I didn’t get to hang out with them in my neighborhood, I did get a chance to see them when they came to Kalamazoo back in the late 80s. Bobby Brown had gone solo, and NE had a new member– Johnny Gill. I had this black and white checkered skirt outfit just for the occasion. It was the best night of my 7th grade life.
28 years later, I’m just as excited to see them in concert as I was back then.
But to call New Edition a throwback would be an insult. While each one of them, at one point, has topped the music charts individually – Bell Biv DeVoe: Poison; Johnny Gill: Rub You the Right Way; and Ralph Tresvant: Sensitivity; they, together as a group, have matured and successfully evolved into that “Grown Folks” music genre that I used to once shake my head at. That my kids now shake their heads at.
They may have grown up, but New Edition is just as energetic as they were back then – if not more. There’s no denying their voices are just as magnetic and their moves are still on point. To this day, no group since their inception has been able to duplicate their success and continuity. And this is no shade to New Kids on the Block, I am a huge fan of them as well but let’s be real, without NE there would be no NKOTB.
Not many artists have managed to accomplish this feat of having a music career span more than three decades. The way they look, I’m sure they have many more years to come. I just love knowing they are still around making music that has not outgrown me.
If you can’t take my word for it, just watch their recent Steve Harvey performance: https://youtu.be/v10GpLvozO8
Or better yet, see them in person for yourself on Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. I’ll be there for sure. Down in front. The 40-year-old screaming like a 12-year-old.